Thirty years of experience in industry and private consulting
in a wide variety of assignments in ergonomics and human factors
engineering. Board-certified professional ergonomist.
Experienced with industrial, office, process, and specialized
William E. Barbre, MSIE CPE
Private consulting practice, Barbre Ergonomics, since 1996. Along
with client project work, has served as expert or fact witness for a
wide variety of law firms and claims groups in over 400 personal
injury lawsuits since 1991. Selected to start the ergonomics risk
reduction process at one of the first ten United States Postal
Service Processing and Distribution Centers.
First full-time ergonomist at an American railroad, Burlington
Northern/Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Initiated and managed
corporate-wide ergonomics process for 40,000 employees in 25
states and two Canadian provinces, with 80 major facility locations
including industrial, office, and transportation ergonomics
applications. Provided ergonomics guidance, jobsite analyses, and
recommendations for employee work methods and modification of
Responsible for ergonomics aspects of design, selection, and
procurement of new facilities, rail equipment, locomotives, freight
cars, heavy vehicles, on-track equipment, vehicular and workplace
seating, job aids, tools, workstations, and office equipment.
Developed and delivered company-wide leader and employee
training programs in back care, ergonomics, soft tissue injuries,
and specialized techniques for physically demanding tasks.
Provided ergonomics support for company litigation and claims
processes, and represented company interests regarding ADA and
proposed ergonomics regulations.
Eight years in aerospace industry, General Dynamics. Human
factors engineering and ergonomics support in crewmember
task analysis, seating, cockpit/cab layout, anthropometry, helmet
mounted display systems, specialized subsystem controls,
hands-on control devices, keyboards and keypads, cockpit displays
and symbol sets, personal protective equipment for
chemical-biological-laser environments, high-acceleration vehicle
restraints, G-tolerance enhancements, crew escape systems,
ingress and egress designs, mockupand simulator studies, field
equipment handling, maintenance methods, climbing, access,
centrifuge testing, and prototypetest flight. F-4 egress procedures
and familiarization flight.
BA Honors Psychology, Engineering Psychology option,
University of New Mexico, Magna Cum Laude, 1981.
MS Industrial Engineering/Operations Research, Virginia
Polytechnic Institute, Human Factors option, 1983.
DOT Commendation for Design Excellence
Letters of Appreciation from US Air Force SPO
Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics, Certificant
Member, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society since 1983
Complete Curriculum Vitae available on request.
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Barbre Ergonomics Consulting and Training
Bill Barbre, MSIE CPE
I'm certified professional ergonomist Bill Barbre, MSIE CPE. I was
trained by experts in safety, ergonomics, and human factors
engineering. I started Barbre Ergonomics in 1996 after working in
aerospace and heavy industry for 13 years. My background and
experience led me to develop a practical and effective approach
that uses ergonomics methods and "tricks of the trade" to tackle
efficiency-robbing fatigue and soreness as well as wasted effort,
unnecessary steps, avoidable risks, and safety issues involving
manual exertion, repetitive forceful motions, and working in
This approach goes beyond the usual ergonomics topics to address
related problems such as loss of balance or stability,
slips-trips-falls, hazardous placement of body parts, and inefficient
labor-intensive processes. From sprains and strains, to
best-available solutions for difficult tasks, to eliminating
unnecessary effort and steps, I can help.
Using Barbre Ergonomics means receiving the services of an
experienced career ergonomist every time. I don't use interns or
cross-trained associates from other fields, and my consulting
services cost less, even with travel expenses.
I'm based in Fort Worth, Texas near DFW International Airport, so
I can efficiently reach even out-of-the way plant locations across
the US. Let me help you accomplish your goals.