Richard Wickboldt





Plant Manager with extensive and broad experience managing all aspects of operations and maintenance of Power Plants, Utilities Systems, Process Plants, Institutional Building Facilities in the private and institutional sectors.  Proven manager and leader who can optimize reliable and efficient operations, maintenance and production within budget, maintain a safe work environment, institute organizational change, implement new processes and procedures and execute capital improvement plans to meet life extension and master planning. Expertise in:

·         Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)

·         Zero Base Budget Design and Execution

·         Computerized Maintenance Mgmt. System (CMMS)

·         HVAC – BAS

·         Master Planning

·         Root Cause Analysis

·         Combined Cycle Operations

·         ASME Boiler Code

·         Performance Management

·         Power Production Operations

·         Cogeneration

·         Capital Project Planning

·         Organizational Change

·         Change Management

·         Project Management

·         Union Negotiations

·         Purchase Specifications

·         Microsoft Office

·         OSHA

·         NFPA

·         Vendor oversight




University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI                                                                                          

Senior Plant Manager - Central Power Plant                                                                 2002-2013

Managed and led staff of 37 in administration, operation and maintenance of the Central Power Plant a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) cogenerating plant, with a production capacity of 45 MW and 1,000 MLBS steam. Structured an annual $4.5M capital project program to include equipment life extension and replacement to increase reliability of operations and reduce maintenance cost.  Utilized annual zero base budget philosophy which has helped keep budget growth lower than inflation and saved $8.6M over 10 years.

·         The Central Power Plant produced and distributed four utilities services to the central, medical and research campuses.  (electricity, steam, domestic hot water and compressed air).

·         Managed Outlying Boiler Services group (15).  Maintained and operated 100 campus building boiler and hot water systems compromising 30 million square feet.  Including specialized buildings (museums, libraries, research, medical facilities, residential housing, Ford Presidential Library at UM, performing art theatre).  Performed maintenance activities at the North Campus Research Complex power & chiller plant.

·         Project management and oversight of capital projects in the construction to upgrade, replace and new additions of power plant and campus facilities.

·         Maintain 10 year master capital plan supporting long range planning..

·         Improved plant operational reliability and achieved O&M cost reductions by implementing KPIs and continuous reporting of performance.

·         Implemented a Latent Root Cause Analysis Program that reduced maintenance and operational costs and was recognized in 2007 by the Combined Cycle Journal as an industry best practice.

·         Capital project program which included the following key projects:

o    Replacement of plant-wide Distributive Control system which involved the migration from Bailey INFA 90 to an Emerson Delta V while maintaining continuous plant operations.

o    Steam Turbine Life Extension which involved replacement of the steam path with a new customized efficiency design which increased electrical production 3%.

o    VFD Boiler Feed Pump installation.

o    Replacement of mixed bed ion exchange demineralizers with a Reverse Osmosis system.  This improved water quality and reduced annual chemical budget by $150k.

o    Machinery Health Monitoring system.

·         Implemented an organizational and equipment procedure system that enhanced training, personnel on-boarding, succession planning and Human Error Prevention. 

·         Reduced unplanned boiler outages and annual maintenance cost associated with water quality / condition problems by installing condensate return polishers, Reverse Osmosis system and new deaerator.  Annual cost savings $500k.

·         Realigned organizational staffing to fully support an effective maintenance program without increasing staff level.  This involved shifting operating personnel to the maintenance departments.


Consolidated Edison Inc., New York, New York                                                                            

Regulated power production and distribution utility which provides electric and natural gas service in New York City, and most of Westchester County. Con Edison also owns and operates the world’s largest district steam system, providing steam service in most of Manhattan. 


Incident command 9/11 – World Trade Center                                                              2001

·         Member of assessment and site investigative team immediately after attack.

·         Developed plans of response to restore lower Manhattan steam district system utility services.

·         Managed Incident Command Operations Division of 120 people.


Port Engineer / Port Captain                                                                                        1996-2002

·         Direct oversight of the operation and maintenance of the marine fleet (12 vessels) and regulated transfer facilities.

·         Wrote specifications and implemented contracts for repair and maintenance, including dry-dock evolutions of all company owned vessels.

·         Monitored and directed all licensing of vessels and personnel (47). Developed training programs that maintained company excellence standards and USCG regulations.

·         Directed marine oil spill response Incident Command System.

·         Managed contract specification and one hour Oil Spill Response Organization (OSRO), fleet tug support and Oil Spill Tabletop Drill Exercise vendor.

·         Company liaison with USCG, NYPD and NYFD marine divisions, DEQ.

·         Member of the USCG New York Harbor Safety Navigation & Operations Committee.


Project Manager                                                                                                           1994-1996

Managed and directed projects involving:

·         Installation of new boilers and boiler life extension.

·         Steam Turbine Overhaul.

·         Installation of new plant systems.

·         Relocation and activation of maritime electrical gas turbine generating assets.


Operations Project Coordinator                                                                                    1992-1994

Coordinated and managed all operation, construction and maintenance departments during plant outage, firm-ups, and new installations to completion.  Insured all projects met designed operations criteria for economical, efficient, and environmentally safe viable generation of power.


Maintenance Outage Coordinator and Engineer

General Watch Supervisor

Maintenance Supervisor




·         Bachelor of Engineering - SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, Bronx, New York

·         Marine Fire Fighting and Emergency Training at Texas A&M University

·         "Inert Gas and Supporting Systems" from Wilson International LTD

·         GENERAL PHYSICS CORPORATION "Fundamentals of Power Plant Performance for Utility Engineers" and "Advanced Operator Training"

·         Oil Spill Response Incident Command

·         Leadership and Management Executive Education at The Institute For Management Studies (IMS)

·         University of Michigan Business & Finance Leadership Academy

·         APPA Institute for Facilities Management – Supervisor & Leadership programs

·         Incident command System Training Curriculum

·         Design of Gas Turbine Combined Cycle and Cogeneration Systems – ThermoFlow Inc.