Proven ExperienceJeff Howell has more than thirty years of nuclear operations experience including; oversight and performance of construction, startup testing/commissioning, transition/turnover, maintenance/work control, operational readiness, operations, operations oversight, Conduct of Operations Mentoring and safety related activities at Federal Government-Owned, Contractor-Operated (GOCO) facilities (DOE, DoD), and commercial, industrial, and nuclear sites. Mr. Howell, in his current role provides Commissioning and Operational Readiness support to the Department of Energy (DOE). Jeff supports the oversight of operational readiness activities, coordinates oversight, issue assessments, and issue resolution with multiple organizations. He makes assessments and decisions regarding program requirements, and risks encountered in operational readiness, and commissioning. Mr. Howell graduated from both the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power Prototype and the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School.
Mr. Howell provided support to DOE, Savannah River Site (SRS), SWPF, serving as Turnover and Testing Team Lead and SME for Construction Complete/Turnover, startup/testing and cold commissioning testing for a Haz Cat 2 facility (new construction). He developed a systematic oversight program that oversaw the successful turnover of 72 systems to testing, and reviewed test documentation for attributes than ensured proper, rigorous, and effective test procedures were used to perform test execution. The program also performed field oversight of test performance and final review and analysis of test results. The turnover oversight process was recognized by DOE HQ as a best practice. He performed duties as team member for Readiness Reviews oversight and evaluation of corrective action plans and subsequent actions for approval to move projects into Hot Commissioning/Operations. Jeff was a key Senior Staff Member of DOE Project Office team and his professionalism and partnership skills were a significant asset in the achievement of Critical Decision 4 and Authorization to Operate.
Mr. Howell provided support to Northwind Services LLC, Idaho Falls, ID and served as the Test Director /Test Engineer. He performed testing/commissioning roles and responsibilities as a Level III Test Engineer (lead/director) per requirements of ANSI/ASME NQA-1-2008, Subpart 3.1, Appendix 2A-1. Jeff developed a systematic process that identified, tracked, and ensured that all fittings that were disturbed during an extensive yearlong outage were leak checked satisfactorily. Resulting in a new Company wide procedure for performance of leak checks. This process was also identified as a best practice by the DOE ORR team.
Mr. Howell provided support to DOE, Idaho National Lab INL, IWTU Prior to becoming a Test Director/Test Engineer he served as Subject Matter Expert for Construction Complete/Turnover, startup/testing and cold commissioning testing for a Haz Cat 2 facility (new construction) for the IWTU DOE Project Office.
Mr. Howell provided support to Uranium Disposition Services, DUF6 Conversion Project as a Test Director/Turnover Coordinator. He developed and authored the Test Summary Reports for 43 systems to provide objective evidence that the system had been tested satisfactorily at all levels including vendor or factory testing, construction testing, and system testing such that they were ready to proceed into hot start up testing. Jeff also developed turnover packages that provided documented evidence that each system was built, and tested, and acceptance criteria were satisfactorily met to provide assurance the system was ready to enter Hot Startup testing. Including, completion of as built verifications, incorporating design changes that resulted from the test program.
Mr. Howell also performed construction complete, turnover, and test director/engineer for several other projects including, Boeing Delta IV Rocket Launch Pad, Pine Bluff Arsenal Chem Demil Plant, and K-100 Basin Sludge Removal System.
Mr. Howell was assigned to a team of mentors that was charged with implementing OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program and a custom tailored Integrated Safety Management System to the civilian work force for Navy Region Southeast. He was assigned to Naval Air Station Key West which became the first defense department installation to receive VPP Star status. He went on to mentor several other installations throughout the southeast and they eventually earned the VPP Star status as well.