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Drilling Rig Electrical Field Engineer AC and SCR expert.

Charles Townsend
Phone 713 782-6852
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      Since leaving GE, almost two years ago, I have been working as a Self Employed Contract Consulate and would be willing to continue in that or take a full time position.  With my knowledge, my previous accomplishments, and team work experience I will become a vital asset to your organization in either position.  I have worked on all Drilling Rig SCR's in my 25 years and am an expert on applying the new AC inverters to Draw Works and Mud Pumps.
      I pride myself in the ability to solve problems and make global decisions.  I've found that with motivational leadership, regular training and making the employee feel like he is a vital part of the organization, work habits and performance increase. 
      I am an individual who is looking for a professionally challenging and rewarding career.  I've acquired leadership skills within the rapidly expanding deep water and harsh environment segment of the worldwide energy arena.. 
      My history of technical leadership and establishing solutions for the past 35 years, has proven to be very rewarding. 


Purdue University Electrical Engineering at Lafayette and Calumet Campus in Indiana
USAF Electronics and Auto Pilot School Chanute AFB
Salem GE Industrial Systems Schools Toolbox, ACDCEx2000, UC2000, and Innovation AC Drives.


AC Inverters (ACDCEx2000, GE Innovation, VACON)
Automation Control (GPS, DP Systems, PLC, etc.)
PLC System Design (GE, Allen Bradley, PLC Direct, etc.)
SCR, Generator Controls (Ross Hill, Baylor, IPS, Tech Power, GE, International Switchboard, etc.)
Top Drive and Rotary (PLC, Electronic, Electric, Hydraulic, and Mechanical)
Pneumatics (Tubing, and Controls)
Hydraulics (Controllers, Power Positioning)


Briefing of senior management on operational implications and limitations of AC/DC PLC systems.
Expert Field Engineer with GE Drives; especially AC and DC offshore deepwater oil Drilling Rigs.
Over 35 years experience electrical/electronic troubleshooting, installation and completion testing.
25 years experience as an Electrician / ET on all types of large Oil Drilling Rigs with SCR and AC Drives.
Successfully trained national crews in high American standards of electrical/electronic maintenance.
Skilled at troubleshooting all electronic systems at the hardware and software level.
Setup and monitored Preventive Maintenance to significantly improve downtime on Drill Rigs.

I Offer expertise in conceptual design, engineering and physical layout of electrical high and low voltage power generating and distribution systems for offshore industrial and/or marine vessels.  I have experience organizing and motivating large staffs of engineering, technical and construction supervising personnel; and negotiating work order changes with shipyards and/or contractors to ensure conformance with project schedules and cost constraints.
As a Field Engineer for GE I worked worldwide in all industries; Plastics, Metals, Paper, Marine and especially Oil Drilling. I taught many classes, in Houston, for GE on their DC Drilling Rig Drives (Generation I, II, & III and MicroDrill 1000 & 2000) and the 752 DC Drilling Motor. I worked extensively with R&B Falcon Drilling (now Transocean SEDCO Forex) on their Deepwater Drilling Rigs startup in Korea shipyards and maintaining their AC Drilling Motors (with AC2000 IGBT inverters fed with CB2000 DC SCR rectifier source) worldwide. I successfully installed remote diagnostics on these rigs with UC2000 computers that can link up to their GE Drive systems from anywhere in the world.
Also in my career I have had the opportunity to work extensively with: AutoCAD and Computer Programming (PLC, SCADA), design and repair of electronics, computers and software, Motor Control and Air Conditioning. I have experience with implementation of Preventive Maintenance data analysis, management, and auditing (ISO9000) programs. I can provide my own tools, test equipment, notebook PC (equipped with GE Toolbox, AutoCAD and PLC software), portable color printer, EPROM programmer and Logic Analyzer (all packed for air travel), with a complete electronic-computer shop/office in my home to draw resources from.
I have supervised and trained all the Electricians and Electronic Technicians on two Semi-Submersible rigs (Willrig’s Winner and Legend, my former Penrod rigs). In Brazil, working only one week a month on each rig. The Legend, a fourth generation Semi Submersible, held the Wilrig record for least down time 1993 and 1994 with my all Brazilian crew. I Worked also in the Wilrig Lafayette office where I set up an electronics shop: building a Bi-M (an old 16 bit PLC Rig Management System based on the TI9900) simulator, repairing boards, and going to rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Work History: Past 5 Years

2002 April – present     Contract Employment      C. R. Townsend Inc. Houston TX
Field Engineer: Self Employed Contract Consulate & Service Provider: Drilling and Industrial Systems
Supervised the Startup of NOI’s first AC Land Rig (using Vicon Inverters) in Edmonton CA (DRECO) and Dubai, also did their NOI’s AC Land Rig (the Pioneer 7) in Zapata TX. Through NOI (for billing and Insurance) I have done many jobs for Transocean and HiTec Offshore on the Deepwater rigs I supervised the GE drives in Korea.
For S&S I have commissioned two GE DC rigs, one in China and another in Iraq last year. I worked many times in Edmonton CA for the DRECO Fabrication Yard testing their new 4000 to 6000 hp Drawworks and presenting qualification data to their customers.

