CJ TESTING STORY
Covid 19 is good for nothing!
Born out of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, CJ Testing and Inspection was formed to battle Covid-19 in order to get the community and economy back in motion. In the first 2 months of lockdown, Jay started the company in an attempt to provide contact surface testing resources to businesses and schools so that they could ensure that their cleaning protocols were effective. Once the pandemic was well underway, Jay had formed good relationships with several analysis labs and the decision was made to expand to other testing. Today, our desire is for clients to contact us and ask “I think I have an endotoxin (for example) problem. Can you stop by, test and let me know if it’s an issue?” THAT IS WHAT WE WANT TO DO.
Jay’s experience started in the late 1980’s. Enlisting in the US Navy, he was stationed aboard the submarine, USS PENNSYLVANIA, SSBN 735, as a nuclear operator. On the PENNSYLVANIA he made 7 deterrent patrols. Here he learned a meticulous attention to detail while safely operating the nuclear power plant. Additionally, he qualified as a secondary chemist, which required testing and analysis of the water used for the nuclear plant.
Following the Navy, Jay moved on to the University of Cincinnati. Here, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering. Additionally, this provided for employment in the Health Physics lab at the University. In this lab he gained valuable experience with many radiation detection techniques and also led a service program to intentionally contaminate material samples, which a local government agency used to test their plutonium detection capabilities.
Upon graduation Jay took a job with Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh, PA. Jay was hired as a core design engineer where he determined nuclear fuel placement within reload reactor cores. One of his projects was responsibility for the Diablo Canyon designs. While at Westinghouse, he earned his Masters degree from Penn State and returned to military service with the Navy Reserve, earning a commission as an Engineering Duty Officer.
In 2007, after 9 years at Westinghouse, the move was made to California to join his wife in the family engineering business. In this capacity Jay earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) credential and also broadened his engineering experience into oil, gas and other industrial sectors.
In 2013, as a Navy Reservist, Jay was tagged for mobilization for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and was deployed to Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF HOA) for one year. While here, he led a team consisting of all branches of the armed forces in developing and completing humanitarian assistance projects up and down the eastern coast of the continent of Africa.
Today, Jay is actively involved in coaching youth sports and has a passion for developing youth athletes.
The photo above is in a small village in Tanzania from 2014 when Jay was deployed with CJTF-HOA.
Jay O’Hare is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) in the state of California. He holds a Project Management Professional credential with the Project Management Institute. His education is in Nuclear Engineering with Bachelors Degree from the University of Cincinnati and Masters Degree from Penn State University.