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Charles L. Smith

Charles Smith

Senior Engineer – Mechanical


University of Houston,
Houston, TX

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Magna cum Laude

+1 832-895-6023
3139 W. Holcombe Blvd. # 45024
Houston, TX 77025


Charles Smith is a mechanical engineer with 45+ years of maintenance and engineering experience in petrochemical facilities. Charles was the Rotating Equipment Engineer for the BASF-TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC 2 BT/Yr ethylene steam cracker in Port Arthur, Texas. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. Additionally, he was with BASF Corporation for 27 years in Freeport, TX; Kuantan, Malaysia; Antwerp, Belgium; Geismar, LA; Port Arthur, TX. Charles supports OCI-USA with consulting services for the insurance carriers, adjusters, and their legal counsel.


  • BASF-Total Limited Partnership – (Various Engineering Roles)
    • Rotating Equipment Specialist for BASF North America
    • Research and directed capital projects for Heavy Duty Rotating Equipment
    • Performed Staff Engineer duties
    • Shared responsibility for Reliability Department and Technicians
    • Mechanical Rotating Lead for 2019 $100MM Port Arthur De Bottlenecking Project
    • Mechanical Lead for new Mitsubishi 96 kHp (71.5 MW) condensing steam turbine engineering and installation.
    • Kuantan, Malaysia Site rotating equipment engineer
    • Managed overhaul of acrylic acid plant gas turbines to eliminate performance problems
    • Supported major oxo-alcohol plant turnaround on rotating and static equipment inspection and repair
    • Assisted with QA/QC efforts in equipment and piping installation
    • Analyzed/solved maintenance/equipment problems and issues: pumps, reciprocating compressors, boiler, extractor/contactors
    • Led Risk Based Inspection Programs (API-581) of Acrylic Acid and Oxo-Alcohol units
  • Mechanical Design Engineer, Lockheed Corporation @ NASA
    • Maintained pressure vessel records
    • Designed pressure vessels, test fixtures, flight component mockups, tools
    • Acted as interface between project engineers and shop/fabrication personnel
  • Various Engineering Roles, Millwright, Brown & Root
    • Performed all maintenance activities on plant rotating equipment: axial & reciprocating compressors, pumps, extruders, mixers, gearboxes, blowers


  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Oil & Gas Refining
  • Rotating Equipment:
    • Boilers/Boiler Extractors/Contactors
    • Pumps
    • Reciprocating Compressors
    • Extruders
    • Mixers
    • Gearboxes
  • Certifications:
    • APi-510,
    • API-570,
    • API-653
    • Vibration Analysis – ISO Level I