CHRIS J ARMITAGE

Chesapeake, VA 23321  (757) 488-7091
Cell Phone: (757) 879-0798
carmitage@troc79.com
BIOGRAPHY
I am a dynamic leader and reliability visionary. I have more than 36 years of experience in developing and
implementing aggressive preventive maintenance strategies with an average annual customer return on
investment 3.5 to 1. I have managed more than 100 customer projects spanning more than 20 types of
industries including Pulp/Paper, Power, Manufacturing, Chemical, Oil & Gas, Petrochemical,
Water/Wastewater, Pharmaceutical and Military operations. I am the originator of The Reliability Optimization
Company’s Streamlined Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM) process which creates a customer foundation
resulting in:
 Average of 25% reduction in customer PM workload
 Average of 10% reduction in unscheduled downtime
 With an average Customer ROI of 3.5:1 in the first year
My areas of expertise include personnel leadership and supervision, preventive maintenance, predictive
technologies (PT) application, rotating equipment, vibration analysis, nondestructive testing, thermography, root
cause failure analysis (RCFA), machine and application design and database integration. I am a published author
and frequent speaker at numerous professional conferences. I retired from the U.S. Navy as a Commander,
having served as a Helicopter Pilot, Flight Instructor and Aircraft Maintenance Officer.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
The Reliability Optimization Company (TROC) – Chesapeake, VA
2015-Present
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
As CEO, I am directly responsible for all aspects of TROC operations and administration performing Reliability
Optimization services for Manufacturing, Power and Process industries world-wide.
Emerson Process Management – Knoxville TN
2000-2015
Global Reliability Key Account Manager
I was responsible for Emerson’s Reliability program and infusion into Key Accounts and major business pursuits
including over 85 projects covering the following typical roles:
 Senior Reliability Program Manager for Vale Ore Refining Asset Optimization project
 Senior Plant Web Services Project Manager for RockTenn Paper Asset Optimization projects
 Senior Plant Web Services Project Manager for 2.8MM Saudi Arabian Di-Ammonia Phosphate Fertilizer
Plant Maintenance Program Development Project
 Senior Project Manager for multi site Georgia Pacific Corp Reliability and Maintenance Optimization
Projects resulting in average 28% workload reduction and 15% downtime reduction.
 Senior Project Manager for Integrated Asset Optimization Projects with GAF Materials Corporation, City
of Las Vegas Wastewater, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, ALCOA-Howmet, Stupp Corporation, Monsanto
Chemicals, Boise Building Products, and City of Detroit Water and Wastewater Departments
 Served as Senior Project Manager on Streamlined RCM project for Las Vegas Valley Water District
 Led coordinated project for Transocean Sedco-Forex/Varco Systems in offshore oil drilling operations
resulting in a 3.5MM annual client savings on 18 platforms.
All projects were large-scale application of Asset Optimization Services to include Asset Prioritization and Asset
Maintenance Task Optimization processes utilizing Streamlined RCM principles to reduce maintenance and
improve performance and reliability.

CHRIS J ARMITAGE
Chesapeake, VA 23321  (757) 488-7091
Cell Phone: (757) 879-0798
carmitage@troc79.com
American Management Systems – Norfolk VA
1995-2000
Reliability Engineering Consultant
As a Reliability Engineering Consultant:
 I was Lead Instructor and RCM Facilitator/Analyst for the Naval Sea Systems Command’s Accelerated
Surface Ship Maintenance Effectiveness Review program (SURFMER).
 I conducted more than 50 training/analysis sessions for U.S. Navy In-Service Engineering Agents and
facilitating RCM analyses of selected systems for U.S. Navy maintenance workload reductions.
 I co-author of the NAVSEA’s “Backfit” RCM methodology which has resulted in an operational
maintenance reduction of 3.5 million man-hours per year for the Navy’s Surface Fleet.
 I developed Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) RCM consulting practice with Varco systems
resulting in the development of a reusable strategy and vision for assisting OEMs in re-engineering their
maintenance programs through the incorporation of current technologies in predictive technologies (PT)
and preventive maintenance (PM).
Union Camp Corporation – Franklin VA
1990-1995
Maintenance/Reliability Engineer
I was directly responsible for reliability initiative in Maintenance Engineering to capitalize on critical systems and
improve reliability using RCM methodologies.

I managed a Mill-Wide Vibration Analysis program covering over 8,000 pumps and motors as well as 6
Paper Machines, Pulp Mill, Wood Yard, and Power Generation Areas.

I managed the Pulp Mill Maintenance Reliability Engineering program covering entire Pulp Mill and 43
million gallons-per-day (GPD) fresh-water pumping system in PT and PM actions.

I was responsible for IS computer upgrade project for entire Maintenance System.

Additionally, I have a thorough knowledge of all Paper Mill process systems including Dryer Steam System
Reliability and Air Conservation and Usage programs.
U.S Navy – Various
Squadron Maintenance Officer/Detachment Officer-in-Charge As Squadron Maintenance Officer, I was directly responsible for:

1979 – 1997

Leadership, maintenance, administration, performance evaluations and career development of 4 officers
and 35 enlisted personnel.

I served as Senior Maintenance Functional Test Pilot for all post-maintenance testing of GE-T58 Gas
Turbine engines.

Team Training and organizational development efforts of Squadron Maintenance Department.

As Detachment Officer in Charge, Helicopter Aircraft Commander, and Senior Pilot, I was responsible for
leadership and administration for 4 pilots and 13 maintenance men. Deployed to Mediterranean Sea aboard U.S.
Navy Frigate. I retired in 1997 as a Commander (O-5) from the U.S. Naval Reserves.

CHRIS J ARMITAGE
Chesapeake, VA 23321  (757) 488-7091
Cell Phone: (757) 879-0798
carmitage@troc79.com



















PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
Emerson Effective Management Skills Training, 2012
Emerson Communicative Manager Training, 2008
Emerson Project Manager Workshop, 2007
AMS Marketing and Sales Workshop, 1999
AMS Managing Personal Growth, 1998
Pursuing Graduate work for MBA
Union Camp Problem Solving and Decision Making, 1993
Union Camp Performance Development Planning, 1992
Union Camp effective Presentation Skills, 1992
Union Camp Management Seminar, 1991.
Union Camp Safety Training Institute, 1991
Union Camp Supervisor’s Training Course, 1991
Predictive Maint. Associates’ Advanced Vibrations Diag. Course.
U.S. Naval Instructor Training 1984.
U.S. Naval Academy, 1975-1979
Electrician Apprentice, 1976-1979.
EDUCATION
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, United States Naval Academy, 1979
Engineer in Training Exam, State of Pennsylvania, 1979
Level II Vibration Analyst
Level I Thermography Analyst.