1998 - 2002 April     GE Industrial Systems Houston TX
Field Engineer: Metals, Paper, Plastics, and Marine Industrial Systems
Repair and Installing AC and DC Drives, PLC systems, and HMI. Taught classes for GE on their Drilling Drive systems. GE Field Engineer’s schools for; ACDCEx2000, Ex2000, DC300, Innovation, Fanuc 90/30 & 90/70 PLC. Also successfully worked on all GE Drives and Fanuc PLC systems in the Metals, Paper, Plastic, and Marine Industries. Installed PLC replacements for all relays on Generation III GE on the Transocean M G HULME JR.

These are a just a few of the accomplishments I have completed in the past. I'm in good shape, ready to offer you my expertise. I have worked with the following and am fluent with the systems.

IPS Controls
ISC Controls
IPEC Controls
Ross Hill Controls
Tech Power Controls
OMC Controls
IDM Controls
Baylor Controls
GE Controls
Varco Drilling Equipment & Controls
National Oilwell Equipment
Allan Bradley PLC Controls
PLC Direct Controls
GE PLC Controls
Siemens PLC Controls
IBM Computer Controls
GPS Systems
DP Systems


Work History: Past 35 Years

My involved job history experience is more due to the fickle nature of the oil drilling business than any lack of loyalty and dedication on my part.


1997 – 1998    Transocean Offshore    Houston TX
        Senior Electronic Technician: Driller
        Set up new ET Shop on the Driller (with SIMRAD; [trained in Norway for] DP system) in Nigeria.

1995 – 1997     Broughton Drilling    Houston TX
        Rig Electrician / ET: Mr. Bice
        Repaired ISC SCR problems and put rig drawings into AutoCAD.

1994 – 1995    Dual Drilling    Houston TX
        Electric / Electronic Troubleshooter: floating
        Worked in China (a lot of my 30 year old Mandarin came back) on Ross Hill and Varco Top Drives.

1992 – 1994    Wilrig USA    Houston TX
        Senior ET / Electrician for TWO Rigs: Legend and Winner
        Trained and assisted Brazilians to take over electrical/electronics maintenance.
          They are the most complex Semi-Submersible rigs in the world with a
          TOTAL National Maintenance Crew.


1991 – 1992   Global Marine Drilling Co.   Lafayette LA
        Rig Electrician: Biscay II then the Compact Driller
        Worked on Commission Testing of the Compact Driller, the last new 116 LeTourneau from Vicksburg.


1990 - 1991   Flint Drilling of South America,     East Venezuela
        Electrical Superintendent: Land Rigs.


1990 - 1990   ODECO Drilling   Houston TX
        Rig Electrician: Ocean Voyager.


1989 - 1990   Penrod Drilling   Lafayette LA
        Rig Electrician: Penrod 87 then Penrod 76.


1989 - 1989    Hercules Drilling Co.   Lafayette LA
        Rig Electrician: Hercules II.


1988 - 1989   Dolphin Titan Inc.   Lafayette LA
        Rig Electrician: DT-105


1988 - 1988   Broughton Drilling Co.   Houston TX
        Rig Electrician: Mr. Bice (the second time I worked for Mr. Broughton).


1987 - 1988   GH Hensley Inc.   Dallas TX
        Lead Electrician: nights in large Steel Casting plant.


1986 - 1987   Paragon Property Mgt.   Dallas TX
        Maintenance Manager: 380 unit apartment complex.


1985 - 1986   Broughton Drilling Co   Houston TX
        Rig Electrician: Broughton II (the first time I worked for Mr. Broughton).


1984 - 1985   Shilling Chilling Co.   Indianapolis IN
        Chief Electrician: the largest heating and cooling Co. in Indianapolis.


1982 - 1984   Townsend Electric Inc.   Bloomington IN
        Licensed Master Electrician: self-employed.


1981 - 1982   SEDCO International   Houston TX
        Rig Electrician: SEDCO 700 then the 702.


1979 - 1981   Diamond M Co.   Houston TX
        Rig Electrician


1975 - 1979   AMTRAK Diesel Shop   New Orleans LA
        Locomotive Electrician


1973 - 1975   Toyota Equipment Sales   Jackson MS
        Service Manager: Electric (SCR), Propane, and Gas/Diesel Forklifts.


1970 – 1973   Inland Steel as a Rigger then ET   Gary IN

1966 – 1970   USAF Airman:
         AFSC 32550  Chanute AFB 1 year then Vietnam 3 for years