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Engineer Manager

Manchester, Tennessee, 37355, United States
August 24, 2018

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Tracy G. Jernigan


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Over 30 years of progressive experience in both manufacturing and R&D facilities. Project engineer, Project Manager, Maintenance Engineer, Operations Engineer, Design Engineer, Reliability Manager, Reliability Engineer, Design/Build Startup Engineer, and currently Engineering & Maintenance Manager.


From April, 2018

Key Skills

Proficient or familiar with a vast array of asset management, construction, and reliability concepts and technologies.




B.S. Mechanical Engineer, Tennessee Technological University

Graduate Courses, University of Tennessee Space Institute

Work Experience Summary Last Date

Neenah Inc. May 2017 – March 2018

Brattleboro, VT 05301

Maintenance & Engineering Manager

Provide direction and leadership of maintenance program

Monitor and maintain project accountability for all mill projects. Monthly reports to VP.

Lead Safety Initiatives and Corrective Actions

Set up CMMS utilization

Develop KPI’s

Direct reports include maintenance supervisor, project manager/engineer, and utility engineer

Team player with management team to increase reliability, safety and reduce cost of manufacturing

Responsible for all buildings, grounds, utilities, water treatment, fresh water supply, paper machine supporting processes, finishing and converting capital assets, and life safety systems.

Oxford International: Neenah Paper, Inc. (Contract) Nov 2016 – May2017

Brattleboro, VT

Maintenance Supervisor

Responsible for all maintenance and equipment engineering activities throughout the mill.

9 direct reports

Project manager for capital projects

Contributor to management team – report to mill manager

Work with outside contractors

Lead Proactive PdM/PM activities

Budget accountability

Flint Hills Resources, Refinery (temporary) May 2014 – Jan 2015

Corpus Christi, TX

Reliability Engineer

•Improvements, Modifications, Design Changes of Pumps Seals

•Compressor Rebuilds

•Work with Internal and External Clients

Mueller Company, Water Products (contract) May 2013 – Jan 2014

Albertville, AL

Reliability Engineering Leader –Foundry, Machining, Assembly & Paint Manufacturing

•Manage implementation of Corporate Reliability Based Production Model

•Assign managers and superintendents WDWW tasks/goals to meet Implementation Schedule

Asset Health: Critical Equipment Ranking and Bad Actors. Failure Analyses and Improvement plans, complete EMP

Planning & Scheduling: Workflow development, Roles and Responsibilities, Management Of Change, MEL-BOM-Work Plans

Routine Equipment Care / Operator Basic Care: 5S, TPI, Lubrication – Operator Checklists/Inspections – Visual Controls & Ownership

Materials Management: Hidden stores, Stock Room Mgmt, Kitting and Staging, Stock Optimization

Condition Monitoring: PM Evaluation/Optimization, Predictive (health assessment) Routes and Technicians, Supporting Corrective Workflows, Planned Worked Executed Before Failure

Reliability Engineering: To Maintain, In Processes, In Design, Increase OEE MTBF Turns, Lower Cost/Unit

•Promote Culture Change: Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability, Reinforcement

•Report to Corporate Reliabilty Atlanta GA, and Albertville Plant Manager.

•Top Level Mgmt: Steering Committee, Production Planning, Maintenance Planning, Coordinate FMEA’s, Perform RCFA’s, Lead TPI Events (return to green)

•A great combination of Leadership and Technical Skills

Hemlock SemiConductor, Inc. (contract) Mar 2011 - Jan 2013

Clarksville TN

Facility Startup/Reliability Engineer

•Specializing in management of verification, installation and startup of pumps plant wide.

•Rotating equipment senior consultant.

•Prepare job plans for startup and commissioning.

•Lead startup up team from dealing with hazardous liquids to difficult slurries utilizing can-motor pumps.

•Provide oversight of pumps from installation by construction until turnover to operations.

•Hire and utilize contractors for alignments and vibration analyses.

•Provide work instructions and guidance to maintenance crafts.

•Develop design solutions for issues during construction.

