Jeff Sines has almost 30 years of plant operations, process engineering, training, and software engineering experience. While serving four years as an electrician in the US Navy nuclear power program, Jeff earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas. After commissioning and additional nuclear power training, Jeff served as a Reactor Mechanical Division Officer and Chemistry / Radiological Controls Assistant aboard a nuclear-powered cruiser. In addition to supervising reactor and steam plant operations while aboard ship, he conducted training on piping systems, equipment performance, and fundamental principles of fluid flow. As a member of the decommissioning crew for his ship, Jeff worked closely with Navy and shipyard crews to defuel the reactors and disassemble systems in the engine rooms. Nine years of Navy experience provided him with a solid background in various aspects of plant operations including electrical power generation and distribution, mechanical equipment, hydraulic piping systems, water chemistry controls, strength of materials, nuclear physics, and thermodynamics.
After leaving the Navy, Jeff spent 11 years in the pulp and paper industry in various roles at the Weyerhaeuser Specialty Cellulose Fiber Pulp Mill in Cosmopolis, Washington. As the Production Supervisor, he worked closely with employees to analyze process upsets, identify root causes, coordinate repairs, and implement process improvements. As the Operations Training Coordinator, he developed and implemented an operations training program, developed qualification standards, updated training material, and conducted classes. He also served as the commissioning and training coordinator for major equipment and instrumentation modernization projects throughout the mill. During the final year of mill operations, Jeff served as the Power and Recovery Department Operations Team Leader where he supervised crews to maintain operation of high-pressure steam boilers, liquor evaporator systems, turbine generators, plant utilities, and the chemical recovery plant.
Currently with 9 years of experience at Engineered Software, Jeff has made a positive impact in various roles using his industrial plant operations and engineering experience. As a member of the Engineering Technical Support Team, he continues to provide valuable advice to customers to accurately model and analyze their fluid piping system applications in PIPE-FLO Professional software. As a Senior Project Manager, he has implemented key improvements in the software, including the addition of heat transfer solution methods, control valve calculations, and new modes of operation for pumps and valves. Using his experience meeting nuclear quality assurance requirements in the Navy and his ISO 9001 Quality Assurance Auditor experience at the pulp mill, Jeff developed a Commercial Grade Dedication package for dedicating PIPE-FLO for use in the nuclear industry. As the Training Lead Engineer, Jeff co-authored the second edition of the Piping System Fundamentals book and revised the companion course. He also developed and taught the Piping System Assessment and Optimization class, the Centrifugal Pump Webinar, the Process Measurement and Control Webinar, and the Heat Transfer Webinar. Including training as a certified instructor for the Hydraulics Institute’s Pumping System Optimization class, Jeff has over 800 combined hours of instructional experience.