Jackie L. Onsurez - Statement of Qualification

Jackie has 20 years of diversified global experience, the last 9 years gained working in the Middle East, completing 3 mega projects. His emphasis, HSE, safety process engineering, project engineering, project management and emergency management. His portfolio entails domestic, international, government/private business sectors with dynamic skill sets encompassing EMT, Fire Fighting, QA, Operations Management, Oil/Gas/Chemical/Mining, Budgeting, dBase development, HR, Construction, Manufacturing, and Pre-Commissioning. FEED/EPC/PMC experience, including both direct experience of detail origination of design engineering deliverables. Versed in Inherently Safer Design, Hazard Identification (HAZID, HAZOP & SIL), and Consequence Analysis, QRA and Safety Critical Equipment identification as well as performance standard development. Experienced in the development of design philosophies for various safety critical systems as well as performing design activities associated with hazardous area classification, fire and gas detection, active fire protection, passive fire protection and escape and evacuation systems.

After 9 years in the Middle East I have taken a sabbatical and will seek opportunity after July, 2016.

 "I've made my way up the ladder, a small town boy making my way up the ladder by hands-on experiences---from the field to a PMC Team for one of the largest projects in the Middle East--a testament of my  ability and dedication.

I earned my BS in Electrical Engineering and MBA in New Mexico. The Engineering degree affords me a problem solving foundation, while the MBA enhanced my business management skill set.

This photo is of my first mega-construction project, a Phosphate Industrial Complex located in remote region of Saudi Arabia.
This photo is from my second mega-construction project, a Aluminium Smelter Complex located in remote region of Saudi Arabia.


And this photo is from my third mega-construction project, a Phosphate refining and mining Complex located in remote region of Saudi Arabia.
This photo is a collection of the 3 mega-projects I have been affiliated with in the last 9 years. Industrial complexes, infrastructure, feed design, construction, and operational readiness.
Diversified Experience
On multiple projects I've encountered professionals masterful in their subject matter; however, as they rise to lead they lack diversified hands-on skill sets required in today's environment--- HSE, Business Management, Process Engineering, dBase development, for example. I've worked in multiple business sectors - Government, Private, Construction, International. My hands on-experiences includes EMT, Fire Fighting, Project Management, QA, Operations Management, Engineering Design, Process Safety, Budgeting, Human Resources, Construction, Commissioning, Manufacturing, Chemical, Oil & Gas


Extensive project, program, budget, and scheduling experience gained while working in manufacturing, operations and construction sectors in the USA and Middle East.

  • I have developed responses to Request for Proposals for international and USA projects. My involvement entailed technical preparation and oral presentation/defence of packages submitted
  • Projects have included domestic waste treatment, pipeline/utility, demolition, environmental restoration, construction, project management consulting, and US Army weapons proving grounds testing services.
  • As Project Manager I have been responsible for bonding, contract negotiation, sub-contractors, client interface, , manpower scheduling, task/ equipment leveling, risk analysis, RFI, QA and HSE programs, earthworks, and  utilitiy installation and construction permits
KSA Business & Programs
Working in the Middle East required a security clearance from the Saudi Arabian Ministry, which was granted by the Higher Commission of Industrial Security (HCIS). In my role I managed multiple divisions, of which included Security, Emergency Services, HSE, Corporate Social Responsibly, Corporate Communications, and Government Affairs.
  • Managing and controlling business activity levels and business performance of departments to meet internal/external customer expectations.
  • Participating in company’s vision and mission.
  • Development of risk management plan, including monthly review and reporting, and maintenance of risk register.
  • Communication/development of company policies, strategies, and operational plans.
  • Promoting/presenting company image and profile to clients and business partners, local and international shareholders.
  • Continuity of operations.
  • Managing +100 employees, supervisors, and 7 managers by planning, following up, KPI, and evaluating their end-of-the-year performance.
  • Counseling and recommendations to managers on subordinate development so as to improve the performance of their staff, including promotional evaluation of Supervisors, Managers, and Leads.
  • Operations reports for Executive and Board of Directors.
  • Represent voice on cross functional topics e.g. technical, regulatory & legal for interactions with the government agencies.
  • Engineering, procurement, and contractor oversight with respect to HCIS, RC, and other ministry compliance.
  • KSA block visa and Chamber of Commerce compliance.
  • Contract Management & Negotiation.

