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Power Plant Operator

Princeton, MN
May 20, 2020

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I am a proven Plant Supervisor with 15+ years of leadership experience and dedication in the field of renewable energy, providing the overall direction and coordination of all facility electrical and mechanical maintenance activities. Promoting a centralized technical team focus, encourages knowledge sharing, business improvements, cross-functional business processes and fostering a positive work environment and teamwork.


Plant Operations Budget Management Workflow Planning Process Improvement Project Management Strategic Planning OSHA Compliance Employee Development Coach and Train Resource Planning Labor Relations 5S SAP


Gerdau, St. Paul, Minnesota

Mechanical Maintenance Specialist / Improvement Facilitator III 2019 – Present

Supervise all aspects maintenance team. Round the clock support and optimizing operations by increasing efficiency and safety in the maintenance department.

Collaborate with melt shop maintenance facilitators, reliability engineers, planners, and department leadership in ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of all aspects within melt shop maintenance.

Focus on the integration, execution and continuous improvement of reliability practices including preventive/ predictive inspections, spare parts management, failure treatment and maintenance planning/ scheduling/ execution.

Leadership capability in diagnosing technical problems and serve as a coach to employees.

Maintenance supervision in many areas of facility including the bag house, pump house and cranes.

Manage and ordering parts inventories for the maintenance department.

Great River Energy Resource Processing Plant, Elk River, Minnesota

Plant Supervisor (Electrical/ Mechanical Supervisor) 2000 2019

Maintain plant operations at the Elk River Resource Recovery Facility on a 24-hour basis. Optimize operations and maintenance activities to ensure the efficient conversion of refuse-derived fuel and maximum output of generation.

Manage safety, capital budgeting, and ordering essential materials/equipment in waste to energy process.

Ensure utilization of standard operating procedures\processes through knowledge sharing and identification of business improvements.

Spearhead a minimum of 4 improvement projects annually that consistently increase employee safety and productivity levels, with a cost savings of $50K.

Manage plant operation, electrical work and maintenance operations with an annual budget of 3.5Million dollars.

oAssign and schedule personnel to operate equipment to ensure safe and reliable operation, providing input into the Union meetings, scheduling work shifts, vacations, and overtime.

oSupervise, coach/mentor, and provide work direction and performance feedback to 10-20 mechanical, maintenance, and instrumentation technicians/electricians to maximize productivity.

oSupport employee career development plans utilizing job description and competency model. Determine and manage inventory and maintain supply for all mechanical, instrumentation, and electrical equipment and facilities.

Develop, schedule and manage preventive and predictive inspection procedures and frequencies.

Establish and maintain maintenance history files, manufacturer instruction manuals, and record and file other pertinent information for all critical equipment.

Oversee plant operation, mechanical and instrumentation technician/electrician craft apprenticeship training programs.

Ensure compliance with safety policies and procedures, reports and investigates accidents, maintains safety awareness, and promotes all aspects of Great River Energy's (GRE) safety program.

NRG Resource Processing Plant, Elk River, Minnesota

Mechanic Journeyman, Waste to Energy Process 1993 2000

Performed routine and emergent maintenance repair work on power plant equipment, structures, and related components so maximum reliability and efficiency can be achieved.

Performed predictive, preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment such as pumps, compressors, valves, blowers, conveyors, building, and structures.

Conducted root cause analysis of equipment failures.

Recommended revisions to improve and increase the reliability of the equipment.

Operated and maintained drill press, bench grinders, band saws, shear and arc welding equipment.

Licensed welder; cut, fabricated, machined, troubleshoot, and worked on hydraulic equipment (rig, align and couplings).

Developed and updated maintenance equipment records; complete work order documentation and coding accurately and in a timely manner.

Xcel Energy Resource Processing Plant, Elk River, Minnesota

Journeyman Operator 1989 – 1993

Two-year apprenticeship for journeyman operator in Waste to Energy process.

Heavy equipment operator (wheel loader, yard tractor, grapple crane operator).

Control room and line operator.

MILITARY (8 years)

United States Navy, San Diego, California

E-4: Gunners Mate missile man, serviced Mark10 missile launchers on Nuclear Guided Missile Cruiser


Professional Development

Supervision 1 and 2

OSHA 10-hour Session

OSHA Basic Workplace Safety

Loss Control, Occupational Safety and Health, Hazardous Waste Training

Inventory Management and Cycle Counts

Radiation Safety Officer for Industrial Operations

Certified Forklift Trainer

Anthony Bova (communications course)

CPR, First Aid, and AED

US DOT Hazmat Safety

Accident Investigation & Job Hazard Analysis

Repairman class 1 and 2

Finance & Accounting for Nonfinancial Managers

40 Hour Hazpower Initial Training

Saint Cloud Technical College, Saint Cloud, Minnesota: Carpentry Degree

Residential/commercial drafting and blueprint reading, welding, framing, plumbing, electrical wiring residential

United States Navy, Great Lakes, Illinois

Gunner Mate “A” school (Binary math/arithmetic, hydraulic systems, synchro servomotors)

Electronics and electrical school

United States Navy, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Gunner Mate “C” school


Volunteer, Habitat for humanity (build house) / worked at fairs to promote waste to energy

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