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Tim's portfolio of experiences as a professional makes him uniquely qualified to manage State Land and Resource Issues

Principal Environmental Engineer

July 2019-Present

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Magna, Utah 

Tim continues to protect the natural world he enjoys while assuring that companies can continue providing us with the lifestyle and freedom we all enjoy.  Tim currently researches and re-mediates historic spills and waste sites at the Northrop Grumman's Bacchus Facility.  Through the 100 plus years of operation at the Bacchus Facility in Magna, Utah, solid and hazardous waste has impacted some soils.  Tim spends a majority of his day finding, sampling, reporting, and re-mediated these areas.  Tim has learned to work with the Utah Division of Waste Management & Radiation Control, Magna Water District, U.S. EPA, and other interested parties to assure that soils are re-mediated and public health and resources are protected.  Tim also assists in groundwater monitoring, maintaining Northrop's Drinking Water Permit, and miscellaneous day-to-day issues. 

Environmental Engineer

August 2008-February 2017/October 2017-July 2019

EarthFax Engineering Group, LLC 

Midvale, Utah 

Tim engineered mine layouts for several mineral mines. These designs included analysis of geotechnical engineering and geological reports to allow for the maximum extraction of minerals within the relevant agencies regulations. Additionally, the designs include haul roads and access roads, storm water conveyance systems, sediment treatment facilities, subsoil and topsoil stockpiles, and reclamation plans.    


Tim engineered several waste rock pile layouts for coal mines. These designs include storm water conveyance systems, sediment treatment facilities, haul roads, subsoil and topsoil stockpiles, and reclamation plans.


Tim helped a limestone and sandstone mine and cement manufacturing facility in Utah with a drinking water permit change.  Tim researched and wrote a Preliminary Evaluation Report and Engineering Evaluation Report to create a narrative of the existing drinking water system and locate any deficiencies. At the facility the drinking water, process water, and irrigation water were provided through the same system. Recommendations at the facility to protect the drinking water included; installing back-flow prevention valves, replacing knife valves, installing sampling spigots, creating a cross connection prevention plan, and creating a Drinking Water Source Protection Plan (DWSP). The DWSP included using geological, hydrological, and groundwater information from well drillers logs and the USGS to model the facilities drinking water wells and create the four DWSP zones. These recommendations were adopted and the facility is now compliant with DWSP regulations.


Tim engineered several crude oil tank and facility Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures containment berms and ponds for pipeline companies. These berms and ponds were designed to contain the crude oil and storm water runoff from a design storm event in the case of a tank failure. The berms and ponds included a small basin to collect storm water away from the tanks and facilities to allow for workers to have a dry working surface during storm events.


Tim engineered a storm water runoff collection and conveyance system for Escalante, Utah. The proposed system was designed to prevent ongoing flooding issues within key areas of Escalante and reuse much of the existing system with selected improvement to keep cost down.


Tim engineered a storm water runoff collection and conveyance system for Loa, Utah. As part of this project key areas of Loa were surveyed and a thorough record of existing storm water runoff collection and conveyance system was taken. The proposed system was engineered to prevent ongoing flooding issues within key areas of Loa and reuse much of the existing system with selected improvement to keep cost down. After construction, an irrigation canal upstream of Loa failed, sending water through Loa. The storm water runoff system intercepted this water and directed the water safely away from Loa.


Tim engineered a retention pond for a Utah Department of Transportation highway maintenance station. Large amounts of salt for snow and ice removal were stored on site and were leaching into the ground near the site. During high precipitation events storm-water runoff from the site would carry salt and sediment downstream affecting these water resources. To protect the surrounding environment an integrated approach including paving the area the salt was stored in, sloping the site to a newly installed catch basin, and directing all runoff into a lined retention pond with a leak detection system.