Process Safety Engineering
My experience in Process Safety is founded on my HSE construction and operations experience, which started in 1998. After 18 years of collective experiences I was afforded the opportunity to serve as the Process Safety Engineering on the Fluor PMC Team for one of the largest projects in the Middle East. A testament of my progressive ability and career path bridging risk and mega projects. Safety engineering has required extensive travel, networking with subject matter experts, 30/60/60% Design Reviews, Qualitative Risk Assessments, HAZOPS, and Construction/Environmental Permitting.I worked with design firms located in Canada, India, USA, Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Netherlands, and UK ensuring designs met standards and engineering design requirements. And I lead HAZOP/HAZID processes.
Health Safety & Environment
I have extensive HSE Experience, below is a collection of some of the training/certs I gained along the way. OSHA Operations and Construction allowed me to build a Safety foundation. And, as a EMT I worked in the field and so I am versed in Emergency Response. This is what makes my experiences unique. I've not only gained  certifications, but I have mitigated life events, in the field. As a Manager, I understand the challenges and needs---part of the Hands On skills I mentioned above.

Below are  some of the Standards I have applied in the developed and management of programs in the USA and Internationally. I developed company programs from the ground up, audited, deployed systems, and developed training. And, I have developed document management systems to maintain and track company standards. In the USA I developed HSE programs (since 1997) using OSHA standards and ISO 9000, 19 years later I have a solid progressive experience path---USA and International.
  • ISO 14001 - Environmental Management Systems
  • ISO 18001 - Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems
  • ISO 18002 - Occupational Health & Safety Implementation
  • ISO 9001 - Quality Management Systems
  • OSHA  29 CFR 1910 General Industry
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1926.16 Construction
  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.119 Process Safety Management (PSM) of Highly Hazardous Chemicals
  • EPA - Air, Water, Waste
  • Saudi Arabia PSM, RC, and HCIS SAF/SEC
 As HSE Manager for a multiple petro-chemical plants in the USA I developed HSE programs in the USA. I have over 18 years experience in the HSE arena. In my role I was responsible for Process Safety Management. I developed PSM programs for chemcial plants in the USA.
  • HAZOPs, environmental permitting, and program development from green field to brown field, the cornerstone of my HSE foundation.
  • International expert in Emergency Management, Environmental, Health, and Safety. 
  • Extensive Incident Command and Fire Rescue experience, applied in the Middle East and USA.
  • I attended Texas Tech, obtained my Incident Commander certification and instructed Fire Fighting courses.
  • I served with the DOE Emergency Response division, mitigating national emergency response at the White House level.
  • Click here to see a reclamation article "WIPP giving back to nature." It provides a sample of reclamation and endangered species project done for the Department of Energy Waste Isolation Plant, USA
  • I earned my Emergency Medical Tech license, and I worked as a Ambulance driver, resonding to real-life emergencies.
Corporate Social Responsibility
In Saudi Arabia I lead a team in forming our CSR function, and helped develop plans, ensuring compliance with International Monetary Fund requirements, of which included relocation of regional inhabitants and alignment with Ma'aden CSR. An opportunity of a life time, again,  While in Saudi Arabia I elected to live outside of the Expat Camp/Compound. This allowed me to integrate and succeed as a CSR Leader. I visited plants in India, studying the impacts of mega projects and operations in an effort to identify best practices and help develop enhanced approaches for Ma'aden mega projects.

 The picture above was taken during a benchmarking trip to India. Understanding the social impact to a community was important. During this trip myself and the Director reviewed operations and their Corporate Social Responsibility programs, and we were able to see how a facility impacts the local community. The Aluminium project in KSA puts all of the processing activities in one location, the industrial complex, and so it was important to see and understand the gravity of the project which will be bigger in KSA, and see first hand how a mega project impacts to the community and environment. And being a native New Mexican boy from a rural village, I better was able to understand the importance of opportunity for the surrounding community. "As a native New Mexican, I was one of the first in my community to earn a engineering degree and seek a professional career path. In my quest, I found I had to move from my home, gaining experience and to seek opportunity. In summary, I realize the importance of Community development, and so I am steward of social responsiblity in all that I do."
Aluminum Project in Saudi Arabia.
This is me preparing for my role in Iraq as part of a HAZMAT Response role.

