With over 165 years combined vibration and industrial technologies experience, supported by an impeccable safety record, accreditation and innovation, the EnVibe Analyst Team is one of our greatest assets. Our daily, in-the-field experience with different machinery configurations, equipment and operating environments and the problems produced give us unparalleled access to proven, creative solutions. Everyday, EnVibe Analysts pride ourselves with getting to the root cause of the equipment problems, correcting machinery malfunctions and providing solutions for our clients.
All of EnVibe’s analysts have up-to-date Basic Orientation Plus training from a Safety Council that is part of the Association of Reciprocal Safety Councils (ARSC). Additionally, each EnVibe Predictive Maintenance analyst carries a current Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card, and several are Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET) and Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) certified. Please see our Safety is Priority One page for more information.
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Grady Gage Sr. joined EnVibe in 1999. He is responsible for managing predictive maintenance programs for many facilities including buildings, offshore platforms, water treatment, power and petrochemical plants. He has utilized a host of trouble-shooting techniques including vibration analysis, infrared thermography and laser-alignment to solve problems with hundreds of different types of rotating equipment and on fixed structures as well. Over the years Grady has worked on rotating elements from small blowers to 800-megawatt steam turbine generators.
Grady began his career in 1991 with Vibranalysis Engineering Inc. where he traveled the world performing vibration analysis, balance and alignment. He was also involved in many vibration and acoustic projects including the building of sound walls for compressor stations and assisted in long and short term acoustical surveys. Throughout his career, Grady has continued to develop his skills by attending industry courses including those held by the Vibration Institute.
Glen W. Parker has been in the Predictive Maintenance and Equipment Reliability Industry since 1988. With over 25 years experience in all things manufacturing, Glen brings a 360 degree perspective to his position with EnVibe as he head’s up EnVibe’s SouthEast Division.
Glen developed his aptitude for mechanics at age 17 and worked his way up the ranks to top-tier management positions within any and every industrial environment, including work with NASA’s Delta II Rocket Engines. Glen’s background of hands-on Maintenance and Engineering, PM/PdM Coordination, Maintenance Planning and Scheduling, CMMS Implementation and RCM Strategies develops an acute understanding of all sides of an efficient operating environment. With this practical wisdom in hand, Glen prioritizes, diagnoses and communicates with all levels of operations, resulting in clear, concise and on-target recommendations and outcomes for EnVibe clients.
Glen is a Level II Certified Vibration Analyst and a Level I Certified Thermographer. As a Senior Analyst, he is responsible for performing turbo-machinery start-ups, vibration diagnostics and analysis, Ultra-Sound Leak Detection, Ultra-Sound Thickness measurements, on-site motor diagnostics, structural analysis, field balancing, infrared studies, laser alignment, machinery acceptance testing of new/rebuild machinery and lubrication programs. Glen’s comprehensive knowledge, skill and hands-on, in-field experience makes him an EnVibe go-to analyst.
A graduate of the University of Texas with a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering (1958) and the University of Houston with a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering (1960), Robert has extensive experience in the implementation of condition monitoring and diagnostics programs. Robert also has extensive experience in assessment and control of acoustics and noise problems.
Robert is a Registered Engineer in the State of Texas and is a Charter Member of the Houston Chapter of the Vibration Institute and a member of the Acoustic Society of America.
Christopher Boggs spent 6 years in the United States Navy and was deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom on the USS Harry S. Truman CVN-75 during 2006 — 2009. During Chris’ Navy career he was trained as a Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Electrical) GSE3 (SW) and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) and attained the level of Non-Commissioned Officer. While serving as Central Control Supervisor on the USS Nicholas FFG-47 Engineering Department for two years, Chris was awarded Navy and Marine Corp. Achievement Medal for his accomplishments in the Engineering Department while doing Drug Operations in South America. In addition, Chris is qualified Gauge Calibration Level 1, Quality Assurance, Maintenance Man, Tag-Out, Switchboard Operator and Advanced Damage Control.
Upon return to civilian life, Chris, quickly attained Category I Vibration Analyst certification while expanding knowledge with fellow EnVibe Analysts. Chris has developed extensive experience with testing repairs and new motors from 7,500 – 10,000 horsepower, understanding crucial steps including oil, measuring resistance value on BTDs and RTDs, then performing vibration and temperature analysis before shipping to customer site. Chris also has considerable knowledge with reciprocating compressor motors, with critical understanding of pressure and acoustic measurements in relationship to bottle structure and development. Chris now has his Vibration Analyst Cat II Certification.
