The experts at AJSS collectively bring over 400 years of experience to the table. All of our technical team are Rotating Equipment experts and are called on by our customers to provide valuable knowledge from all the industries they operate.
Technical Directors Arthur Stack and Tom Chapman, will continue to search for innovative and effective solutions to support client operations.
With almost 40 years of experience in the Marine, Oil and Gas and Power Generation industries, Arthur brings a mature mix of technical and business management skills, together with a strong network of industry contacts and exposure to global projects. In this time he has spent 26 years working for Solar Turbines Incorporated in various technical and commercial roles of increasing responsibility. His most recent role was Regional Service Manager for Solar Turbines Australia from 1st January 2008 to 31st May 2013. In this role he assumed the Sales and Operations responsibility for all of Solars’ aftermarket business in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Region. While on assignment in San Diego, Arthur completed a Masters of Business Administration (Marketing Major) to compliment his Diploma in Professional Business. In addition to his business management qualifications Arthur spent 10 years as a multi-disciplined Gas Turbine Commissioning Engineer in both Oil & Gas Power and Generation markets.
Tom began his career with a Physics degree from London University followed by many years in R&D and product design in a wide range of engineering disciplines. After graduating from London University, Tom spent 2 years completing a Management Training Program with TI, a major British Engineering conglomerate. During that time he worked on researching dry gas seals and designed the key components for the stern tube seal of the Cunard Cruise Liner the QEII. Many years working with Cummins Engine Company in the UK and later in USA and Latin America provided a wide range of experiences in technical service, noise control and finance. In the following 23 years with Solar Turbines he ran Customer Service in Europe and N. Africa, Technical Services and Package Engineering based in San Diego and finally ended his time at Solar as MD of Solar Turbines Australia. Since retiring from Solar Tom has worked in a consulting role for Siemens, EDL and also privately. He is a specialist in vibration and condition monitoring and has a wealth of practical experience in systems troubleshooting.
Martin is a financial services executive, with 24 years experience in international banking. His most recent role was General Manager in the risk function of National Australia Bank, leading a global team of 50 people with specific responsibility for treasury activity. His skills include debt structuring, investment strategy, cash management and mitigation of financial risk. Martin also has a reputation for dealing with complexity and delivering major change initiatives. He has successfully delivered large data and technology projects, and used Kaizen techniques to improve process maturity and reduce costs. Martin had many years at Barclays Bank and HSBC and also worked for SunGard Systems and GEC Telecommunications. He is a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and a committee member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals.
Ray’s engineering qualifications include a Diploma of Mechanical engineering and a Bachelor of Engineering.
Ray’s engineering career started at Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) where he worked in a variety of roles, including special engineering investigations such as attempting to isolate and rectify the source of engine vibrations and the preparation of modifications to allow instrumentation to be fitted to investigate compressor blade flutter. Ray also spent time working in the test cells where he was responsible for analysing and verifying engine test data.
In 1976 CAC was seeking to expand it’s role in the field of Industrial Gas Turbines and Ray was seconded to Rolls-Royce Industrial Division for six months, receiving intensive training in all aspects of industrial gas turbines and package design.
In 1979 Ray joined Solar Turbines at a time when the company was seeking to consolidate it’s position in the regional market by expanding the overhaul operation which at the time was sub-contracted to CAC. One of his first tasks was to commission the Saturn test skid thus providing the stepping stone to an expanded overhaul operation unique in the region. This was followed by expansion of overhaul capability to include boost compressors and the Centaur 40 product line.
Ray was also involved in engineering support to the field operation including vibration analysis, borescope inspections and engineering investigations in support of condition monitoring programs.
In 1996 Solar opened it’s own overhaul facility and regional headquarters. Ray was closely involved in the planning of this facility and subsequently became manager of the overhaul facility, continuing in this role, as well as providing engineering support for field operations until 2009.
Paul holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Victoria University and has over 40 years of experience in the Oil and Gas, Power Generation and Marine industries.
Paul provides a mature and diverse mix of technical expertise, specialising in rotating equipment. Working with both major oil companies and engineering contractors, he has a deep understanding of the objectives and solutions required to provide safe, specific, on-time and within client budget.
