Brian Wilson, Owner and Lead Instructor of Analytical Training Consultants, LLC began his career in the United States Navy as a nuclear submarine operator and training officer. For 30 years Brian has worked in the energy industry and is a graduate of the Navy Nuclear Power Program and former certified nuclear welder assigned to USS Portsmouth SSN-707. As engine room supervisor, Brian led and participated in (3) Operational Reactor Safeguards Examinations (ORSE) each evaluated as Excellent including (2) Battle “E” Efficiency Awards.
Brian offers 25 years of experience and training using handheld XRF/OES/LIBS analytical equipment and has extensive hands-on knowledge of solutions that can improve the safety, productivity, and profitability of industry consumers. He focuses on handheld analytical techniques for the oil and gas industries 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 handheld XRF offerings and was directly involved in increasing their presence in the marketplace as PMI and material compliance became more critical.
Brian held positions of increasing responsibility with Acuren Inspection in Houston, TX. As Subject Matter Expert and Operations Manager, he implemented a comprehensive PMI training program and developed techniques and procedures for specific field applications.
Brian led global business development efforts for Thermo Fisher Scientific and is currently with SciAps, Inc. as a subject matter expert and business development manager for global PMI/NDT markets.
Brian is an active API 578 committee member, authoring and presented at industry events such as the API Inspection Summit, PPIM, NACE, API Tanks Valve & Pipes as well as leading international PMI seminars in SE Asia, Europe, Mexico & Canada.
Analytical Training Consultants will continue to develop more training courses to meet the NDT and PMI market needs. Brian 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 API 578 PMI re-certification after the initial 3 years and each student will benefit in their updated and current knowledge of the different technologies and metallurgy. Continuing education in the industry is a high priority of Analytical Training Consultants.
Founder and former President of Analytical Training Consultants (ATC), Mr. Mears has worked in the oil, gas, and refining industry for 40 plus years. Don has 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 and Vice Chairman of the API 578 4th Edition re-write committee. Don has worked on field testing with PMI analyzers for NACE and has given dozens of speeches and seminars worldwide.
Since 1978 he has been affiliated with the Instrument Society of America (ISA). He also serves as an Oil & Gas Industry Consultant for SciAps Inc. and continues to educate and support of the industries needs for safe operating practices. His work with API and their programs and standards continues to be the high interest and focus for programs that will meet the industry needs.