Jack PearceTechnical Director Outage Services Division
Originally from Eagle River, AK, I received my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2012 from the University of Alaska – Anchorage. While there, I interned at a combined cycle power plant. After the completion of my schooling, I began working at General Electric® as a steam turbine field engineer. I joined the MD&A team in March 2017 as a Technical Director and have been working in the field on steam turbines and generators of various OEM’s and sizes.
What do you do here at MD&A?
At MD&A, I manage and supervise steam turbine and generator outages, along with any necessary on-site repair work. During these outages, I direct crews of millwrights through all phases of an outage including disassembly, inspection, repair, and reassembly. As part of the on-site team, it is my job to ensure that each outage is completed safely and in a quality manner.
What has been your favorite project at MD&A?
My favorite project to date was at a customer site where, after coming out of an outage with a different contractor, they were having difficulties getting their unit online before tripping out on high vibration. I first went to the site, visited with the customer, and looked over vibration, coupling alignment, and rotor runout data. The turbine rotor and generator field were sent to our St. Louis Turbine-Generator Repair Facility where they were repaired and returned to the site. After making some additional needed repairs in the steam path, our team rebuilt the unit, which went online with no issues.
What is the most interesting challenge you have come across at a job site?
Each outage comes with its own interesting challenges, which is one of the reasons I enjoy what I do. The most interesting challenge I have encountered was at a customer site with a large unit and very small turbine deck. The coordination of lay down space and trucking parts to customer warehouses on and off-site for inspection required a lot of pre-planning and creativity.
What is your favorite part about conducting outages at our customers’ sites?
I enjoy knowing that when I am finished working on a unit, the customer will have a better product. It is a great feeling to end an outage with the unit running and performing as it was intended to. Whether it’s a planned outage for routine maintenance or a forced outage with an issue and time crunch, being able to fulfill these requests for our customers makes each outage truly unique and gratifying.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time enjoy camping and hiking in different areas around the country.