Mr. Gipe has over 25 years of experience and specialized training in naval nuclear propulsion plant operations, maintenance and testing of SSN 688 and SSN 774 Class submarines at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and the Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY&IMF). He specialized in performing engineering work on the primary, auxiliary and secondary nuclear systems of these submarines.
Mr. Gipe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University and qualified as a Nuclear Engineer at PHNSY from 1988 to 2015. In the military, Mr. Gipe qualified as a US Navy nuclear Machinist Mate at the Naval Nuclear Power School and Naval Nuclear Prototype. Mr. Gipe has an inactive secret clearance.
As a nuclear engineer in the Nuclear Test Division at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Mr. Gipe developed and wrote technical procedures for the overhaul, maintenance, repair, modification, and testing of newly and currently installed nuclear equipment and systems for submarines, the Shipyard Nuclear Refueling Facility, and for production shop work. He trained in and used the Advance Industrial Management (AIM) tools to develop and write technical work instruction also known as task group instructions and procedures for the overhaul, testing , repair, and modifications of nuclear instrumentation and control systems and components on board all class naval nuclear submarines and in production shop work areas except nuclear facilities. These task group instructions were followed by shipyard technical, quality assurance, and production personnel or ship force personnel.
He also provided technical direction and control for the resolution of non- routine problems which required expertise in nuclear and related engineering specializations to shop personnel, ship’s force and project management; formulated bench testing requirements for production shop and developed test equipment and rigs required to support on-board testing program on submarines; evaluated proposals for changes and modifications to methods, nuclear components and equipment for facilitating and improving the repair and overhaul process; developed and initiated troubleshooting plans to investigate problems and provide repair solutions and testing requirements for on-board submarine nuclear mechanical equipment and systems and Shipyard Nuclear Facilities; and monitored shop work in the shop and on-board submarines during performance of engineering procedures and provide directions when needed to attain the best results or outcome.