I like to develop a friendship with my students -- to determine what there strengths and weaknesses are. I will then use those strengths to attack the weakness. I use a combination of lecture type of instruction but then also use personal "hands-on" type of instruction. Most important -- learning can be fun and I enjoy having fun!!
I am a Chemical Engineer that went back and got his MBA and his doctorate in business. I have run a training academy for over ten years and have been associated with a junior college in Texas. I have also worked for an internet based college and have a great success in my students gradating from this facility.
DIRK D. HUGHES, D.B.A., P.E.
Quantitative evaluation of training; quantitative methods; chemistry; mathematics; organizational leadership; transformational leadership; maintenance management; vibration analysis; statistical methods to develop and track budgets; financial risk analysis; project development, tracking and analysis; practical use of statistics in production facilities; “lean” manufacturing techniques; instructor-led training versus on-line training; first line supervisor training; union / management training.
University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, School of Advanced Studies, Leadership
DBA, May 2012; GPA 3.83
• Dissertation: “A Quantitative Kirkpatrick Level 1 and 2 Study of Equipment Specialist Apprentice Operations Training”
Committee: Steve Roussas, PhD (Chair) School of Advanced Studies
Lori Brooks, PhD School of Advanced Studies
Carla Lane-Johnson EdD. School of Advanced Studies
• Fields: apprenticeship, craft, equipment specialist, Kirkpatrick, Luminant, operations training, power plant
• Statistical analysis using Minitab
• The primary purpose of the quantitative experimental study is to compare employee learning outcomes for a course of study that is offered in two formats: explicit and tacit instructor led and explicit e-learning operations format. A Kirkpatrick Level 2 course examination is used to establish a pretest knowledge baseline and to measure posttest learning outcomes for each instructional format. A secondary purpose is to compare responses of the two groups using a Kirkpatrick Level 1 customer satisfaction index survey. The Kirkpatrick Level 1 results indicated significantly better results for instructor led training. There was not a significant difference in the Kirkpatrick Level 2 results between the two training modalities.
Texas A&M University – Texarkana, Texarkana, TX, General Business
MBA, May 2002; GPA 4.0
• Vice President of Delta Mu Delta (National Honor Society in Business Administration)
Navarro College, Corsicana TX
Associates in Applied Science, May 1988; GPA 4.0
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, Chemical Engineering
BS, May 1981, GPA 2.93
• Awarded Penzoil Academic Scholarship
Director, Luminant Academy, October 2006 to December 2016
• Responsible for the creation, development, construction, and subsequent operation of Luminant Academy, the training arm for Luminant. Responsible for development and application of curriculum for both continuing education and junior college level classes. Responsible for the overall training of Power Track students, part of Tyler Junior College, Texas State Technical College, and Panola College technical degree programs. This included the development of the first associate degree Power Plant Technology degree program in the State of Texas. Also taught a number of first line supervisor courses as part of this position.
College Instructor – Emergency Medical Technician, Navarro College, Corsicana TX, 1985 to 1987
• Worked as a contract instructor to teach State certified Emergency Medical Technician certification, to students.
PROFESSIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCES
• Program Mentor, WGU, May 2017 to present
• Director Luminant Academy, October 2006 to December 2016
• Asset Manager, Luminant Martin Lake Plant, October 2005 to October 2006
• Nuclear Financial Planning and Analysis Manager, Luminant Comanche Peak Nuclear Plant, August 2004 to October 2005
• Maintenance Manager, Luminant Monticello Coal Plant, October 1999 to August 2004
• Plant Superintendent, Luminant Collin Plant, May 1997 to October 1999
• Maintenance Area Superintendent, Luminant Big Brown Coal Plant, October 1988 to May 1997
• Engineer, Luminant Big Brown Coal Plant, May 1981 to October 1988
SPECIAL SKILLS AND CAPABILITIES
• Licensed Professional Engineer with the State of Texas
• Completed Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt training through Villanova University
• Registered Six Sigma Green Belt (VILC020511)
• Recognized in Who’s Who in American Business
• Lean Learner Certification – Luminant
• Well versed in Minitab, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Cognos, Adobe Connect, Basic and Fortran
• Completed ATD Training Managers program
• Recognized by former management of having excellent oral and written communication skills
• Exceptional skill in the organization and application of resources, both human and equipment
• Eagle Scout
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