Frank Perkins has worked in the commercial electric power industry since 1993 following 10 years of Naval service as a Nuclear Machinist Mate on board aircraft carriers. He started as an Outside Operator and worked his way up to Director. While the majority of his industry experience is natural gas fired combined-cycle power generation, Frank has also worked in coal fired generation, geothermal generation, and nuclear generation. He has worked in Operations, Maintenance, and Management. His last project before joining Estrella Mountain Community College was building, commissioning, and managing the St Charles Energy Center, a 725 MW combined-cycle power plant located in southern Maryland.
Frank is a licensed First Grade Engineer through the Maryland Department of Labor, an Industrial Water Operator 2 through the Maryland Department of the Environment, and a Hydroelectric Machinery Mechanic Journeyman through the US Department of Labor.
Frank received two Best Practices Awards for safety and design from the Combustion Turbine Operators Task Force and a Technology Transfer Award for a R(0) compressor blade study for GE 7FA gas turbines from the Electric Power Research Institute. He also has two published articles in Combined Cycle Journal 1Q/2009 Pg. 30 "Remote operation of ZLD flush valves protects against burns" and Pg. 54 "Eliminating outages caused by potential-transformer failures." Both written as submissions for Best Practices Awards.