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Power Plant Manager

Hartford, CT
January 13, 2020

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Mark L. Thomas

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Wilbraham, MA 01095



Supervisor with strong leadership and relationship-building skills. Over twenty years of experience in the utility and chemical industry as well as being well versed in power plant operations, mechanical maintenance and troubleshooting. Adept at leading organizational change, technical problem solving, and troubleshooting automated processes.


Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Springfield, MA 2/2016-Present

Systems Operations Supervisor – LNG/LP Facilities

Sole Supervisor of liquefied natural gas plant in operations and maintenance of Liquefaction/Vaporization process with 12 team members to support customer critical gas transmission and distribution network.

Supervise operations of two remotely operated Propane/Air mix Peak facilities

Assist and support NiSource Gas Control and Gas Supply Operations with forecasting and reliability reports

Perform safety, compliance and production audits & reports

Ensure budget compliance and redirect resources to maintain performance

Provide project management oversight for Capital and O&M ventures

Support company safety initiatives and lead by demonstrating safe behaviors

Foster open communications with Corporate Security to stay abreast of emergency response protocol

Acts as CMA Ambassador to local town officials and emergency response teams

Train Fire and Law Enforcement personnel on proper emergency response to gas plant emergencies

National Grid, Northampton, MA 4/2014-2/2016

Operations Supervisor

Supervision of lineman (overhead and underground) for five Western Massachusetts Platforms Storm response and restorations after outages

Adhered to capital and maintenance budgets

Charged with implementation of team com hub.

Trained Overhead Supervisors on hub facilitation and creative problem solving

Perform safety and compliance inspections

First Light and Power/GDR Suez, Northfield MA

Northfield Mountain, Pumped Storage Hydro Complex 5/2013-4/2014

Hydro Electric Station Operator

Operate and coordinate hydroelectric generation facilities in accordance with ISO New England/Convex operating procedures and regulations

Facilitate switching and tagging to isolate and divert all facets of energy and electrical flow

Surveillance and monitoring of company assets such as Solar Farm, switch yard, upper/lower reservoir (Connecticut River) in addition to vehicles and remote assets on and off site

Molycorp Minerals, Mountain Pass, CA 4/2012-5/2013

Shift Supervisor Combined Head and Power (Project Phoenix)

Responsible for operation of a 49 MW power station with four Solar Titan 130s combustion turbine generators equipped with Deltak HRSGs, supplemental duct burner firing, aqueous ammonia injection/selective catalytic reduction and load shed bank for environmental air compliance

Unique plant in “Island Operation Mode” at an open pit mine facility with chemical extraction process on site for leaching of rare earth minerals

Supervision of operators and operations specialists covered by a collective bargaining agreement. Led employees in day to day operations as well as off-normal events, equipment failures and maintenance overhauls

Trained operators utilizing vendor manuals, computer based training and P&IDs to understand power plant theory, LOTO, SCADA system operation and power plant operations

Water treatment plant operation and control for distribution system, Reverse Osmosis, waste water and reagent supply

Handled Caustic, O2 Scavengers, Amines, Phosphates, and Hydrochloric Acid

Maintained 570 ton Trane Earthwise Centra Vac Chiller for inlet air cooling, 3mw CAT diesel black start generator

Medium/Low voltage switchgear operation with Rockwell automation variable feed drives

Solutia Chemical, Indian Orchard, MA 8/1996-4/2012

Saflex Shift Supervisor 9/2003-4/2012

Responsible for optimization of chemical process that blends various resins and plasticizers to produce auto, photovoltaic and architectural glass interlayers

Maximized yields, handled chemical and hazardous waste, reduced ESH issues, quality control and adherence to customer required specifications

Daily leadership of operators, mechanics, electricians, lab technicians and material handlers

Troubleshot process issues including electrical faults, PLCs, pneumatic and hydraulic failures

Handled bulk resin transfers, sheet webbing and high pressure plastics extrusion in die process

Chemical Operator 8/1996-9/2003

High performance operator for specialized chemical extrusion process that manufactured Saflex PVB for auto and architectural applications

Mass Municipal Wholesale Electric, Ludlow, MA 9/1995-8/1996

Working Foreman/Facilities Manager

Managed buildings and grounds operation for one hundred employee administration building on a sixty acre site.

Western Mass Electric Company/Northeast Utilities, West Springfield, MA 10-1989-9/1995

Hydro-station Headgate Operator/#6 Fuel Handler

Operated Hydro-Electric facility for electric generation


Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical High School, Diploma

Industrial Mold and Pattern Making

National Associate of Power Engineers, Certificate and State License 2nd Class Boiler Fireman, 2001

First Class Fireman’s License and Associates Degree in Electrical Technology, Currently pursuing

Currently hold State of MA Class A Commercial Drivers License and Hoist Engineers License


National Association of Power Engineers – Chapter #4

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