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Credentials for Mark P. Wilson


United States Coast Guard (USCG)

  • 2019 Merchant Mariner Officer 100 ton Master / 200 Mile Coastal / Com Tow (issue #5)

  • 2014 Merchant Mariner Officer 100 ton Master / 200 Mile Coastal / Com Tow (issue #4)

  • 2009 Merchant Mariner Officer 100 ton Master / 200 Mile Coastal / Com Tow (issue #3)

  • 2004 Merchant Mariner Officer 100 ton Master / 200 Mile Coastal / Com Tow (issue #2)

  • 1999 Merchant Mariner Officer OUPV (issue #1)

Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS)

  • 2019 SAMS SA-2

Graduate Chapmans School of Seamanship

  • 2019 Yacht and Small Craft Survey

  • 2019 Damage Claim and Investigations

  • 2019 Class Valedictorian, Alpha Beta Kappa, National Honor Society

US Dept of Defense (DoD)

  • 2007-2018 DoD Secret Security Clearance

Graduate of Sea School

  • 2002 Master License Upgrade Certification

  • 2002 Commercial Towing Certification

  • 1999 OUPV Captains Certification

Professional Association of Divers Instructors (PADI)

  • 1986 International Open Water Diver Certification   


American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)

  • 2019 Membership

  • CEU of marine maintenance and technical standards

Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC)

  • 2017, 2012  FWC Aquatic Educational Species Certification

Global Knowledge Institute

  • 2015 System Network Certification (CCNA)                                                 

Imagint RAND Co.

  • 2013 FEA Simulation and Failure Analysis Certification

Technical Consultants, Inc

  • 2009, 1993 ASME Geometric Tolerance & Analysis Certification

Thermal News Corporation

  • 2009 Thermal & Battery Management Seminar

Association of Configuration and Data Management (ACDA)

  • 2009 Configuration Management of (Part Number) Change Certification

Carnegie Melon SEI

  • 2008 Introduction to CMMi Certification

University of Florida

  • 2008 Program Management Institute (PMI / PMP) Certification

  • 2008 Managing Project Risks & Costs Certification

  • 2008 Strategic Project Management Certification

  • 2008 Managing Project Teams Certification

Transformation Technologies

  • 2007 Six Sigma Green Belt Certification                                                

Development Dimensions International

  • Behavioral Interviewing Certification

Henry Ott Consultants

  • 2006 Electromagnetic (EMI) Compatibility Seminar                                    

SPIE Symposium

  • 1996 Introduction to Laser Radar Certification

  • 1995 Infrared System Design Certification

  • 1994 Electro Optics Materials Certification



2018- Present: Full Time Marine Surveyor and Insurance Damage Claims Specialist

After being accepted into the SAMS organization Mark transitioned from years of part time to full time marine surveying.  Surveys focus on Condition and Value, Pre-purchase and Insurance surveys for vessels of all sizes and construction with a high volume of luxury yachts from 60'-100'.  Damage claims include expertise in Failure Analysis, Root Cause and replacement cost using Six Sigma (Green Belt) methodology.  

2001- Present: Captain for Hire / Yacht Delivery / Part Time Surveyor / Substitute Custodian for Vessel Arrest 
Captain for hire on owners’ vessels for private excursions or deliveries. Marks long range yacht deliveries have included transfers from Lake Michigan to Florida’s East Coast via Mississippi River, Tombigbee Waterway and Gulf of Mexico navigating 27 Army Corps waterway locks systems including the Paducah dam.  Various local transfers have included deliveries, departures to safe harbor during hurricane evacuations, crossings on Lake Okeechobee waterways and the Bahamas Islands. Mark works with US Marshals serving as a court appointed Substitute Custodian Captain to secure and care for yachts under Federal court jurisdiction and Vessel Arrest.  Primary responsibilities included care and maintenance for yachts over an extended period, vessel surveys, damage evaluations, transit and repair recommendations.

2001- Present: Florida Sportsman Magazine
Mark is the online forum administrator and moderator with more than 80,000 members.  Marks covers all marine product manufacturers, boating repair forums, regional and tropical fishing forums and writes feature articles and technical product reviews for the print magazine.

2001-2008 Phantom Charters, Inc
Mark owned and operated a commercial offshore charter fishing business out of Cape Marina, Port Canaveral, aboard his 1985 Luhrs 342 twin Detroit diesel convertible F/V. During this tenure Mark refurbished his Luhrs and then restored his 1991 Jupiter 31’ CC while working as a field applications expert for Lowrance and beta testing networked electronics including dual touchscreen MFD, Open array radar and all LowranceNET widgets with Evinrude Etec power with EMM across NMEA 2000 plug and play network.

1997-2000: Captain / Mate
Mark earned his 100 Ton Masters Merchant Mariner credentials piloting the Mad Dog IV a 105’ aluminum hull M/Y during the summer months navigating from Key West to the Dry Tortugas and Gulf of Mexico.


LinkedIn Professional Profile:

2015-2018: Sr Director of Manufacturing Engineering, New Product Introduction and Failure Analysis Lab (DRS Technologies)
2009-2015: Sr Director of Engineering and Product Design (DRS Technologies)
2006-2009: Mechanical Engineering Manager across 5 Divisions in FL, AL, CA, TX  (DRS Technologies)
1983-2006: Mechanical Engineer for DRS Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Harris Corp, Northrup Grumman, FLIR Systems, Litton Laser, Westinghouse, Pratt & Whitney, General Dynamics, General Electric and Brunswick Corp.


2010: 67th International Magnesium Association (IMA) recipient of Magnesium Die Cast Award of Excellence 

2010: NADCA Recipient of International competition Die Cast of the Year award for magnesium under 0.5 lb

2010: NADCA Recipient of International competition Die Cast of the Year award for aluminum under 1.0 lb

2008: DRS Tactical Systems recipient of Management Excellence Award

2004: Lockheed Martin Special Recognition Award for delivery of C-5 Aircraft ERP
2001: Patent No. 6,242,691 for Ruggedized Electronic Packaging and Method of, Assignee Lockheed Martin

1998: Lockheed Martin Special Recognition Award for delivery of F18 E/O TPS program

1992: Pratt & Whitney Special Recognition Award for YF-22 F119-PW-100 gas turbine engine and STOL nozzle

1989: Pratt & Whitney Special Recognition Award for delivery of F100-PW-229 IPE gas turbine engine


Military Embedded Systems Magazine (Cover Sept 2012)- Rugged Handhelds for the Battle Field

Florida Sportsman Magazine- (68) Technical product reviews (2) DIY seminars (1) Tropical destination

Onshore-Offshore Magazine- (2) Featured articles

Coastal Angler Magazine- (2) Featured articles and featured in multiple advertisements

FSFA Club- Newsletter Contributor, frequent guest speaker, awarded Lifetime Grand Master in 2013