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Fundamentals of Rigging Engineering

Instructor Details


Jim Yates, PE

SVP Engineering & Technical Services, Barnhart Crane & Rigging

Memphis, Tennessee, USA | Citizenship: USA | LinkedIn Profile

  • Member, ASME B30.1 Jacks
  • Member, ASME P30 Lift Planning
  • US Naval Academy at Annoapolis Graduate, Aerospace Engineering, 1983

Mr. Yates has over 28 years’ experience in heavy industry. He is a 1983 graduate of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering. During his 7 years as an Officer in the nuclear navy, he served in a variety of positions aboard nuclear submarines. He earned a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1990 at the University of Connecticut.

Mr. Yates joined the Tennessee Valley Authority at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in 1990. He earned a Senior Reactor Operators license (#21223) and held a number of operating and engineering management positions including Assistant Shift Ops Supervisor, Hot Functional Test Coordinator, NSSS Supervisor and Unit Manager.

Mr. Yates joined Barnhart Crane & Rigging in 1997. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Connecticut, Tennessee and Alabama. He is currently serving as the SVP of Engineering & Technical Services in the corporate office. His current responsibilities include oversight of all engineering functions to support heavy lift, rigging and heavy haul services to all markets including, fossil power generation, wind turbine erection & maintenance, nuclear and DOE, refineries, heavy civil, and general construction. Jim is responsible for corporate safety, quality and fabrication operations as well.

During Mr. Yates tenure at Barnhart, the company has been awarded “Rigging Job of the Year” over 25 times by the Specialized Carriers & Riggers Association (SC&RA) for innovative rigging, lifting and heavy haul solutions. Four of these jobs were performed at nuclear power plants.

Mr. Yates Provides Instruction and Instructional Development in the following Courses:

  • RE-120 Crane & Derrick Engineering, Installation & Planning
  • RE-140 Alternative Load Handling Equipment Engineering & Applications
  • RE-160 Specialized Transport Planning & Engineering Considerations