Tim prepared Notice of Intent documentation for a mineral mine in Utah. The documentation included soil stability calculations, sediment-control pond, storm water channel design, mine face design, road design, and reclamation cost estimate for bond. This mine was up-stream from municipal springs and irrigation water supplies making public safety an issue. Extra sedimentation controls had to be designed to satisfy Utah Division of Drinking Water and Utah Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining. Site investigations and surveys were made to determine size and condition of existing surface runoff and sediment control structures such as sediment ponds, unlined channels, and culverts. Site investigations were also made to analyze natural seep within the existing disturbed area of mine to determine seep flow, cause of seep, presence of wildlife near seep, and adverse effects of mining on seep. As part of this documentation, information and regulations from U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Utah Division of Drinking Water, and Utah Department of Oil, Gas, and Mining had to be coordinated.


Tim updated and revised a Mining and Reclamation Plan (M&RP) for a coal mine in Utah to match the addition of mined land, structures, roads, sediment controls, and other support facilities for mining operations. As part of this project, several new vertical shafts were designed to allow ventilation and emergency access to the underground mining operations. To construct and operate vertical shafts, access roads and electric transmission lines were designed. Surface runoff controls near the vertical shafts and support facilities were designed. All documentation within the existing M&RP was changed to comply with mine updates. As part of updating the M&RP, maintenance and equipment washing runoff from disturbed area had to be accounted for and within the surface runoff and sediment control design. This included adding a large overflow pond capable of handling combined surface runoff from maintenance and washing runoff as well as storm water runoff.


Tim performed annual groundwater sampling at a crude oil refinery in Salt Lake County. As part of this sampling groundwater elevations are checked for over 100 wells. Depending on the year and recommendations from agencies many of the wells are then sampled for hydrocarbons (including BTEXN, SVOC’s, TRPH), TSS, pH, temperature, and conductivity.


Tim performed water, bed sediment, and bank soil sampling events for 12 diesel, gasoline, and crude oil releases and discoveries. These sampling events were observed by State, County, City, and other relevant agencies. As part of these sampling events the data was entered into spread sheets for presentation to the client and the relevant agencies.


Tim provided technical expertise to cleaning crews during a major crude oil release in the Salt Lake Valley including: crew sizes, equipment to used, and areas needing extra attention. He worked as a liaison between property owners that filed claims against the client’s and addressed property owners concerns. As part of a long term plan for the release weekly Shoreline Clean Assessment Team Surveys (SCATS) were performed for first 3 months then monthly for the following six months and then as dictated by Unified Command. As part of these SCATS the length of the impacted body of water was surveyed and a thorough search for remaining oil was performed. Oily locations were photographed, documented, and reported to the client and then cleaned and sampled. In addition to SCATS quarterly sampling events and a sampling event for Human Health Risk Assessment and Environmental Risk Assessment was performed.


Tim engineered and provided construction oversight on several creek restoration projects related to the above mentioned crude oil release. These projects included working with the Salt Lake City Engineering Office, Salt Lake County Flood Control, Salt Lake Health Department, State Department of Water Quality, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Acting as a liaison between property owners, the client, and all groups with vested interest in the project he addressed their concerns.


Tim conducted field investigations and reported research for estimating reclamation cost of a coal processing plant in Utah. This research included reviewing structural blue prints for steel and concrete used in construction, interviewing plant manager for information on site conditions, and field investigation to record structures not included in blue prints.


Tim engineered a facility to house a water treatment system. A city in Utah needed to install a water treatment system to remove iron and magnesium from a municipal well and chlorinate municipal water supply from both the well and a spring. He designed a facility to house the treatment and chlorination system to comply with applicable State and Federal regulations and standards promulgated by the National Chlorine Institute.


Tim researched properties and prepared documentation for a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. This research included reviewing past reports and supplemental reports for historic use of properties near the site. As part of this research Utah Division of Environmental Response and Remediation and Utah Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste documents on sounding sites were reviewed and summarized.


