Mr Nicholas Full Bio


Software by and for Maintenance Professionals Jack R. Nicholas, Jr., P.E., CMRP, BS (Mar Eng), MBA, CAPT USNR (Ret) — Currently Sole Proprietor – Since 2007 – Concentrated on editing and writing professional texts, presentation of training courses and workshops based on content of co-authored/edited books (See list in full bio.) and selected consulting opportunities including, but not limited to: Aerospace Testing Alliance, Arnold Air Force Base, PdM Management training, Program Audit and Improvement Plan development; NETEXPRESSUSA for PdM Management, RCM Methodologies, Root Cause Failure Analysis and Motor Electrical PdM & Testing Web Workshops (over a period of 34 months); King County, Washington Waste Water Treatment Division – Motor Electrical PdM & Testing Training Course; Michelin America (13 plants) – PdM Management Workshop, PdM Process and Improvement Plan development; Metropolitan Council for Environmental Services, St Paul, MN Waste Water Treatment Division and Tesoro Refinery, Anacortes Washington – Post-Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) PdM Technology Application Studies; and (currently in progress) Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) of Greater Cincinnati, OH for 2 years effort involving PdM Program development, management support, PdM team leader mentoring and training, Post-RCM Analysis PdM Technology Application Studies and other projects in support of overall maintenance and reliability program improvement, including assuring compatibility of PdM with MSD CMMS (Maximo) Jack R. Nicholas, Jr., P.E. (Quality Branch – California) has been involved in advanced asset management including predictive, condition monitoring technology development and application programs since 1971 when (after 13 years of active naval service) he joined the newly formed staff of the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Monitoring, Maintenance and Support Office (SMMSO) as a civilian engineer. While serving there for 17 years he was responsible for development and introduction of a radically new methodology developed by FAA and commercial aircraft manufacturers and users that in 1979 became known as “reliability-centered maintenance,” He was project manager for development and application of ten (10) predictive condition monitoring technologies to nuclear submarines. At his retirement in 1988 as Deputy Program Manager and senior civilian, SMMSO had direct responsibility for analysis, monitoring and support of up to 65 systems on 122 nuclear powered subs and employed 165+ civilians and 190+ military personnel selected from sub crews and trained and supported to collect and assess system data. In the 24+ years since leaving government service, he has been teacher and consultant in the fields of reliability, predictive condition monitoring, root cause analysis, maintenance culture change, advanced maintenance practices and process analysis to clients and workshop attendees in Australia, Canada, Republic of China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Trinidad and Tobago and the USA. He has done work in the fields mentioned above for over 25 clients (aside from the ones mentioned above – some for extended periods up to 10 years) — including U. S. Government agencies (DOD, DOE &, NRC), electrical power generation companies, water supply and waste water treatment utilities, primary metals producers, manufacturing and service provider firms and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Jack was a founder (in 1988) of a business unit now called PdMA Corporation, where he conceived and guided the initial development and commercial introduction of PdMA’s “Motor Circuit EvaluationTM Tester.” He also supported expansion and quality assurance manual development, training and certification of PdMA’s Lubricant and Wear Particle Analysis Laboratory to serve all industry and government activities, including those with nuclear plants. He was co-founder with his wife of 54+ years of Maintenance Quality Systems LLC, that operated from 1997 through 2006 and Maintenance Management Systems, Inc., which operated from 1977 to 1982. He is editor and co-author of books (summarized below) on maintenance, reliability and related subjects. He has conducted many on-site and Internet workshops on material from his co-authored books, written magazine articles and presented conference papers and keynote speeches on a wide variety of subjects. He contributed significantly to texts produced by other leaders in these fields in this century (See list below). Jack served as a volunteer on the Board of Directors and Certification Examination Development Team of the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Certifying Organization (SMRPCO) from inception (1999) until end of 2007. After serving for two years as Exam Director, he assumed responsibility in early 2007 as initial Chairman of both the SMRPCO Certification and the Accreditation Committees. He led the effort to obtain accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) of the Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) certification program under the criteria of the International Standards Organization (ISO) of Geneva, Switzerland Standard 17024 (Personal Certification). Accreditation was granted in September 2007. The exam is administered today in three languages and more than 3100 individuals from over 30 countries have become certified under this ISO/ANSI accredited scheme. He was a volunteer member of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology Maintenance Operations Committee and its Reliability Achievement Award Task Force and predecessor groups from the mid 1990’s until 2006. He chaired the Task Force for two years. Jack is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Destroyer Engineering, Naval Submarine and Nuclear Propulsion Officer Training Programs and The American University of Washington, DC where he received a Masters Degree in Business-Government Relations with emphasis on state and federal safety and health regulation and administration and coal conversion R & D management. Books and major RCM Guidance document: (All currently published by except as indicated) Motor Electrical Predictive Maintenance and Testing 9th Edition – 2011 – Editor and Co-author with Geoffery Generalovic of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada — published as a four (4) volume set (800+ pages). Advancing Maintenance 2nd Edition – 2004 – Editor and co-author with R. Keith Young (No longer published) Advancing Reliability & Maintenance – 3rd Edition 2008) Editor and co-author with R. Keith Young Predictive Maintenance (1st Edition – 1998, 2nd Edition – 1999) Co-authored with R. Keith Young; since superseded by expanded book – See below. Predictive Maintenance Management, now in 2nd Edition (2008) with 3rd Edition in preparation for publication in Fall of 2013. Contents of Predictive Maintenance text (above) updated, summarized and included as an appendix. Root Cause Failure Analysis (6th Edition – 2008) – Editor and major contributor with Co-author R. Keith Young and some chapters contributed by leading practitioners in this field. “RCM Scorecard” (2005) upgraded to “RCM Project Manager’s Guide 2007” under sponsorship of and available for free download from Predictive Maintenance Primer (1991) Co-authored with John Flude, P.E. published by Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Palo Alto, California (and contributor to EPRI’s RCM Handbook and RCM Workstation software, first introduced in 1993) — all distributed exclusively to EPRI subscribers. MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO THE FOLLOWING BOOKS IN THE RECENT PAST: RCM: Gateway to World Class Maintenance by A. M. (Mac) Smith and Glenn Hinchcliffe. Published in 2003 Reviewer of some chapters and wrote the “Forward.” Physical Asset Management Handbook 1st Edition 2000 for Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory, 2nd Edition 2001, Third Edition 2003, Fourth Edition September 2006 for Clarion Publishers, Houston, TX), compilation of many contributors edited by the major contributor, John S. Mitchell. Jack wrote contributions to two major subject areas (RCM & PdM). The Professional’s Guide to Maintenance and Reliability Terminology, compiled and edited by Ramesh Gulati, P.E., CMRP, CRE, F.IIE; Jerry Kahn, P.E., CMRP, NSPE and Robert Baldwin CMRP, published in 2010 by Jack wrote the forward for this book after several months of support reviewing and commenting on proposed content and adding definitions not previously included in drafts. Email: