Paul Dearing Sweeney, PE

Registered/Licensed Professional Engineer in Connecticut


Riverside Engineering, llc
Chester, CT
Fall 2015 – Present


Riverside Engineering, llc is a consulting engineering business offering services in crane and rigging expert witness/litigation support, crane and rigging accident investigation, workplace safety, crane and rigging lift plan preparation, and independent third-party lift/move plan review and Professional Engineer approval. Also, engineering and consulting services, and expert witness/litigation support for below-the-hook lifting devices, forklifts (industrial lift trucks), transportation equipment, and aerial manlifts.

Adjunct Professor of Physics
University of New Haven
West Haven, CT
2001 – Present

Adjunct Professor of Mathematics
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
Old Lyme, CT
2017 – 2019

Professional Memberships:

Member of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), ASME Board of Safety Codes and Standards, ASME B30 Main Committee (crane/rigging safety standards), ASME B30.1, B30.20, B30.28, B30.31 and ASME BTH-1 (design committee), ASSP (American Society of Safety Professionals), and ACRP (Association of Crane and Rigging Professionals).


University of New Haven
West Haven, CT
BS – Mechanical Engineering

Previous Employment:

Manager, Lifting and Handling Equipment
General Dynamics Electric Boat
Groton, CT
Winter 2011 – Summer 2015

Directly responsible for every aspect of the Electric Boat crane program, including overall lifting and handling safety, crane and rigging engineering, crane and rigging accident investigation, managing a 3.8 million dollar budget, manpower planning for over 30 subordinates, project management, customer interface, procurement, long and short range planning, scheduling, contract administration, capital projects, environmental compliance, critical OSHA and Navy compliance and record keeping, audit preparation, administration, and training. Responsibilities focused on the maintenance, repair, testing, inspection, and certification of Electric Boat’s 250+ cranes and nuclear rigging equipment, aerial manlifts, forklifts, and nuclear trailers/transportation equipment in compliance with all State and Federal laws, applicable codes and standards, and U.S. Navy requirements.

Supervisor of Crane and Rigging Engineering, and Crane/Nuclear Rigging Test and Certification
General Dynamics Electric Boat
Winter 1990 – Winter 2011

Technical engineering oversight for the safety, repair, maintenance, modification, overhaul, inspection, quality control, testing, and certification of Electric Boat’s cranes and nuclear lifting and rigging equipment, as well as aerial manlifts, nuclear trailers/transportation equipment, and forklifts. Responsibilities included crane and rigging accident investigation, engineering oversight and direction, compliance with laws/codes/standards/contractual requirements, procurement, long and short-range planning, scheduling, budgeting, contract administration, environmental compliance, critical record keeping, audit preparation, trouble-shooting, personnel administration, and training.

Ship Superintendent
General Dynamics Electric Boat
Spring 1988 – Winter 1990

Managed the construction of missile compartments on Trident submarines. Responsibilities included extensive communications and coordination with the customer, quality, compartment safety, resolution of technical problems and disputes, scheduling, monitoring system completion, inspection, and system/component testing. Duties also included ensuring that manufacturing, assembly, installation, configuration changes, and test operations were performed in accordance with approved engineering drawings, specifications, production standards, budgets, and schedules.

Career Development Program
General Dynamics Electric Boat
Summer 1984 – Spring 1988

Graduated number one in class from Electric Boat’s Career Development Program. This program placed engineers in the shipyard as trade supervisors after intensive training. Responsible for directing a crew of 20+ tradesmen in the fabrication, installation, inspection, and testing of nuclear submarine piping and hanger systems. This entailed material acquisition, planning, scheduling, sequencing, budgeting, and trade coordination.

Resident Engineer
Veteran’s Administration, Washington, D. C.
Summer 1983

Responsible for checking specification compliance, construction quality, change orders, and schedule performance during the construction of a Veteran’s Hospital in Washington, D.C.


Paul Sweeney, PE  |  Riverside Engineering, llc  |  860-303-8750  |
20 Maple Street, Chester, CT 06412