Compressor Engineering Corporation (CECO) Vice President James R. Hutton has held his Professional Engineer (PE) license for a remarkable 60 years. At 94, Hutton is the 5th oldest active PE residing in Texas. In Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico he stands as the oldest active Professional Engineer.
After serving as a Chief Engineer in the US Navy during World War II, Hutton graduated with Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He is author of How to Sell Technical Equipment and Services (PennWell, 2005).
Hutton came to CECO in 1986 after retiring as president of the International Division of Dresser Machinery, where he had worked for 38 years. Hutton began his career with Clark Brothers, a Division of Dresser, where they manufactured compressor and integral gas engines. His long years of service to the oil and gas industry are unparalleled.
In October of 2012, Hutton received the Edward N. Henderson Award from the Gas Machinery Research Council (GMRC). The award honors distinguished service to the GMRC and the gas industry.
At that time, Mike Grubb, president of the GMRC, said, “Mr. Hutton has been an inspiration to so many young engineers over the course of his career. His passion for mentoring, especially in the area of ethics, has helped many professionals in our industry grow into the positions they enjoy today.”
Richard Hotze, president of CECO, said, “It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with Mr. Hutton for the past 28 years. He will always be a leader, a friend, and a wealth of knowledge about engineering and sales.”