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Engineering Project Manager

United States
October 07, 2016

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****, ******** *****, ***********, **. 21029. USA. Tel:-(C):306-***-****/410-***-****. Page 1 of 4


Bachelor in mechanical engineering, with PMP (Project Management Professional) and MBA (Finance). Registered as a Professional Engineer in Ontario and Saskatchewan. Actively involved in various APEGS committees and Past President of SES (Saskatoon Engineering Society). Member of PMI (Project Management Institute). CANADIAN CITIZEN.

20+ years of professional experience in study, design, engineering, delivery (capital, up-gradation & re-vamping), project engineering/management & quality for EPCM, manufacturing, operation & fabrication in chemical, process, oil and mineral processing industry. Developed, evaluated and dealt with client, consultants, contractors & vendors.

Extensive experience in study, managing, supervising & monitoring: Capital/up-grade/de-bottlenecking projects -- Concept development, prefeasibility/feasibility study (Pre-FEED/FEED), value engineering, initial and detail design/engineering, multi-discipline project engineering/management; assisting installation, commissioning and post commissioning activity for process, chemical, heavy engineering, mineral processing and combustion industry.

Exclusive experience in air pollution, liquid/bulk material storage and handling system, rotating/classification

/process/separation equipment, energy audits, material selection, coatings, wear/abrasion lining, piping, combustion, heat & mass transfer system. Along with stakeholder, procurement, vendor and quality management.

Sound proficient knowledge of process, civil, structural, E&I, controls & strong understanding of discipline interface.

Familiar with all applicable ASTM, ANSI, ASME, API, CSA, statutory, industry standards and codes.

Familiarity with software - SAP, MS Project, Primavera, 3D SmartPlant, AutoCAD, PDMS, and Solid works.

Analytical, organized, innovative, ambitious, initiative, problem solver, resourceful, individual/team player, project and result oriented, self-motivated, with strong technical and multi discipline engineering skills.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Engineering Manager/Senior Project Engineer 08/2015 – Till date Stantec. Saskatoon. Canada.

Functionally managed and developed design and engineering team, along with project/discipline lead roles on various projects. Lead and supported other initiatives, including engineering management, project management, stakeholders and client engagement/business development functions. Lead an integrated team of all discipline engineers & designers across multiple project areas from multiple offices to plan, execute and deliver project work.

Responsible for engineering department needs including training and development, recruitment, providing engineering leadership and ensuring technical expertise is delivered with the highest degree of quality and integrity.

Assigned work, oversee design quality, procedures & consistency. Supervised design schedule, productivity & budget

Contributed as engineering lead in proposals for BHP-Jansen U/G mine development - DPS (Definition Phase Study), bridging and critical shaft work. Lead engineering management for Bridging, as a discipline lead for critical shaft work and other miscellaneous projects. Streamlined, enhanced and successfully completed all deliverable requirements. Familiarized and integrated all BHPB program engineering and management system. Familiar with 3D Smartplant.

Developed an integrated team with client, and implemented all program engineering and management aspects. Contributed as a SME in study works, conduct senior peer review of all program based standardized design criteria’s, documents, specifications, applying value engineering/optimization aspects. Contributed in systematic stage gate process. Participated in developing U/G overall material handling system concept & integrating with 3D Smartplant.

Part of Mining-Engg Standards: Centre of excellence & Saskatchewan Leads & Leverage team. Participate in business development initiative & proposals. Managed several sustaining capital projects as a project manager/lead engineer. Engineering Management/Senior Project Engineer 05/2013 – 07/2015 Karnalyte Resources – Saskatoon. Canada.

Select, liaison & coordinated with EPCM, consultant & contractor for a capital project. Lead performance & act as a single point contact for all program/project design, engineering & management interface, involving all stakeholders.

Lead the streamlining of integrated multi contractor/discipline planning, for capital project scope, cost, schedule, quality & EH&S aspects in developing, delivery & operation of a green field potash solution mine.(625,000TPY, $750m)

Develop business strategy in line with business goals. Identified case studies for value engineering/optimization, explored alternates, oversee pilot plant studies, evaluated results & recommended option. Develop scope definition, ASHOK THAKKAR (FEC)(P. Eng)(PMP)(MBA[Fin.]) Tel:-(C):306-***-****/410-***-**** Page 2 of 4

conducted feasibility study (CAPEX/OPEX), prepared project proposal and budget estimate, for board of directors.

Lead/organized rail / NG pipeline study, early works, water well, well pads, cavern and brine well development.

Handled/guided contract preparation, reviews, evaluations and approved all work as per defined scope.

