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About This Workshop

With current regulations changing or new regulations proposed, working in air emissions can be overwhelming. This workshop provides attendees an overview of regulations (current and proposed), catalyst basics, emission calculations, utilization of portable analyzers, and hands-on training to allow the industry to meet or exceed regulatory requirements.

All these elements combined throughout the workshop will create an experience that is applicable to the day-to-day work for those that perform engine emission testing and regulatory compliance for air permits. 


Topic Include:

  • Introduction to Engine Testing
  • Regulatory Update
  • Emission Test Planning, Permitting & Performing
  • Emission Data Interpretation
  • Catalyst 101

Goals Include :

  • Overall understanding of engine emission stack testing and the importance in relation to air permit compliance 
  • Overview of different state requirements and how they differ from federal compliance requirements
  • Catalyst basics overview and an understanding of how catalysts work and practical application of catalysts
  • Hands-on experience for evaluating engine emissions data to determine effective engine balancing techniques to achieve optimum performance for various engine types
  • Performing engine emission calculations to better understand engine performance and its relationship to engine emissions
  • Overview of multiple portable analyzers available in the industry and utilization of each type
  • Hand on field testing of equipment and performing calculations using portable and trailer mounted analyzer equipment
  • Current and proposed air regulations from both the federal and state perspective and how they currently or might affect field operations of engines

Attendees will qualify for 16 Professional Development Hours (PDH) upon completion.


Who Should Attend 

  • Field operations technicians responsible for performing engine emissions testing
  • Field support engineering and technical staff responsible for calculating and determining optimum engine air to fuel ratios for efficient engine run performance
  • Environmental and engineering office support personnel responsible for air permit regulatory compliance for stack testing and engine emissions

When & Where

October 20-22, 2020 | Waller, Texas | 8:00am-5:00pm

(ends October 22, 2020 12:00pm)

Alegacy Equipment

1300 Alegacy Park Drive

2nd Floor

Waller, Texas 77484


Airport Recommendations:

Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) | Houston, Texas | 1-hour drive from the airport to workshop destination

Registration Fees (open to the public)

Member  $645

Non-member $895

Fee includes lunch

Meeting materials included



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Experienced Instructors


Tom Graham, PE, QSTI, Air Hygiene International, Inc

Tom started at Air Hygiene in January 2001 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1995 and 1997, respectively. In the interim Tom worked for Burns and McDonnell in Kansas City, Missouri, as part of their Waste Management group specializing in landfill design, economic studies, and writing spill prevention, control, and countermeasure plans. While at Burns and McDonnell, Tom obtained his Professional Engineering license, which he keeps current in Missouri and Oklahoma. While employed at Air Hygiene, Tom has worked under several different job titles, beginning as a Test Engineer and eventually being promoted to Director of Operations. Tom held the Director of Operations position for several years where he was responsible for the day-to-day scheduling of Air Hygiene's Operations personnel and workload. In 2012, Tom stepped into a new role as the Director of Education for Air Hygiene University (AHU).  AHU's primary directive is to train Air Hygiene's staff and Clients to be safe, effective, and efficient in the art of air emissions testing.


Bob Nickles, Alegacy Equipment, llc

Bob’s  career has been centered on energy services, in particular natural gas compression. He began with Nickles Machine as Project Engineer and worked through the ranks as Engineering Manager, Plant Manager, VP of Operations, President and CEO. Ultimately, he established Nickles Industrial as the largest independent parts, service and repair organization in the reciprocating compression industry; NI was sold to Cooper Cameron in 2001. While with Cameron Bob served as VP of Sales and Marketing and also as VP of Operations. Bob was an equity investor and COO of Valerus Compression Services, which was sold to TPG. Currently Bob is a member of the Board of Directors for First Financial Bank serving on the Compensation Committee and the Kingwood Regional Advisory Board, other Board of Director roles include; Fast Fusion LLC, Frisco Professional Building Investors and serving as Managing Director of 3MCB Investments and Nickles5 Investments. He currently serves on the Finance Council of Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church. Mr. Nickles earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering Design Technology from Oklahoma State University.


Craig McKim, Gas and Particle Market Manager, Testo North America

Craig holds a BS degree from Edinboro University and has been working with testing and test instrumentation for over 30 years. Mr. McKim began his professional career testing physical and chemical parameters of core sample from oil and gas fields around the world. He then moved on to testing and evaluations associated with environmental assessments and site cleanups and remediation. For the last 20 years, Mr. McKim has been leading Testo’s emissions, combustion, and particle product lines in the US and Canada.

Testo manufactures a wide variety of portable and stationary products that measure exhaust and stack emissions, temperature, pressure, humidity, flow and velocity. Testo serves a variety of markets including, oil and gas transmission, industrial power generation, combustion and emission testing markets, heating ventilation and air conditioning, pharmaceuticals and health, food processing and transport.


Forrest St. Clair

Forrest began his career at ECOM USA in 2015. Previously he attended The University of Houston for a degree in Marketing. Since then, he has attended and completed over 100 hours in training on instrumentation. Forrest began working in the oil and gas industry in 1999. During this time period he focused on sales and support for numerous instrumentation products that included gas detectors, transmitters, and analyzing solutions of various types. Forrest’s role has transitioned from sales and service, to include training individuals and companies on use of portable emissions analyzers. His primary objective is to educate and promote ECOM’s line of portable emissions analyzers, which are fast, accurate, and painless to operate!


John Robinson




Nearby Hotels

Hotel Recommendations:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Waller

Best Western Plus Waller Hotel

         SGA does not use third-party agents for booking.


Business Casual


Refund Policy

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "B"   when cancellation is needed.


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