I have a strong background as an automation professional relating to the natural gas industry. I have experience in both midstream and exploration & production sectors of the industry. It is always my goal to keep all process installations, deployments, and improvements as reliable and cost effective as possible.
I am a goal oriented person, who loves to learn and contribute. Click HERE for a detailed list of projects I have been involved in.
Williams – Controls Technology Specialist III
May 2014 – Present Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania
In my role of Controls Technology Specialist, my responsibilities include commissioning, calibration, programming, troubleshooting, repair and support of Williams ABA area (Northeastern PA) automation, control and measurement systems.
These systems include compressor unit control panels, station control panels, emergency shutdown systems, HMI systems, burner management systems, custody and non-custody gas measurement equipment, PLCs, RTU’s, instrumentation, process analyzers, valve actuators / positioners and VFD’s.
In my position I am called upon to act as controls project manager, providing direction, oversight and support during construction and commissioning phases of new facilities, supporting both E&C project managers and Operations project managers. I identify and manage contractor resources to optimize execution and meet project deadlines.
Additionally, I attend and provide input at Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) of Control Systems, PLC’s and Unit Control Panels, participate in PHA’s (Process Hazard Analysis), provide training and support to operations personnel on control systems, provide tier 2 support for measurement functions, work closely with Gas Control, SCADA and Gas Measurement to ensure accurate and available data, manage and document point to point and instrument loop checks. I coordinate with IM/IT during new equipment installation (such as EFM and PLC) and maintain reliable data throughput to our measurement and SCADA systems. I participate in project planning and execution meetings throughout the lifecycle of the project and will work closely with commercial and customers both internal and external to ensure all custody and automation needs are met.
WPX Energy – Measurement & Automation Specialist II
June 2013 – May 2014 Nicholson, Pennsylvania
Working out of WPX Energy’s Nicholson, Pa satellite office, my job responsibilities include commissioning, calibrating and maintaining multi-well pad measurement and automation. Other responsibilities include automation and E.S.D. controls at gathering compressor stations. Being a part of measurement services, I work and assist other departments such as production with any issues they may have on a regular basis. I also work with our SCADA department regarding communication and programming issues. Currently, I am deploying a licensed radio system with VSAT backhaul to improve data reliability, efficiency, security, and to reduce cost associated with third party data connectivity. I work with Fisher Roc 107 RTU’s, Vinson Production Manager, Oleumtech wireless devices, MDS radios and other devices and equipment common to the petrochemical industry.
Nisource (Columbia Pipeline Group) – Gas Controller March 2011 – June 2013 Charleston, WV
NiSource, Inc. based in Merriville Indiana is a Fortune 500 corporation with it’s core business in natural gas transmission, storage and distribution, as well as electric generation, transmission and distribution. NGT&S, a subsidiary of NiSource, consists of Columbia Gas Transmission, Columbia Gulf Transmission, Crossroads Pipeline, NiSource Energy Ventures, NiSource Midstream Ventures, and Joint Ventures with the Millennium Pipeline and Hardy Storage. As a Gas Controller, I was part of a dedicated team which is always striving to work at our absolute best. This is a summary of my duties and responsibilities: Monitor, control and assess pipeline, regulation, valve settings, and compression on part of a 15,000 mile system that is one of the largest underground storage systems in the United States. Communicate daily with field personnel on any operational needs or issues relative to system operations. Prepare and execute a plan to safely operate the system as efficiently as possible, while meeting the needs and expectations of the customers. Work with a variety of computer systems and software such as Telvent Oasys Scada system and company specific software.
West Virginia State Police – Electronic Technician October 2012 – May 2013 South Charleston, West Virginia
I was asked to return in a part time capacity when available (while also working in the control center for Columbia) to assist in training new employees. I also assisted in converting and preparing equipment for the FCC mandated narrow band conversion.
EQT Midstream – Measurement Specialist II June 2010 – March 2011 Clarksburg, WV
EQT Midstream is a subsidiary of EQT, and operates more than 11,400 miles of gathering and transmission pipeline and 63 Bcf of storage capacity in the Appalachian Basin. While employed with EQT Midstream I was responsible for the following: Install and calibrate positive displacement meters, mechanical correctors and electronic flow measurement equipment. Answer and investigate any reported complaints, repair and adjust as needed on measurement equipment. Take samples, run gas analysis and update efm gas analysis.
Cabot Oil & Gas – Automation Specialist June 2008 – June 2010 Sissonville, WV
Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation is a mid-sized independent oil and gas company which operates exclusively in the continental United States. As of December 31st, 2011 the company had approximately 3,033 Bcfe of total proved reserves and is a member of the S&P 500 Index. While employed at Cabot Oil & Gas, I had the privilege of working with some very dedicated team oriented people, and had the opportunity to be part of the beginning of Cabot’s prolific marcellus shale program in Susquehanna County, PA. While employed with Cabot I was responsible for the following: I was responsible for the communications, electronic measurement, and control equipment in the district I was assigned. I installed, serviced, and repaired equipment such as Eagle Research Rtu’s, Sierra Wireless Cellular Modems, Delphi DS100 Satellite Modems, Freewave ISM Radios, I/P Devices, Solenoid Control Interfaces, Welker, Fisher, and Mooney Valves and other such equipment. I played a large role in the start up of Cabot’s Marcellus field in North East Pennsylvania. I had been mostly responsible for a large Freewave network deployed to interface Total-Flow equipment at each well pad for real time monitoring, and all communications at sales meters and compressor stations to be integrated into the Cygnet SCADA system.
Eagle Research Corporation – Applications Engineering November 2006 – June 2008 Teays Valley, WV
In operation for over 35 years, Eagle Research has provided automation and telemetry solutions for remote data acquisition and control throughout all segments of the energy industry and many other industries. Eagle Research is committed to the local economy by refusing to outsource critical components or software development. In my position I took customer support questions via phone, email and in the field. I diagnosed and repaired hardware problems and software issues in the field, with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Eagle Research RTU product line and the capabilities and limitations of the products. I diagnosed hardware issues and repaired software problems via remote connections such as TCP, Land Line Modem, and Remote Desktop connections. I assisted Sales in specifying equipment and software needs for custom ordered equipment. I helped test and qualify different firmware, software, and hardware configurations.
West Virginia State Police – Chief Radio Technician July 2002 – November 2006 South Charleston, WV
The WV State Police were created in 1919 and is the fourth oldest state police agency in the United States, focusing on providing statewide enforcement of criminal and traffic laws and is one of the nations premier state police agencies. My responsibilities included preventive maintenance and repair of conventional and digital local and remote high power base stations, encrypted repeaters, mobile radios, in- vehicle patrol video systems, and signaling systems. Repair was performed down to the component level. I was solely responsible for mobile radar repair statewide. I was Responsible for three critical communication centers and systems that included the West Virginia Bureau of Criminal Investigations, co-operative E911 systems, and a large number of fleet vehicle communications. I dealt with many different vendors such as Motorola, Kenwood, Vertex, Ericsson and General Electric.
National Institute of Technology – Cross Lanes, WV