About Us

Introduction

Taku Engineering is a specialty engineering firm focused on Project Engineering, Engineering Project Management, Cathodic Protection and Corrosion Engineering services.

History

Taku was established in 2000 to provide a full suite of engineering services to assist clients in protecting assets and infrastructure. We provide the personalized customer service of a small firm, with the experience and industrial relationships of a large firm. Our office is located in Anchorage, Alaska and we serve all of Alaska and beyond.

Taku Technical Staff

William Mott, PE

William Mott, PE

Principal Engineer

  • B.S.E Chemical Engineering
  • B.S.E Materials Engineering
  • Licensed Chemical Engineer
  • Licensed Materials Engineer
  • NACE Certified Cathodic Protection Specialist (CP4)

Bill has been actively involved in corrosion and project engineering for over 25 years. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in both materials engineering and chemical engineering in the State of Alaska. He has been involved with numerous corrosion projects throughout the state. Bill is Co-founder, Manager and Principal Engineer for Taku Engineering LLC.

Jeremie Smith, PE, PMP

Jeremie Smith, PE, PMP

Engineering Manager

  • M.S. Electrical Engineering
  • M.S. Engineering Management
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering
  • Licensed Professional Electrical Engineer (PE)
  • PMI Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • NACE Cathodic Protection Technician (CP2) Training

Jeremie is a Project Management, Project Engineering, and Electrical Engineering professional with over 13 years of experience in the oil and gas (upstream and midstream), electric utility, and commercial industries with ten of those years being in the energy industries. Throughout his career, Jeremie has practiced Project Management and Engineering for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc., and Golden Valley Electric Association.

Jeremie is a licensed Professional Electrical Engineer (PE) in the State of Alaska and a PMI Project Management Professional (PMP).

Jeremie has working knowledge of the theoretical and practical principles of project and engineering management with a proven record of success leading technically complex projects with a commitment to health, safety, and environmental standards.

Curtis Farrar

Curtis Farrar

Senior Corrosion Technologist

  • NACE Certified Senior Corrosion Technologist
  • Coatings Engineering, Specification, Assessment & Training
  • Integrity Management Program Development, Monitoring
  • API 570 Piping Inspector Training
  • MSHA Certification
  • AWWA Membership

Curt has provided a broad range of corrosion control engineering services throughout Alaska for over 25 years. He has conducted numerous corrosion field surveys, inspections, and designs for storage tanks, piping, and marine facilities. Some of his strengths are corrosion investigations, cathodic protection evaluation and design, coating engineering, materials selection and procurement, construction and fabrication oversight, and regulatory compliance assessment.

Tyde Riopelle, PE

Tyde Riopelle, PE

Civil Engineering Manager

  • Licensed Professional Civil/Structural Engineer (PE)
  • B.S. Civil/Structural Engineering
  • Prosci Change Management Professional

Tyde is a Project Management, Project Engineering, and Civil/Structural Engineering professional with over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas (upstream and midstream) and commercial industries. Throughout his career, Tyde has practiced Project Management and Engineering for several companies in Alaska. Tyde has a proven track record of leading technically complex projects with a commitment to health, safety, and environmental standards.

 
Eric Weiler

Eric Weiler

Senior Corrosion Technician and Construction Manager

  • NACE Certified Corrosion Technologist
  • Certified API 570 Piping Inspector
  • Certified API 653 Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector
  • NACE Certified Cathodic Protection Technician (CP2)
  • NACE Certified Coating Inspection Level 1 (CIP1)
  • Certified STI SP001 Tank Inspector
  • Pipeline Pigging Integrity Assessment – Repair Conference (Clarion Pipeline)

Eric brings an extensive corrosion and integrity management background to the Taku Engineering staff. His 20 years of experience include project engineering, construction management and oversight of corrosion engineering services contracts. Eric has provided support for large diameter (250-foot) crude oil storage tank floor and annular plate replacements, and pipeline integrity investigations for crude oil piping, facility process piping, fuel gas piping and rural village fuel systems.

Harry Buchea

Harry Buchea

Senior Corrosion Technician

  • NACE Certified Cathodic Protection Technologist (CP3)
  • NACE Cathodic Protection Interference Training
  • NACE Certified Coating Inspection Level 1 (CIP1)
  • API 570 Piping Inspector Training
  • API 653 Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector Training

Harry has been actively involved in corrosion engineering throughout Alaska and the East Coast for the past 19 years. His professional experience includes project engineering, regulatory audit support, supervising corrosion investigation projects, cathodic protection (CP) system design, CP system troubleshooting, CP system evaluations and construction oversight of CP system installations. Harry has project experience in the corrosion field on marine loading facilities and docks, pipelines, refineries, above and belowground storage tanks, bulk fuel storage and loading terminals, military bases, electrical generation plants, water and wastewater facilities, and gas stations.

Michael Mott, EIT

Michael Mott, EIT

Corrosion and Civil Project Engineering

  • B.S.E. Civil Engineering
  • Licensed Journeyman Electrician
  • NACE Certified Cathodic Protection Technician (CP2)
  • NACE Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management Training
  • Alaska Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead (AK-CESCL)

Mike has been a Project Engineer with Taku Engineering since 2011. He is a Civil Engineering EIT with over 7 years of experience in project engineering management. He also has 15 years of electrical construction experience and maintains his Alaska Certificate of Fitness Electrical Journeyman License. Mike has led and supported a number of oil and gas projects for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. He is an AK-CESCL and has worked on municipal water and wastewater projects in Anchorage and rural Alaska.