Tim conducted an extensive survey for a crude oil refinery’s pipe locations and roadway crossings. As part of this project pipe sizes, types, and descriptions were documented. This information was used in conjunction with survey data from a survey crew to create AutoCAD drawings which clearly conveyed all information for the design of bridges over pipe crossings or replacement of berms.


Civil Engineer/Project Engineer   

February 2017-October 2017                                       


Salt Lake City, Utah

Tim design and oversaw commercial and residential developments within the State of Utah. As part of these projects he mentored an Engineer in Training (EIT) and trained two design/drafters. As a mentor he assist these individuals in understanding best engineering practices, understanding municipal requirements, and coordinated with clients, municipalities, utility companies, and contractors. 


Design Engineer/Draftsman

July 2007-July 2008 

Western Engineers,Inc. 

Everett, Washington 

Tim engineered residential and commercial developments to meet environmental regulations including storm-water conveyance, treatment, and detention systems, temporary erosion and sediment control plans, and mitigation for construction within wetland and stream buffer zones. Additional design considerations included: sanitary sewer utilities, underground power utilities, municipal water utilities, access roads, and driveways.  Additionally, Tim provided drafting services for a professional engineer and project manager. 



Construction Contractor 

February 2007-July 2007


Clinton, Washington 

Tim used his experience as a journeyman painter, framing experience, and millworking skills to created work opportunities, bid and negotiated contracts, and satisfied clientele concerns while assisting in the construction of four single family residences. 


Journeyman Painter/Foreman

June 1995-March 1997/March 1999-February 2007 

Mike's Painting 

Moscow, Idaho 

Due to Tim's work ethic and ability to learn quickly, after a year of working as an apprentice through the last year of high school, he became a foreman and began running a crew of his own. He began training additional personnel after several years in addition to working as a foreman and project manager. He was a projects manager for; a municipal swim center, long term contracts with two school districts with a multiple buildings, large apartment complexes, and many single family residences.   

Computer Lab Supervisor

September 2000-June 2005 

University of Idaho College of Engineering 

Moscow, Idaho

Responsibilities as a supervisor of two computer labs included; installing and trouble shoot software, establishing and coordinating lab technician schedules, and reported on conditions of labs and equipment.


Property Manager

July 2000-November 2006

Moscow, Idaho

Provided physical maintenance for 3 duplex units and coordinated with renters to address concerns at these properties. These included, electrical wiring, rebuilding decks, painting, cleaning, and lawn and landscape care.


Republican Party Service 

Tim has volunteered within within his local precinct as a State Delegate, County Delegate, and is currently a Precinct Vice Chair. Additionally, during caucus meetings, he work as a building host for 4 precincts. As a building host he coordinate with the precinct chairs, vice chairs, political party leadership, and public school maintenance to assure that each precinct has enough supplies and that individuals find their proper caucuses.  The last caucus meeting had 500-600 people present in the building. 


Tim worked as the Tooele County Coordinator for a presidential primary candidate. During this service he set-up a booth at political meetings and spoke in behalf the candidate including an impromptu speech in front of the Utah Governor, Attorney General, other VIPs, and several hundred participants.   


Volunteer Service

Boy Scouts of America Scout Master/Unit Commissioner 

As a Scout Master he instruct, encourage, and supervise a Scout troop of up to 15 boys. He guide these young men toward becoming Eagle Scouts. He organize many camp trips including several week long adventure camps. He direct and teach bi-weekly meetings to train and teach the young men life skills. As a Commissioner he oversees and advises 8 additional Boy Scout Troops.


Additional Volunteer Service

March 1997-March 1999

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Chicago, Illinois 

After saving money working as an apprentice painter and foreman for Mike’s Painting through and after senior year in high school Tim was able, with generous help from others, to serve a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Last-day Saints. As a missionary he worked 6-12 hour days and 1-6 hour day a week contacting, assisting, and counseling individuals interested in the LDS Church. Additionally, he provided community service at hospitals, retirement communities, and after school youth programs.

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