Initiated, finalized and instituted: project wide design basis; PFD, heat & mass balance, standardization and work package aspects; detailed engineering, integration (plant/mine facility, crystallizer, evaporator, utility, logistics, infrastructure, co-gen plant), modularization (attended 3 day summit) & 3D model. Conduct/participate in HAZOP.

Finalize & implement project execution plan/strategy, functional standard, process & procedures. Analyzed options to attain integrated value engineering & scope optimization, enabling safe efficient construction, commissioning and operation requirements. Deal with government regulatory agency, permitting, vendors & all identified stakeholders. Senior Project/Mechanical Engineer 01/2005 – 05/2013 Amec Foster Wheeler. Saskatoon. Canada.

Sintoukola (Congo) Capital Project (2.0 MMT). Saskatoon. Project/Lead Mechanical Engineer. 06/2012– 05/2013

Lead/coordinated: pre-feasibility, bridging, feasibility study (evaluate options: mine development; ore handling, conveying and storage; plant capacity/site location, PFD, heat & mass balance, equipment’s, co-gen plant, layout and product ship loading). Scope development, plant modularization study, value engineering/optimization, multi- discipline integration, cost estimation, risk assessment, conducted various studies, provided recommendation and prepared reports for a green field potash mine capital project (CAPEX/OPEX).

Potash Corp. Rocanville West Expansion Capital Project (2.7 MMT-$2.8b). Saskatoon. 01/2009 – 11/2012 Principal Engineer (Mechanical) and Project/Lead Mechanical Engineer. 06/2009 – 11/2012

Reporting to project/engineering manager, act as a client representative, dealing with all internal & external stakeholders. Lead/direct value optimization & technical expertise based delivery of all integrated multi-discipline packages, implementing project wide standardization, following all engineering & project management guidelines.

Lead the development, integration and implementation of value based multi discipline design criteria’s, engineering management plans, strategy and functional standards, processes & procedures. Contributed as a SME/senior peer reviewer. Successfully delivered all items as per defined scope, cost and schedule, fulfilling all clients’ requirements.

Directed/guided project team (all satellite office) from design to construction phase on: design, engineering, project engineering, project-wide standardization, procurement, quality, documentation and value engineering aspects.

Coordinated integration of multi-discipline design, engineering and PtD efforts in developing design criteria, specifications & deliverables. Organized & contributed to layout, PFD’s, P&ID’s, GA, HAZOP & 3D Model reviews.

Lead multi-disciplined packages, bidders list, vendor development/evaluation/interaction, purchase requisition, procurement/spares strategy, technical bid evaluation, recommendation, internal/vendor documents review/ approval, inspection, quality management, safety aspect, manuals and formal acceptance of deliverables.

Interacted with client (engineering, operation and maintenance team) for bidders list, make-or-buy decisions, technical/equipment concerns, continuous improvement initiatives & benchmarking aspects to enhance product recovery, evaluate options, pilot plant testing (ring dryer), package approval and engineering management.

Lead overall plant corrosion aspects, material selection, coatings, abrasion/wear lining, thermal and acoustic insulation philosophy. Investigated equipment/plant noise levels & conduct virtual noise study of upcoming plant.

Interfaced with vendors, supply chain, inspection agencies, document management and project controls, for developing, monitoring & controlling: - Scope, quality, procurement strategy, expediting, inspections, vendor management/evaluations, cost, schedule, documentation, budget estimate/forecast & change order management.

Reviewed contracts, evaluated quotes, attended to contractors’ technical concerns, contributed in area constructability reviews and resolved all site engineering/construction team concerns, including RFI’s.

Attended technical conference, seminar & trade show for latest development, evaluated & recommended options.

Lead a team, for product storage/load-out system project and testing of coatings for thermal/acoustic insulation. Mechanical Area Lead - Responsible for all Wet Mill Area Mechanical deliverables. 01/2009 – 06/2009

Developed project scope, deliverables list, identified and assigned packages, selected and supervised team members. Managed integrated multi discipline design, engineering, quality and procurement. Lead/contributed in planning, execution, ongoing updating, monitoring and control (baseline scope, cost & schedule).

Lead, managed and coordinated all integrated multi discipline value based, design and engineering activities, applying PtD concept; in compliance to applicable codes, acceptable engineering standards & statutory requirement. ASHOK THAKKAR (FEC)(P. Eng)(PMP)(MBA[Fin.]) Tel:-(C):306-***-****/410-***-**** Page 3 of 4

Lead / assist in developing PMP (functional strategy, plan, processes, system), EWBS, EWP, engineering deliverables, CWP & site contracts, following all project engineering requirements. Review & control progress.

