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Project/Construction Manager


Project manager or developer of unique, state-of-the-art projects requiring a large degree of diverse multi-discipline experience, contract administration, scheduling, vendor oversight, team building, customer interaction and ingenuity to complete successfully.


2003 to Present

Position: Principal/Owner, McGrew & Associates, LLC

A sole proprietorship providing consulting services to the maritime community, assisting in vessel employment changes, state flag changes, regulatory compliance audits, vessel management services, new construction, conversion, repair and refit. Significant recent projects:

• A flag state change requiring congressional action

• Owner technical representation for Titan Corp. X-Craft (262’ x 72’ high speed catamaran) for the US Navy, built by Nichols Brothers

• New product testing and trials director for US Marine, builder of Meridian, Maxum, Bayliner and Trophy recreational boats

• Member of a three person team representing the San Francisco Water Transit Authority in their efforts to acquire two new passenger only fast ferries for service in San Francisco Bay by reviewing specifications, recommending builders, evaluating bids, qualifying builders, providing construction oversight, training operators and accepting vessels.

2003 to 2004

Position: Project Manager, Northern Marine, Inc.

One of two project managers for a world-class recreational yacht builder specializing in infused FRP expeditionary yachts to 154’ and mega-trawlers to 84’. Simultaneously managed new construction projects for three mega-trawlers, 76’-84’, valued at more than $12.5 million. Tracked production labor and materials to insure compliance with budgets and schedules. Specified and purchased all major vessel components. Supervised test and trials. Acted as liaison between the company and Owners, Owner’s representatives and marine surveyors. Assigned as Project Manager for a 76’ mega-trawler two weeks before launch and delivery. Successfully orchestrated launch, company trials, Owner trials and delivery on short notice. Acclaimed as best, most trouble-free delivery by Production Manager and Mechanical Department Head.

2001 to 2003

Position: Project Manager, Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc.

One of a team of four project managers for a commercial aluminum boat builder. Simultaneously managed multiple new vessel construction contracts valued at more than $6 million including the nations first CG inspected passenger hovercraft. Developed construction schedules using Microsoft Project. Monitored projects to ensure contract compliance, customer satisfaction and profitability. Established a trusting relationship with customers to effectively identify, negotiate and implement change orders. Developed innovative reports allowing company owners to review and compare the status of all projects at a glance. Played a key role in company recovery when defective aluminum material was discovered in new and previously delivered vessels. Managed material testing to identify extent of defective plate in existing vessels. Assisted with mitigation plans to repair/replace vessels while maintaining good vendor, customer and underwriter relations. Company growth continues beyond expectations with a $12 million backlog.

2000 to 2001

Position: Project Manager, Olympic Tool & Engineering, Inc.

Project manager for a $10.7 million luxury personal recreational submarine construction project for a company new to submarine construction. Provided project management oversight during the design, engineering and construction period. Acted as primary point of contact for the customer. Developed the project plan, work-breakdown structure and schedule for all involved departments and sub-contractors. Monitored inter-departmental efforts to ensure timely completion of all tasks according to the schedule. Identified long-lead and high-risk materials and planned accordingly. Provided project status reports to management including budget to actual costs, project schedule, and recommendations on additional resource requirements. Ensured quality of work met company standards, regulatory rules and specifics required by contract. Developed customer relationship and managed customer requests for changes. Even when plagued by constant scope-creep, kept project on track and within budget with effective monitoring and guidance of employees and subcontractors.

1999 to 2000

Position: Estimator, Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc.

Sole estimator for a commercial aluminum boat builder. Company builds oil spill recovery, military, fishing, patrol, fire, pilot, research, passenger, ferry and municipal boats from 16' to 80' on fixed price contracts. Developed construction budgets, tracked construction progress, maintained the historical database and researched new vessel equipment and components. Interfaced with designers, engineers and customers to develop technical specifications, finalize design, set construction schedules and deliver the completed and tested vessel. Company sales have doubled and the company is experiencing an eight million-dollar backlog.

1993 – 1999

Position: Chief Engineer, DeepSea Submarine Technologies, Inc.