Notable Mention

  • Nominated to lead the HAZOP for Gold Mines;
  • Appointed by CEO to be member of Corporate Enterprise Risk Management Team, responsible for training, planning, matrix roll-up, executive and shareholder briefings.
  • Appointed member of the Stage Gate Team
  • Oral Project Presentation to the Department of Army, as a Project Manager, in anticipation of a Service Contract Award, as part of a Tropical Testing Contract
  • Embassy Construction - Bosnia.
  • White Paper presented to Aluminum International Safety Council "How PSM could be applied as a best practice for the aluminum industry" 
Quality Assurance

My quality program experience started as an ISO 9001 Auditor, where I was the certified ISO SME Registor for a chemical manufacturing division seeking ISO certification. For Ma'aden Corporate, I developed OHSAS 18001 framework, and I have a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.


Electrical Engineering - Federal Manufacturing Complex for DOE

I earned by BS in EE at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. EE specific projects and experiences have included Research and Development, Project Management, Electronic Component Manufacturing, Cable Assembly, Printed Circuity Board Design, Programing, Power System Scheduling, Communications, and Utility.

  • For Sandia National Laboratories I developed sensor technology and lead the R&D team (see publications listed below), and other classified projects, including the Project Management of ongoing design projects.
  • CAD design of PCB, etching, wire wrapping, prototyping of circuits.
  • Combinational logic circuit design.
  • For a NOWA project, I was responsible for the QA of the Commissioning Technical Package, including commissioning and closeout of all cables and wiring. Following beta testing in remote tropic and Arctic more systems were  manufactured  using the documentation. The systems monitored sensor arrays and sent the information via satcom. 
  • As part of a Construction project of a US Embassy, I audited as-built drawings and installation of utilities at the Embassy and other classified activities.
  • While working for potash mine, refinery, I installed PLC in the field and control room.
  • Extensive digital design, from the chip up.
  • Cable assembly and mass manufacturing.
  • System integration, security, communications, other.
  • Power scheduling and loading.

Project Engineering

  • A/E design review of a integrated security systems, communication systems, and fire engineering systems, as associated with aluminum industrial complex and mine site, serving as the EPC oversight with respect to KSA HCIS compliance.
  • Develop corporate engineering project management standards for industrial security and emergency engineering technical designs, HCIS, ANSI, PSM, MIL-STD, NEC, and other engineering standards.
  • Other construction projects have included construction of waste treatment center, oil and gas sites, earth works, demolition, environmental restoration, hazardous waste mitigation, and general contracting. In the middle east I applied these skills, all career path steps, applied hands-on. 
  • Schematic and drawing review.
  • Surveying, earthworks, metal works, utility installation.
  • Soil science, to QA of material, power scheduling, utility installation, construction management.



Early in my career I applied communications and writing skills in the development of scientific publications of my research at Sandia National Laboratories, and I continue to apply skills daily. I have developed policy, on-line training, executive presentation, technical bid packages, and a full blown environmental health and safety programs.

This phone depicts the opportunities I have had to be part of the Leadership Team while working in Saudi Arabia. Tata, CEO, Prince, and Alcoa CEO - KSA, titans of the middle east. When the photographer for a event was delayed I was tapped to take pictures of some of the worlds biggest players as they did their magic. Again, a testament to my abilities and how much leadership put their faith in my abilities to contribute to the team.


Developing an Organization in KSA. When I first arrived in Saudi Arabia we had just moved into a new building and I was asked to sit in the Directors Office until my office could be prepared. In my planning I utilized the window on the 10th floor as a virtual "white board". When the Director come into his office, he smiled and told me "when I hired you I told you I wanted to you write in the clouds" The room erupted in laughter, and for almost a year the Director kept this on his window, saying it was a testament to creativity and getting a job done.