Paul started in the Oil & Gas Industry as a Design Engineer before spending 10+ years in operations support, maintenance management and project engineering working for companies such as ExxonMobil, Santos and Woodside and he has managed teams responsible for maintaining major offshore rotating equipment, maximizing equipment availability during times of high oil production.
Paul has provided expertise and advice to companies such as; Caltex, Shell, Jemena, TRUenergy, Petronas, PTT, Qenos, Woodside, BHP Billiton, QGC, CNOOC, Anzon for industry applications ranging from gas plants, refineries, offshore platforms and FPSO’s through to pipeline compressor stations.
While his main expertise is rotating equipment, Paul has a broad range of skills that covering disciplines such as process engineering, instrumentation, electrical, civil and structural, quality control, project management, computing, planning and cost control, as well as all phases of project delivery from concept development, studies, front end engineering design, detailed design, plant commissioning, equipment start-up, performance testing, troubleshooting operational problems, maintenance management and due diligence.
Paul is a Chartered Professional Engineer and registered as a Mechanical Engineer on the Australian National Engineering Register, Professional Engineer of Queensland and a member of ASME.
Non Executive Director
Non Executive Director
Wade has been selling for oil and gas service sector companies for more than 15 years. He started his career while completing his MBA at the Haskayne School of Business in Calgary, Canada. Wade moved to Australia from Canada in 2009 as a Director with Enerflex Energy Systems. After managing sales teams for most of his career, Wade started ‘Powered’ Sales and Marketing envisaging an improved, more cost effective method for oil and gas service sector companies to bring their products and services to market.
Products & Services Director
Products & Services Director
Jason began his career in the Royal Australian Navy as a Control Systems Technician maintaining Gas Turbine main propulsion and Power Generation control systems. After retiring from the Navy, Jason spent 8 years working for Solar Turbines Australia in a variety of roles in Operations & Maintenance, Field Service and Fleet Management, servicing the Power Generation and Oil and Gas industries.
In 2010, Jason became Project Manager with GE Oil and Gas supporting various LNG operators in Australia before he was appointed to Senior Project Director Turbomachinery Solutions, ANZ/PNG with GE Oil & Gas. To support LNG growth in Australia, GE turned to Jason to expand the Turbo Machinery Service division. As Project Director, Jason built, developed and led both technical and commercial teams across ANZ and PNG to deliver cost effective technical, service and long term operating solutions to LNG customers.
With 25+ years of experience in the Defence, Oil & Gas and Power Generation industries, Jason brings a multi-disciplined blend of technical and business management experience, together with a valued customer network of industry contacts and strong exposure to regional LNG projects.
John is a degree qualified mechanical engineer with 40 years’ professional experience within the compressed air and gas industries. The majority of this experience has been in the design and manufacture of both standard compressed air packages for general applications, and also specialised engineered packages specific to the Oil and Gas, Mining, Power Generation, Food, and Chemical industries, for both local and overseas clients.
John has led multi discipline projects being directly involved in mechanical and electrical design of compressors and associated equipment, control systems, local and international onshore and offshore commissioning, and also R&D of new technologies for the compressed air industry. This included compliance with Australian Standards and Regulations particularly local and overseas electrical and pressure vessel regulations as applicable to manufacturing and use of the compressed air and gas equipment.
Johns various roles included Engineering Manager leading teams of specialist engineers, Manufacturing Manager at Australia’s largest compressor assembly facility and most recently a Superintendent role carrying the responsibility of the installation of a natural gas virtual pipeline in the Pilbara (WA). John has also led formal investigations into various catastrophic failure events relating to compressed air packages and their ancillary equipment for various mine sites in WA.
Possessing strong commercial acumen John has also had operational and financial delegation responsibilities associated with running an organisation, including the full project management responsibility for the multimillion dollar design, refit and relocation of an Australian Manufacturing plant. Rounding out John’s list of specialist engineering and management skills is a background in Continuous Improvement and Business Process Innovation – leveraging off such principles as LEAN, ACE and Kaizen.
