Tom Moriarty, PE, CMRP – Founder & President
A former Coast Guardsman having served as an enlisted Machinery Technician for nine years, then earning a commission through Officer Candidate School. The path to Officer Candidate School for and enlisted person is extremely competitive and highly selective. Enlisted personnel selected to become officers have demonstrated exceptional leadership and management capabilities as well as having strong ethics and interpersonal skills. The prior enlisted to Officer Candidate School path is known as the “mustang” path. It is characterized by people who have practical experience, as well as high regard and concern for the people they work with.
As an enlisted person Tom had assignments at coastal search and rescue (SAR) stations and aboard the Coast Guard Cutter SPENCER (Boston, MA). The cutter’s primary missions were search and rescue and law enforcement in the North Atlantic and Caribbean Sea. Among his responsibilities at the SAR stations were boat crewman, boat engineer, boat coxswain, law enforcement boarding officer, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and Officer of the Day. Aboard ship he was assigned to the Auxiliary Division as Leading Petty Officer, oiler, assistant engineer of the watch, engineer of the watch, boat crew, boat engineer, boat coxswain. While assigned to CGC SPENCER Tom was promoted to First Class Petty Officer and implemented a best-practice work order management process that increased PM on-time completion from 83% to 100%, increased labor effectiveness and reliability of auxiliary systems dramatically. Tom completed an Associate of Science degree and was recognized as CGC SPENCER’s Sailor of the Quarter. As a result, he was selected for Officer Candidate School.
After graduation from Officer Candidate School Tom was assigned to the CGC THETIS (Key West, FL) as Student Engineer, then Assistant Engineer Officer and Damage Control Assistant; responsible for Auxiliary, Electrical and Damage Control Divisions. The cutter’s primary missions were search and rescue and law enforcement in the Caribbean Sea.
Tom was selected for the Naval Engineering Technology Program and attended Western New England College for two years, earning a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and passing the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam (first step toward the Professional Engineer license).
After college, Tom was assigned as the Engineer Officer aboard CGC CONFIDENCE (Port Canaveral, FL). While assigned to CGC CONFIDENCE the then 30 year old vessel got underway on-time, every time. Notable missions included being first on scene for the 1994 Cuban mass migration event and many cocaine and marijuana interdictions.
Tom’s next assignment was to the Maintenance and Logistics Command, Norfolk, VA as the Section Chief for Icebreakers, Aids to Navigation and Buoy Tenders. This involved project management for major maintenance (dry docking and commercial contracting) as well as emergency repairs for over eighty vessels. During this tour Tom was the Coast Guard’s condition-monitoring expert, assigned a project to investigate condition-based maintenance applications. He was instrumental in establishing Reliability Centered Maintenance as the designated process for asset maintenance strategy development. Tom passed the second exam for Professional Engineer licensure.
Tom’s last Coast Guard assignment was as Executive Officer at the Naval Engineering Support Unit, Portsmouth, VA. During this tour Tom instituted a best-practice work order management process. Tom earned a Professional Master of Business Admiration (focus in organizational development) from Florida Institute of Technology and was selected as the U.S. Coast Guard’s 2003 Federal Engineer of the Year; an award sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). This award was in recognition of a three year program that drastically increased workforce efficiency. The program resulted in a 31% improvement in labor effectiveness in the first year. This enabled re-programming of internal resources to create and sustain a condition-based maintenance program, initiate a diesel engine inspection program and reduced outside contractor support.
Throughout Tom’s Coast Guard career he was immersed in a culture of exceptional regard for people and teamwork. The environment demanded professionalism, preparation and dedication. He brought those same characteristics to Alidade MER.
Since retiring from Coast Guard service in 2003, Tom has become a recognized expert in leadership, asset management, engineering and reliability. He has worked with well-known and diverse organizations such as Rio Tinto, Gulfstream Aerospace, the University of Michigan, Pactiv, MillerCoors, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and many others. Services include asset management assessments, master planning, implementation support, investigative/forensic engineering, productive leadership development and reliability engineering support.
A recognized expert, Tom has presented papers and webinars at the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) Annual Conference, at the International Maintenance Conference (IMC), the Reliability Centered Maintenance Conference, the Multi-Agency Combatant Craft (MACC) Conference, the American Society of Naval Engineers Fleet Maintenance & Modernization Symposium and at a multitude of other events.
Tom has written monthly articles in Plant Services Magazine on leadership and management related to industrial and manufacturing workplace applications for over ten years. In addition, Tom is a member of the Society of Maintenance and Reliability professionals, the past Chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Canaveral Florida Section, and a member of the ASME Plant Engineering and Maintenance (PEM) Division.