Third generation to make a career in the maritime industry.  Experienced with designing, building and operating vessels of all sizes, ranging from small hand built wood pleasure boats to shipyard built ocean going commercial vessels.  Also experienced in maritime waterfront construction and shipyard layout, design and operations.  Owned and operated construction equipment including hydraulic cranes, excavators, bulldozers, welding equipment, shears and other industrial machinery.

Designed and built two shipyards involved in the repair, overhaul, modification and construction of commercial steel welded steel vessels.

Competitive yacht sailor, designer and builder for personal use.

Work experience:

Intern-engineer, U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command 1976-1977,
Ship’s Engineering Officer, U.S. Merchant Marines 1977-1979,
Marine Surveyor, United States Salvage Association 1979-1982,
Safety Director/Chief Engineer/Marine Superintendent,
Buchanan Marine, L.P., as consultant 1986-1993, as employee 1993-1995
and as consultant to the C.E.O.
Consulting Engineer in private practice, 1982-present

Volunteer Firefighter

Volunteer Consultant and Technical Contributor to the International Nonsuch Sailing Association

Marine Safety Center

Beating to windward in my Nonsuch 26 off of New London, Connecticut


Professional Engineer, State of Connecticut, retired
Professional Engineer, State of New York, retired
Professional Engineer, State of New Hampshire, retired
Professional Engineer, State of Rhode Island
Board Certified Forensic Engineer, National Society of Professional

United States Coast Guard, 2A/E steam and diesel, unlimited horsepower, retired

Continuing education and training:


Life membership, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
(SNAME) (Peer review of professional experience and education required
for membership)

Chair, New England Section SNAME
Chair, SNAME SC-6 panel “Shipyard Productivity”
Past member, SNAME “Ship Repair & Conversion” panel (panel dissolved)
Member, SNAME “Professional Engineering Registration” panel
Past member (panel dissolved after completion of report) SNAME,
“Fishing Systems” (note: the “Fishing Systems” panel final report was
substantially incorporated into the “Federal Fishing Vessel Safety Act”)
Retired member, National Society of Professional Engineers
(Peer review of professional experience and education required for
Retired member, National Academy of Forensic Engineers
(Peer review of professional experience and education required for

Curriculum Vitae of John A. Tylawsky, P.E.

Certified advanced SCUBA with night navigation

U.S. Navy damage control school.

U.S. Navy firefighting school.

Red Cross certified life guard

USCG able-bodied seaman

HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials) Training, 1994
Ship Repair & Maintenance (seminar series)  , 1983
George Washington University, Washington, D.C.,
coursework in engineering project
management and construction project scheduling, 1977
Sperry-Vickers Hydraulics Training Institute, Detroit, Mi.,
marine and land-based hydraulic machinery engineering, 1978
World Trade Institute, One World Trade Center, New York, N.Y.,
coursework in admiralty law and marine hull insurance, 1979
Deep Foundations Institute, Berlin, Connecticut, professional
development seminar on marine pile engineering, 2002
Dynamics and Vibration of Marine Vessels, Design of Ocean Systems,
Marine Hydrodynamics, Maneuvering and Control, Logistics and
Transportation Planning, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2002/3
Financial Engineering, Capital Markets, Risk Management, Corporate
Strategic Planning, MIT Sloan, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2003
Ethical Considerations for the Expert Witness, NSPE, 2003

Sailing the Nonsuch, part 1

Education:  Bachelor of Engineering, Marine Engineering, SUNY Maritime College, Fort Schuyler, 1976

Sailing the Nonsuch, part 2.


SNAME panel published paper “Fishing Vessel Stability Limits”
(this final report was substantially incorporated into the “Fishing Vessel
Safety Act”)
“In-situ Stability Measurement of Fishing Vessels”, presented
to a USCG sponsored conference on fishing vessel safety.
“Microbial Degradation of Lubricating Oil”, privately published
“Small Vessel Stability- What’s the Problem?” privately published
“What is Buoyancy?”, Charter school lecture