Professional Resume

Christopher David Catalano

Quick professional background:

  • Construction blasting and explosives

  • Quarry blasting and explosives

  • Professional fireworks exhibition

  • Cinematic special effects

  • Small Business management

  • Team leadership

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Professional info​

Most of the work I have done in my professional life has been technically demanding and has necessitated close attention to detail to ensure safe practices, regulatory compliance, and effective technique. My most relevant professional experience is outlined below.

Educational background is briefly mentioned here, but my degree work is still in progress. More detailed information, as well as links to academic papers may be found on my academic page.

Links to professional papers and articles may be found at the bottom of this page.

Work experience
Blasting/Explosives Inspector (Government regulatory)

​January 2019 - present

 

My current occupation is Blasting/Explosives Inspector with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Assessing blasting plans and permits

  • Providing industry technical assistance

  • Regulatory enforcement

  • Incident investigation

  • Accident investigation

  • Damage and non-damage complaint investigation

  • Conducting licensing activities

  • Interaction with law enforcement personnel

  • Assisting other public officials

 

Author (Independent, self-published)

​2014 - present

 

I have published several books, both fiction and nonfiction for the Christian literature marketplace. Work includes authorship, design, promotion, and sales. The website for my books and materials in this genre may be found at www.chris-catalano.com.

 

Senior blaster. Senex Explosives, Inc. (Industrial explosives)

​October 2001 - January 2019

 

Advanced from entry level position as driver/general laborer to senior blaster position in the Camp Hill, PA division. In my work I was recognized for understanding of materials, applications and procedures and my ability to work with customers, vendors, and regulators.

In this job I honed my skills as a team leader. I learned to be flexible in rapidly changing workplace conditions due to local environment, immediate customer needs, equipment breakdowns, and availability of manpower and vendor services. I regularly handled multiple responsibilities of more senior positions when more senior leadership was unavailable.

My employment history with this company included:

  • Work scheduling

  • Division logistics

  • Vendor service

  • Supervising blasting operations

  • Face-to-face customer service

  • Technical issue resolution

  • Hands-on industry compliance with regulatory agencies at federal and state levels,

  • Site safety standards

  • Industry health and environmental standards

  • Application of materials and techniques in a variety of environments

  • Quarry and job site development and planning from start to finish

  • Coordinated certain technical training events

  • Task training of employees

  • Supervise and teach younger employees as they advanced

Owner. CD Catalano Special F/X (Cinematic special effects)

​June 2000 - September 2008

 

I successfully worked my way into the film industry and gained respect and recognition as a safe, professional and reliable special effects artist and special effects coordinator in the greater Pittsburgh area and beyond. As part of this operation I also successfully established myself in the professional fireworks display industry and gained respect and recognition as a safe and professional artist.

 

Experience in owning this company includes:

  • Successfully developed and marketed specialized low-cost fireworks displays designed specifically for private events such as weddings, small organizations, gated communities, and other private clients.

  • Handled all business start up, bookkeeping, and administrative tasks

  • Handled all regulatory compliance and administration with state and federal agencies including BATFE and USDOT

  • Designed and constructed much of the equipment used

  • Handled pre-production planning, quoting and bidding

  • Performed special effects in film and theatrical settings

  • Designed and implemented creative visions of directors at their instruction

  • Hired and supervised additional effects personnel and companies whenever necessary

  • Performed fireworks displays in large scale and close proximity environments

  • Worked closely in coordination with fire, medical, and law enforcement officials

  • Worked closely and professionally with celebrity personalities and other well-known individuals

Director. Seeking First Adventure Ministries (Non-profit organization)

​January 2010 - July 2012

 

While a member of a large denomination lay speaking program in one of the world's largest church denominations, I started this organization as an independent compliment to my work there. I started and administrated all aspects of this nonprofit ministry including the development of original materials and programs. This organization ceased existence in July 2012. While doing this work I developed and published all materials and programs; coordinated events, activities, and programs; set up organizational partnerships with two other well-known, professional nonprofit organizations; and handled all small business bookkeeping and administrative tasks.

Skills - A quick look
  • Blasting for construction

  • Blasting for mining

  • Blasting design & technique

  • Commercial vehicle operation

  • Regulatory enforcement

  • Public speaking

  • Team leadership

  • Small group/workshop leadership

  • Small business

  • Drag & drop website construction

  • Research writing

  • Creative writing

  • Self publishing

  • Film making

Professional paper and articles

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