Senior Engineering Advisor
Mr. Stangel joined Becht Engineering in 2008 as a Senior Engineering Advisor following a 35 year career with Exxon and Valero Energy in a variety of operations, maintenance, and reliability areas. He retired in 2008 as the Maintenance Director at the Valero, Benicia Refinery. In that capacity he was responsible for the overall maintenance of the Benicia Refinery, including repair quality, work selection processes, cost control and budget attainment, employee and contractor workforce management. The first couple of years of this assignment presented some significant challenges with serious reliability incidents and related maintenance costs.
Gene’s organization responded by committing to a focused reliability improvement program that over the next three years reduced losses from unscheduled unit downtimes by 90% while improving their Solomon rankings in maintenance by two quartiles. During this same time frame the refinery successfully implemented a behavior based safety program that reduced employee and contractor injury incidents by half, and led to achieving the CA-OSHA “STAR” Certification, one of only 2 refineries in CA to receive this classification.
Prior to this assignment Gene was responsible for the refinery’s rotating equipment reliability and maintenance program. In this capacity he was responsible for all maintenance and reliability improvement for rotating equipment, including nine unspared critical compressor trains (five driven by gas turbines). Over the course of 5 years this group improved the facility’s pump mean-time-between-repairs from 24 to 60 months while cutting annual repair costs by over half. Unscheduled downtimes of the unspared compressor trains was reduced from an average of 30/yr to less than 2/yr, with industry pacesetter availability and overhaul intervals. Gene’s group was also responsible for the design and safe start-up of all new rotating equipment. This included the successful selection, start-up and de-bugging of a $60MM, 50MW, LM-6000 co-gen unit. Mr. Stangel’s experience also includes positions as Safety Advisor, Environmental Manager and Construction Manager.
Gene has a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, Atkinson Fellow; and a BS degree in Civil Engineering, magna cum laude, from St. Martin’s University. He is a pilot and built a high-performance Glasair that he and his wife now uses regularly to visit kids and grand kids. He and his wife also raise puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, CA.