Neil started his professional career as an Electrician with the West Australian Government Railways in 1980. Since then, he has worked in a diverse range of industries including Manufacturing, Service, Heavy Mining, Alumina, and Oil and Gas, specifically on rotating equipment and Gas Turbine Engines. As a Regional Field Engineer with Solar Turbines Australia, he specialised in commissioning, troubleshooting and servicing Solar’s full product line, both centrifugal compressors and generators. During Neil’s 10+ years with Solar, he spent considerable time in the USA working with the Performance Test Department, exposing him to the very complex field of turbine engine performance. After leaving Solar in 2006, Neil spent some time with the Victorian Energy Corporation – now AEMO where he worked with the Gas Sector as a Gas Systems Engineer. In 2007 Neil accepted an offer to take up a fly in–fly out position in Papua New Guinea as a Reliability Engineer with Oil Search PNG Ltd. This position utilised his skills with instrumentation and controls, as well as his extensive knowledge of Solar Turbines to service Oil Search’s fleet of 20 plus Solar Turbines. It also utilised Neil’s skills as a trainer and mentor for the PNG citizen workforce. In 2012 Neil joined Invensys Turbo-machinery Division as a Turbo-Machinery Controls (TMC) Consultant, based out of Clayton Victoria. Neil played a key role in developing, implementing and executing Invensys’ turbine, compressor and generator upgrade projects. Specialising in turbines, rotating equipment and hazardous area electrical installations, Neil’s experience covers everything from maintaining and troubleshooting high voltage systems to hydro-mechanical and everything in between.
Murray entered industry as a Process Instrument Technician with the State Electricit Commission of Western Australia at Kwinana Power Station in 1986, working on gas and steam turbines, along with boiler overhaul and maintenance. In the following years experience was gained in automotive engine R&D, then base metals processing and smelting, performing commissioning and process improvement roles. The result is a broad and extensive hands on experience in many areas including Instrumentation, Electrical, High Voltage, and Hazardous Area Electrical Installations.
As a Field Service Representative (FSR) for 4 years with Solar Turbines, he received full factory training in the USA on the Solar range of products, specialising in commissioning, troubleshooting and servicing Solar’s full product line, both centrifugal compressors and generators. After leaving Solar in 2006, Murray gained experience with GE products, co-ordinating the implementation of Woodside’s Turbine Control System Upgrade project for the Karratha Gas Plant, entailing 35 machines. This led to 5 years of project management and systems administration of Completions & Commissioning Management Systems (CCMS) for major O&G projects.
Murray has a total of 30 years of experience in the Oil & Gas, Energy, Minerals and Processing industries, the last 12 years of which has been multi-disciplinary, but primarily Instrument and Electrical. Recent project achievements include off-shore Commissioning & Completions project close-outs, numerous projects customised to the client’s needs, and Project Management.
Technical Oil & Gas Specialist
Technical Oil & Gas Specialist
Stanley joins AJSS with 40+ years of experience, acquired globally in the Oil & Gas industry.
Working in a variety of roles, Stanley started with Du Pont (UK) as a Controls Technician and worked for Northern Ireland Electric Service and Occidental in Libya on LNG Gas Plant and Oil Producing facilities. He specialised in Control Systems for gas turbine, compressor and generator packages from, Sulzer, Ruston, Pratt & Whitney and Solar Turbines Inc.
As an Electronics Engineer with Hunt Oil in Yemen, he managed Nuovo Pignone Gas Compression units, instrument and Plc controls on a major LNG plant.
Stanley worked for Solar Turbines as a worldwide Field Service Engineer, commissioning, installing and troubleshooting Turbo-machinery packages and was assigned to the Management Team of a joint venture in Venezuela operating an offshore Gas Compression platform before working as Project Manager in Egypt on a gas compression facility. Based in Kuala Lumpur with Solar Turbines, as a Senior Field Service Engineer, he worked extensively through Asia, including India, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea.
He left Solar, to join Petronas as Maintenance Supervisor and he was the relief OIM, on a four-platform complex, for 12 years.
Stanley holds qualifications in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and MOME (Management of Major Emergencies) certification. Based in Ireland, Stanley will support AJSS clients in Europe and Asia.
Bob holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology and a MBA in Administration (International Finance) from the University of San Diego. He started his professional career in 1977 as a Development Test Engineer for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, CT, working on FAA flight engine certification programs for the JT8D-209 and JT9D commercial jet engines and in 1980 joined Solar Turbines in San Diego, holding a variety of technical positions culminating the role of Principal Regional Field Engineer for Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. Bob was responsible for the field technical support of complete industrial gas turbine driven generator and compressor packages, and Balance of Plant, used in the oil and gas and power generation industries.
Bob’s technical specialties include programming of Logic Controllers, rotor vibration analysis, gas turbine package systems and controls, and gas turbine aerodynamic performance testing. He developed and executed equipment upgrade and retrofit controls products, creating the process control designs, performing the programming tasks, then installing and commissioning these products in the field. Bob also managed a group of 10 Field Service Representatives who were responsible for commissioning and repair of the gas turbine packages. Bob retired from Solar Turbines in March 2018 and joins the AJSS team based out of Singapore.
Rich has a BSc in Engineering from the University of California and served in the US Navy as a Line Officer on two amphibious ships, as Assistant Engineer for Damage Control and Chief Engineer. He later completed an MSc in Mechanical Engineering degree at San Diego State University before joining Solar Turbines in San Diego as a Technical Service Engineer. During his 38 years at Solar, Rich held various technical and management positions within Customer Services, Package Engineering, and Commissioning. His technical expertise includes field performance of turbines and gas compressors, vibration analysis, compressor aerodynamic performance, and compressor seal systems, both wet and dry.
For a major period of his career, he was involved in technical support and troubleshooting of field compressor problems. He has travelled extensively and lived in Belgium for several years during construction and commissioning of a test cell for Solar's 15,000 hp Mars engine and served as a Regional Field Engineer supporting customer equipment in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Rich retired from Solar Turbines in 2011 and we are delighted to welcome him to the AJSS team in 2018.
James began his career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with Qantas Airways Ltd at Sydney Airport. Employed in terminal, main base heavy maintenance on 747 and 767 aircraft, and component support workshops. He furthered his aviation experience into rotary wing at 816 Sqn/HMAS Newcastle Royal Australian Navy as maintenance lead on the Seahawk Helicopter.
After 12 years in Aviation James transitioned to the FMCG industry with Tetra Pak marketing as a Field Service Engineer applying his experience and expertise in rotating equipment into Reliability Engineering with Australia’s 3 major mining houses – BHP Billiton Olympic Dam, Rio Tinto Iron Ore West Angeles and setting up Fortescue Metals Group Cloudbreak mine site at its inception.
A 9 year career in GE Oil and Gas as a Field Service Engineer on GE Aero-Derivative suite of turbines for service, installation/construction and machinery upgrades saw him support their global customers. His final 3 years in GE as a Contract Performance Manager as the face of GE supporting ExxonMobil Papua New Guinea LNG Plant and Hides Gas Conditioning Plant, he was an integral part of the GE team that drove plant reliability to >99.95%. Executing plant maintenance, shut downs and machinery upgrades.
With 20+ years of associated turbine knowledge and 5+ years in the field of reliability engineering, he is a multi-disciplined engineer with experience across diversified industries.
Project Engineering Specialist
Project Engineering Specialist
Ric, a graduate from Melbourne University, has over forty years of experience, the last thirty-five in senior positions in major industrial projects, involving engineering design, construction and commissioning responsibilities.
Since 1984, Ric has worked predominantly in the process industry, covering diverse technologies including oil refining, petrochemicals, gas processing and pulp and paper. His range of professional experience includes power systems, substations, load centres, MCCs, lighting, co-generation plant control and instrumentation incorporating PLCs and DCSs.
In addition to his technical abilities, Ric is a highly experienced project engineer, with intimate knowledge of project control systems, personnel administration, client relationships and construction commissioning procedures. His clients include ExxonMobil, Shell, Origin, Santos, Caltex, BP, Qenos, Orica, CSBP, Incitec Pivot and CSBP/Wesfarmers.
