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Below is a brief bio. Perhaps, other FEP grads will do the same, so we can share our experiences and stories.

GREETINGS FELLOW FEP GRADS!

For those FEP grads who don't know me, I am an FEP grad (1968) and a graduate of the Gas Turbine Start-up Program (1969). I worked for GETSCO from 1968-1973 as a gas turbine field engineer. The last two years of my field career, I was Area Engineer for Venezuela, Colombia and the Caribbean. All in all, I've done field or training jobs in 25 countries.

From 1973-77, I became a steam turbine test engineer at MDTD Fitchburg. I joined the FEP training staff in 1977 and was promoted to FEP manager in 1980 (I guess I was a lousy instructor, so Joe Markey promoted me to get me out of the classroom). LOL :-) I served in that position until 1983, when I returned to GETSCO as the site service manager on the TEPCO project in Japan.

TEPCO was the largest combined cycle installation in the world at the time. We installed fourteen MS9001E STAG plants. 2000 MW at base load! Several FEP grads, including AL Shuman, Dave Smith and Tom Hamilton were my senior TAs there. Bill Romizer was the senior steam turbine TA. Numerous FEP grads were assigned there during the 5-year project.

After returning to the USA in 1985, with cutbacks and layoffs in abundance at GE Schenectady, I decided to save someone else's job. I took a "voluntary" layoff and started my own company in 1986.

Note: Life in almost the balance: 20- years working for The General, 20+ years thriving without him!

From 1985-1994, I worked independently in gas turbine training, troubleshooting and consulting under the name of I&SE; Associates of Schenectady, Inc. I joined Turbine Technology Services Corp as VP of Training in 1994. That experience was less than rewarding so I resigned in 1997 to work independently again. David Lucier & Associates, Inc. started in 1998. Clients remembered me and that was very good. After 18 months, I needed a partner so I convinced Charlie Pond to join me. He too got fed up with TTS and resigned.

In June, 1999, Charlie Pond (FEP-1977) and I formed Pond And Lucier, LLC. We are also known in the industry simply as PAL. We have grown to a group of a 15 ex-GE field engineers working on gas and steam turbines. All of us are FEP graduates! Besides Charlie and me, the PAL staff includes: Al Shuman (FEP-1969), Jerry Carlander FEP-1980),(FEP-1980), Carlo Barrera (FEP-1980), the late Ray Duell (FEP-1973), and Neil Adamson (FEP-1978). Carlos Sanoja (FEP-1979), Doug Lemmo (FEP-1973), John Mitchell (FEP-1975), Sal Paolucci (FEP-1981, Tom Huff (FEP-1971) and Mark Cohen (FEP-1980) are senior gas or steam turbine consulting engineers. Nancy Nicholas and Marcia Bailey run our Clifton Park, NY office.

My lovely wife of 25 years, Sheelah, and I are blessed with two great kids: my step children Derek (41), a teacher working in Durham, NC and Jessica (36), a CPA in the Albany, NY area. Sheelah and I live in Niskayuna, NY and have a second home in Lake Placid, NY. We had a yellow lab dog named Marcy, who was 15 years old when we had to put her down. We have four loving grandchildren: Cecilia (5), Norah (2) and twins Levi and Violet (9 months.

We also have a rental place in LP called Seneca Loj. Visit www.century21highpeaks.com for rental details.

Yes, Life is good! As I have often said, I don't expect to get rich. I just want to be ENVIED by all the GE guys who never quit working for "The General" to start their own businesses! LOL :-)

Hobbies include British sports cars (owning, driving and racing), including 1950 MG racer and 1972 Triumph TR6 (street car). Sheelah has a 1965 TR4A-IRS as a street car. I also have a 1965 Ford Mustang HIPO-289.

I am a partner at Kim's Import Motors, Inc. where we own and race 4 MG's: MGB-V8, (2) MGA and a 1950 MGTD Roadster.

We love winter sports: alpine skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing. Having a 19-ft Bayliner on Placid Lake is nice too.

Contact me at dwlucier42@gmail.com My cellular is: 518-330-4801

I hope you enjoy and contribute to the TURBINE COWBOY website!

