Sperko Resume

WALTER J. SPERKO. P.E.

1981 to present
President, Sperko Engineering Services, Inc.
4803 Archwood Drive

Greensboro, North Carolina 27406-9795 USA
(336) 674-0600 FAX: (336) 674-0202
e-mail: sperko@asme.org

Sperko Engineering provides engineering consulting services to customers in the metal fabrication industries in the technical areas of welding, metallurgy, manufacturing processes, piping and pressure vessel design, inspection and quality assurance. Sperko Engineering also prepares and conducts training programs in piping, welding and metallurgy for the Center for Professional Advancement and ASME, as well as custom-tailored programs related to metal fabrication. Founded Brazing Dimpler Corporation in 1998 which makes specialized tool for reducing the cost and improving the quality of brazed copper tube joints. See www.brazingdimpler.com.


1979 to 1981
Quality Control Manager, RECO North Carolina, Inc.
Division of Richmond Engineering Company
Colfax, North Carolina 27235

Responsible for directing the technical and quality control programs for RECO North Carolina and two other division facilities and for technical support in design, code compliance, welding, metallurgy and steel fabrication methods for all divisions of Richmond Engineering in the construction of ASME pressure vessels, piping and storage tanks.


1974 to 1979
ITT Grinnell Industrial Piping, Inc.
Manager, Materials and Welding Engineering
Kernersville, North Carolina 27284

Wrote and qualified all welding, fabrication, heat treating, and quality control procedures and provided technical support for the fabrication and erection of nuclear and conventional power piping and petroleum and chemical piping. Provided interface between customers and manufacturing by interpreting customer specifications and Codes and preparing procedures and standards accordingly.


1969 to 1974
Materials Engineer, Ebasco Services Inc.
New York, New York

Performed various failure analyses of components, evaluated materials for compatibility with environment and for suitability for intended service for use in conventional and nuclear power generation systems. Provided metallurgical and welding support to piping and pressure vessel design group. Wrote materials, NDT and Quality Assurance Specifications. Conducted QA audits of vendor facilities and QA programs. Member of Ebasco Corporate QA Committee.


Professional License Status

Professional Engineer registered in North Carolina, New Hampshire and Ohio


Patents

US Patent 4932160, Quick-Opening Pressure Vessel Closure

US Patent 5072960, Loading Cart Method

US Patent 6269674, Solder Fitting Modification Tool and Method

US Patent 7013699 Pipe Fitting Tool and Method

US Patent 7481092, Dimpler and Method


Code Committee Membership

ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Committee Member

  • Board on Pressure Technology, Codes and Standards
  • BPV Standards Committee IX (Welding and Brazing), Chairman, and member of several subgroups
  • BPV Standards Committee II, Subgroup on Strength of Weldments
  • BPV Standards Committee III (Nuclear Components) Member and Materials, Fabrication and Examination Subgroup.

ASME B31 Code for Pressure Piping

  • Member of Standards Committee

ASME B31.9, Building Services Piping, past Chairman

American Welding Society

  • Technical Activities Committee (TAC), Second Vice-Chairman
    International Standards Activities Committee (ISAC), Past Chairman
    Committee D-10, Piping and Tubing, Past Chairman

Lecturing and Training

Course Director since 1983 for a highly-successful three day course, Welding and Brazing per ASME Section IX under the sponsorship of ASME. 

Course Director since 1978 for a successful three-day course Piping Design, Analysis and Fabrication under the sponsorship of the Center for Professional Advancement, East Brunswick, New Jersey. The course is held annually in Europe and in the Middle East and is available for custom in-plant presentations.


Publications

Publishes articles regularly in The Fabricator, the Welding Journal and other trade magazines regarding piping and welding issues.  Most recent article on changes in Section IX is in the August, 2012 issue of the Welding Journal. Co-author of piping design section of the Standard Handbook of Plant Engineering.


Awards

Inducted as AWS Counselor, Class of 2006

Elected to ASME Fellow, 2007


Education

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
B.A. 1968 - Engineering
B.S. 1969 - Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science

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