Ric is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a registered Professional Engineer of Queensland and he holds life membership of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) of USA. He has completed competency training to AS/NZS 4761, in design, maintenance and inspection of installations in hazardous areas.
Damien has been a qualified electrician since 1992 entering the O&G industry in 2003 starting with DLNG construction swiftly moving to commissioning and inspection arena. 2007 saw the beginning of his offshore industry career with Rig Inspection Services (RIS) where invaluable experience was gained within operations, maintenance and service of E&I equipment onboard jack-ups, Semi Subs, FPSO’s internationally, producing independent facility condition reports for owners and potential lease clients alike. Additional activities included Chief electrician duties, Senior maintenance electrician and EEHA campaign coordinator. From 2012 to present Damien has focused on EEHA E&I inspection campaigns, most recently involved with the QA/QC teams involved with delivering the ground-breaking Gorgon modules, Prelude FLNG, and Inpex CPF projects based in South Korean shipyards. Since returning to Australia E&I commissioning coordinator on the SCM17 project for BHP at Roxby Downs and Lead EEHA inspector on 2 FPSO’s located in the North west shelf (NWS).
Business Development Consultant
Business Development Consultant
Alison holds a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management and a Graduate certificate in Management. She has spent 20+ years working in the Oil and Gas industries in the UK and Australia.
Alison started her career in Logistics with BP in Aberdeen, moving into Technical Sales positions with North Sea Cables and FMC before setting up her own business in 1998. She opened the “Citrus Room”, a gourmet sandwich bar and catering company in Aberdeen and then sold this to join Solar Turbines in 2001, where she spent 5 years based in Aberdeen and a further 11 years in Melbourne, employed by Caterpillar, as Solar Turbines HR Manager for Australia, NZ and PNG.
Alison has been providing strategic solutions to Management teams for many years. With her strong business acumen and exceptional organisational skills, she will facilitate business development for AJSS as it continues to expand and grow.
James studied marine engineering at the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania and has been sailing as an engineering cadet for TeeKay Shipping for the last two years. He has recently finished his required sea time to become a qualified marine engineer and at present is waiting to take his final oral examination for his 3rd class competency engineering ticket and his Batchelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering.
In his time between working at sea and studying at university studying, James he has been involved in several Gas Turbine, Power Generation and Centrifugal Gas compressor projects for AJSS. James is looking to obtain more invaluable experience and knowledge through being part of the AJSS team helping to propel him toward his goal to gain a recognised competency in Gas Turbines which will also help him expand his knowledge across the Gas Turbine marine field.
Rhyce has recently graduated a Bachelor Degree of Applied Science - Marine Engineering at the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania. For the past two years he has been sailing on Offshore Oil and Gas Support Vessels for Farstad Shipping ASA as a cadet engineer. In 2016 he successfully passed his final oral examination and qualified as a Marine Engineer WatchKeeper.
Coming from a mechanical background, with a Certificate III qualification in Marine Mechanics and a decade of practice, Rhyce has developed a wealth of experience in the mechanical field. Through hard work and determination he looks to further his knowledge and experience with the AJSS team in the Gas Turbine industry to ultimately achieve his personal goal of becoming a professional Gas Turbine Engineer.
Vaishali is in her final year of a Bachelors degree in Mechanical engineering (Honours) at Monash University. Her passion lies in renewable energy and sustainability. She has worked in Fulton Hogan’s sustainability and utilities department. She is currently the secretary of Female Engineers Monash and a media and communications representative of the Engineers Without Boarders School Outreach committee of the Monash Chapter. She is also an active volunteer at the Wholefoods student run café. She joined AJSS to gain work experience in the energy industry and get a better understanding of it. She loves the outdoors, keeping fit and is a foodie.
Ruslan is a Mechanical engineer with 5+ years of experience in oil & gas industry. He graduated from Ufa State Petroleum Technological University with an engineering degree in 2012.