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Green Stamps and NY Giants Glasses

Posted by dlucier at Wednesday, Dec-08-2004 10:06 AM

Does anyone rememeber when National Car Rental gave out green stamps? Or when gas stations gave out NY Giants glassware to patrons who filled their tanks? Well, back in the early 1970s, GETSCO accounting department started requiring that we turn in any green stamps we got to GE. It would be like having to sign over Frequent Flyer Miles today. This applied to all field engineers. Of course, GE wanted us to lick the stamps and put them in the books.

Well, some of us decided to get even. We brought in bags of green stamps and anything else we got for free. I remember bringing NY Giants glasses I got at the gas pumps. Some of the other GETSCO guys did the same or better. We brought them into 513W and dropped them off on our bean counter's desks. Soon GETCSO decided that was not a good idea and dropped it.

The Infamous 1003 State Street

Posted by dlucier at Tuesday, Jan-04-2005 04:43 AM
This address was rented many times over the years by GETSCO field engineers. One Saturday night, back in winter of 1970, we threw a party and invited our bosses' boss, George Brown and his wife. He was the GETSCO section-level manager. The couple came and got "blitzed." George was too drunk to drive home, so we sent the couple home in a cab.

George forgot about his car the next day. It was ticketed by Schenectady's finest. George still didn't get the car and by the following evening so the car was towed for violating the alternate street parking rule.

I have told the story many times to the delight of listeners, especially other GETSCO field engineers who once worked for George. The Big Boss got blitzed! Does anyone else see the beauty in all this? Holding this over a section-level manager gave me, I must confess, a feeling of power!

First I&SE Assignment - The Charger Rental!

Posted by dlucier at Thursday, Apr-21-2005 03:45 AM
While still on the FEP, I was pulled out of Schenectady to go to Chicago to help install three 4-unit MS5001LA power blocks. I was working 60 hour weeks as a trainee and loved the OT and knew this career was for me: expense account! nice motel! food per diem!

Best of all, National Car Rental gave me the only car available: 1968 Dodge Charger. After a couple of weeks, I was called to bring in the car to get a 4-door sedan. I refused to turn in the Charger. I would go to National to zero out the account but waited for them to wash the car, vacuum it out and service it. NOTHING was going to come between me and my Charger! In reality, I put up such a STINK that they let me keep the car for the duration (2 months) of the job! Joe Byrd (FEP-1978), eat your heart out!

The Turtle and the Hare

Posted by fortesfr at Friday, Nov-16-2007 06:33 AM
The Turtle and the Hare


The career turbine cowboy who struggles in the open range (field) for over 10 years eventually becomes the turtle.
This is the only way he can "survive". He never deviates or gets wound up by new gimmicks or ideas brought forth that “purport” to revolutionize the industry.
He knows that the basic fundamentals and learned skills cannot be replaced.
He will be perceived as slow during these upheavals but this is by no means the case.
He will temporarily crawl into his shell until the smoke clears. Methodically and with each tedious assignment, he gains knowledge and understanding.
He struggles for many years, eventually becoming a true “master” (some turtles even become “doctors”).

The hare by comparison doesn’t last long in the field and is quick to accept new “gimmicks” and concepts. He falls prey to catchy new fashions. With time, these glorious undertakings run out of hot air leaving end customers simply disgusted. The new gimmicks have only created a new breed of hares, completely useless in dealing with real “power world” problems.

A very few of the hares are bright enough to comprehend the wisdom of the turtle and actually run back and catch-up with him. They jump on his shell and try to get a free ride expecting to jump off at the last minute and win the race. By now the turtle is too wise and stops, crawls inside his shell and waits until the hare runs off to some new promising venture.

The turtle continues with the race never faltering or deviating from his true purpose.

To win the race as “judged” by the paying customer.


Coming soon:

1) The turtle, the hare and the fox
2) The hare emulates the turtle
3) The fox joins the race

An Email from Art Hamilton, Calpine

Posted by dlucier at Monday, Jan-28-2008 03:18 PM
Dave.

I know of your birthday from the TC web page photos, you have a shot of the
flag from cf bleachers and note your birthday.

I was a guest of GE, they new of my love of the Sox, and of course there was
some talk of turbine outages.

