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Engineer Mechanical Reliability

Concord, California, United States
November 26, 2017

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James Paul Hargreaves, EIT

H: 925-***-****

Concord, California (San Francisco Bay Area)


A Mechanical Engineer having experience in reliability and capital project engineering, mechanical and architectural design, electrical, manufacturing, construction, and IT data trending. I am a hands on engineer, comfortable in both field and office environments.


Self employed October 2016 - Current

Freelance work

Air Liquide America January 2013 - October 2016

Reliability Engineer

Lead the “No Leaks” initiative to reduce material leaks in shell and tube heat exchangers in the Air Liquide Large Industries group.

Worked with plant maintenance and operating personnel to identify and correct maintenance and reliability issues. Worked with plants to create MOCs (Management of Change), PM (Preventive Maintenance), and PdM (Predictive Maintenance) documents and procedures.

Lead several projects that resulted in the plant with one of the lowest reliability ranking to be recognized as having the highest reliability ranking for 2016.

Experience in heat exchangers, especially tube and shell

Experience with Steam Methane Reformers (SMR) and Air Separation Units (ASU)

Performed welding QA/QC and weld job planning

Self employed May 2011 - January 2013

Freelance work

Roberts Technical Services May 2008 – April 2011

Project Engineer at Criterion Catalysts and Technologies

Worked with maintenance and operating personnel installing and modifying utilities & equipment and outlining changes in manufacturing plant esponsibilities.

Experience with SAP and MAXIMO for tracking project finances, equipment and system changes and project progress.

Experience with compressed extrusion systems, gas systems, chill water plant wide system, and steam generation and handling

Prepare project proposals and cost estimates, Scope of Work for subcontractor, consultant and vendor bids

Perform project bid and permit requirements reviews

Supervise projects, personnel, and contractors

Analyze and document process change (MOC) and update drawings in AutoCad

Perform project funding tracking, assemble contract closeout documents

Experience with mechanical, electrical, architectural (including reverse engineering of buildings and equipment.)

Michael J. Arruda Construction April 2005 - January 2008

Site Supervisor

Supervise projects and personnel (employees and sub-contractors)

Continual contact with customer regarding changes and progress

Meet with county building inspectors for site inspections

Revamped company demolition procedures to increase income and decrease waste stream

Perform task as required to keep job on track

The Handyman Connection September 2004 - April 2005

General Handyman

Met with the client to identify the services required

Prepared bids for repair or remodeling services

Scheduled time for the work

Purchased and installed the necessary parts, and performed job site clean-up

Collected money due

Self employed January 2000 - January 2005

Freelance work

Naval Surface Warfare Center April 1985 - April 2002

Information Appraisal & Analysis Department

Mechanical / Reliability Engineer - Civilian

Collected, validated, analyzed and managed data for a Just-In-Time equipment replacement system for US Navy surface combatants. Work resulted in savings of approximately $500K quarterly to the US Navy.

Meet with clients to determine equipment for special studies and parameters to be tracked.

Performed in-depth equipment studies based on data validation & analysis of the maintenance support monitoring system information (3M tracking system). Studies were used to determine root failure cause or if a system had achieved a “well status”.

Used ship class P&ID’s and tech manuals for reference during data validation and in-depth equipment studies.

Six years as project lead supervising 1-3 employees.

Experience with high pressure air systems, cooling and chill water systems, sea water systems, electronics, power generation, propulsion, and tactical systems.

Extensive knowledge of rotating machinery, internal combustion engines, hydraulic systems, electrical motors, corrosion control, combat systems, gun mounts, fire control systems, and missile launching systems.

Good problem solving, customer, and presentation skills.

Proficient with many PC computer programs. Able to quickly learn and retain knowledge of new computer programs and systems.

Security clearance held during entire employment.


Engineer In Training (EIT), California Certificate number 061148

Certified Level 1 Vibration Analyst (ASNT)

Root Cause Analysis - Level 1 Facilitator (RCA/RCFA)

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)


1985 - 1997 Confidential

1997 - 2002 Secret

2014 - 2018 TWIC


American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1982-2002


September 2010 – Current

Boy Scout Troop 364, Clayton, California - Adult Leadership

Oversee Troop functions and direct committee meetings

Merit Badge councilor

Eagle coach

September 2003 - August 2007

Forest Park Swim Association - Board of Directors

Volunteer work overseeing buildings and grounds maintenance.

August 2002 - June 2004

Ayers Elementary School, Concord, California

Teaching computers to kindergartners, part time.

October 2000 - Current

First Lutheran Church of Concord, California - Board of Trustees

Volunteer work overseeing and performing the upkeep and enhancement of the

buildings and grounds


BS Mechanical Engineering, California State University, Sacramento, 1985

AA Machine Technology, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA, 1982

AS Automotive Technology, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, CA, 1982

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