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The Becht Team

Senior Engineering Advisor

clem2012Harold G. Clem, Jr. has over 30 years of experience in corrosion engineering and materials of construction based upon his long-term career with Union Carbide Corporation.  As an Engineering Technologist, Mr. Clem was responsible for developing standards and specifications for External Painting and Coatings, Internal Coatings and Linings, Thermal Insulation, and Non-Metallic Materials of Construction.   He provided technical support in these technology areas for capital projects,

plant facilities, distribution, business/technology, inspection/expediting, and maintenance. He initiated the development of a computerized maintenance painting program for petrochemical facilities in 1985, and actively participated in on-site paint condition surveys and programs.  He also directed laboratory and field work for the evaluation and qualification of coatings, linings, elastomers, non-metallic materials of construction; and for chemical compatibility studies required for the shipment and storage of chemical products. 
Since joining Becht Engineering, Mr. Clem has provided technical support in the corrosion and materials engineering discipline on external coatings, internal linings, thermal insulation, and non-metallic materials of construction in petrochemical and marine facilities. His activities, in part, include on-site condition surveys and programs for maintenance painting and thermal insulation; the repair of RTRP fiberglass equipment; and consultation and field inspection for internal linings and external coatings for vessels, tanks, and equipment.  He was also the principle investigator and primary author for a technical repair manual project entitled “Guidebook for the Repair & Alteration of Lined Equipment” for the Materials Technology Institute of the Chemical Process Industry (MTI).

Mr. Clem is a current member or was a past member of the following technical standards organizations:

  • NACE International: Chairman of W. Va. Section (1990 term), NACE CIP #4044 Level III Certified Coating Inspector.
  • Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC): Standards Review Committee (2000-2002 term), Co-Leader of Maintenance Painting Committee (2000-2002 term), SSPC Protective Coatings Specialist #575-480-0955.
  • ASTM:  Past Member of Committees: C03, C-16, and D-20.23.
  • Process Industry Practices (PIP): Coatings & Insulation Function Team Leader (1999-2001 term).

Mr. Clem received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Fairmont State University (West Virginia) and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of West Virginia - College of Graduate Studies.