Rick began his long association with the refrigeration industry as a refrigeration plant operator and technician in the Alaska fishing industry in the mid 70s. In both land based operations and at sea, those years provided Rick a lifelong passion in mechanical refrigeration. It is a career that has brought him up through all of the ranks,
Rick began his long association with the refrigeration industry as a refrigeration plant operator and technician in the Alaska fishing industry in the mid 70s. In both land based operations and at sea, those years provided Rick a lifelong passion in mechanical refrigeration. It is a career that has brought him up through all of the ranks, paid for his college education, and has taken him to some remote corners across the Pacific Rim.
Rick has taught refrigeration classes as an adjunct instructor through the Seattle Community College Marine Training Center, and through the Dutch Harbor Alaska chapter of Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association. His focus in the last two decades has been in the mechanical design of refrigeration systems, electronic controls, and energy efficiency.
Rick is currently employed by PermaCold Engineering Inc as a Sales Engineer and Account Manager. He is involved in the full breadth of the industry from service, repair and operation, to new equipment installation projects of all sizes, utility funded energy projects, and expansion projects to existing facilities.
"I involve myself in some fascinating ventures, big construction, big machinery, new cutting edge technology; it is a wonderful adventure, and I love it all; but at heart, I've never drifted too far from my beginnings. I love being in the compressor room, the cold storage, the production floor; I am very keen on how a plant is being operated and maintained. I can see how a few small changes can have a huge impact on the cost of operation, or the volume of production. Often these changes are simply in the mechanical configuration of the plant, in minor details with electrical controls, or in the way the plant is being operated.
Everything comes down to basics. When things don’t operate properly, coming home to “first principals” is always the key to success”.
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More to follow!! From September 2015 to Present (4 months) Sales Engineer, Account Manager @ PermaCold Engineering is one of the largest industrial refrigeration Design-Build firms in the Western United States; providing professional excellence for the food processing and storage industries for over two decades.
I operate as a sales engineer and account manager. I came up through all of the ranks over the course of 40 years in this fascinating industry, and I can bring value to every level of your refrigeration operation, giving excellent direction on:
• The best ways to get your new hires up to speed operating your system,
• Service and maintenance – with oversight that will really solve problems,
• Solutions for operational difficulties, and chronic maintenance issues,
• Energy conservation measures that will yield the best paybacks,
• Budgets for future refrigeration projects,
• Fast turn-around on proposals for upcoming projects.
As a member of the PermaCold Engineering team, I can confidently fulfill my most closely held goals, which are to:
• Always be the most reliable resource for my clients,
• Always be diligent in finding the most trouble-free solution,
• Always do what I promise. From October 2014 to September 2015 (1 year) Project Engineer @ Highland Refrigeration is a marine refrigeration contractor and a supplier to the Pacific Rim fishing industries.
I worked as a sales engineer. I sold projects of all sizes, performed the design and engineering, purchased equipment, and managed the projects. My goal, above everything, was to always maintain myself as the most reliable resource for my customers. I worked to expand my circle of influence by writing articles for various trade journals, and I worked to maintain a respectable Internet presence. From April 2011 to October 2014 (3 years 7 months) Automation Engineer @ MacDonald Miller is a major mechanical, electrical and building controls contractor, operating in commercial high-rise construction.
I designed automation controls for HVAC and lighting in major downtown high rise construction projects, and managed each project from the review of the architectural drawings through the commissioning of the automation system. A typical job sequence was to review the drawings, specifications, and the bid documents, identify each piece of equipment that needed control, and write a control sequence. Once approved, I assigned I/O, selected controllers, created wiring and cabling schematics, network schematics, floor plan wiring diagrams and finally issued some preliminary equipment and floor plan graphics and control algorithms.
When controls work was slow, I filled in with air and hydronic system design. All of my work was done in Autrocad. From 1998 to 2009 (11 years) Engineering Manager @ Seattle Refrigeration & Manufacturing Co. was an industrial design build firm specializing in large scale ammonia and halocarbon systems for food processing, cold storage and marine (shipboard) systems.
I was responsible for project engineering and project management. I estimated jobs and wrote proposals, performed the load calculations, equipment selection, piping and pressure vessel design, machinery control design, and project management. I also was the Manager for the ASME Pressure Vessel Manufacturing Department.
Because of my previous experience operating and maintaining industrial and marine refrigeration systems, both large and small, I often did the startup and commissioning of the systems that I designed - especially the larger systems. I also provided the training, and maintained customer relationships for the years following. I also wrote proposals and brought in my own share of project sales. From 1988 to 1998 (10 years) Refrigeration Technician, Electrician, @ 1974-1988 Refrigeration Technician, Installer, Electrician, Automation Technician. East Point Seafood Co. Washington/Alaska, Unisea Inc. Washington/Alaska, and a variety of fishing vessels in Washington/Alaska.
I took jobs in the Seafood industry starting up and operating refrigeration systems for various fishing seasons. I did a fair amount of refrigeration pipe-fitting, welding, and electrical installations. I designed and built automation panels for various purposes. I founded the Dutch Harbor Chapter of Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association. These jobs paid for college, and took me all over Alaska, and the Pacific Rim. From 1974 to 1988 (14 years) General Credentials: Past and Present @ Degree: BS Biochemistry, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
Certified Energy Manager, Association of Energy Engineers
Washington State Electricians License (no longer current)
City of Seattle Class "C" Refrigeration License
EPA section 608 Certification
Active Member, Puget Sound RETA chapter From 1973 to 1973 (less than a year)
Bachelor's Degree, Biochemistry, 3.4 GPA @ Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University From 1980 to 1986 Rick Greenquist is skilled in: Refrigeration system design, Control system design, Refrigeration system load calculation, Refrigeration system equipment selection, Project management, Million years of AutoCad, Writing sales proposals, Providing sales proposals for those who can't write, Authoring interesting trade journal articles, Jobsite supervision in large construction jobs, Electrical layout for the construction EC, North Star Ice plants, large and small, Blast freezers, Crab Brine Freezers, Plate Freezers
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