•Materially participated and Managed Work across the entire chemical plant dealing with construction, installation, testing, startup, and quality verification of plant equipment prior to turnover for operations. Interfaced with dozens of Construction Subs, Primary construction/CM Contractor Project Managers and Supervisors, all levels of Management, Safety, Quality Control, and most consistently Reliability Engineering in the Joint Product Improvement Initiative between purchaser and manufacturer for increased pump life for the Clarksville Pump handling heavy slurries and high vapor pressures. Safety analyses dictated the use of the canned-motor pumps throughout the plant chemical systems.

Sabbatical – Full time single parent 2006-2011

Consulting- Ammonia Refrigeration Evaluation Confidential Client 2007

Jacobs Engineering, Inc 1987-2006

Technology Group, Tullahoma, TN [~1991-1994, 1998-2006]

Facility Project Engineer

•Led on-site project teams and directed subcontractor activities.

•Two to six weeks on site (out of office) per trip. Examples: Modine in Wisconsin, Honda in

Ohio, NASA in California, Mando in South Korea, Rolls-Royce in UK, Behr in Germany,

NASA in Virginia to list a few. Extensive equipment inspection and testing at vendor sites

across the U.S. for two to four days at a time.

Jacobs Engineering, Inc.

AEDC Group, Arnold AFB, TN [~1987-1990, 1994-1998]

Plant Operations Engineer

•Determined plant equipment and facility personnel requirements to meet production

requirements; 250 MW power draw facility, participated directly in daily scheduling.

•Responsible for twelve hour production shift over approximately forty production personnel including other supporting engineers, maintenance supervisors, and operations supervisors;

world’s largest air-breathing turbine engine test facility.

•Directed plant configuration changes to meet performance requirements. Surpassed milestones

simulating accel & ascent, decel & descent by making facility configuration changes ‘on the fly’.

•Directed daily plant morning maintenance meeting to meet production requirements; i.e.,

a prioritization of equipment repairs required.

Plant Maintenance Engineer

•Supported plant asset management.

•Made significant documented reductions in downtime; 22 independent hydraulic

systems with 67 each – 120 gpm, 3300psi pumps over a forty-acre plant reduced

200% in 18 months for example.

•Extensive experience with all types of hydraulic equipment: centrifugal, axial piston, mag-

netic drive, canned motor types, vane and diaphragm pumps; accumulators, servo-valves, hydraulic cylinders, reservoirs, high and low pressure filtration, heat exchangers, and motors.

Significant experience with liquid and pneumatic programmed operation sequences.

•Managed and evaluated ‘oil analysis’ program results. Cleanliness, physical properties,

•Wear Metal analyses. A fault can be at initial stages not triggering a vibration alarm, but fluid inspections will sometimes be the first indicator of a fault developing.

•Provided expertise in troubleshooting and repair to daily operations.

•Managed spare parts; strived for minimum inventory on-hand.

•Tasked as Predictive Maintenance Program Manager through an Improvement and

Modernization project.

•Developed and Directed Predictive Maintenance Program; set up a 3600 point vibration analysis route. Analyzed lube oil samples and trended for wear particle analyses.

•Initialized Infrared Thermography inspections into PdM program.

•Diagnosed severe equipment problems from large motors (i.e. broken rotor bar) to small pumps (i.e. bearing failures). Performed motor diagnostics.

•Managed Repair and Maintenance Projects, and Improvement and Modernization projects; consistently finished under budget and on-schedule.

•Evaluated and recommended preventive maintenance needs based on frequency schedules. Incorporated into health based program everywhere possible.

•Wrote maintenance procedures.

•Wrote maintenance work orders to union craft.

•Worked closely with craft to accomplish goals. Included them in decision making processes.

•Self-directed program implementation with upper management by-off and support.

Documented equipment saves, downtime reductions from increased reliability, and equipment availability up-time.

Batesville Casket Company

Manchester, TN 1986 - 1987

Maintenance Supervisor

•Directed daily maintenance activities; twelve- fifteen skilled maintenance technicians.

•Prepared work instructions.

•Documented work completed.

•Defined needs of CMMS system.

•Completed projects as required; utilizing in-house or contracted personnel.

•Responded to emergency failures with urgency.

•Worked on stamping presses and auxiliary systems, conveyor systems, welding equipment, paint line systems, hardware and gasket plant systems, boilers, and ‘triax’ storage system.

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