Christian Astorino

Christian Astorino

API 510, 570, & 653 Certified Inspector

Amphion Analytical Engineering, P.A.

April 2009-Present

Project Engineer

Christian Astorino has been a Project Engineer with Amphion Analytical Engineering, P.A. for 9 years. He has over 11 years of experience in Mechanical Integrity, Strain Gaging Services, Load Rating, Spill Prevention and Countermeasure, and Process Safety Management.

Christian has extensive experience in managing and performing mechanical integrity inspections on storage tanks, process vessels, pressure vessels, and boilers at a variety of facilities. For over a decade, he has been providing these services to a wide range of industries including, but not limited to, the tire and rubber industry, various chemical production industries, the paper industry, and the food processing industry.

Christian is skilled in performing field inspections, fitness-for-services evaluations, and engineering analyses which conform to diverse guidelines, such as the American Petroleum Institute (API), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, and The National Board Inspection Code (NBIC). He regularly provides in-depth analyses, including minimum required thickness calculations, maximum allowable working pressure calculations, corrosion rate and allowance calculations, next inspection calculations, and expected life calculations.

Christian is an API 510, 570, and 653 Certified Inspector. He is also is certified as an ASNT Level II Technician in magnetic particle testing (MT), liquid penetrant testing (PT), and ultrasonic testing (UT) methods.

Work Experience

Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) Procedures

Wastewater Treatment Plants and Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Plants

Drafted, organized, and finalized Energy Control Procedures (ECPs) for 14 wastewater treatment plants and two CSO plants. Acted as lead member of a three- to five-person LOTO team to manage daily work activities for data collection and ECP production in accordance with client approval. Planned and participated as lead role in plant procedure implementation and final deliverable presentations. Organized and participated in training of plant personnel in LOTO program.

Strain Gaging Services

Various Clients-United States

Planned and participated in various projects involving the installation of strain gages, set-up of the data acquisition system, and collecting real time strain data. After the completion of the data collection, analyzed the data for the stress and fatigue analyses. This data was then either used to design an improved system or was compared with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) stress results to ascertain their validity.

Load Rating

Various Clients-United States

Performed field inspection of and engineering analyses pertaining to tire inspection machines in order to determine their maximum load capabilities. This entailed performing load analysis of the shafts, the main structure, and the anchoring system.

Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC)

Various Clients-United States

Co-authored specifications for multiple clients to provide requirements that would be utilized for the inspection and evaluation of existing, atmospheric vented storage tanks for SPCC plan compliance. This entailed review of and compliance with local, state, and federal rules and regulations.

Process Safety Management (PSM)

Confidential Client-United States

Assisted client in their PSM program to ensure full compliance in preparation for the facility’s successful OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) re-certification audit. Activities included: comprehensive review of plant operating procedures for PSM-covered processes, development of a strategy to resolve open action items resulting from Process Hazard Analyses (PHA), Incident investigations, Compliance Audits, and Management of Change (MOC) reviews, as well as the assessment of the facility’s Process Safety Information (PSI), with a complete revision to the PSI location matrix.

Christian Astorino

Education

  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, 2005

Years of Experience

  • Total – 13 years

Professional Qualifications

  •  Certified ASNT Level II in MT, PT, and UT
  • API 510, 570, & 653 Certified Inspector