Prior to coming to Australia, Ruslan worked as a Mechanical engineer for Sakhalin-1 Project in Russia from 2013 to 2018. He was providing engineering support for oil & gas production and processing facilities including daily system and equipment surveillance. After significant time spent on production fields, he was promoted to the role of Senior Machinery Engineer at ExxonMobil and became responsible for rotating equipment reliability improvement and day-to-day support of Operations across Sakhalin-1 Project fields.
Currently, Ruslan is in his first year of a Masters of Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Monash University. Ruslan strongly believes this course will give him a broader view of engineering, improve his knowledge of the technical aspects and broaden professional network.
His technical skills and previous experience make him a valuable contributor to the AJSS company goals and success. Ruslan also has a strong motivation to work in AJSS company as it develops his technical and project management skills and eventually will bring him to a new level in his career.
Daniel is about to start his 5th year of a Double Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering (Honours) and Commerce (Economics major) at Monash University in Melbourne. He joins AJSS to gain industry experience to complement his studies and he will be undertaking research opportunities to help support future AJSS business. Daniel is a member of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Energy and has contributed his time as a volunteer to University orientation programs. He is passionate about renewable energy and enjoys travel, with plans to do much more of this in the future. Daniel is hardworking and eager to learn about our customers, the industries in which we operate and the diverse opportunities at AJSS.
Alex is in currently completing his 5th year of a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) and Commerce (Finance) at Monash University in Melbourne. He joins AJSS after spending a year working with Rolls-Royce in their Civil Small and Medium Engines business near Berlin, Germany. Alex gained expertise in his role in the Measurement Engineering division working on development engines and hopes to apply his knowledge of gas turbines gained in the aerospace field to the broad applications seen at AJSS.
Alex studied in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong University of Technology in 2015 allowing him a great opportunity to work and travel throughout Asia while studying. Alex was a member of the Powertrain section of Monash Motorsport, competing in the Formula SAE competition.
Sam is a qualified shipwright having completed his four-year apprenticeship in Marine Craft Construction in 2017. To complement his trade studies, Sam also completed an Associate Degree of Engineering (Mechanical) through the University of South Australia.
Sam has returned to full time study in 2018 and commenced the 3rd year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical) at Swinburne University in Melbourne.
Sam joins AJSS to gain industry experience and to develop his skills in engineering related disciplines. He has an interest in advanced materials and composites, having gained hands on experience while in the marine industry.
John is a Materials (metallurgy) engineer 7+ years of experience in engineering, manufacturing and quality assurance of gas turbine blades, nozzles and components. He completed his engineering degree from Karaj Azad University in 2006.
Prior to coming to Australia, John worked as a New Part Development Engineer for the MAPNA Group - a well-known rotating equipment manufacturing and overhaul company in the Middle East.
With extensive experience in materials engineering, investment casting process for new product development, new product design and introduction plus quality control and assurance (metallurgical, mechanical, dimensional and NDT), John has acted as a key engineering team member in development and mass production of over fifty gas turbine blades, nozzles and components for MAPNA at their turbine blade manufacturing facility in Teheran, Iran under licence from Siemens Germany. He was also involved with quality control and FMEA teams providing solutions to achieve company goals.
John will provide support to our client Technical Service and Technical Training departments.
Yuan is currently completing his 4th year Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) at Monash University in Melbourne and has joined the AJSS team in order to diversify his industry experience into the Engineering field. Armed with his strong financial and legal knowledge, Yuan brings a fresh perspective to the business side of the AJSS landscape.
Jae is a dedicated and results driven B2B marketing professional. He brings 5 years’ of experience in online marketing and 7 years of design experience to the table. He’s a social media guru and has brought a Facebook company page to 1 million likes in a 2 year time frame. His experience was cultivated as the marketing manager at Dynamic 8 Property, a property investment company.
Jae, owner of TGFX Design studio brings his experience in branding and design together to deliver quality high end designs to a diverse group of businesses in a variety of industries. He can skilfully transform a corporate identity to match its mission and focus.
Our clients are predominantly from the Oil & Gas, Pipeline, Power Generation Mining, and Manufacturing industries in Australia, PNG, NZ and Myanmar. We also provide remote support to clients from other industries all over the globe.