From our Founder & President
On behalf of all of us here at F.I.R.S.T. and T.B.S., I want to personally thank you for taking the time to read about our various products and services.
First Independent Rotor Services of Texas (F.I.R.S.T.) is an independent repair consulting firm that caters to end-user needs within the gas and steam turbine repair industry. We are headquartered in Houston, Texas, and serve both domestic and select overseas end users at some of the most well-known gas and steam turbine repair facilities in the world.
It is through F.I.R.S.T. that we offer repair consulting and shop surveillance to our customers. We provide an expansive array of services and products ranging from on-site technical trouble-shooting, pre-, ongoing and post outage support, specialty turbine modifications, 3rd party shop inspections, repair shop surveillance, repair scope writing and End of Life inspection services for rotational and stationary components.
Technical Bolting Solutions (T.B.S.) is our manufacturing arm that supplies very specific lines of gas and steam turbine consumables. We manufacture thousands of fasteners as well as specialized rotor, joint and casing bolting. We can fill orders as large as complete turbine outage kits or as small as a single one bolt. Simply put, we supply every bolt and nut for many of the gas turbine rotors.
Together both F.I.R.S.T. and T.B.S. builds (and/or modifies) gas and steam turbine repair facilities via design concept, structural and specific engineering, use of repair flow methodologies for both domestic and international companies.
We take pride in all that we do and we know you do as well. This is why we continually push the envelope with innovative technologies and time reducing methodologies to lower your outage schedules.
Paul Tucker / Founder & President
Our Combined Vision:
First Independent Rotor Services of Texas will provide technical consulting assistance to the end user by utilizing new yet proven repair methods and technologies. Our wealth of expertise in all turbo machinery related fields allows you, the customer, to capitalize on our capabilities to ensure your capital equipment is repaired in a quality and timely fashion.
Technical Bolting Solutions will offer the highest quality manufactured bolting goods and continue to revolutionize the gas and steam turbine repair industry through the development of custom made products designed specifically to shorten the outage time and extend run times.
FIRST/TBS Attendance & Articles Written For
Business Administration, Texas Business College, Houston 2002
Service Shop Machining Apprentice Program, 1974—1977; Liquid Penetrant Level I, 1976; G.E. Pump & Compressor Training, 1976; 12 Chrome HP Steam Turbine Rotor Modification, 1978; Nuclear On Site Turbine Rotor Overhaul, 1984 ; Nuclear Rotor Rebuild Training, 1984; Metallurgy & Metal Hardness Testing, 1984; Nuclear Regulatory Commission Certification, 1984; Crotonville Managerial Training 1987; Steam Turbine Bucket Advanced Training, 1988; Steam Turbine Diaphragm Welding, 1989; IRD On Site Balance, 1989; Advanced Thermocouple Attachment, 1989; Schenck Balance School, 1992; Franklin Planner, 1998; Delta Team Building Practices, 2001
2003 – Present – Founded Two Companies, FIRST and TBS
FIRST – First Independent Rotor Services of Texas is a consulting company that works with major oil refineries and utilities in North & South America, Europe and in Southeast Asia. The company provides expert consulting advice in the field of gas, steam and nuclear turbine rotor repair and component repair. Surveillance and vendor qualification are two of its primary functions, but the company also consults to customers at the pre-outage planning stage as well as near and distant strategic planning/implementation process. In addition, FIRST has highly skilled expert technical directors that can direct, train, advise and/or trouble-shoot. We offer training to our customers via class room and hands on applications. A large portion of the company’s expertise lies with the many types and styles of Westinghouse and General Electric families of turbines but experience in many other OEM types also exists.
Gas Turbine Rotor Repair Shops designed/built/augmented by Paul Tucker / F. I. R. S. T.
Preco in Houston, Texas in 1995
Sermatech in Houston, Texas in 2001
Wood Group in East Windsor, Connecticut in 2002
ReGENco in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2004
Leading Edge in Houston, Texas in 2005
Elliott in Houston in 2006
ORMA in St. Petersburg, Russia 2007
TBS – Technical Bolting Solutions was started in 2003 and is a bolting manufacturing company supplying high class bolting and fasteners to the gas, steam and nuclear turbine machine industry. We use precision engineered quality methodologies and state of the art CNC machines to produce high quality bolting and fasteners for the Power Generation Industry. We specialize in turbine bolting manufacturing that includes thread rolling and center-less grinding of material from 1/8” to 12”.
2002—2003 Director of Rotor Repair Operation–Wood Group
2000—2002 Business Unit Manager Gas/Steam Rotors, Houston, Sermatech
1995—2000 Rotor Shop & Turbo Machinery Manager–Preco
1990—1995 Senior Rotor Engineer, G.E. Houston
1980—1989 Turbine Department Foreman Cincinnati, G.E.
1977—1980 Class A Machinist Cincinnati, G.E.
1974—1977 Apprentice Machinist Cincinnati, G.E.
