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James Kehe

Mechanical Engineer | Director

PROVIDING EXCELLENCE THROUGH LEADERSHIP AND VALUE. I lead x-functional teams who consistently deliver products and services exceeding performance, reliability and quality targets. Broad-based experience in the Aviation, Aerospace, Energy, Power and Oil & Gas industry sectors with expertise...
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Mechanical Engineering Director  
SEEKING OPPORTUNITIES in Product Development, Product Support and Continuous Improvement, July 2016 to Present, Spring, Texas United States
(O&G, Energy, Power, Aviation, Aerospace)
Strong Knowledge Base in Turbo-machinery, Structures and Equipment in the following industry sectors: ● OIL & GAS UPSTREAM: Drilling Systems | Frac Pumps | Sustaining Engineering | Equipment Maintenance | New Equipment PDM Process | Supervising Global Engineering Teams | Lean Six Sigma Cost Savings & Kaizen Events ● ENERGY, POWER, AVIATION: Gas Turbine Design | Stress Analysis | Failure Analysis | Life Management | Reliability Improvements | Standards and Design Practices | Design for Six Sigma ● AEROSPACE: Military and Commercial Helicopters, Airplanes, Jets | Airframe Structural Analysis, Design, Testing and Certification

Manager, Engineering Operations Support, Pressure Pumping  
Baker Hughes Inc., November 2015 to June 2016, Tomball, Texas United States
Provided and directed technical support for new installations, upgrades and trouble shooting | Tracked equipment reliability, monitoring and reporting failure rates | Ensured documentation and compliance of current operational standards | Drove repair & maintenance improvements, operational efficiency projects and cost reduction efforts | Monitored performance and discipline through key performance indicators

Manager, Integrated Engineering & Processing, Pressure Pumping  
Baker Hughes Inc., April 2014 to November 2015, Tomball, Texas United States
Developed and maintained common Engineering Services, Standards, and Platforms used to produce and support Pressure Pumping Equipment for Stimulation, Cementing and Coiled Tubing Product Lines. Responsibilities included: Project Management | Engineering Processes | Directing Mechanical Engineering SMEs and Instrumentation & Controls Engineering SMEs | Mechanical and Instrumentation Drafting / Design Documentation

Reliability Program Manager, Pressure Pumping  
Baker Hughes Inc., December 2012 to April 2014, Tomball, Texas United States
Established Reliability, Durability and Life Cycle Cost Requirements for new and fielded products | Mission time and mission profiles | Reliability test plans and Monthly RE scorecards | Maintained Product System Reliability models for high reliability and critical services | Coordination and setting the direction of field incident reporting, root cause investigations, corrective action and closure processes

Manager, Continuous Process Improvement, Drilling & Evaluation  
Baker Hughes Inc., June 2010 to December 2012, Houston, Texas United States
As the Deployment Champion for D&E Technology, drove continuous process and performance improvements through the application of Lean & Six Sigma practices and tools | Directed the selection, prioritization and management of the project portfolio comensurated with the business goals | Coordinated training and coaching of GB and BB candidates | Established and reported performance metrics | Participated on certification boards

Director, Mechanical Reliability for Drilling & Evaluation  
Baker Hughes Inc., April 2007 to June 2010, Houston, Texas United States
Managed team of engineers domestically and overseas, supporting designs of mechanical / electrical systems for bottom hole assemblies (BHA) | Drove continuous process improvement and reliability enhancements in Product Design | Built Global Engineering work force to support Systems Engineering, Product Development and Research.

Chief Engineer, Gas Turbine Services and Structures  
GE Energy, April 2006 to March 2007, Greenville, South Carolina United States
(Power Production)
Drove compliance of GE practices and standards into Gas Turbine flange-to flange design systems. Design Review Chair to support stage gate PDM process. Areas of support: Hot Gas Path Service Life Extension programs | Rotor Design and Fleet Life Management | Casing Design | Direct Material Cost reduction | Customer Value programs | Reverse Engineering

Principal Technologist, Global Gas Turbine Technology CoE  
GE Energy, April 2005 to April 2006, Greenville, South Carolina United States
(Power Production)
Development of CoE technology roadmaps | Execution of design practice initiatives | Drove technology synergy with other GE businesses | Development of design methods and tools | Guided technology principal engineers

Manager, Mechanical Reliability & Life Methods  
GE Energy, January 2000 to April 2005, Greenville, South Carolina United States
(Power Production)
Managed team of engineers domestically and overseas, supporting mechanical reliability & life management of the GE Energy product line: Gas & Steam Turbines, Generators and Wind Turbines

Design Engineer / Technical Leader, Gas Turbine Rotors  
GE Energy, June 1991 to January 2000, Greenville, North Carolina United States
(Power Production)
Design support of E/F-Technology Gas Turbine rotor systems. Managed team of design engineers, providing technical oversight in the following key areas: Cost reduction programs | Design improvements | Shop support | Fleet life management

Engineer, Mechanical Design & Life Technology  
GE Aviation, September 1984 to June 1991, Lynn, Massachusetts United States
Design of small commercial and & military engine rotor systems. Life analysis & life extension supporting small commercial & military engine programs.

Structural Analyst, Airframe Structures  
Sikorsky Aircraft / Grumman Aeospace, June 1982 to September 1984, Stratford, Connecticut United States
(Aerospace & Defense)
Design of helicopter airframes, composite nose cones and wing flaps for commercial jets.

Stress Analyst  
Northrup - Grumman Corp, June 1979 to June 1982, Bethpage, New York United States
(Aerospace & Defense)
Design of fixed and variable winged aircraft, engine nacelles for commercial and military aviation. Stress analysis | Fatigue and fracture analysis | Composite structures | Vertical takeoff and landing applications


Columbia University - Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science  
Master Of Science, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Sep, 1982 to May, 1984
Focus area: Engineering Mechanics

Cornell University  
Mechanical Engineer, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Sep, 1977 to May, 1979
Focus area: Structural Engineering


  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
    General Electric Co. 
    July 2005
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
    General Electric Co. 
    December 1999