Scott Chilman brings over 30 years of power generation experience as a mechanical and marine engineer, in the U.S. Navy and industry, to his position as director of power plant technology.
During his 13 years of active duty in the Navy he worked as a division officer on a destroyer, an engineering instructor at the Surface Warfare Officer Course, as chief engineer on a frigate, and a plant examiner conducting engineering assessments on ships in the Pacific Theater for Propulsion Examining Board.
As a merchant marine officer cadet, he spent time on a liquid natural gas carrier working for Energy Transportation Corp. and ashore with Atlantic Richfield Corp., and as a senior staff systems engineer on numerous engineering projects for Lockheed Martin.
He began at Williamson in March 2017 as an adjunct hydraulics instructor teaching senior machinists.
Chilman said, “Being at Williamson is a wonderful opportunity and I feel honored to be here. A few years ago, the son of my wife’s friend studied masonry at Williamson. I brought him to freshman orientation and move-in day and fell in love with the school. I had no idea that God would lead me back.”
While in the Navy Reserves, he was assigned to several Naval Coordination and Guidance of Shipping units and the Joint Task Force as director of training for seven detachments.
In 2011, he retired with 23 good years of service as a commander in the U.S. Navy with two Commendation Medals and an Achievement Medal.
As a civilian, he was a senior staff systems engineer at Lockheed Martin in Valley Forge, Pa., and worked on numerous government contracts over his 20 year career.
He grew up in the small town of Quincy, Calif., and in high school played football, basketball, and baseball.
He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in marine engineering technology at California Maritime Academy, a Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School, and studied at the U.S. Naval War College.
He and Beth, his wife of 33 years, live in Glenside, Pa., and will soon live on campus. They have three children, Scott, Christopher, and Jessica.
In his spare time, he enjoys time with his family, church activities, and playing and watching sports.