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Trident submarine expert hired by WSF

January 22nd, 2013 by ed friedrich

Steve Vonheeder will switch from maintaining Trident submarines to caring for the state’s ferry boats.
Vonheeder, a commander, is retiring from the Navy. He’s the repair officer with Intermediate Maintenance Facility at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. He’ll become Washington State Ferries’ director of vessel maintenance, preservation and engineering.
Vonheeder graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in nuclear engineering. He also holds master’s degrees in environmental management and  mechanical engineering.
He’ll replace Paul Brodeur, who in July took a position as director of the King County Department of Transportation’s Marine Division. The job pays about $120,000.
“I am excited to welcome Mr. Vonheeder to WSF, and I look forward to the wealth of knowledge he will bring to the new vessel construction project and vessel maintenance and preservation programs,” ferries director David Moseley said in his weekly briefing.

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