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Refinery Maintenance and Reliability Engineering Expert

Technical Consultant #2148


  • Over thirty-five years of engineering and management experience in the petroleum, petrochemical, and synthetic fuels industries.
  • Gap analysis, reliability management, plant design, construction, startup, and maintenance.
  • Maintenance and mechanical integrity requirements.
  • Establishment of plant standards and requirements.


Undisclosed Company, Senior Engineering and Advisor Division Manager

  • Provide consultation in the field of gap analysis, reliability management, plant performance evaluation, turnaround management and due diligence studies.
  • Manage the Texas division for this company including, the heavy lift organization.

Lyondell Chemical Company, Houston, TX, Director, Specialty Engineering

  • Set the strategic direction for maintenance and mechanical engineering on a worldwide basis for over 60 chemical manufacturing sites and refineries.
  • Established maintenance and mechanical integrity requirements.
  • Established and managed budgets.
  • Provided plant and capital project technical support.
  • Established standards and requirements for all plants.
  • Implemented maintenance work processes and reliability programs that reduced maintenance cost $70 million and contract manpower 34%, while improving reliability to record levels.
  • Integrated company acquisitions into the mechanical integrity and reliability programs.
  • Led due diligence efforts for acquisitions and synergy execution.

Manager, Regional Reliability

  • Managed the corporate non-process engineering organization providing worldwide technical and project support for ten manufacturing facilities.
  • Managed plant mechanical and I&E, (Instrumentation and Electrical) reliability engineering, inspection, machinery programs and warehousing for all Gulf Coast facilities.
  • Department had 140 employees, $20 million operating budget and executed $30 to $40 million of capital project work annually.
  • Developed a worldwide mechanical integrity and reliability program.
  • Upgraded safety interlock systems and DCS for all facilities.
  • Performed a mechanical integrity, reliability and operating cost assessment for the purchase of a $560 million chemical plant.
  • Led domestic and international due diligence teams for other plant evaluations and acquisitions.
  • Established a worldwide standards, supplier qualification and quality assurance program.
  • Revised over 100 corporate engineering standards to reduce cost and enhance reliability.

Manager, Engineering Services

  • Managed the corporate mechanical engineering department including rotating equipment, fixed equipment, utilities, fired equipment and quality assurance.
  • Provided technical support for the completion, startup and maintenance of propylene oxide and derivative facilities.
  • Identified and corrected safety issues in the major manufacturing facilities.

Oil Shale Operations, Parachute, CO, Supervisor, Reliability Engineering

  • Implemented and managed an engineering department to improve the reliability of the mine, retort and refining facilities for the world's first commercial oil shale plant.
  • Solved over 90% of the mechanical, electrical and instrument problems that caused plant shutdown between 1983 and 1990.
  • Implemented a plant wide reliability program including vibration analysis, laser alignment, and failure analysis and repair procedures.

Senior Project Engineer

  • Served as resident Mechanical Engineer in Lurgi offices, Frankfurt, West Germany.
  • Developed design to adapt fluid bed combustor technology to oil shale retorting.
  • Completed a mechanical engineering package for the U.S. Treasury Department.

Team Leader, Retort Technical Services

  • Supervised an engineering department, E&C companies and consultants responsible for start- up support.
  • Completely redesigned a piece of major rotating equipment including model testing, patent application, design, installation and field testing.
  • Designed a wear resistant shale disposal system that improved life from two days to over one year.

Texaco, Inc., Basingstoke, England, Project Engineer

  • Served a three year assignment as the resident Mechanical Design Coordinator for a $700 million expansion of the Pembroke, Wales refinery.

Honors & Publications


  • Certified Professional Engineer
  • Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional


  • Author of technical articles and made domestic and international presentations on implementation of reliability programs.


  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, (Honors), University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
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