Mike Porche graduated from LSU in 1971 with a BS degree in Physics with minors in EE, Math, and economics. He has over 30 years of experience in the drilling industry. He has previously worked for Baylor Company, Ross Hill Controls, MD Totco and National Oilwell Varco. During his career he interfaced with various Operators, Service Providers and Drilling Contractors to develop solutions. His managerial experience includes Service Manager, General Marketing Manager for New Product Development, Customer Services Manager overseeing Field Service, Customer Training, Parts and In-House Testing, and General Manager of Baylor’s first overseas office.
Mr. Porche next turned his attention from management and field service to engineering development, specializing in the power and control fields. Among his developments are 6000 hp 12-pulse power inverters, 1500 KVAR static power factor correctors, multi-parameter auto-drillers, and numerous drawworks and auxiliary brake applications. His 1993 development of the eddy current brake control is notable in that it is still being used at this time (over 3000 units deployed). Additionally, in the most recent year over 1000 rigs drilling throughout the world were using block control and auto-driller products based upon designs created by him.
During the severe oilfield turndown in the early 80’s, Mr. Porche worked as electrician/technician on a large offshore drilling rig. This practical hands-on experience augmented his theoretical knowledge.
Mr. Mike Porche’s talent also extends to training and education. He has conducted classes in eddy current brake theory, power rectifiers and inverters, dynamic positioning, marine engineering propulsion, and control engineering. He is the holder of four patents, with an additional two pending. He has authored papers for SPE/IADC and several industry magazines.
Mr. Mike Porche is experienced in Motorola Assembly, Siemens Step 7, MATLAB and Simulink. His hobbies include golf, cycling, bowling, and embedded controller design.
Mr. Mike Porche is a member of Society of Petroleum Engineers.