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Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

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To whom it may concern:


I have concentrated my career in the various Industrial Computer and Automation disciplines. I am ideally suited for a Manufacturing IS/IT Systems Administrator position as I am intimately familiar with both the IS world and Manufacturing Control Systems. While I am currently employed, I am open to considering other opportunities. Please consider the following resume, you may find that I possess skills that are suited to your needs.


I have over 20 years of "real world" experience in the areas of Factory Automation, Process Control, Instrumentation, & Computer technology. I have helped to install and maintain complete plant wide DCS/SCADA systems utilizing a wide variety of instruments to monitor and control various process situations. My experience includes calibration, installation, and tuning of a wide variety of controllers and instruments, from simple process control loops in a manufacturing plant to complex loops found in Steam Power Plants.


On the Computer side, I am a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, I have integrated PCs, PC Controls, PLCs, microprocessorbased controllers, Robotics, and Human Machinery Interface (HMI) systems, with a variety of Databases and Supervisory Systems. The databases included custom databases (many of which I wrote myself), ERP systems, SCADA Systems ( RSView, Wonderware, etc.), WMS Systems, and CMMS systems. My specialties include automating the Production data collection process, creating professional quality Production reports, and writing extremely user-friendly interfaces for the factory floor personnel.


I am very adept at Customer Relations as I have had extensive contact with the public and have developed the people skills that are required. This makes me well suited for Field Support positions; however, I would want to minimize overnight travel to no more than 30%. I am willing to relocate for the right opportunity, but I greatly prefer Southern Coastal states.



Thank you for your time and consideration, you will find that email is the most efficient way to contact me.





Michael A. Petro

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2001 - Present                           NYLSTAR INC., MARTINSVILLE VA

IT/Automation/Electrical Manager

Oversee, including direct P&L responsibility, all IT, Telecommunication, Electrical, and HVAC Systems. Specify equipment and software, oversee all Contractors. Network Administration for Domain/Workgroups of 100+ computers & servers, establish security policies and procedures, and oversee all IT functions. Provide integration, analysis, design, implementation, and administration for a variety of manufacturing systems. These systems include SQL Database, Exchange Server, Great Plains Dynamics, Kronos, Oracle database, RSVeiw, RSLinxGateway, RSNetworx, Rockwell ADS, RSLogix500, Omron PLCs, various Robotics, and other software packages. I am responsible for supervising and training a team of IT, Electronic, Automation, and HVAC personnel.


2000 - 2001                               MDT SOFTWARE, ALPHARETTA GA

Software Implementation Specialist

Provided On-Site Installation, Training, and Support on version control software of real-time embedded systems at various Fortune 500 companies. These client/server systems resided on Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Unix(HP-UX and SCO) platforms. Duties included: Integrating the software into a wide variety of network topologies. Providing integration analysis, design, implementation, and conflict resolution services.Install, configure, and manually interact (run ad-hoc queries etc.) with SQL Server. Interfacing with a wide variety of PLC programming packages. Providing 1-3 day training seminars, often onsite. Testing of beta products (QA). Providing Help-Desk Support. Performed Research and Development of new methods and procedures.


1999 - 2000                             DURO INDUSTRIES, FALL RIVER MA

Manufacturing Systems Specialist

Was responsible for the Information Systems used to control, and report on, the Manufacturing processes.   I served as a point person between Production, Engineering, and Corp. I.S..As part of the Engineering Team, I was involved in specifying requirements, negotiating contracts with Vendors, overseeing Vendor implementations, troubleshooting, providing interfaces, and providing end user support for a variety of manufacturing database and control systems. These included, but were not limited to, Datacolor, Barco, TermoElectronica, and custom MS Access systems on the Windows NT, Windows 95, and Windows 98 platforms with an emphasis on Integration and Reporting. Duties also included serving as the primary Engineer overseeing the implementation of an extensive automated Dye and Chemical delivery system.


1994 - 1999                             GLEN RAVEN MILLS, GLEN RAVEN NC

Manufacturing Systems Coordinator

Was responsible for Information Systems as they related to the Manufacturing facility. I served as the point person between Manufacturing and Corp. I.S..I specified requirements, negotiated contracts with Vendors, oversaw Vendor implementations, troubleshot, provided interfaces, and provided end user support for a variety of manufacturing database systems. These included, but were not limited to, Interbase, Sybase, Oracle, and MS Access systems on the Windows NT and Windows 95 platforms. Responsibilities have also included the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, calibration, and repair of various Windows NT controlled Dye & Finishing Machines and associated instrumentation. Trained personnel. Wrote calibration and preventive maintenance procedures for all plant instruments. Implemented a complete Computerized Maintenance Management System. Assisted in writing documentation to satisfy the Plants ISO certification.


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EDUCATION                Atlas University   -   "Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer"

1999 - 2001

This is an online school, via the Internet, which specializes in Microsoft Certification.   Utilizing their Instructors, and Microsoft Certified training materials, I received training and " Microsoft Certified Professional"certification in the following courses: Windows NT Technical Support, Windows NT Administration, Supporting Windows NT Server in the Enterprise, Networking Essentials, Internetworking with TCP/IP, Proxy Server, Migrating Windows NT 4.0 to Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server, Active Directory Services, Active Directory Design, and Network Design.


Achieved Windows 2000"Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer" certification on 08/04/01 .



1992 - 1994

Plant Engineering and Power Engineering principles as related to Process Control. Studies included Industrial Maintenance, Pneumatics, Controls, ETC..




Electronics, Process Control, and Instrumentation. I averaged 95% or better on all exams.



Implementing "PMC" CMMS for Windows (5 Days)

Customizing Reports and Forms in "PMC" for Windows (3 Days)

Writing Reports with MS Access (2 Days)

Advanced Report Writing with MS Access (3 Days)

Introduction to Oracle Applications (1 Day)

Oracle Discoverer 3.0 (1/2 Day)

Time Management (1 Day)

Interactive Management (14 Days)

Troubleshooting the "Beacon" host system (5 Days)

Writing Interfaces to the "Beacon" host system (12 Days)

Developing applications on Rockwell "RSView32" (5 days)

"Allen Bradley" PLC programming (5 Days)

Advanced "Allen Bradley" PLC programming (4 Days)

Fanuc Robotics "Handling Tool" Operation and Programming (5 days)

  "Datacolor" theory of color management (10 days)

"Barco-Sedo" Dyehouse control system and Host database (5 days)

  "Fisher" Valves and Actuators (5 Days)

"Rosemount" Mass & Mag Flow Meters (2 Days)

"Bailey" Loop Commanders (5 Days)

" Taylor " Mag Flow Meters (1 Day)




Intensive training in Basic and Advanced Electricity and Electronics, Computers, VAST Operation, TPS Analyst, and Maintenance Principles. Generally considered to be equivalent to an Associates Degree in Electronics. Graduated with honors in the top 10% of all classes.


Hobbies                          I am the author of a 35,000+ hit website located at  I am solely responsible for the HTML/php/mySQL coding and maintenance of this popular site. It is real-time database driven, and is the largest English language site of its kind on the web. I am also considered to be one of the foremost authorities in the US on it's subject matter.


REFERENCES               Available upon request.