Managed & organized all technical reviews, purchase requisition, technical bid evaluation & resolved all concerns.

Provided technical guidance, mentoring and supported design, engineering, reviewed important/critical design basis/criteria’s, package document reviews, installation and construction activity and scope/change management.

Conducted weekly mechanical meetings and contributed in engineering meetings. Planned, scheduled and reviewed progress. Liaison with client, project management, procurement, project control and other disciplines.

Potash Corp. Cory Red Product Expansion Capital Project (2.2 MMT, $1.6b). Saskatoon. (2007 - 2008) Mechanical Package Lead/Area Lead.

Lead area wide all discipline integrated technical package/deliverable’s, as per baseline (scope, cost & schedule) & PMP. Interacted with client, vendors, internally with project engineering and management team. Attend lessons learned session. Successfully delivered all defined scope items, to the utmost satisfaction of customer.

Effectively coordinated with all disciplines, project team and stakeholders. Planned, scheduled and managed engineering work, procurement activity and vendor interaction/evaluation from design basis to site delivery.

Supervised & lead a team of designers and engineers, and attained all project and engineering management tasks.

Captured, analyzed and utilized benchmarking data, lessons learned and continuous improvement aspects to improve plant efficiency and enhance product recovery. Managed new technology study/pilot plant testing and performed joint inspection of thickeners and centrifuges.

Interacted with client, procurement, project, document controls and organized HAZOP and 3D Model reviews.

Lead a team in formulating SS 316 pickling/passivation and wear/abrasion resistant lining requirements.

Potash Corp. Lanigan Phase-I Re-habilitation Capital Project (1.5 MMT, $430m). Saskatoon. (2005 – 2007) Mechanical Equipment Coordinator/Lead Engineer.

Managed and coordinated project feasibility study, execution, construction, turnover to post-commissioning activities. Accomplished client requirements, successfully attained all guarantees and scope, within time & budget.

Coordinated study scope definition, PFD, heat & mass balance, sample testing, vendor development, budgetary enquiries, multi discipline deliverables & cost estimation. Formulated & assisted in overall project cost estimates.

Formulated design criteria’s and specifications for mechanical, piping and building services. Managed integrated project planning and execution of deliverables, equipment list and evaluated make-or-buy decisions. Introduced a system of equipment list, data sheets, QAP and ITP. Coordinated with vendors and sub consultants.

Prepared/coordinated integrated multi-discipline bid packages, purchase requisition, technical bid evaluation, issued recommendation for client approval, resolved client concerns and organized bid review meetings.

Organized all inter discipline reviews, resolved all issues/concerns and approved vendor documents. Interacted with client’s team for incorporating lessons learned and continuous improvement aspects and resolved all concerns. Visit plant site on regular basis and attended project management meetings at plant site.

Coordinated meetings for HAZOP evaluations, 3D Model reviews and formulated deliverables review process.

Assisted and supported installation and commissioning activities and managed all regulatory agency approval. Resolved all technical issues of field engineering including RFI’s, construction and commissioning team. Royal Technologies Pvt. Ltd (Project/Quality Engineer) 02/2001 – 12/2004

Royal Foam, Toronto, 2002-2004: Lead Project engineering / management for a plastic resin processing plant. Lead/finalized conceptual design, plant layout, detailed engineering, selection of equipment, project management, installation, commissioning and operation. Successfully commissioned plant to it’s full capacity.

Royal Foam, Toronto, 2001-2002: Production and Quality Control Supervisor. Planned and supervised installation of equipment, start-up and maintenance activities for a plastic foam extrusion facility. Established & lead quality control department. Lead product development, die testing, set-ups, reviewed samples & assemblies, prepared reports, approved final product for mass production, production quality control and handled non-conformances. Larsen& Toubro Ltd.(FLSmidth collaboration).Assistant Manager (Projects). 11/1995–01/2001

Arakkonam Cement Grinding Unit Capital Turnkey Project, India, 1999-2001: Project engineering and management lead for a C$80M, 1M tpa green field project. Managed all engineering, equipment specification, project management

(scope, cost, schedule-control and monitoring), procurement and quality assurance requirements. Supervised project team of discipline engineers, designers & project controls. Coordinated planning, scheduling, work allocation, bid ASHOK THAKKAR (FEC)(P. Eng)(PMP)(MBA[Fin.]) Tel:-(C):306-***-****/410-***-**** Page 4 of 4

evaluation, contract negotiation, quality, inspection, change management and technical support for construction & commissioning. Lead AS-IS, TO-BE, implementation, going live & training for SAP(R/3)–MM/PS module

Visakh Refinery upgrade, Visakh Refinery, India, 1998-1999: Project engineer for a diesel hydro desulphurization

(DHDS) unit turnkey project & floating platform. Coordinated project engineering and execution. Handled all drawing preparation, fabrication & delivery. Equipment’s involved – Process vessels, columns, scrubber and gas compressor.

