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Engineering Manager, Marine Engineer, Vice President


I seek a uniquely challenging and rewarding senior level management or consulting position in the marine, transportation or engineering industries. I will positively impact the quality of products or services rendered by capitalizing on my knowledge, experience and adaptability.



Hands-on senior executive / engineering manager / mechanical / marine engineer with more than 16 years experience in operations, design, planning, trouble-shooting, consulting and quality improvement in the marine construction, shipbuilding, manufacturing, R&D and resource industries. Proven ability to initiate, negotiate, plan, coordinate and execute international projects. History of rapidly grasping core issues and dealing with them effectively. Possess a positive attitude, well developed and transferable analytic, communication and leadership skills and a strong commitment to professionalism.


Northern Marine Co LLC February 2007 – Present

Anacortes, WA, USA

Engineering Manager (contract position)

* Senior management position - reported to the president

* This was an extremely demanding, high-pressure shipbuilding management position which required the optimal use of scant resources to satisfy an ever-increasing demand for high-quality technical information

* Starting with an essentially non-functional “department” of 2 overwhelmed designers, successfully developed real engineering capability within the company

* After 2 years, and many setbacks, and with only 7 personnel, we were able to provide high-quality, real-time information and designs to our production and marketing departments and outside regulatory authorities with an efficiency of approximately 90% or better. No deadlines were missed during my tenure. At this writing, the department has not achieved requisite staffing levels to overcome the shortfall.

* Directed and oversaw all engineering aspects for the successful construction three ABS and MCA classed 151 ft LOA FRP tri-deck luxury motor yachts and three, 64 to 90 ft LOA, ABYC compliant FRP trawler yachts

* Led the transition from 2D to 3D CAD platforms (AutoCad to UGS NX5), and implemented project life-cycle management (PLM) by deploying Seimens Teamcenter Express

* Educated clients on many aspects of naval engineering and ship construction during the sales and contract negotiation project phases

* Engaged and managed external naval architects and engineering service subcontractors

* Oversaw regulatory compliance submittals for ABS, MCA and USCG certification of our product lines

* Created a cohesive engineering team whose spirit enabled this small group to sustain a very high level of high-quality output on a daily basis despite the challenges

Zodiac Hurricane Technologies Inc. October 2005 – January 2007

Delta, BC

Vice President, Corporate Quality, Military/Professional Division (employment position)

* Executive management position, reported to the president, Paris, France

* Principle liaison between the ZHT MilPro division factory in Delta, BC and Zodiac SI HQ in Paris, France

* Traveled extensively in Europe to communicate with top-level military clients on matters pertaining to the quality of ZHT products and business processes

* Responsible for improving every aspect of ISO-9000:2000 ZHT MilPro division business activities including: sales order processing, engineering, R&D, production, quality assurance and after-sales customer care. A significant component of my duties included quality improvement of the factory environment in which 130 employees designed and built 250, 16 to 40 ft rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) annually for military and law enforcement agencies around the world (USCG, CCG, US, Italian, French, German Navies, FBI, CIA)

* Authored corporate policies such as product warranties and dealt with corporate liability and legal issues

* Improved business relationships with the worldwide Zodiac network of distributors and suppliers by placing those relationships within a contractual framework

* Sponsored R&D programs, conducted risk assessments and project post-mortems as part of a Six-Sigma based corporate quality improvement program

OceanWorks International Corporation August 2004 – June 2005

North Vancouver, BC

Engineering Project Manager (contract position)

* Reported to the PRMS (Pressurized Rescue Module System) senior program manager

* Assistant Project Manager for the construction of the US$56M PRMS, an air-transportable, deep-submergence manned rescue vehicle for the US Navy nuclear submarine fleet

* Developed and implemented EVMS (Earned Value Management System) for project management in an ISO 9000:2000 environment

* Responsible for scheduling and coordinating systems engineering integration activities and acceptance trials

* Provided a wide variety of project management support services

Elliott Bay Design Group January 2002 – April 2004

Seattle, WA

Senior Marine Engineer (employment)

* Reported to vice president of engineering

* Responsible for all aspects of marine engineering designs for a well known naval architecture/marine engineering firm serving the US commercial marine industry

* Researched and authored technical guidance papers in areas such as dual fuel ship conversion, re-power studies, FMEA studies, life-cycle cost studies and ship performance analyses

* Developed ship machinery system designs, performed engineering calculations and wrote contract technical specifications

