Fred Geitner

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Fred Geitner

Process Machinery Engineering Services

Mr. Geitner is presently the principal engineer of PMES (Process Machinery Engineering Services), an independent consultant and expert litigation witness in the area of process machinery reliability. He has over 40 years experience in the design, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of compressors used in process plant and transmission pipeline applications. He is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada. Together with H.P. Bloch he co-authored several books on process machinery management and reliability assurance. He has given depositions as an expert witness, has conducted plant site reliability audits and also presented courses and seminars covering process machinery design, operation, maintenance and reliability issues in Canada, United States, South America, Europe, Pakistan and the Middle East.


  • Machinery Failure Analysis and Troubleshooting (4th Ed., 2012)
  • Machinery Component Maintenance and Repair (2nd Ed., 2001)
  • Maximising Machinery Uptime (2nd Ed., 2006)
  • COMPRESSORS – How to Achieve High Reliability & Availability (1st Ed., 2012)

His Expertise:
Fred Geitner was employed for ten years by Cooper Bessemer of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, a leading manufacturer of large internal combustion engines, gas turbine packages,
reciprocating and turbocompressors. With Cooper, he held positions as machinery designer, field service engineer (reciprocating compressors) and manufacturing superintendent in all product lines at various locations in the US and Canada. Prior to a start-up assignment as senior machinery advisor with Exxon Chemicals in France, Fred worked for 18 years in the refinery and chemical operations of Imperial Oil, the Canadian affiliate of the Exxon Corporation, USA. During this time, he held positions first as Senior Machinery Engineer and then as Engineering Associate involved in the design, operation, maintenance and reliability assurance of all types of process machinery. Following his retirement from Exxon he worked for a major gas transmission company in Germany where he was in charge of technology transfer (gas turbines and compressors) between the German firm and gas transmission companies in the newly independent states (NIS) of the former Soviet Union.

Fred holds a degree (MS) in engineering sciences from the Technical University Berlin, Germany, and has done graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is involved in advisory and training services pertaining to reliability improvement of equipments such as reciprocating and turbo compression machinery, pumping equipment, packaging machinery etc. resulting in maintenance cost reduction.

His field of expertise covers:

  • Expert litigation witness services
  • Specification, bid review/conditioning, installation and start-up of process machinery
  • Machinery failure analysis
  • Reliability audits and reviews including machinery maintenance effectiveness studies

Courses by Fred Geitner

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