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Carmen Oakley

Maud, TX

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Work Experience

Chemist

Red River Army Depot
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Texarkana, TX
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September 2006 to Present

Analyze waste water samples, storm water and TCLP waste; perform tests for cyanide, 
phosphates, hexavalent chromium, total suspended solids, metals, mercury, total dissolved 
solids; radiation tests on Ludlum 3030 for alpha and beta as well as LSC for H-3 
and Ni-63; process chemical vats; oil analysis; 
Able to receive & investigate report deficiencies or non-conformities on repair parts, 
components, supplies drawn from stock, or locally procured items; able to performs, 
or arrange for; inspections, evaluations, and tests of suspect materiel to determine 
conformance to Depot Maintenance Work Requirements (DMWR's), specification or contractual 
requirements quality performance requirements, &/or usability. Able to continually 
evaluate processes of handling & reporting defective material; able to accumulate 
& maintain quality deficiency data on defective new materiel received; able to perform 
analysis of data to identify recurring problems, evaluate quality trends, identify 
problem areas, & initiate special inspections; with the proper training able to prepare 
a variety of reports relating to defective materiel; able to assist auditors in support 
of depot internal audit program; able to receive complaints, requests for technical 
assistance, & other feedback from customers regarding equipment & services on raw 
materials and finished products. Kept inventory of laboratory supplies in a database. 
 
Specialized Experience  
 
Have Knowledge and background to be able to Perform CHEMICAL analysis/evaluation 
& physical/functional testing on a wide range of samples to include chemical solutions 
from process vats, oils & hydraulic fluids, water & waste water, preservatives, paints, 
sludges, residues & chemically coated & plated production items.  
 
Able to render Support in the following major areas:  
 
Process control; oil analysis; environmental monitoring; materials/shelf life testing; 
scientific evaluations; hazard management; quality assurance; resource management 
& development on new technology; & final authority on chemical matters. 
 
Possess specialized experience in the following areas: 
 
Chemical Principles, theories and practices in all branches of Chemistry: Organic, 
Inorganic, Physical and Analytical Chemistry, Quantitative and Qualitative. 
 
Able to establish analytical methodologies in a wide variety of fields such as material 
testing, process control experimental design, environmental monitoring, oil analysis 
and quality control; pertinent chemical reactions, physical and chemical matrix samples, 
logistical, safety, health, waste and resource considerations. 
 
Able to operate and calibrate analytical instrumentation; design integrated systems 
and evaluate assessory equipment to incorporate desired capabilities; interpret output 
from analytical instrumention and methodologies and evaluate the results; mathematics 
through calculus and statistics; sample preparation techniques; quality assurance 
and control techniques; experimental design, parameter manipulation and evaluative 
techniques; pertinent laws of the Occupational Safety and Health administration and 
EPA; Chemistry of waste destruction and disposal; develop interlaboratory procedures; 
evaluate analytical work performed by contractors or any other work that is either 
typically in or related to the work in the lab. 
 
Environmental Engineering concepts and principles, maintenance and modification of 
sanitary facilities, domestic and industrial waste treatment systems, water distribution 
and storage systems, air pollution control. 
 
Able to Manage environmental programs, such as: Resource Conservation and Recovery 
Act (RCRA); National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); Clear Air Act; Clean Water 
Act; Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act; Pollution Prevention Act; 
Toxic Substance Control Act; Solid Waste Management; and Water, Wastewater and Storm 
Water Programs. Able to identify environmental abatement projects needed by the installation. 
Able to prepare reports/follow up on inspection findings of noncompliance/notices 
of violations.; Develop project plans for assigned programs, outline environmental 
policy & identify goals. Able to be responsible for complex, multi-mission installation 
environmental projects; able to determine resource requirements, draft plans, schedule 
& set milestones for accomplishing program goals; able to budget for program & prepare 
documentation to support request; Obtain required permits. Organize, schedule & administer 
supporting functions of appropriate meeting for discussion of environmental issues 
 
Knowledge and skill sufficient to adapt standard practices, equipment or techniques 
in preparing specifications and designs.  
 
Knowledge and skill to asses the impact of the installations activities on public 
safety, ecology, and environment involving matters directly or closely related to 
public welfare and protection of natural resources.  
 
Familiarity with related engineering fields such as mechanical and chemical engineering, 
chemistry, biological science, and physical science.  
 
