Consulting Services



Consulting Process Engineer

Over 35 years experience in mining, chemical processing, equipment manufacturing, engineering and steel fabrication; as business owner, engineer and consultant.

2004 to present
General Manager   Fast & Associates, LLC dba Denver Mineral Engineers
Consulting services in the areas of gold and silver mining, mercury processing, and product support for the Denver Mineral Engineers line of process equipment.  Areas of emphasis include mercury retorting, heap leaching, cyanide leaching, carbon adsorption and stripping, electrowinning, zinc precipitation (Merrill-Crowe), and carbon regeneration.

1985 to 2004
President, Chief Engineer   Fast Engineering Corp. dba Denver Mineral Engineers, Inc.
Designed and manufactured a line of specialty process equipment for the recovery of precious metals from mining operations, water treatment, and environmental remediation. Areas of emphasis included gold, silver, mercury, industrial waste water and modular process systems. Involved with hundreds of clients around the world for both equipment supply and consulting services related to our areas of expertise. The company was vertically integrated to provide all resources necessary to engineer and fabricate process systems in-house without using subcontractors.  Equipment and systems designed and fabricated included:

Mercury Retort Systems
Carbon Adsorption Units
Merrill-Crowe Systems
Metals Precipitation
Heap Leaching
Cyanide Leaching Systems
Carbon Stripping Modules
Vibrating & Static Screens
Carbon Regeneration Systems
Oil/Water Separators
ADR PlantsScrubbers
Filter Presses
Flow Splitters
Electrowinning CellsMixer-Settler
Deaeration Vessels
Sand Filters
Crucible Furnaces
Solution Heaters
Cyanide Destruction
Rotary Kilns

1993 to 2003
President,   Fast Engineering Corp. dba Process Fabricators Inc.
Steel Fabrication Company specializing in ASME code pressure vessels, custom non-code tanks, structural steel, Oilfield Equipment (Separators, Frac Tanks, API Tanks) and truck mounted tanks

1980 to 1984
Senior Project Engineer Kilborn Inc
Engineering and construction management company.  Coordination and management of capital projects, studies, and cost estimates for mining, energy and industrial facilities including gold, silver, coal, potash and lime production.

1977 to 1980
Chief Engineer, Senior Process Engineer Ortloff Mineral Services Corp.
Engineering and construction company. Supervision of all engineering groups, process engineering for many acid and alkaline uranium recovery mills, in-situ mining, heap leaching, coal gasification, chromic acid processing,  gold and silver cyanide leach recovery

1976 to 1977
Buyer Eastman Kodak Company
Procurement for photographic material production and silver waste recovery process plant

1973 to 1976
Process Engineer Stearns-Roger Inc.
Engineering and construction company. Developed process flow diagrams, heat and material balances, process control criteria, equipment specification and selection, capital and operating cost estimates for cyanide gold recovery, copper smelting, uranium hexafluoride production, Uranium recovery from Phosphoric Acid

1970 to 1973
Process Engineer EI Dupont De Nemours and Company
Ethylene plant production engineer troubleshooting unit operations, process optimization, maintenance engineering, process design and project coordination. Very large scale steam systems, boilers, turbines, furnaces, distillation columns, pipelines


BS Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
Professional Engineer, State of Colorado No. 13189
SME, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers: 25 year Member
Patent No 5466426, Method and Apparatus for Removing Metal Contamination from Soil
Patent No 5454917, Apparatus and process for recovering metal from an aqueous solution
Publication: Controlling Mercury Hazards in Gold Mining—A Best Practices Toolbox by Michael Lynham , MSHA (Acknowledged for contribution of information)

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