I used MDA in 2004 on our Westbrook site, that's where I used Dirty Harry Moulton, I
tried to get you guys to be the bucket techs on a 7FA, but you guys were
hesitant to get involved. I was unhappy with the MDA bucket tech that they
were planning on using, his nickname is BOZO, which fits him well, I
eventually utilized The General, at a substantial premium.

We cancelled our LTSA's in New England in 2003, and then the rest of our
fleet in 2005,which has made me a very busy guy. Mr. Johndrow has been working for me as a "consultant" contract type work, he is a very valuable man, electrical, mechanical or controls, he does it all. He is a good friend of Mr. Lemmo.

Yes there are a few John Walsh's out there, we have one as our West Coast guy, he was formerly in the generator shop in Oakland for the General. Ask Doug Lemmo about Gentleman John Walsh, the epitome of class and knowledge, he just retired from Medford after a very long career with GE. Although not a Turbine Cowboy he was the business guy and had a plethora of parts knowledge.

My career...Hmm lets say it has been exciting, My formative years were spent in the Merchant Marine, as an engineer on tugs tankers, Lng ships, and spent some time towing icebergs in the artic, about 15 years, lots of fun until the kids came along.

I started in the turbine field, starting up and operating EMI Pawtucket, frame six unit, where I have had the pleasure of meeting people of the likes of Smiling Pete Garibotto, John "I will bring the wine" Grimaldi and more unique Turbine Cowboys.

I worked for EMI and started up and operated the Tiverton Rhode Island plant, a 7FA and A-10 steamer site. Robin Ashley was a valuable part of that startup. We were bought out by Calpine and they asked me to be a corporate guy in California, due to my knowledge of GE equipment. Calpine was buying and building units like crazy at that time, we know have 53 7FA, to 7FB, and we have started the construction of our 7H machine in California.
Unfortunately the building boom in our company may have contributed to our
recent financial issues. In 2002, I started putting more of my focus of work into the O&M side, supporting our Turbine Maintenance Group, out of Houston. Currently about 30
folks, managing turbine outages throughout the country, we have about 10 ex-GEgFE's, some I am sure you would know, many of there photos are on your site and have already been used against them.

My "core Knowledge" is the 7FA. I have managed numerous outages, without GE in most recent cases, including rotor removal wrecks) and just finished a CI in Maine, it is satisfying and enjoyable work Say hello to Doug Lemmo and Robin Ashley.

Regards, Art

Arthur Hamilton
Senior Turbine Engineer
Calpine Turbine Maintenance Group
Cell 401 225-0900

An Email from Art Hamilton, Calpine

Posted by dlucier at Monday, Jan-28-2008 03:19 PM
Dave.

I know of your birthday from the TC web page photos, you have a shot of the
flag from cf bleachers and note your birthday.

I was a guest of GE, they new of my love of the Sox, and of course there was
some talk of turbine outages.

I used MDA in 2004 on our Westbrook site, that's where I used Dirty Harry Moulton, I
tried to get you guys to be the bucket techs on a 7FA, but you guys were
hesitant to get involved. I was unhappy with the MDA bucket tech that they
were planning on using, his nickname is BOZO, which fits him well, I
eventually utilized The General, at a substantial premium.

We cancelled our LTSA's in New England in 2003, and then the rest of our
fleet in 2005,which has made me a very busy guy. Mr. Johndrow has been working for me as a "consultant" contract type work, he is a very valuable man, electrical, mechanical or controls, he does it all. He is a good friend of Mr. Lemmo.

Yes there are a few John Walsh's out there, we have one as our West Coast guy, he was formerly in the generator shop in Oakland for the General. Ask Doug Lemmo about Gentleman John Walsh, the epitome of class and knowledge, he just retired from Medford after a very long career with GE. Although not a Turbine Cowboy he was the business guy and had a plethora of parts knowledge.

My career...Hmm lets say it has been exciting, My formative years were spent in the Merchant Marine, as an engineer on tugs tankers, Lng ships, and spent some time towing icebergs in the artic, about 15 years, lots of fun until the kids came along.