Chris’ experience has helped firm up his guiding philosophy for success with all EnVibe clients: every situation is different and it takes time, past experience, strategy and willingness to learn to excel at being a Vibration Analyst and Equipment Reliability professional.
Darren Schur joined EnVibe in 2003. Darren is responsible for vibration analyst recording data for EnVibe’s ongoing Predictive Maintenance (PdM) Programs for major companies like Arkema, Inc., Anheuser-Busch InBev, Maximus Coffee Group, GB Bioscience Corp. – Syngenta, Ben E. Keith Foods and AmeriCold.
Darren started his Vibration Analysis career in 1990, with Joe McCollum as his mentor. He cut his teeth on long-term PdM contracts with the City of Houston Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP) where he was the go-to guy about any piece of equipment at any of the facilities. During his 13 years with Vibranalysis Engineering Corp (VEC), Darren learned machine and coupling alignment using the reverse dial indicator method, then continued to learn and adapt to new equipment and measurement technology, learning laser alignment method when it was still in developmental days.
Darren’s dedication to perfect alignment gains him the title of “Mr. Zeros”—when given machine alignment responsibility, he aligns to all “0”s, far more accurate than the industry accepted 1/1000th of an inch. In addition, Darren’s personal work ethic, commitment to excellence on the job and attention to detail makes him a Balance Technician beyond compare.
Prior to his Vibration Analysis career, Darren was an ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certified Master Technician specializing in transmission rebuilding.
Mario Pena has served as a 15R AH-64D Aircraft Mechanic/Crew Chief for Apache Attack Helicopter in Army National Guard 2009–present. During service in National Guard, Mario served a 9 month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Kuwait, where he performed preventative maintenance for Apache Helicopters during 500-hour phase inspection, stripping the helicopter down to basic components, identifying any maintenance faults, then rebuilding the bird, ensuring equipment reliability and keeping meticulous maintenance records required for safety history.
Mario’s experience with the Army has gained him knowledge performing preventive and corrective maintenance on all things aviation related: hydraulic, hydrostatic, and pneumatic systems; gas turbine compressor units; gasoline/diesel engines and transmissions; steering and suspension systems; electrical and hydraulic power generating equipment; electrical, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems.
Mario has been recognized for his service to the War On Terror with two Service Medals: for enlisting during time of war, awarded Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (GWOTSM); and for recognition of deployment during time of war, Mario was awarded Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOTEM). During this stint with the US Army National Guard, Mario also was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal for serving three consecutive years of “honorable and faithful service” without disciplinary offenses.
Mario continues to serve as E4/Specialist (SPC) of Company B 449th ASB (Aviation Support Battalion) while working with EnVibe, developing his vibration analysis skills and applying his Infrared Thermographer Level I while seeking his Vibration Analyst Level II certification.
Involved with Predictive Maintenance Programs since 1979, Mr. McCollum is responsible for managing data collection and evaluation for all types of industrial Predictive Maintenance Programs. He is a Level III Vibration Specialist certified by the Vibration Institute and a Level I Thermographer certified by the Infraspection Institute and has also successfully completed Basic Ferrographic and Wear Particle Training. His involvement in industry includes responsibility for programs at Petrochemical, Power Utilities, Marine, Building Maintenance and Mining facilities.
Mr. McCollum is also proficient in vibration analysis and trouble shooting of rotating and non-rotating equipment with an experience base over 33 years applicable to numerous types of equipment. His capabilities also expand to rotor dynamic balance of large and small rotors ranging from 2 HP to 180MW turbo machinery, mechanical shaft alignment, acoustic analysis, seismic and structural surveys, theoretical modal analysis, ODS (operational deflection shapes) and infrared imaging technologies.
Jesus Valadez served as Lance Corporal of the Marine Corp., Airbase Cherry Point, NC 2013-2016. During his career with the Marine Corp, Jesus worked as an Avionics Maintenance Technician on the RQ-7 Shadow. This made Jesus proficient at everything from radio frequencies to controlling UAV in air, controlling runway operations to assembling/disassembling aircraft. In addition, the RQ-7 Shadow was a new system the required a problem solver on board: Jesus applied his curiosity and tenacity to a lot of trouble shooting, trial and error in an effort to learn how everything worked.
