Richard R. (Dick) Vathje
CAREER OBJECTIVE:  To continuously and economically enhance downstream petroleum installations.
SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL STRENGTHS  An innovative, conscientious professional with 29 years of experience in project management, construction and surveying. Proven track record in major oil marketing project management and consulting with the following demonstrated competencies: 
  * Coordinating materials, costs and schedules.
  * Utilizing creativity and ingenuity to trouble-shoot and solve problems. 
  * Providing leadership to produce practical and accurate work. 
  * Incorporating the owner's objectives with code requirements into a practical design. 
  Chief Engineer/President
  To foster a corporate strategy of managing a consulting business specializing in design, project management and inspection of petroleum marketing facilities based on good engineering practice guided by the current codes. Services include plan preparation of existing facilities, design and layout of new facilities. Tailored to client's needs and requirements, complete tender/permit packages with project management to minor consultation to solve a specific problem. 
  Special Accomplishments:
  * Developed standard drawings and specifications for UFA’s marketing facilities.
  * Developed a used oil handling system with “fail-safe” over fill prevention.
  * Measured and prepared as-built drawings for many existing locations to allow the planning and construction of upgraded or new facilities.
  Recent Projects:
  * Assisted with the installation of four Laser 4000 car washes and accepted design responsibility for three dispensing system upgrades for Husky in Calgary.
  * Designed, scheduled, inspected and as-built drawings for two bottom loading skids for the Shell Distribution Terminal in Calgary.
  * Designed an aircraft refueling storage facility for Executive Flight Centres in Nisku.
Jan. 1992 - Oct. 1992 Renovation projects on personal property and volunteer on the addition of two classrooms at the First Lutheran Church. 
Sep. 1990 - Dec. 1991 Project Engineer, ESSO Resources Canada Limited 
  Development and project management of production facilities - new construction and upgrades. 
  Special Accomplishments: 
  * Completed the first high-pressure fibreglass water flood pipeline in the Drayton Valley area.
  * Developed a "Mega Steam" proposal for Cold Lake 'Tar Sands' Phase 7-8.
Jul. 1989 - Sep. 1990  Construction Manager, ESSO Petroleum Canada 
  * Co-ordination of the TEXACO to ESSO Re-brand for the area spanning from 
  Western Ontario to Central British Columbia including: material delivery and quality assurance supervision; stewardship of cost control and schedule permit coordination with 3 marketing divisions.
  * Supervision of 12 Team members. 
  ESSO image compliance. 
  Special Accomplishments: 
  * Wrote electrical a scope of work for national program.
  * Completed the project 25% under budget 4 months ahead of schedule.
  * Increased the Western supplier base (sign manufacturers) 
Jul. 1987 - Sep. 1990 Senior Construction Engineer, TEXACO Canada Inc. 
  * Co-ordination of capital investment for the Texaco Marketing Department in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
  * Supervision of 8 Engineering Services team members.
  * Support maintenance activities.
  * Maintain as-built/standard drawings and project files.
  Special Accomplishments:
  * Team leader for the development of a new community style gas bar/ carwash/food mart, which North Vancouver adopted as their standard. 
Apr. 1974 - July 1987  Construction Engineer, TEXACO Canada Inc.
  Turn key project management of all capital projects in an assigned area including: 
  * Conceptualize proposal plans and estimate.
  * Design, material acquisition and tendering.
  * Cost, schedule and quality assurance to commissioned acceptance and as-built project records.
  Special Accomplishments:
  * 1986 System 2000 standard drawing upgrade.
  * 1984 Calgary marketing terminal automation and expansion.
  * 1983 Computerized tankage replacement estimate program in basic.
  * Acting Chief Engineer, June 1980 - Nov. 1981.
  * Pilot project co-ordination i.e. Canopy, Kiosk, Quick Lube, Self Serve.
  * Developed and maintained a project estimating system. 
1972 - 1974  Project Officer, Government of Canada, DPW 
1970 - 1972  Chief Party, Clark, Swanby and Associates Surveys 
EDUCATION B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering), University of Alberta 1970 
CAREER DEVELOPMENT Participates in the Continuing Competency Program with APPEGA as a practicing Professional Engineer. Review and input to PTMAA on Part IV of AFC. 
INTERESTS Still, Digital and Video Photography, Woodworking, Fishing, Skiing 
ASSOCIATIONS Member: APPEGA, APEGBC.   Licences Available in all other Canadian Jurisdictions
Last Updated on 2002-04-15
By Richard R. Vathje