In the past several blogs Energy Consumers of the Carolinas has introduced you to a few of the veterans who also work in the energy industry in the Carolinas. Veterans make up an important part of our energy industry, bringing a discipline, steadfastness, and skill sets that help keep the power on for us. ECC noted that veterans make up about 11% of employee population in investor-owned energy companies and make up 22% of the nuclear workforce. The disciplined and skilled people are important to our energy industry.
Here is our last set of veterans who are shining examples of people who serve the energy industry in the Carolinas.
Wheeler Ballard is a field service technician for Carotek, Matthews, NC. Carotek is a process pump, control valve, steam/air hydronics and automation instrumentation distributor. Its capabilities include 24/7 field services, system start-up services, in-plant instrumentation configuration and calibration. It also does significant process and equipment training.
Wheeler is an A2LA accredited calibration specialist through standards published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which has set rigorous quality control requirements in various industries. (A2LA certification – not easy!)
Wheeler’s military service: “I served aboard the USS Tucson SSN 770 from 1996 to 2000 as an electronics technician in the NAV/OPS division.” The Tucson is a submarine commissioned in 1994. He earned a B.S. Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology at Western Carolina University in 2006.
David Bailey is a Senior Manager with EY‘s Advisory Services Power and Utility Practice. He provides consultative services to utilities, particularly in project management, project controls, performance improvement, and operational risk management. His experience includes eight years of work within the energy industry specializing in work and asset management, project management, project controls, performance improvement, and business analytics. Bailey has worked on multi-billion dollar projects, and developed the asset management strategy materials for multiple utilities.
In the military, “I have six years of experience managing and supervising military nuclear plant operations, online and outage work management and maintenance, development of performance improvement programs, and held the U.S. Navy’s Chief Nuclear Engineer qualification.” Bailey has a MBA from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy.
ECC asked David for his opinion about challenges in the energy industry: “The number one by far is fostering and handling innovation. The technology, data, workforce, and customers are all changing, creating a platform for potential gains in innovative ideas. I get to work on projects that This includes: Help fossil fuel giants evolve to new power generation, evaluate innovative new technology like residential sized natural gas fuel cells, and help utilities embrace ideas like blockchain.”
David Bailey lives near Charlotte and practices his work worldwide.
Jack Mulligan is Principal of J.B. Mulligan Project Management Consulting, working with corporate managements in domestic and international projects in the nuclear industry. In the past he managed projects in nuclear, environmental, research and construction. He lives in South Carolina, near Charlotte.
Jack served as Lieutenant in the U.S. NAVY and assistant manager for operations, Schenectady (NY), for the Naval Reactors Office (1965 – 1978). He was responsible for establishing and executing engineering management and technical policies, reporting directly to the Director of the Division of Naval Reactors, Admiral H. G. Rickover. He became deeply involved in many aspects of site operations and nuclear plant R&D, design, construction and operations as necessary to ensure the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL) operating contractor was meeting Naval Reactors’ requirements.
Jack taught at the U.S. Navy nuclear power schools and subsequently ran the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Plant Training Program. In this role, he developed qualification standards, served as the principal author on training texts, and helped develop and implement the principles, which were the genesis of DOE’s approach to Conduct of Operations. Also, he consulted with other U.S. Navy organizations on improvements to U.S. Navy basic technical training schools. Jack has served the energy industry in the U.S. and multi-nationally.
In the Carolinas we can be mighty proud of the veterans who served us in the military and now in the energy industry. In this blog series ECC has shown our readers people who are at the front lines – power lines, customer service, lines of communication, safety, environment, renewable energy, carbon-free nuclear, plant process improvement, and entrepreneurship. This Veteran’s Day we urge you to look at the work these people do for us and say thank you for the high-quality and reliable electric service we enjoy.