Advances in hydrologic measurement techniques: in-situ and cone penetrometer applications(Link)EditRe-order section

Proc. SPIE 2504, Environmental Monitoring and Hazardous Waste Site Remediation, 592 (October 9, 1995); doi:10.1117/12.224089
October 9, 1995

Sandia National Laboratories has developed sensors allowing real-time, continuous measurement of hydrogeologic parameters for use in contaminant transport modeling, risk assessments, and the optimization of remedial alternatives (e.g., soil venting, bioremediation). These sensor packages have been engineered into a cone penetrometer push technology, in addition to their stand-alone deployment. The...more

Transport of radon and thoron at the earth's surface(Link)EditRe-order section

January 1, 1993

This report covers progress under the current funding period 1 Jan 1992 to 1 Jan 1993 and presents the continuation proposal for 1 Jan 1993 to 1 Jan 1994. The previous progress report was submitted in June 1991, so activities during the last half of 1991 will also be included. Our major activities over the last year have continued to focus on measurements and modeling of the disequilibrium of...more

Analysis of instantaneous profile test data from soils near the Mixed Waste Landfill, Technical Area 3, Sandia National Laboratories/New Mexico(Link)EditRe-order section


This paper presents the results of an instantaneous profile test conducted near the Mixed Waste Landfill at Sandia National Laboratories/New Mexico. The purpose of the test was to measure the unsaturated hydraulic properties of soils near the Mixed Waste Landfill, including the relations between hydraulic conductivity, moisture content, and soil water tension. A 4.7 meter by 4.7 meter plot was...more

Historical hydronuclear testing: Characterization and remediation technologies(Link)EditRe-order section

DOE/NV/11508--28; DRI--45158

This report examines the most current literature and information available on characterization and remediation technologies that could be used on the Nevada Test Site (NTS) historical hydronuclear test areas. Historical hydronuclear tests use high explosives and a small amount of plutonium. The explosion scatters plutonium within a contained subsurface environment. There is currently a need to...more

Characterization, monitoring, and sensor technology crosscutting program: Technology summary(Link)EditRe-order section

June 1, 1995

The purpose of the Characterization, Monitoring, and Sensor Technology Crosscutting Program (CMST-CP) is to deliver appropriate characterization, monitoring, and sensor technology (CMST) to the Office of Waste Management (EM-30), the Office of Environmental Restoration (EM-40), and the Office of Facility Transition and Management (EM-60). The technology development must also be cost effective and...more

Characterization, monitoring, and sensor technology catalogue(Link)EditRe-order section

December 1, 1995

This document represents a summary of 58 technologies that are being developed by the Department of Energy`s (DOE`s) Office of Science and Technology (OST) to provide site, waste, and process characterization and monitoring solutions to the DOE weapons complex. The information was compiled to provide performance data on OST-developed technologies to scientists and engineers responsible for...more


Below I have provided some project background on the Mega Projects I have been affiliated with. My goal is to convey the gravity and size of these projects.

JOnsurez - KSA Mega Project

JOnsurez - KSA Mega Project

Below are video's of life events. In my Expat career I have been privileged to live, visit, and work in many parts of the world. And, when I am not working I venture out and expand my exposure in an effort to experience cultures, and where I can, end a helping hand. As a leader it is important that one understands the region.

Life In Motion - Thailand

Life In Motion - India

Life In Motion - Gandi

My Most Recent Project 2016

Fluor Wins Contract for New Ma’aden Phosphate Project in Saudi Arabia . Fluor’s scope of work on the +7 billion dollar project at Umm Wu’al project included the following areas:    
  • provide overall PMC services for the development of the Umm Wu’al phosphate project;
  • supervise and manage the feasibility study including the development of basic design packages which is undertaken by FEED contractor;
  • manage the development, strategy, and tendering of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) packages; and
  • manage and supervise all EPC contractors during EPC stage until project turnover closeout.
My Role:
  • Process Safety Engineering (HSE) for +20 EPC with assignments in London and Saudi Arabia as part of the PMC Team.
  • Process Review, Quantitative/Qualitative Risk Assessment, Permit To Construct Permits, Environmental Social Impact Assessment, IMF/WB and other International Regulatory Compliance
  • Supervise and manage the feasibility study including the development of basic design packages which is undertaken by FEED contractor
  • Manage the development, strategy, and tendering of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) packages; and
  • Manage and supervise all EPC contractors during EPC stage until project turnover closeout.  
Below find ESIA associated with my work and the project:

UMM Wal Environmental & Social Impact Assessment

As part of my safety design review I applied API 650 Welded Tanks for Oil Storage & API 2000 Venting Atmospheric & Low-Pressure Storage Tanks, ensuring compliance. In addition, HAZOP, containment, safety showers, and secondary containment was addressed for +50 tanks containing water, flammable, combustible, and corrosive materials.

This is the 3rd mega-project I have affiliated with, since 2007. Other projects in the region have included Ma'den Phosphate 1 and Ma'aden Aluminium.
Ma'aden Aluminium First Hot Metal

Professional Milestone - Completion of Aluminium Project

The images above provide a visual representation of the scope of work of one of the mega-projects I worked on.

Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Clearance Incident Command - Cost Saving Using One Team

I developed the EOD survey plan and served as the UXO Incident Commander for a team (KSA Army and Navy) in the clearing of the Ma’aden Aluminium Complex (10kM x 10kM), where after the Kuwait war unexploded ordinance hazards were of concern. The assignment resulted in a significant cost savings to the company, negated the time which would of been required to contract and mobilize an outside vendor,  and allowed geo-technical and construction task to begin--- one of the largest consolidated aluminium complex projects in the world. An example of my diversified skill set and commitment to "one team" concept.

Construction Experience Summary
I have construction project experience, from my current roles, and gained while working as a PM and General ContractorGB-98, in the USA.
  • I developed technical bid packages from the ground up---starting for the Request for Proposals (RFP), with respect to general construction projects.
  • I know how to read schematics and drawings well enough to construct and to develop project management SOW based on technical packages.
  • As a small business I learned the basics of surveying, hydrology, concrete engineering, metal work, utilities, civil works, etc. 
  • As a General Contractor I touched every phase of a construction project, and used those skills to move onto the larger projects. 
  • Engineering, procurement, and contracting management experience.
  • I have managed sub-contractors on projects, and in KSA I utilized my skills to oversee design review and permit to construct with KSA regulators.

Development of Joint Ventures

FIDIC Silver Book Best Practices

Business Management

Manpower Planning

Design Review

Engineering RFI Development

Due-diligence for fortune 500 companies---Honeywell, Mitsubishi, Koke, Industry, Bechtel, Alcoa, Worley Parsons, Alcoa, and Ma'aden

Chemical Industry

Working as the HSE Manager for a high-purity chemical company I was responsible for all HSE aspects of the plants. EPA, OSHA, PSM, DOT, RCRA, State and local requirements for New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas operations. I participated in the commissioning of new plants and conducted due diligence for JVs. The products we manufactured in high volume were:

  • Ammonium Hydroxide
  • Hydrochloric Acid
  • Hydrofluoric Acid
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • IPA
  • Sulfuric Acid

Media Production

HSE Management System PA Sample

Over the years I set up a production studio, and continued to apply myself, learning the art of media production. My hobbie grew to a more serious role when when I was asked to document a mega construction project, for historical purpose-the building of the minerals pillar for the kindom, what an opportunity to apply and be part of.


I purchased sound equipment, green screens,  lighting kits, cameras, hardware, and software and use it to create projects. I have developed movie scripts, story boards, and designed shot plans, including logos. I hope in the near future to do a short film production, continuing to learn, apply, and grow my passion. In a nut shell, i have my own production studio, and I'm ready for the next project! These days production not as simple as filming and posting. You have to understand formats, bandwidth, and other technical skills you only get from apply hands-on experience,the school of hard knocks! I have spent hours, sometimes days figuring out technical issues.

The pictures below depict a simple project done for Executive Board of Directors, in office interview.  