Jason Walkush, PMP

Jason Walkush, PMP

Senior Corrosion Technician and Chemist

  • B.S. Chemistry
  • PMI Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • NACE Certified Cathodic Protection Specialist (CP4)
  • Certified API 653 Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector
  • API 570 Certified Piping Inspector
  • Certified STI SP001 Tank Inspector
  • NACE Cathodic Protection Interference Training
  • NACE Certified Coating Inspector Level 1 (CIP1)
  • RSMeans Facilities Estimator

Jason has been actively involved in corrosion engineering, project engineering and project management since 2008. He also has 12 years of construction experience. He is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional, NACE certified Cathodic Protection Specialist, API STD 653 certified Tank Inspector, API 570 certified Piping Inspector, NACE certified Level 1 Coatings Inspector, and STI certified Tank Inspector. Jason has extensive experience with API STD 653 tank inspections, coating evaluations, system integrity assessments, and cathodic protection projects throughout Alaska.

 
George Rooney, PE

George Rooney, PE

Mechanical and Project Engineer

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • Licensed Mechanical Engineer

George has over 35 years of mechanical engineering experience, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Alaska. He has extensive design and fabrication experience in the oil and gas industry, and has managed large design and engineering teams. Under George’s leadership, these teams developed mechanical/electrical control systems that are in use world-wide.

Charlie Petrie

Charlie Petrie

Corrosion Technician

  • NACE Certified Cathodic Protection Technologist (CP3)

Charlie has performed various corrosion engineering and cathodic protection testing functions throughout the State of Alaska since 2008. With a special focus on field evaluations, remote monitoring and development of cathodic protection survey equipment and software, Charlie offers a unique ability to produce tools and systems that increase quality and efficiency of data collection.

Matt Wuestenfeld, EIT

Matt Wuestenfeld, EIT

Chemical and Project Engineering

  • B.S. Chemical Engineering
  • NACE Certified Cathodic Protection Technician (CP2)
  • RSMeans Facilities Estimator
  • Clarion Pipeline Integrity Management Training
  • Clarion DOT Pipeline Regulation/Compliance Training

Matt has been a Project Engineer with Taku Engineering, LLC since 2012. During his time with the company, he has been involved in a wide variety of industrial construction projects from initialization to close-out, primarily in the oil and gas industry. Matt has also been involved in a variety of regulatory compliance programs, facility engineering, and operations & maintenance programs for oil and gas industries. Matt has also worked in Colombia, as an Oil and Gas Drilling Engineer.

Kevin Sobolesky, PE

Kevin Sobolesky, PE

Electrical and Project Engineering

  • B.S. Electrical Engineering
  • Licensed Electrical Engineer
  • NACE Certified Cathodic Protection Technician (CP2)

Kevin is a licensed Electrical Engineer who has over 4 years of experience in project and electrical engineering. During that time he developed his AutoCAD drafting abilities and became proficient in lighting design, culminating in an Illuminating Engineering Society Anchorage section award for the new Covenant House. He has been a project engineer with Taku Engineering, LLC since 2014. During his time with the company, he has worked on cathodic protection designs, gas leak detection and surveying, and provided support for remote monitoring of cathodic protection systems.

Rebecca Nikolic, PE

Rebecca Nikolic, PE

Chemical and Project Engineering

  • B.S. Chemical & Biological Engineering
  • NACE Cathodic Protection Technician (CP2) Training
  • Clarion Advanced Pipeline Risk Management Training
  • Clarion Pipeline Integrity Management Training
  • RSMeans Facility Estimator

Rebecca has been a Project Engineer with Taku Engineering, LLC since 2012. During her time with the company, she has been involved in a wide variety of industrial construction projects on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. Rebecca has also worked as a Project Engineer for various other large-scale Energy and Utility projects over the course of her career.

Tommy Gerlach, PE

Tommy Gerlach, PE

Mechanical and Project Engineering

  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • Licensed Mechanical Engineer
  • Certified API 653 Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector
  • ASME Training Certifications:
    • B31.1 – Power Piping
    • B31.3 – Process Piping
    • B31.8 – Managing System Integrity of Gas Pipelines
  • NACE Cathodic Protection Technician (CP2)
  • NACE Pipelines Corrosion Integrity Management Training
  • NACE Direct Assessment (NDE) Training
  • RSMeans Facilities Estimator
  • AutoCAD and LabVIEW Certified User

Tommy is a licensed mechanical engineer who has 5 years of experience in project, field and construction engineering. He has been a project engineer with Taku Engineering, LLC since 2013. During his time with the company, he has worked to support a variety of industrial construction and cathodic protection design projects.

Larry Hale, PE

Larry Hale, PE

Senior Electrical Engineer

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • M.S. Environmental Engineering
  • Licensed Professional Electrical Engineer (PE)
  • Trained in EasyPower Electrical Analysis Software
  • Trained in AGI32 Lighting Software
  • Extensive Experience in Area Classification
  • Extensive Experience with Division and Zone Systems
  • Awarded the Third Millenium Medal by IEEE
  • Trained in EasyPower Electrical Analysis Software

Larry has been a Senior Electrical Engineer, Lead Electrical Engineer, and Supervising E&I Department Lead for some of the largest oil projects in the State of Alaska. In addition to electrical distribution, he has worked on power generation projects and has been a field engineer for projects in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Larry has over 30 years of experience, and has the proven track record to perform as a Senior Electrical, Lead Electrical, Manager of Electrical or Technical Authority Electrical Engineer. Prior to electrical work, Larry was an Environmental Engineer and worked for the US Public Health Service.