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Staff

Zachary M. Burns

Technical Support
Corrosion Science & Technology Group
Materials Science & Technology Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
P.O. Box 2008
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6156
Phone: (865) 241-3465
email:
garnergw@ornl.gov

 

Education:

  • AS, Mechanical/Construction Engineering, State Technical Institute, Knoxville, Tennessee, graduated with high honors, 1983
    • Major courses included:
      Introduction to rotating machines, Instrumentation, Strength and Materials, Manufacturing Processes and Technical Drawing
  • Mechanical Engineering Certificate, Case Western Reserve University, Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland, Ohio, 1978
    • Attended a summer program in mechanical engineering. Major field of study, Metallurgy

Experience:

  • 1989-Present – UT Battelle, Oak Ridge, Technical Support Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Corrosion Science & Technology Group
    • Assist in project design concepts in the preparation and development of experimental systems.  This includes specifications and other related documentation.
    • Provides assistance in review of technical documentation in support of the procurement of experimental equipment.
    • Aids in the preparation and development of integrated; installation, test, and commissioning plans for experimental systems and related equipment.
    • Provides technical support during the assembly, installation, testing, commissioning, operation, and maintenance of experimental equipment and other related systems.
    • Ensures compliance with environmental, safety, health and quality program requirements, including ISMS.  This could include analyzing system/equipment problems and troubleshooting equipment failures and operational deficiencies as well as defining facility system design and safety envelope requirements.
    • Operates equipment that assist in the development of materials to include intermetallics, oxide-dispersion strengthened alloys, modified steels, metallic and ceramic coatings which leads to improved performance of corrosion resistance alloys.  Materials tested in oxidizing environments utilizing complex experimental equipment.
    • Assist in the operation of closed loop thermal convection systems to assess the long-term, high temperature compatibility of high electrical resistance coatings and alloys with flowing lithium at high temperatures for fusion applications. Extreme hazards involved in operation of equipment.
  • 1984-1989 – Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville, Technician, Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, (Tennessee Valley Authority)
    • Engineering Aide - Design Service Complex
    • Responsible for planning, design, engineering calculations and construction related to standard tasks for varying scope water resource systems projects.  Provide support services to engineer and/or engineer manager for activities including planning functions, design, facility layout, cost estimates and/or basic engineering calculations.  Maintain CAD workstations, directories and archives.  Perform field surveys and field inspections to insure standards are met and proper records are kept.
  • 1983 to 1984 – Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (Tennessee Valley Authority)
    • Engineering Aide - Hangers Design
    • Assisted in the inspection of installed hangers and, where necessary, designed new hanger supports.  Promoted to System Engineer over Spent Fuel Pool System at Watts Bar.