Emergency Management

Below find certifications and samples of link to video productions I produced, helping to promote Emergency Mangement and Safety within the company. I filmed, produced, posted, and shoot all the media. My experiences are founded on more than a class and certificate. As the HSE Manager for Chemical Plants I managed chemical spills; While working for Department of Energy I participated on actual Emergency Operations at a National Level. And as a HAZWOPER Trainer, I practiced what I preached while working in Iraq, while in hostile theaters.

  • I developed a Emergency Operations Center (EOC) training tool using multi-media and social communication platforms. The process included developing a mock video (attached below) and a modified blog/system to send EOC members drill messages developed as part of a story board. The video set up the scenario for the team via email and text messages. Then their response required them to use the forms to respond.

Emergency Management Training Video Sample

 Once the video was viewed by Team Members they used the links below to respond to the simulation based on their position within the EOC.
Later the team gathered, where gaps and lessons learned were discussed in preparation for the next drill/exercise.This project is an example of my diversified ability to apply experience and technology. And the photo above is an example of some of the Emergency Response Tools I developed, allowing members to simply click on a box and access Emergency Operations protocol.

The video below was created by me as a Project Public Announcement at the request of a Director. One of the leading causes of death in Saudi Arabia and on our project were the highways. This was part of a campaign to create awareness. Again, all the filming, editing was done by me.

Road Safety PA Sample

I have a passion for Emergency Services, and have worked as a Fireman, EMT, Fire Training Officer, and Emergency Response Specialist for the US Department of Energy. Here is an example of a solution used to train Incident Command. I developed the story line, the web concept, and all multimedia: Example of Incident Command Solution

  • I have the real life applied experience in  incident management and am capable of managing any crisis situation.
Celebrating delivery of the first Fire Unit, E-1. The beginning of a new fire department for the new industrial complex.

Emergency Management - DOE Emergency Operations Management

While working for the DOE Office of Emergency Management Assessments I conducted assessments to provide critical feedback and objective information on emergency management programs and performance.

  • Conducts oversight of the adequacy of DOE emergency management policy and programs.
  • Conducts emergency management program assessments that focus on performance and include planning, preparedness, response, recovery, and readiness assurance with a priority for sites/facilities requiring a quantitative Emergency Planning Hazards Assessment.  
  • Works closely with other IEA offices and DOE line organizations to schedule and undertake assessments.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of line oversight during assessments. 
  • Validates emergency management evaluation results and safety issues with DOE and contractor line management and staff.
  • Conducts briefings to apprise senior DOE and contractor managers and stakeholders (including the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, citizen advisory boards, and Congress) on assessment results and emergency management performance.
  • Reviews corrective action plans developed in response to assessments for adequacy, monitors implementation progress, and conducts follow-up evaluations to determine the status and effectiveness of corrective actions.
  • Maintains a broad internal and external perspective on trends by providing representation in national and international professional organizations addressing emergency management topics.
  • Develops input for an annual report for the Secretary on the overall status of emergency management programs, identifying strengths, best practices, common weaknesses and opportunities for improvement.
  • Coordinates with the EA Office of Security Assessments so important emergency management issues related to the Department’s Graded Security Protection Policy are evaluated during assessments. 
  • Coordinates with the Office of Enforcement when appraisal activities identify potential noncompliances with the worker safety and health and nuclear safety requirements that are enforceable under 10 CFR 851 and 10 CFR 820.

My Path To Executive Opportunity - Diversified
My diversified business sector experiences come from working as an Engineer and Manager in the federal manufacturingpetro-chemicaldefenseresearch and development, construction, and industrial sectors. 

Web Based Solutions
Below find an example of a web page solution I developed, Emergency SMS Messages to Employees. I developed the page, the web-based forms, and all logo and art work. A hobby of mine, and an example of my creative real-time ability to dream, develop, and implement business solutions. Click on the photo below, it will take you a web page link, explore an example of my work. The purpose of this web page was to communicate to employees the status of the Saudi weather at the project site.

Examples of Document Control Pages Developed
Again, here is an example of a solution I developed and provided to the PMC team to use following the completion of my Process Safety Engineering Assignment in Saudi Arabia.