I started in the turbine field, starting up and operating EMI Pawtucket, frame six unit, where I have had the pleasure of meeting people of the likes of Smiling Pete Garibotto, John "I will bring the wine" Grimaldi and more unique Turbine Cowboys.

I worked for EMI and started up and operated the Tiverton Rhode Island plant, a 7FA and A-10 steamer site. Robin Ashley was a valuable part of that startup. We were bought out by Calpine and they asked me to be a corporate guy in California, due to my knowledge of GE equipment. Calpine was buying and building units like crazy at that time, we know have 53 7FA, to 7FB, and we have started the construction of our 7H machine in California.
Unfortunately the building boom in our company may have contributed to our
recent financial issues. In 2002, I started putting more of my focus of work into the O&M side, supporting our Turbine Maintenance Group, out of Houston. Currently about 30
folks, managing turbine outages throughout the country, we have about 10 ex-GEgFE's, some I am sure you would know, many of there photos are on your site and have already been used against them.

My "core Knowledge" is the 7FA. I have managed numerous outages, without GE in most recent cases, including rotor removal wrecks) and just finished a CI in Maine, it is satisfying and enjoyable work Say hello to Doug Lemmo and Robin Ashley.

Regards, Art

Arthur Hamilton
Senior Turbine Engineer
Calpine Turbine Maintenance Group
Cell 401 225-0900

An Email from Art Hamilton, Calpine

Posted by dlucier at Monday, Jan-28-2008 03:20 PM
Dave.

I know of your birthday from the TC web page photos, you have a shot of the
flag from cf bleachers and note your birthday.

I was a guest of GE, they new of my love of the Sox, and of course there was
some talk of turbine outages.

I used MDA in 2004 on our Westbrook site, that's where I used Dirty Harry Moulton, I
tried to get you guys to be the bucket techs on a 7FA, but you guys were
hesitant to get involved. I was unhappy with the MDA bucket tech that they
were planning on using, his nickname is BOZO, which fits him well, I
eventually utilized The General, at a substantial premium.

We cancelled our LTSA's in New England in 2003, and then the rest of our
fleet in 2005,which has made me a very busy guy. Mr. Johndrow has been working for me as a "consultant" contract type work, he is a very valuable man, electrical, mechanical or controls, he does it all. He is a good friend of Mr. Lemmo.

Yes there are a few John Walsh's out there, we have one as our West Coast guy, he was formerly in the generator shop in Oakland for the General. Ask Doug Lemmo about Gentleman John Walsh, the epitome of class and knowledge, he just retired from Medford after a very long career with GE. Although not a Turbine Cowboy he was the business guy and had a plethora of parts knowledge.

My career...Hmm lets say it has been exciting, My formative years were spent in the Merchant Marine, as an engineer on tugs tankers, Lng ships, and spent some time towing icebergs in the artic, about 15 years, lots of fun until the kids came along.

I started in the turbine field, starting up and operating EMI Pawtucket, frame six unit, where I have had the pleasure of meeting people of the likes of Smiling Pete Garibotto, John "I will bring the wine" Grimaldi and more unique Turbine Cowboys.

I worked for EMI and started up and operated the Tiverton Rhode Island plant, a 7FA and A-10 steamer site. Robin Ashley was a valuable part of that startup. We were bought out by Calpine and they asked me to be a corporate guy in California, due to my knowledge of GE equipment. Calpine was buying and building units like crazy at that time, we know have 53 7FA, to 7FB, and we have started the construction of our 7H machine in California.
Unfortunately the building boom in our company may have contributed to our
recent financial issues. In 2002, I started putting more of my focus of work into the O&M side, supporting our Turbine Maintenance Group, out of Houston. Currently about 30
folks, managing turbine outages throughout the country, we have about 10 ex-GEgFE's, some I am sure you would know, many of there photos are on your site and have already been used against them.

My "core Knowledge" is the 7FA. I have managed numerous outages, without GE in most recent cases, including rotor removal wrecks) and just finished a CI in Maine, it is satisfying and enjoyable work Say hello to Doug Lemmo and Robin Ashley.

Regards, Art

Arthur Hamilton
Senior Turbine Engineer
Calpine Turbine Maintenance Group
Cell 401 225-0900

 

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