Robert Mechem brings more than 25 years electrical power generation industry experience in business ownership, sales, management and field operations to his role as AES’s Managing Partner / CEO and Safety Manager.
A native of Cumberland, Maryland, Robert began his career as a field technician for the leak detection unit of SAIC. In 1991 he left to start his own company, Mechem Power Inspections. His success attracted the attention of a rival company, and in 1992 he was bought out by The Atlantic Group, where he then managed the leak detection group, as well as working in the field conducting inspections and turbine/condenser expansion joint replacement, installation of condenser vibration solutions, tube cleaning, and heat exchanger tube replacement. In 1998 Robert joined InTank as Vice President of Operations, where he increased robotic and manual inspection sales and improved the quality of service to customers as well as internal processes. In 2001 he joined with Mr. Lawson and Mr. Scherer to assist in leading the buy-out and development of AES.
Robert has conducted over 1,200 inspections throughout the world, including 40 states and 7 countries. He has supervised more than 20 crews conducting various helium, sulfur hexafluoride, infrared, robotic and ultrasonic non-destructive inspections. He brings this depth of experience and knowledge to his responsibilities at AES, which include business planning, technical analysis, safety manager, process control, sales and business development.