Director, Mechanical Integrity
Rick Hoffman joined Becht Engineering in June, 2009 as a Senior Engineering Advisor. He has more than 39 years experience in engineering, reliability management and maintenance in the refining, petrochemical and synthetic fuels industries. Before joining Becht Engineering he was the Director, Specialty Engineering for LyondellBasell Industries. In this role he had worldwide responsibility for corporate technical support, mechanical engineering and maintenance for more than 40 chemical plants and two refineries. He was also responsible for capital project support, setting the strategic direction for Lyondell maintenance and reliability programs and all engineering and maintenance standards.
During his career he has developed reliability programs for refineries, chemical plants, and synthetic fuels operations He also served at the Mechanical Design Coordinator for a major refinery expansion in the UK.
Other highlights of Mr. Hoffman’s career include a serving as a member of the Texaco Speakers Bureau where he was responsible for communicating with the public concerning the refining industry. Mr. Hoffman also led a team for the final construction, startup, and operation of the world’s first commercial shale venture for Unocal. His team solved over 200 reliability problems to bring the plant into commercial operation. While at ARCO Chemical, which was acquired by Lyondell, he implemented a maintenance efficiency and work prioritization effort, resulting in a $70 million reduction in maintenance cost, and a 37% reduction in maintenance craft personnel, while improving reliability. While with Lyondell, Mr. Hoffman also headed a group of individuals to pioneer fitness for service evaluations, and to implement “program maintenance” to allocate funds for major programs to assure plants could not divert funds from key long-term upgrades. This program was highly successful in reducing failures and improving overall safety and reliability.
Rick has a BSME (with honors) degree from the University of Wyoming. He is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional, a member of the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals, and holds his Professional Engineer license in Texas. He has published numerous papers and spoked domestically and internationally on the topic of reliability management. Mr. Hoffman is based in Silverthorne, Colorado.