Directed all aspects of construction, design changes, regulatory agency approval, testing, sea trials, and delivery/post delivery commissioning of a fleet of 48 passenger, electric powered tourist submarines. Wrote all test and trial protocols and the following manuals: Operations, Technical, Maintenance and Training. Acted as prime liaison with regulatory surveyors during the entire build, sea trial and delivery process. Established a spare parts procurement and control program. Directly supervised 3 design engineers and 2 draftsmen. Established and maintained the company PC and Mac based computer system, including establishment of a LAN and internet services.

1981 - 1997

Position: Principal Surveyor/Owner, McGrew & Associates Marine Surveyors

McGrew & Associates is a marine surveying firm specializing in yachts, small craft, small passenger vessels and submersibles. As principal, I conducted surveys of vessels to determine condition and value; verified that vessel repair complies with industry and regulatory standards; managed vessel construction contracts; performed negotiations between vessel owners, managers, repair facilities, regulatory agencies and classification societies; investigated marine accidents; delivered vessels on the high seas; assisted purchasers in vessel selection and purchasing negotiation.

1967 - 1993

Position: U.S. Coast Guard, Chief Warrant Officer 4, Naval Engineer.

Port Engineer, Major Coast Guard Cutters 270 - 327’, 3 years. Wrote detailed ship repair specifications; managed ship repair contracts averaging $1.5 million; facilitated and coordinated emergency ship repair in remote locations; administered annual budgets of $6 million.

Marine Inspector, Engineering and Deck disciplines, 4 years. Inspected commercial vessels and maritime shore facilities for compliance with US laws and regulations. Monitored new construction to assure compliance with USCG regulations and classification society rules. Reviewed drawings and plans for new construction and modification of commercial vessels. Assisted municipal agencies in mitigating the effects of major maritime losses (major ship fires)

Engineer Officer (Ship’s Chief Engineer), Coast Guard Cutters 82’ to 180’ (diesel-electric), 8 years. Supervised 18 personnel in four departments. Administered annual budgets of $500K. Managed all routine maintenance, emergency repairs, training, spare parts inventory, computer system, long range planning and ship overhauls.

Assistant Engineer Officer, Coast Guard Cutters 210’ to 270’, 6 years.

Station Engineer, Major Coast Guard Coastal Search & Rescue station, 3 years. Maintained a fleet of rescue vessels, 16’ - 44’, including the engineering related shore facilities. Supervised 12 personnel in 3 departments. Administered annual budgets of $200K. Coxswain (operator) and engineer of coastal rescue vessels 36’ - 44’, including heavy surf rescues.

General Naval Engineering Duties, ship & shore, 3 years.


Marine Engineering: Diesel and gas engine mechanics; air conditioning & refrigeration; A/C & D/C electrical systems; pumps; hydraulic system design, troubleshooting & repair; diesel governors; diesel fuel systems; welding; outboard motor repair & overhaul; marine reduction/reverse gear repair & overhaul; controllable pitch propellers & propeller shaft repair & overhaul. Graduated number one in a class of 42

Officer Candidate School: Personnel administration, effective management techniques, celestial navigation and seamanship. Graduated number one in a class of 60.

Engineering Specialty Training: Cummins Diesel, Detroit Diesel, Caterpillar Diesel, Woodward Governor, Controllable pitch propeller, Active fin stabilizer and Waste heat recovery systems troubleshooting and repair.

Professional Training

Wooden boat construction & repair, Port Townsend School of Wooden Boats. Marine Corrosion, American Yacht & Boat Council. Marine Refrigeration, Service & Repair, American Yacht & Boat Council. Particulate and Gas Sampling, University of Washington. Non-Destructive Testing, Radiography, Ultrasonic, Magnetic Particle, Eddy Current and Dye Penetrant, American Bureau of Shipping. Certified Weld Inspector, American Bureau of Shipping. MS Project advanced course.


U.S. Coast Guard Chief Engineers License, Motor and Gas Turbine, 1988

U.S. Coast Guard Masters License, 50 ton, 1992

Accredited Marine Surveyor, Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, 1994

Member, American Bureau of Shipping, Special Committee on Underwater Vehicles and Hyperbaric Systems

Certified VacuFlush Technician


I have an extensive and diverse knowledge of management and team building. Served more than 26 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, specializing in marine engineering. For the last thirteen years I have been engaged in custom commercial and recreational new vessel design, construction, testing, repair and operation.


Seattle, WA,
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