Utility Boiler Operations & Maintenance Seminar

August 17-20, 2020 - Akron, Ohio

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About the Seminar

Seminar Dates:

August 17-20, 2020

Seminar Description:

This seminar provides knowledge and skills for proper operation and maintenance of large boilers used for electric power production.

The seminar is designed specifically for utilities using pulverized coal as a primary fuel source. Covered in the course are boiler and boiler component design, safety, inspection, maintenance, firing systems and pulverizers, and methods for overall increased boiler availability and reliability.

This one technical training will net 18 professional development hours or 1.8 continuing education units.


Who Should Attend?

The seminar is intended for operators, engineers and maintenance personnel who need familiarization with the design, operation and maintenance requirements of pulverized coal-fired boilers. The topics are designed for mid-level operation and maintenance personnel. Although some topics are engineering-oriented, participants without an engineering degree can greatly benefit from this seminar.


Earn Continuing Education Units (CEU) 

Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) is offering each attendee the opportunity to earn CEUs through The University of Akron’s UA Solutions Program. A CEU is a unit of credit for participation in an accredited program designed for professionals with certificates or licenses to practice various professions. One contact/training hour equals 0.1 CEU.

This seminar is worth 1.6 CEU or 16 PDH.

Coal-fired utility boiler training seminar


Eric Dora

Boiler Process Engineer

Presenting: Heat & Material Balances | Fuels & Combustion

Eric graduated from Ohio University with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics and has been with Babcock & Wilcox for 8 years. He is a boiler process engineer and has been since starting with the company working in both the service/retrofit side of the business and the OEM/new build market. He has also worked on a wide range of products including utility drum boilers, once-through boilers, CFBs, BFBs, package boilers and recovery boilers. Eric has recent experience being the lead boiler process engineer on a new build international 300 MW once-through boiler contract.

Matt Fedak

Boiler Process Engineer

Presenting: Types of Boilers & Power Cycles | Boiler Components & Auxiliary Equipment

Matt graduated from The University of Akron in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and has been with The Babcock & Wilcox Company for 18 years. He is currently a Principal Boiler Process Engineer. Matt has worked on a variety of both original supply and retrofit projects. These projects include pulverized coal fired sub-critical drum boilers and supercritical UP boilers, process recovery boilers (i.e. black liquor boilers) as well as fluid bed fired boilers. Matt has also worked on D.O.E. projects such as the Future Gen 2.0 project as well taking part in the development of an Advanced Ultra Supercritical test unit.

Andrew Jackson

Mechanical Engineer

Presenting: Pulverizer Systems | Pulverizer Maintenance

Andrew Jackson, P.E., works in the B&W Global Parts & Services Group for Pulverizers, Burners and FPS Ignitors.

Andrew is a Mechanical Engineer with Field Engineering experience on B&W boilers, pulverizers, burners and ignitors, and root cause analysis of pulverizer problems and failures. Andrew has been presenting and training on B&W Roll WheelTM and E/EL pulverizers since 1990. He has been working in Field Service, Pulverizer Design, International Project Engineering, and Replacement Parts since 1977 and was a co-contributor for two pulverizer patents.

John Jevec

Technical Fellow

Presenting: Water Chemistry & Pressure Part Failure Analysis

John graduated in from Ohio University with a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering. He started with B&W in 1973 working primarily at the Babcock & Wilcox Research Center in the areas of water chemistry, chemical cleaning, and corrosion. John has authored over 50 technical papers and Chapter 43 (Water Treatment) of the 42nd edition of Steam/its generation and use.

Matthew Harkleroad

P.E. Product Engineer

Presenting: Sootblowers

With more than 13 years of engineering experience at Babcock & Wilcox, Matt is responsible for a majority of the company’s Diamond Power® sootblowers and water level gauge product lines. He is a licensed Professional Engineer registered in the state of Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University.

Andrew Toussant

Combustion Systems Engineer

Presenting: Combustion Systems

Andrew Toussant, P.E., has been a Combustion Systems SME in the B&W Process & Controls Engineering Group since 2014. As a Combustion System SME, his work includes designing B&W’s combustion systems, establishing emissions predictions for contract guarantees and tuning the combustion system to achieve the guarantees, and maintaining B&W’s combustion standards. Prior to that, he spent five years in B&W Field Service Engineering inspecting, troubleshooting, rebuilding, and commissioning B&W boilers, pulverizers, burners, and igniters.

Dominic Borsani

Boiler Process Engineer

Presenting: Boiler Circulation: Natural & Once-Through

Dom graduated from The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering, with a strong emphasis on mechanics. He has worked on boiler performance at B&W for 7 years, and applies principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and solid mechanics to everyday work. The majority of his work is in the retrofit business, on projects relating to saturated water circulation, air system and combustion optimization, and steaming capacity. Currently, he is also part of a team focusing on ERP work at B&W, in which they are tasked with improving the way B&W executes contracts.

Brent Diley

IC&E Engineer

Presenting: Controls

Brent graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics. Brent also attended Malone University and graduated with a Master Degree in Business Administration. He has been with B&W for over 12 years. While working as an IC&E engineer, Brent has gained experience with Subcritical, Supercritical, Package, and Bubbling Fluidized Bed boiler types and Selective Catalytic Reduction systems. He is also on two NFPA 85 committees - single burner boilers and multiple burner boilers.

Anthony Mayle

IC&E Engineer

Presenting: Controls

Anthony graduated from University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and has been with B&W for over 11 years. While working as an IC&E engineer, Anthony has gained experience with Package and Circulating Fluidized Bed boilers, Wet Flue Gas Desulfurization Systems, Dry Sorbent Injection Systems, and Circulation Dry Scrubber Systems. He is also on the Single Burner Boiler NFPA 85 committee.


Our agenda is still a work in progress. Exact times are subject to change.

DAY 1 - MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2020

6:00-9:00 pm | Registration and Networking


DAY 2 - TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2020

7:00 am | Breakfast

8:00 am | Introduction 


  • Heat & Material Balances
  • Fuels & Combustion
  • Types of Boilers & Power Cycles
  • Boiler Components & Auxiliary Equipment
  • Boiler Circulation: Natural & Once-Through
  • Combustion Systems
  • Pulverizer Systems

5:00 pm | Adjourn



7:00 am | Breakfast


  • Sootblowers
  • Pulverizer Maintenance
  • Water Treatment & Pressure Part Failure
  • Controls
  • Copley Facility Tour

5:00 pm | Adjourn


7:00 am | Breakfast


  • Inspection
  • Condition Assessment
  • Round-table Discussion

2:00 pm | Adjourn

Location & Tuition

Details coming soon.

We're finalizing all the details - check back soon for our 2020 seminar dates and locations.