* Co-ordinated quality control and developed engineering standards

* Performed construction liaison duties & assisted in project management

Queenship Yacht Works Inc. Mar 2001 - Dec 2001

Vancouver, BC

Vice President Production and Engineering

* Senior management position - reported to the president

* Promoted from engineering manager to vice president, production and engineering within 5 months

* Responsible for directing the engineering, quality control and production departments at a luxury yacht manufacturer employing over 200 craftsmen, engineers, managers and technicians at 3 facilities that built 10 vessels simultaneously and with production output that averaged six, 68’ to 115’ multi-million dollar yachts annually

* Established and applied sound engineering practices, quality control and project planning procedures where none had existed before – this helped turn a demoralized work force into a cohesive and motivated team

* Introduced multi-project EVM (Earned Value Management) to plan, track and control ship construction projects

Catamaran Ferries International Inc. Feb 1998 – Oct 2000

North Vancouver, BC

Sr. Design Engineer / Deputy Engineering Manager (contract position)

* Acted as assistant manager of a 30 man multi-disciplinary engineering department as required

* Directed and managed major contractors for hydraulic systems, lifting arrangements, HVAC, propulsion systems and corrosion control during construction of three of the world’s most advanced high-speed catamaran ferries (37 knots, 122 m, 250 vehicle units, 1000 Pax, 1800 GT)

* Resolved project management and design related engineering issues under extreme pressure

* Succeeded in rapidly turning non-performing contractors around and correcting deficiencies in contracts, designs and planning resulting in large incremental improvements in product quality, cost and delivery

* Advised senior management on technical, planning and contractual issues

* Wrote system specifications, developed budgets, schedules and controlled costs

* Coordinated the interests of the owners, Transport Canada and the classification society (DNV)

* Participated in tests & trials and systems validation

* Planned & coordinated refits

Van-Dive Marine Engineering Ltd. Sept 1992 - Feb 1998

Richmond, BC & Jakarta, Indonesia

Project Manager/Engineer (contract position)

* Expanded the capabilities and enhanced the quality of services of a commercial diving, dredging and marine contracting business into the SE Asian market

* Planned and managed marine construction projects in Canada, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia

* Consulted on the design, installation and repair of underwater infrastructure and sub-sea electrical transmission cables and pipelines

* Directed mixed-gas commercial diving, ROV and marine construction operations

* Recommended directional drilling as a successful world-first on a subsea pipeline installation project for a copper mine on Lihir Island, PNG, thereby eliminating the need for a planned 10 year pipeline replacement valued at US$15M

* Consulted with and advised prospective clients to define realistic objectives

* Assessed and resolved subsea pipeline installation problems on-site and recommended post-disaster remedial actions for third-party projects gone wrong

* Authored a 75 page Technical Products and Services corporate information package

* Authored a 250 page Commercial Diving Operations Safety Manual

* Implemented an ISO based corporate quality system to obtain DNV certified supplier designation

* Designed an in-situ structural steel rehabilitation system for damaged/degraded pre-stressed concrete pilings

* Prepared and submitted tenders and negotiated contracts


* Registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical), APEGBC, 1994, Licence No: 21335

* Past president, ISPA (International Sail & Power Association) an internationally accredited non-profit association of sailing schools

* Corrosion Mitigation, High-Speed Aluminum Ferries, NACE Conference, Vancouver

* The Hydrodynamics of Log Boom Towing, Marine Technology

* Remedial Road Construction Options, The BC Professional Engineer

* Honing the Competitive Edge for the 90's, TREK Magazine

* APEGBC Award of Excellence for technical writing

* APEGBC Engineering Communications Prize

* Created "AstroLab" world’s first DOS-based graphical sky simulation program

* Carl Reinhardt Scholarship, McGill University

* Black Watch, 42nd RHR, Infantry Reserve, Montreal

* British & Canadian Citizenships


BASc Mechanical Engineering, UBC, Vancouver, Canada, 1993

BSc Geological Sciences, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1981


Registered Professional Engineer, APEGBC, Canada

EIT State of Washington


Management, problem solving, mentoring, analysis, leadership, negotiations, contract writing, project management


* Understanding Project Management, 2001

* Primavera training, 2001

* Inventor, UGS NX, 2008

* Industrial health and safety training: first-aid, CPR, rescue, Scott air-pack

* ISPA (Sailing) Instructor Evaluator, Offshore Certificate

* Applications: MathCad, AutoCad, Primavera P3, Project, Word, Excel, basic Inventor & UGS NX


* Single-handed sailing, motorcycling, pencil sketching

* Fluent English, conversational French, Indonesian and Mandarin

* Widely read in science, art the history of the 20th century

White Rock, British Columbia,
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