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Engineering and reliabilty professional

Magnolia, TX
August 01, 2020

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Ryan K. Berger, P.E.


Seeking leadership opportunities to further develop my professional career by bridging well developed technical expertise into executing financial results and asset performance.


Over 11 years in reliability, maintenance, project management, engineering and technical management in capital intense industries including electric utilities/power generation, offshore drilling and steel industry. Engineering and technical leadership roles from design engineering, project engineering, project management, reliability management, maintenance management and asset management. Strong leadership and communication skills across broad range of internal and external stakeholders to deliver effective results.

Areas of Expertise:

Reliability Management

Asset Management

Project Management

Maintenance Development and Management

Budgeting and Work Scope Development

Engineering and Reliability Analysis (FMECA, FMEA, RCMA)

Front End Engineering Design

Engineering Specification

Significant Accomplishments:

During tenure in Valaris Reliability and Maintenance significantly reduced companywide rig downtime by 50% on Floating Rigs and by 20% on Jack-up Rigs.

Managed implementation of 16 rigs maintenance system roll out while supporting global fleet.

Project Engineer on successful start up of 650MW Coal Fired Power Plant and engineering design and specification oversite on 1000MW Coal Fired Power Plant.

Lead numerous maintenance reductions initiatives utilizing data including Reliability Centered Analysis of nine critical equipment or systems, strategic engine maintenance overhauls extensions and thruster overhaul extensions.

Developed core electrical systems specifications and support through construction for first of its design GF12000 Class Drill Ships which have best startup performance in Valaris History.


Manager – Reliability & Maintenance

Valaris, Houston, TX

May 2017 -Present

Responsible for the development and management global maintenance strategy and requirements for all Valaris’s approximately 80 offshore during rigs.

Manage reliability engineers, maintenance and reliability specialist, condition monitoring analyst and specialist and maintenance and reliability vendors support functions.

Develop budgets, cost benefit analysis and budgeting exercises in supporting reliability initiatives for condition monitoring, condition assessment tools and maintenance programs.

Evaluate and assess distressed assets for executive management prior to potential purchase. Inclusive of analysis required for repair and upgrade for market readiness.

Analyze total cost of ownership data and performance in order to develop plans to reduce equipment cost while increase performance.

Develop and negotiate contracting initiatives for maintenance spend including 3rd party inspections, condition monitoring technology and external supplier spend.

Establish standards for assessments and reporting of asset key performance indicators (KPI’s) to provide a clear and consistent reporting to aid executive management in planning and strategic decisions for the rig fleet. Utilize software like Power BI and Power Query to synthesize data.

Engage with equipment and system manufactures on safety, efficiency, reliability and maintainability improvements for equipment and systems.

Plan, lead, and coordinate reliability engineering analysis and maintenance activities focused on machinery and the management, control, and improvement of operation and maintenance processes. Analysis inclusive of reliability centered maintenance analysis (RCMA), failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) and failure modes, effects, and cause analysis (FMECA). Analysis of all aspects of the equipment including mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and structural.

Lead and/or participate in root cause investigations to capture all causes and required corrective actions for multidiscipline failures.

Superintendent – Electrical Systems & Reliability

Valaris, Houston, TX

June 2014 -April 2017

Develop scope of works, cost estimates and budgets for implementation of small to large rig modification projects and repair/overhaul work.

Provide technical advice and support during rig down and emergency situations to safely and effectively return down assets to operating capacity.

Provide leadership and training recommendations for Valaris’s electrical offshore personnel for development of the appropriate skill sets required to successfully and safely maintain Valaris’s offshore rigs.

Develop maintenance guidelines, standards and procedures for Valaris’s offshore drilling assets including drilling systems, marine systems, well control, electrical power and distribution systems, engines, thrusters, dynamic positioning, power management and vessel management systems. Guidelines, standards and procedures developed include preventative maintenance, planned maintenance, predicative maintenance and condition assessment procedures.

Review corrective maintenance, equipment failures and equipment downtime for common trends and follow-up to ensure the company systems are updated to prevent re-occurrence inclusive of maintenance systems, procedures and equipment re-design.

Electrical Engineer

Valaris, Houston, TX

November 2010 – June 2014

Develop overall MODU shipyard specification inclusive of drill ships, semi-submersible, harsh environment semi-submersible and jack-up rigs focusing on the electrical power systems, dynamic positioning systems, vessel management systems, drilling instrumentation and controls, drilling power systems and safety systems (fire and gas detection and annunciation).

Perform gap analysis with potential contract specifications and MODU equipment and design (both new build and existing assets). Develop cost estimates for the gaps and report to marketing and management.

Oversee and guide the design and analysis performed by VALARIS’s third party engineering, shipyard, and OEM contractors design for conformance with VALARIS’s standards, specifications, codes, rules and regulations on VALARIS’s assets.

Review and Design modifications to VALARIS’s MODUs including new build drills ships, drill ships, semi-submersibles and jack-up MODUs. Reviews and designs include all electrical and control aspects of drilling and ship services on MODUs. Inclusive of Power systems (emergency and main generation), Protection systems, Dynamic Positioning Systems, Power Management Systems, Vessel Management Systems, Propulsion Power and Control Systems, Fire and Gas Monitoring Systems, Drilling Controls and Instrumentation, Variable Frequency Drives, SCRs, Motor Control Centers and Drilling Equipment.

Develop equipment specifications for equipment including switchgear, power generation, power panels, transformers, dynamic positioning systems, power management systems, communication systems, Drilling Switchboards, VFDs, Motor Control Centers, CCTV systems and safety systems (fire and gas detection systems).

Electrical Engineer

Dynegy, Houston, TX

June 2008 – November 2010

Owner’s engineering oversight of EPC of 1650MW of coal fired power plants. One 650MW PRB coal power plant and one 1000MW PRB supercritical coal power plant.

Construction activities including scope definition, site construction oversight of coal plant construction and ensuring that construction meets specification and code requirements.

Development activities including preliminary design drawings, cost estimates, major equipment evaluation, EPC contracted bid evaluations, and design specification development.

Performed electrical design review, instrumentation and control design review, specifications development and review, procurement activities, power plant start up and power plant commissioning.



Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Texas A&M University

Licenses, Skills & Specialized Training

Professional Engineer, State of Texas • ISO Category II Vibration Analyst • STLE OMA I - Certified Oil Monitoring Analysis I • TapRoot® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader • Asset Management 101 MARCH 2011 • Primavera Course 102 v6.0 Project Management Module: Basic • Proficient in Microsoft Suite (Excel, Power Point, Power BI, Power Query, Word)

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