Knowledge of managing one or more environmental programs such as: Resource Conservation 
and Recovery Act (RCRA); National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); Clean Air Act; 
Clean Water Act; Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act; Pollution Prevention 
Act; Toxic Substance Control Act; Solid Waste Management Act; and water, wastewater, 
and storm water programs; Tier Two, Emission Inventory and TRI reports. 
 
Able to operate and maintain water, sewage, and industrial waste treatment, prepare, 
coordinate, and execute the woodland/fish and wildlife management programs.  
 
Able to identify environmental abatement projects needed by the installation. Develop 
project plans for each assigned program, outline environmental policy, and identify 
long and short-term goals and objectives. Conduct inspections of installation facilities 
and operations to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Ensure 
monitoring equipment is accurately calibrated and functioning properly. Organize, 
schedule, and administer supporting functions of appropriate meeting for discussion 
of environmental issues. 
 
Possess training or experience in the following areas: principles and procedures 
in one or more of the environmental program areas; Solve problems within environmental 
protection; Revise standard methods to improve environmental administration; Use 
laws, regulations, licensing/permit requirements to make decisions governing environmental 
operations 
 
Perform environmental tasks and perform Industrial Hygiene tasks 

Chemist

Lone Star Army Ammunition Planr
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Texarkana, TX
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February 2004 to September 2006

Analyze explosive content of detonators, delay mixes, electric igniters, butter mixes, 
percent moisture on various explosives and compounds, density analysis, analyze pyrotechnics,analyze stream and storm water samples for explosives and heavy metals; operate and calibrate ICP, HPLC, Ro-Tap, Spectrophotometer, pH meter (Orion and Varian), Calorimeters,Distillations, Nitrometer calibration and use - measure the amount of gases presentin lead azide 
 
Have knowledge and can perform Shelf Life Updates, Chemical analysis and evaluation 
and physical and functional testing on a wide range of samples including but not 
limited to analysis of samples that pertain to TPDS Permits, RCRA samples, NPDS Permit 
Work, BOD, CODs, Oil Analysis, ICP analysis, analysis of water samples from sewer 
plants

Chemist

Cadence Environmental Energy
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Foreman, AR
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July 2000 to February 2004

Analyze Liquid Derived Hazardous Waste and Solid Derived Hazardous Waste for BTU 
values, Chloride, Water Content, pH value, Density, PCB analysis, Pesticide analysis, 
ICP Metal analysis, TCLP-ICP analysis, prepare reagents, prepare lab samples for 
various lab analysis, generate lab reports, and deliver lab reports. 
 
Able to calibrate analytical instrumentation and perform methodologies studies. 
 
Blend liquid waste so that the BTU, water content, percent chlorine, density, and 
pH values are within the Waste Fuel Analysis Program specs.

Lab Technician

Southern Petroleum Labs
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Lafayette, LA
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April 1998 to May 2000

Perform analytical analysis on Total Solids, TPDH Soil/Water, Base/Neutral/Acid Soil/Water, 
Polynucleated Aromatics Soil/Water, Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons Soil/Water, Peth Soil/Water, 
Pesticides Soil/Water, Polycarbonated Biphenyls Soil/Water, HPLC Soil/Water, Toxicity 
Characteristic Leaching Procedure of Volatiles, Metals, Semi-volatiles, Herbicides 
and Pesticides. Weighing samples, sonicating samples using Sonic Disembrators, concentrating samples using water baths and Rapid Vappers, filtering, mixing of solutions for TCLP extractions, preparing standards and reagents, and extracting waters using water 
shakers. Other responsibilities included the use of an IR for Peth samples, transferring 
samples to GC labs for analysis, entering data into lab programs (Sam and Omega) 
and printing work logs.

Substitute Teacher

Acadia Parish School Board
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Crowley, LA
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November 1997 to April 1998

Substitute teaching for elementary and high schools in Church Point.

Lab Assistant/Student Aide

University of Southwestern Louisiana
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Lafayette, LA
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November 1994 to May 1997

Weighing chemicals, calibrating pH meters, calibrating scales, titration?s, making 
reagents and standards using a chemical recipe, distributing mail, Xeroxing tests, 
neutralized acids and bases, calculating molarity, density and concentrations. 

Education

BS in Biology and Chemistry

USL -
Lafayette, LA

1994 to 1997

AS in Zoology

LSU -
Eunice, LA

1990 to 1994