As a result of his technical acumen combined with time in service, passing exams and recommendation from staff sergeants, Jesus was awarded the responsibility of Plane Captain, an honor usually only awarded to a sergeant in rank. He was the only Lance Corporal of his group to be awarded that level of title. Plane Captain responsibilities required Jesus to be on his game: he was the last person to check all before flight, including final check of motor swap, final aircraft inspections and ground control station supervisor, which included staying with aircrew inside control station and monitoring everything was working as expected. He oversaw 100 successful launch and recoveries with 12 aircraft while at VMU-2 squadron.
In addition to his technical capabilities, Jesus has extensive training experience, from developing and leading new classes for new equipment to maintenance leadership for co-workers.
After turning civilian, Jesus deployed overseas as a Field Mechanic Specialist with Battlespace Flight Services. Continuing to develop his technical capabilities, Jesus worked on electrical systems, engines, landing gear and airframes of various avionics equipment, prioritizing safety, time and deadline management.
Jesus is a native Houstonian, where, while growing up, spent summers becoming a skilled carpenter building houses with his father. As an employee of EnVibe, he’s excited about solving problems for EnVibe’s customers, using the tools of the trade while honing his technical, electrical and mechanical skills. In addition, he is aggressively pursuing his Infrared Thermographer Level I Certification.
Alex Barahona has a remarkable combination of technical/mechanical/electrical aptitude, hand skills, tenacity for problem solving mixed with a dedicated customer service attitude. For the past six years he’s honed these attributes at Batteries Plus, where he lead teams to rebuild, troubleshoot and repair batteries, chargers and electrical components, both in the field and in-house. Alex lead time-sensitive, large battery/circuit-powered assembly projects of custom built batteries, researching all components, diagnosing, troubleshooting and reproducing proprietary units. Using his insatiable desire to know how things work constantly found outside-the-box solutions for continued customer satisfaction.
Prior to Batteries Plus, Alex managed the execution of corporate housing for CWS corporate Housing.
For over 4.5 years, he applied critical thinking and problem solving skills under regular and stressful environments with a courteous, professional smile around corporate and individual clients. Not to be overlooked, Alex also kept control of budgets, purchasing, employee management, safety training, and logistics to turn out fully furnished corporate leased apartments and homes.
A native of El Salvador, Alex has won several awards of distinction for woodworking (district and state), is well versed in welding and continues to love working with his hands.
As a Field Technician for EnVibe, Alex will apply all of his past experiences, prioritizing customer service, employing curiosity of “how things work behind the scenes” with technical/mechanical/electrical knowledge for our clients’ success. While not in the field solving problems, Ales is aggressively pursing his Vibration Analysis Cat I.
Aaron Cichon is a leader and a problem solver. In his work history, he has extensive experience with identifying need, outlining projects and executing solutions. He has spent much of his professional life navigating industrial environments that require knowledge of equipment, processes, protocol and standards. He’s a whiz at B2B sales and project management, dealing with engineers, contractors, municipalities and distributors: netting all the players together to lead projects to successful completion.
Aaron has extensive understanding of monitoring systems, including remote monitoring for critical and balance-of-pant equipment as well as hazardous gas detection monitoring. In the oil and gas industry, he has knowledge of the production and testing of drilling equipment, factory acceptance tests and 3rd party testing. Aaron brings a well rounded curiosity of how things work combined with boots-on-the-ground experience to EnVibe.
Aaron is also a dedicated Aggie. While in college, he served as ROTC Brigade Commander, where he work with military advisors of all branches of service to lead over 200 cadets to academic and physical success. He served on the Ross Volunteer Company and the Muster Committee including the annual campus Muster ceremony, memorializing Aggie students, professors or staff that passed on.
Born and raised in Houston, Aaron frequents family and friends in Bogota, Colombia. He enjoys volunteering with a variety of groups, including The American Red Cross, working with second graders and food pantries.
Tom launched EnVibe in 1997 with the priority to deliver high-quality and timely data to the Equipment Reliability Industry. For over 19 years, Tom has grown EnVibe from a single idea to a 12 person operation. From being ‘once-in-the-field’ to being CEO, Tom’s knowledge and acumen of the equipment reliability industry leads the way in servicing the industries dependent on operating efficiencies.
With strategic partnership development, employment of new technologies, acquisition of industry talent, exceptional safety priorities and customer service, Tom continues to advance EnVibe to the next level of equipment reliability service and visionary accomplishment. He is a member of the Vibration Institute, ACOE, RETA and SMRP and is currently seeking CMRP certification.
In addition, Tom is a graduate of the University of Texas and continues his alum responsibilities by attending every possible UT football game with his family.
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