Chad Braner is a Level II Technician and PNDE’s Radiation Safety Officer. He is often on-site at customer locations performing tests. We recently caught up with him long enough to get his answers to Four Burning Questions.
Hi Chad. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in the Dayton, Ohio area where I attended Northridge schools. I am a single father of two teenagers. Both of my children are in high school.
I’ve been working in the NDE field for roughly 24 years now. Most of that time has been spent in the local Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky tristate area.
Can you tell us a little about working at PNDE?
I report to job sites to perform CT scans, evaluate the scanned parts, along with any other related tasks. As Radiation Safety Officer, I ensure that radiation safety code requirements are met and that all technicians are following appropriate procedures.
This can be a challenging line of work and I enjoy those challenges. It’s also nice to have different jobs and visit a variety of job sites. There are always things to do at a smaller company and I stay plenty busy. It’s truly been an interesting time in my life.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
Without a doubt my parents were the biggest influences in my life. I learned many life lessons that I carry with me to this day. We never went without, but things were always tight. Head up and move forwards, always!
Enough about work. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Any interesting hobbies?
These days life is a little too busy for many hobbies. But whenever I get the chance, I like to ride my motorcycle. I also enjoy going on camping trips.