Provider Name: Nebr-Iowa Council - Robert Morris
Address: 2840 S. 70th Street, Suite 7-272 Lincoln, NE 68506
Phone Number: (402) 483-4483

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Control System Migration

Installing SLC 500 controllers and modernizing control systems. 
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Format: Classroom
Hours: 4.00
Price: Varies

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Nebraska State Electrical Division 18-001-123 12/31/2018


Bill Schmidt

Schmidt resume



In my experience, it is rare to find Automation / Controls / IT Engineers who can: “Do It All.” I am that Engineer with 17 years controls & project management experience.

There has been much that I did not know and still do not, but there is nothing that I cannot quickly learn and most importantly: Successfully Implement.

ï I can BE the Controls Department

o Project management from start to finish

o Application engineering to find the right solution for sensing and control of any application given.

o Full electrical power and controls design and schematic creation.

o Bill of materials, purchasing, finding lowest cost solutions.

o Complete controls programming from the sensor level to PLC, HMI, motion, vision, all the way up through database and enterprise systems.

o ISA S88 / PackML machine phases via Allen-Bradley phase manager.

o Network design, administration and configuration

o Total startup and debug of controls system through field installation.

o Control system continued support via remote dial in / VPN or field visits

o Continuous assistance to maintenance for troubleshooting

o Preventative maintenance planning and implementation

ï I can RUN the Controls Department

o Mentor, manage, & be a resource to other engineers and techs.

o Implement standards such as UL508a, Libraries of reusable programming code, AutoCAD symbols and menus

o Department budgeting, scheduling, & maximizing resources

o Train and Implement Gallup Strength Training from training I received at Gallup University, as well as other management techniques.



ï Sensors: Too many to list but essentially I have experience with any and all.

ï PLC’s: Allen-Bradley (Logix, SLC, PLC-5 families), Modicon, GE/Fanuc, Mitsubishi, Honeywell

ï Servo/Stepper Drives: Allen-Bradley (Kinetix, Ultra families), AMCI, Emerson

ï HMI’s: Allen-Bradley (View SE & ME distributed & stand alone, Panelbuilder32), Wonderware InTouch, Uticor, TCP

ï Data Logging and Analysis:, Allen-Bradley RS BizWare, Wonderware InSQL

ï AC/DC Drives: Allen-Bradley, Control Techniques, Eurotherm, KB, Mitsubishi

ï Robotics: Fanuc M-410iB Four Axis & R-J3iB controller, handling tool software

ï Vision: DVT

ï Networking: Ethernet, Modbus, Modbus Plus, DeviceNet, DH+, DH-485, Remote I/O, Genius I/O, RS-422, RS-232

ï Test Sets: Custom PC based; Cabletest: Horizon & MPT


ï Databases: MS SQL Server , MySQL, Access

ï Operating Systems: Windows Vista, XP, 2000, 98, DOS,

ï Office & Design software: AutoCAD, GibbsCAM, MS Office, MathCAD, MATLAB

Education: 8/1997 – 12/2001

8/1989 – 5/1992

5/1987 – 5/1989

National Technological University (NTU)

Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering

GPA 3.57/4.0

University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL)

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

GPA 3.14/4.0

Mid-Plains Community College (MPCC)


GPA 3.6/4.0

Fort Collins, CO

Lincoln, NE

North Platte, NE



12/2004 – 2/2009

Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED) –

(Distributor for Industrial Controls Primarily Rockwell Automation)

Automation Specialist

ï Expert technical resource for supporting PLC, HMI, Software & Networking Systems.

Carlson Systems Engineering –

(Leader in custom automation equipment primarily to the window, door and cabinetry industries)

Controls Engineering Team Leader

Omaha, NE

Omaha, NE

ï Completely modernized controls department within my first year and half.

o Obtained Professional Engineering license for various customer requirements and to enhance customer perception.

o Implemented becoming an UL508a fully self-certifying panel shop.

o Improved controls standards to move up from Allen-Bradley SLC processors and classic panelviews to more modern Logix and Panelview Plus platforms and distributed architectures using DeviceNet and Ethernet I/O.

o Created a standard library of AutoCAD schematic symbols and menus as well as PLC re-useable code.

ï Designed and fully implemented controls and programming of a custom full door routing machining center. All six faces of a door can be routed simultaneously. Machining center part of a five machine product line which reduced labor from 23 personnel down to only three.

o Utilized 24 Axis (8-XYZ capable router modules) of Allen-Bradley Kinetix 6000 Motion on a Control Logix platform.

o Programmed to fully implement industry standard CNC code but fully realized through ladder logic and integrated coordinated motion commands.

o Complete programming of fully database driven production utilizing FactoryTalk Transaction Manager & Plant Metrics utilizing SQL Server 2005.

ï Simulated Divided Light (SDL) aluminum bar processing machine. Notched and end coped 16 foot aluminum bars down to the desired size for SDL grids for windows and door glass.

o Minimized scrap bar remnants by integrating commercially available optimization software CutLogix 1D.

o Extensive customization of RS View SE using VBA to directly import daily batch production files, place into a spreadsheet style grid, and interface to the optimization software to reorder the batch to minimize scrap.


10/1996 – 12/2004

Connectivity Solutions Manufacturing –

Formerly known as: Lucent Technologies / Avaya Communications

(Leading manufacture of copper networking products.)

Factory Electrical Engineer

Omaha, NE

ï Implementation and integration of four automatic Reelex® winding and packaging systems with a Fanuc robot for palletizing. System increased labor efficiency which resulted in a $2.5 million annualized cost savings.

ï Modernized control system on six protector heat coil machine while also doubling capacity for an annualized savings of $1.5 million.

ï Designed numerous control systems for diverse range of applications in a 2.4 million square feet (54 acres "under roof") campus.

ï Managed machine purchases and installation projects, design and implement production machinery improvements, and assist maintenance personnel in troubleshooting.

5/1995 – 10/1996

ConAgra Frozen Foods Corporate –

(Major producer of popular frozen foods such as Healthy Choice®)

Project Engineer - Controls

Omaha, NE

ï Designed, developed and implemented control system for a $30 million expansion of Macon, MO plant. System completely controlled product flow, and monitored the various conveyors, ovens, freezers, and packaging equipment.

ï Modernized original relay logic control system for Amerio® plate freezers in the Marshall, MO plant. Upgrading the antiquated control system saved $2 million in capital that would have been needed for replacement equipment.

ï Upgraded ammonia refrigeration control systems in Russellville, AR and Crozet, VA plants.

ï Functioned as lead corporate control system engineer to 7 plants in 4 states. Gained the respect and developed cooperative relationships with every level of employee from operators through plant managers.

5/1992 – 5/1995

Harold K Scholz Company –

(OEM of custom automated power switchgear and control systems)

Electrical Engineer

Ralston, NE

ï Designed, developed and implemented emergency generation system for Immanuel Hospital, Omaha, NE. Provided a modernized reliable system to maintain life/safety power during outages. System design allowed the ability for co-generation, which qualified the hospital for reduced power rates.

ï Expanded prior Scholz switchgear power system for GTE data center in Tampa, FL. with the addition of an emergency generation system.

ï Small family owned business demanded quick mastery of every facet of the company.


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