API University
Approved API RP 578 PMI

Training Course
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Instructor: Don Mears

Don MearsDon Mears, Owner Author & Director of, Analytical Training Consultants (ATC), and coordinates the sales, marketing and training program for XRF/OES/LIBS PMI equipment (SciAps Inc.). This involves the analyzers operation and training in radiation safety that meets local, State, Federal and International registration requirements. This includes certified report generation for proper material verification programs with the owners/users in the petrochemical, oil and gas industry. Mr. Mears has worked in the oil, gas and refining industry for 30 plus years. He held positions which included preparation and delivery of training presentations and has taught numerous industry courses explaining and applying API standards and recommended practices. This included involvement in two API work groups for revision of API Manual of Petroleum Measurement Standards Chapter 3-Tank Gauging Section 1B-"Standard Practice for Level Measurement of Liquid Hydrocarbons in Stationary Tanks by Automatic Tank Gauging" and API 2350 Overfill Protection for Storage Tank in Petroleum Facilities. He is currently working on the API Inspector Summit subcommittee for NDE Workshops. He has worked on field testing with PMI analyzers for NACE and has given two speeches regarding HF Alkylation Units and corrosion problems with “ Residual Elements “ ( RE) Cr, Ni, Cu found in A-106 Carbon Steel pipes in these units.

Since 1978 he has been affiliated with the Instrument Society of America (ISA). He also serves as the Oil & Gas Industry Consultant for the SciAps Inc.. He continues to educate and support of the industries needs for safe operating practices. His work with API and their programs and Standards continue to be the high interest and focus for programs that will meet the industry needs.

Other instructors will be announced in the future and Mr. Mears will develop more courses to meet the NDT and PMI market needs. He is committed to the advancement and continual education for the Oil & Gas industry for fulfilling the requirements for the OSHA instructions and requirements for Process Safety Management (PSM) of Highly Hazardous Chemicals.

More courses will be required for the API578 PMI re-certification after the 3 years requirements and each student will benefit in their updated and current knowledge of the different technologies and metallurgy. Continuing education in the industry needs is a high priority of Analytical Training Consultants (ATC).

Instructor: Brian K. Wilson

Brian has 20 years of experience using handheld XRF, OES & LIBS elemental chemistry techniques, and has extensive hands-on knowledge of solutions that can improve the safety, productivity and profitability of industry consumers.

Focusing on handheld analytical techniques for the oil & gas industries (upstream, midstream and downstream) as well as petrochemical, power generation and the manufacturing and fabrication industries that support the energy markets

As an independent PMI business owner beginning in 1999, Brian was part of the evolution of the handheld XRF offerings and was directly involved in increasing their presence in the marketplace as PMI and material compliance became more critical.

From 2009-2014, Brian held positions of increasing responsibility with Acuren Inspection in Houston, TX. As SME/Program Manager, he implemented a comprehensive PMI training program and developed techniques and procedures for specific field applications. As Division Manager, was responsible for driving new growth and profitability, develop healthy client relationships and manage all aspects of the P&L for the Northwest Houston business unit.

From 2014-2020 Brian led global business development efforts for Thermo Fisher Scientific and is currently with SciAps, Inc. as a subject matter expert for PMI/NDT markets.

Brian served in the US Navy’s nuclear submarine force and is a graduate of the Navy Nuclear Power Program.

Brian resides in Cypress, TX with his wife Stacie and their 3 children.


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