- I am continuously exploring and seeking professional and/or non-professional opportunities that encourage us to further develop our skills, enhance our experience, promote mutually beneficial relationships; and in general, any opportunity seeking to affect the outcome in a positive way.
- As an officer and marine engineer, I am responsible for the safe and reliable operation of all shipboard machinery. I use information, critical thinking, experience and tools to prevent and solve problems.
- In addition to these specialized marine engineering skills, I am capable of contributing to any organization in other, yet equally significant ways.
- I strive to remain intentionally focussed and aware of the organization’s and/or ship’s primary mission at all times. This requires deliberate filtering, identification, prioritizing and execution of the specific actions necessary to fulfill the predetermined goals and objectives.
- I believe the most effective way for an organization to reach its maximum potential is to create and maintain a positive, pro-active and encouraging culture; to acknowledge that each crew member’s role is essential; and to respect them accordingly. I believe the most effective method of training is "by example."
- I generally assume that most issues, dilemmas and/or problems have been previously confronted and probably addressed; and the appropriate preventative measure, corrective action, solution, law, policy, practice or tradition has been documented and made available; and retrieving the specific information in a timely manner is itself a valuable skill.
- I am also aware that there are specific moments when a problem must be confronted immediately, and hesitating or attempting to find an “ideal” solution is not an option (potentially leading to catastrophic consequences).
- I consider myself socially flexible and culturally aware - and capable of effectively communicating, working and personally identifying with anybody- at any level of an organization.
- I believe leaders emerge (regardless of job title), not necessarily by replacing their team skills for a new skill set; but, by maintaining the same team skills in addition to demonstrating greater endurance, focus and stability over time and in situations involving inconvenient circumstances (as others trend toward stress, distraction and fatigue).
- I consider comfort, convenience and predictability to be effective tools for promoting and encouraging specific outcomes. I believe the more comfortable, convenient and predictable it is for people to behave in a particular way (such as wearing PPE- personal protective equipment), the more likely it is that people will act in the preferred way.
- However, discomfort, inconvenience and uncertainty are a part of daily life and should not be avoided simply for the sake of avoiding them; nor should we be agitated or overwhelmed when events unfold differently than assumed.
- I acknowledge that organizations (profit and no-for-profit) survive over time by continuously increasing value (profit) and reducing costs; and, by understanding that maintaining existing relationships with stakeholders is almost always more efficient and financially prudent than having to replace them.
- Most significantly, I am aware that our professional and personal quality of life is absolutely dependent upon- individually and collectively- our ability to remain safe and maintain physical wellness and mental health.
Assistant Marine Engineer - Various Vessels
- Served on various Off-shore Supply Vessels (OSVs) and Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs) serving the off-shore drilling rigs and platforms in the Gulf of Mexico
- In addition to assisting chief engineer in all operation and maintenance of machinery - also participated in all transfers of water, fuel, oil and various drilling lubricants (mud) from shore to ship, and from ship to rig/platform
- Assisted deck department with all deck operations as necessary (line handling, securing vessel, etc.)
- Handled and delivered manifest to drilling rig (the customer) for cargo delivered, often in excess of $1 million per transit
Mar 2010 - Present
Third & Second Assistant Engineer - CS Global Sentinel
- CS Global Sentinel (Portland, Oregon)
- Maintain cable ship in a state of readiness to immediately respond to sub-marine fiber optic cable breaks in Northern Pacific between North America and Hawaii; provide scheduled cable maintenance and surveys as necessary
- Specific responsibilities include watch-standing while at sea, serving as duty and security engineer while in port, operation and maintenance of potable water system including salt-water distillers and ultra-violet sanitizers, sewage collection and treatment system, bilge system and waste oil/water (slops) management, lube oil systems, lifeboat and lifesaving equipment; assisting Chief Engineer and First Engineer in the operation and maintenance of all other machinery; assisting Chief Electrician as needed
- Participate in all cable operations (operating hydraulic cable drums used for raising and/or lowering fiber optic cable to/from ship and sea floor)
- Cable experience includes survey and repair of telecommunication cables, and repair and maintenance of underwater scientific observatory cables (MARS, NEPTUNE)
Aug 2008 - Mar 2010
Third Assistant Marine Engineer - MV Pacific Collector
- MV Pacific Collector (Portland, Oregon)
- U.S. government owned ship; managed by U.S. Maritime Administration (NDRF/RRF)
- Ship's mission is to serve Missile Defense Agency by tracking missile and/or interceptor during test launches collecting telemetric data
- Specific responsibilities include operation and maintenance of potable water system including Nirex salt-water distillers, sewage collection and treatment system, bilge system and waste water management, lube oil system, and assist first engineer in the operation and maintenance of all other machinery
- Assist contractors and MDA employees as needed
Nov 2005 - Aug 2008
Third Assistant Marine Engineer - MV Cape Hudson
- MV Cape Hudson (San Francisco, California)
- U.S. government owned ship; managed by U.S. Maritime Administration
- Roll-on Roll-of vessel in the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) with reduced crew while in stand-by (Reduced Operating Status - ROS); maintained in a state of readiness as to be at Full Operating Status (FOS) in five days or less
- Specific responsibilities include operation and maintenance of potable water system including Nirex salt-water distillers and ultra-violet sanitizers, sewage collection and treatment system, bilge system and waste water management, lube oil systems, lifeboat and lifesaving equipment; assist first engineer in the operation and maintenance of all other machinery
Bachelor of Science
- Associate of Applied Science Degree through Northwestern Michigan College with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration through Ferris State University
- Preparation for business and managerial positions with shipping companies, shipyards, ports, civil service and non-maritime businesses. Graduates are uniquely qualified for management positions in and out the maritime industry, having a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine officer’s license, a strong academic background in business and substantial field experience.
Sep 1998 - May 2003
Associate of Applied Science
- Associate of Applied Science Degree through Northwestern Michigan College with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration through Ferris State University.
- Academic and practical training for merchant marine officers and business professionals operating commercial ships of unlimited tonnage on the Great Lakes and oceans. Engineering officers are trained in operation and maintenance of auxiliary machinery and propulsion systems including diesel, diesel-electric and high-pressure steam turbine ships. Training also includes human resources, domestic and international regulation and compliance, and ship’s business as associated with managing all onboard equipment and mechanical aspects. Three sea projects (internships) totaling 270 days are required for program completion.
- Upon successful program completion, cadets are qualified to write the U.S. Coast Guard examination for licensing as a Third Assistant Engineer, Steam and Motor Vessels of any Horsepower; and are fully compliant with STCW '95 International Quality Standards. Graduates are also qualified to operate and maintain land-based power plant facilities.