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Swagelok Texas Mid-Coast

Your Authorized Swagelok Sales and Service Center

Meet Our Field Engineering Team

Meet Our Field Engineering Team

Ken Backus - Senior Field Engineer 



Background: Ken Backus began his career with Swagelok in 2001 with Swagelok Marketing in Cleveland, Ohio, as oil & gas/petrochemical market specialist. Before joining Swagelok, Ken has worked as an engineer / designer for a system integration company on upstream production and subsea controls, for a well stimulation and down-hole tools company, and as a critical valve test engineer for a major oil company. Ken transferred to Houston as Field Engineer in 2005. 


Market Expertise: Upstream completions, wellhead and subsea control, process and analytical instrumentation, and general industry




  • Interpret customer needs for specific product requirements or compliance (API, NACE, hazardous area classification compliance, ANSI 76.00.02 NeSSI standard) 
  • On-site system support of Swagelok products or quotations for Custom Solutions 
  • Optimize product configuration (specials or standard product) 
  • Review P&ID drawings for application and translate into possible Swagelok solutions 
  • Familiar with industry best practice: control system interfaces, safety systems, sampling systems, instrumentation hook ups, analyzer system integrity, material solutions and high pressure systems 


Product Knowledge: 

  • Smart products and telemetry 
  • Custom Solutions assembly services
  • Medium and high pressure products
  • Regulator products (RHPS & K-Series)
  • Process instrumentation, piping products 
  • Modular Platform Components (MPC) 
  • Analytical instrumentation systems and assemblies 


Training Assistance Available: 

  • Analytical and Process Instrumentation 
  • Grab Sample Systems 
  • Medium and high pressure products 
  • Swagelok Regulators (RHPS & K-Series) 
  • Swagelok Pre-Engineered Sub-systems (PrESS) 


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Mike Howard- Field Engineer 



Background: Michael Howard began his Swagelok career in 2019 as a Regional Field Engineer at the Texas Mid-Coast Distributorship. Before joining Swagelok, Michael attended college at Lamar University graduating with a BS in Chemical Engineer and a minor in math. During this time, he participated in internship programs including a summer internship in chemical plant operations. Michael is seeking to pass his FE exam with the intention of eventually earning a professional engineering license. 


Market Expertise: Chemical & Petrochemical, Oil & Gas






  • Evaluate project or application needs and assist in selection of appropriate products
  • Interpret P&ID to recommend possible custom solutions
  • Regulator selection, sizing and application.
  • Remote or on-site support for Swagelok products and solutions troubleshooting.


Product Knowledge: 

  • Custom Solutions assembly services
  • Regulator products
  • Grab Sampling Systems
  • Seal Support Systems
  • Remote or on-site support for Swagelok products and solutions troubleshooting.

Click to Contact Mike Howard