Up-gradation of Various Cement Plants, India. 1998-1999: Project Lead. Supervised several upgrades, retrofit and re-engineering projects. (a) Task force member for Andhra Pradesh cement plant expansion from 6,500 to 7,200 tpd;

(b) Task force member for Gujarat cement plant expansion from 6,000 to 6,800 tpd [For (a) & (b), conducted feasibility study, presented payback period data to top management, finalized system, executed project in scheduled shutdown and attained required capacity]; (c) Successfully installed a fly-ash handling and new burner management system; (d) Conducted energy audits, study of bag house Vs electrostatic precipitator (ESP), manual Vs automated packaging system; & (e) Team member for analyzing a blast in reverse-air bag house and prepared reports.

AP Cement Project, Andhra Pradesh Cement Plant Capital Turnkey Project, India, 1995-1998: Area project engineering & management lead (C$260M, 6,500 tpd green field cement plant). Coordinate equipment specification, bid evaluation, approval of GA drawing & QAP, project management (plan, execute, monitor & control-scope, budget

& schedule), review inspection report, quality & resolved all technical issues. Managed internally & externally with vendor & collaborator for engineering, installation & commissioning activities. Assisted and coordinated with engineering contractor, field engineering/construction & commissioning team; support post-commissioning activities. Successfully handed over equipment operation & attained defined capacity. Conducted internal ISO 9000 audit. Incorporated Engineers Ltd. [Assistant Manager (Contracts)] 04/1991 – 10/1995

RSP Kiln Upgrade / Automation Turnkey Project, Rourkela Steel Plant, India, 1994-1995: Turnkey Contract Manager and Engineering lead. Handled all design, engineering, project management, supply and construction services as per contract for a kiln upgrade system. Monitored and coordinated site construction contractor work and resolved all issues/concerns. Successfully commissioned & integrated the system in the plant to client’s satisfaction.

Various Hot-Air Generator, Furnaces, Heat Exchangers/Recuperators/Waste heat recovery system, Fired Heater & Burner Turnkey Projects, India, 1992-1995: Business development/Contract Manager/Project engineer for turnkey contract projects. Manage quote, design, engineering, project management (scope, budget, schedule), procurement, manufacturing, quality, inspection, customer/consultant approval, supervised/support installation & commissioning. Assisted/coordinated with engineering contractor, construction, operations and maintenance teams. Successfully commissioned & handed over each system to client, attend to post-commissioning concerns, to client’s satisfaction.

Continental Float Glass Turnkey Project, Continental Glass Ltd, India, 1992-1993: Project engineer. Managed conceptual design to post-commissioning activities for a turnkey project of LSHS (Low Sulphur Heavy Stock) oil unloading, storage and distribution system. Project comprised of LSHS oil rail car / trailer unloading, tank farm, heating, heat tracing, separation, pumping, piping, stress analysis and distribution system.

Concrete Mixing Plants Turnkey Projects. Narmada Canal, India, 1991-1992: Project Engineer. Managed concept development, design, engineering, manufacturing, quality, construction and site/project management. Successfully commissioned and handed over to customer, three turnkey projects for bulk cement un-loading, storage and conveying system for concrete mixing plants and attended to post-commissioning activities to client satisfaction. Age Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (Mechanical Engineer) 08/1989 – 03/1991

Aramedco Foil Project, Aramedco Ltd, India, 1990-1991: Design and engineering lead for a 200M tpa electrodeposited copper foil manufacturing project (technical know-how from Advanced Foil Technology. NJ, USA). Lead all detail engineering, equipment selection, fabrication drawings, vendor selection, quality and installation. Assisted in selection of tension / speed controller, instrumentation and prepared O&M manual. Coordinated installation and testing of individual systems and commissioning of the plant to defined parameters.

Process equipment projects, India, 1989-1990: Lead concept development, detail design, manufacturing, quality, project management, procurement & successful commissioning of several iodized salt conveying, extruder & drying systems for chemical and food processing, various rota shifters for milk processing & glass grinding machine.


Bachelor in Engineering: Mechanical. Bhavnagar University - India

MBA: Finance. Indira Gandhi National open University (IGNOU) - India

Certification in Project Management. Centennial College - Toronto

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