University of Alaska, Anchorage -Welding Technology
University of Alaska, Anchorage -Aviation Technology
Millwright Apprenticeship (8000 hours), IRD Vibration Analysis and Balancing
Bentley Nevada Vibration Analysis / Data Acquisition / Multi Plane Balancing
Industrial Fire Fighting, Texas A&M University, NDT Inspections
General Electric Gas Turbine Maintenance Training
Laser Alignment & Data Acquisition, Rotor Valve Motor Operators Course CAD 2D and 3D Modeling Training Autodesk Inventor & Solid Works
Licenses and Certificates
Current First Aid, CPR and Hazmat Certificates
Welding Certifications: Structural Steel; all position to 1 inch (E-7018), Stainless Steel .060 TIG, Mild Steel all position MIG, and BBC High Nickel Alloys
FAA Certificated Repair Station – Engines and Accessories up to 400 P. FAA Certificated Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic
FAA Certificated Inspection Authorization, Current Alaska Driver’s License and Commercial Pilots License US Patents, Blade Lock US 8,821,127,B1 & Tap and Die Device US 8,931,1980
2015 – Present Lead Turbine Technical Design, FIRST
2013 – Present President, KnechtionRepair, LLC
2011 to 2013 Allied Power Group, Field Service I Sales
1985 – 2011 Maintenance Foreman, Chugach Electric Association
1999 – Present Owner, Alaska Air Power
1989 – 2002 Owner, Northern Turbine Service
1980 – 1985 Maintenance Technician, Chugach Electric Association
1975 – 1980 Millwright
Gas and Steam Turbine start up commissioning, Gas Turbine upgrades, overhauls, CI, HGP and Borescope inspections
Heavy Equipment Operator; including but not limited to mobile cranes, Large High Voltage Switchgear rigging
High Voltage Generator Bus Repair and Assembly, Turbine repair shop technical lead
Gas I Steam turbine component inspections, repair process reviews and improvements
Major Machine Repairs including machine, welding and stress relieving
Dynamic Field Balancing, Low Speed Balancing
Multiple Machine Train Alignment, Optical and Wire Alignment
Tool and Fixture Design, Detailed Machining Drawings to include 3D modeling with Stress Analysis
1996- Manufacturing Engineering Technology (Machining Technician), UTEC Mesa State College, Grand Junction, CO. Internship for machinist at General Production Devices, Grand Junction, CO
1998- Buckeye Pacific Testing. Level II Journeyman ultrasonic inspection
2001- IRD Mechanalysis dynamic balancing training
2008- Schenck moment arm balance machine operation and calibration training. CAD training for solid modeling software
2011- NCCO Mobile crane operation certification.
2015 – Present Central Shops Critical Spares, ASRC, Kuparuk AK
2012 – 2015 Operator / Mechanic Rover, Homer Electric Association, Nikiski AK
2010 – 2012 Digital Alignment Consultant, Tern Technologies, Anchorage AK
2006 – 2012 Machinist / Maintenance Tech., Chugach Electric Association, Beluga AK
2000 – 2006 Machinist / Mechanic, GLM Corporation, Kenai AK
2010 – Present Consultant, First Independent Rotor Services of Texas
1986 – 2010 Gas/Steam Technical Adviser, G.E., Cincinnati
1984-1986 Foreman, Gas Turbine Rotor/Stationary Parts Repair, G.E., Cincinnati
1978 – 1984 Work Leader, Gas Turbine Department, G.E., Cincinnati
1965 – 1970 Machinist, Gas Turbine Department, G.E., Cincinnati
BS in Materials, Structures and Fluids, University of South Florida, Tampa, 1976
Six Sigma, Franklin Covey Management Course, Ultrasonic Inspection, Eddy Current training, Fluorescent Penetrant, Magnetic Particle Inspection
1977 – 2015 American Welding Society
1981 – 2015 ASM International
2014 – Present Metallurgist, First Independent Rotor Services of Texas, Houston
2006 – 2014 Independent Consultant, Veritech Labs, San Antonio
2001 – 2015 Senior Metallurgist, Gas Turbine Materials Associates, San Antonio
1998 – 2001 Manager of Technical Services and Chief Metallurgist, Preco Turbine and Compressor Services, Houston
1991 – to 1998 Metallurgist and Welding Engineer, GE Power Systems, Houston
1982 – 1991 Welding Engineer, Teledyne Aircraft Products, Mobile, AL
1979-1982 Welding Engineer, GE Aircraft Engines, Albuquerque
1976 – 1979 Welding Engineer, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Sykesville, MD
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Technology, University of New York, 1969
Associates of Applied Science in Electrical Technical, University of New York, 1967
2005 to Present Consultant, First Independent Rotor Services of Texas
2001 – 2005 Field Services Supervisor, G.E., Houston
1990 – 2001 Manager: Engineering and Power Generation, G.E., Houston Service Center
1980 – 1990 Service Supervisor and Manager for Field Group, G.E., Houston
1970 – 1980 Field Engineer for Field Service Group, G.E., Houston
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, 2008
2009 – Present Operations Manager, TBS, Houston
2009 – Present Consultant, FIRST, Houston
2008-2009 Student Operations Worker, Sam Houston State University Computer Services, Huntsville
George Weilbacher, PE
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio, 1999
Licensed Professional Engineer TX 111777
2013 – Present Analytical Group Manager for Compression Engineering, Exterran, Houston
2011 – 2013 Senior Consultant, Petrofac Inc., Houston
2010 – 2011 Senior Mechanical Engineer, Gas Turbine Materials Associates
2008 – 2010 Technical Manager of Texas Assets, PSEG Texas
2007 – 2008 Engineer III, CPS Energy
1999 – 2007 Senior Research Engineer, Southwest Research Institute
Computer Science Degree in progress
2015 – Present Office Administrator, FIRST/TBS, Houston
2013 – Present Metallurgist’s Assistant, FIRST/TBS, Houston
2012 – 2013 Forklift and Crane Operations, BFWS Industries, Houston
2001 – 20012 Customer Support Specialist and Registrar, Conifer Health, Houston