Andrew Rodgers

Hello, I'm Andrew Rodgers, I build things; networks, automation systems, web applications, and great photos!


Andrew Rodgers is an automation specialist with experience spanning multiple fields, including power distribution, building automation, SCADA, PLCs and PACs, machine control systems, and test program automation. I have been responsible for developing many mission-critical control systems and data acquisition processes. These projects have ranged from refinery power distribution systems to aerospace chicken-guns. This diversity provides me with the background necessary to find solutions that are often outside of my client's core competencies. My experience is diverse, yet there is always a single theme to my work: finding solutions that others miss. Specialties: HMI, Machine Configuration Management, Rugged Networks, Adverse Environment Applications, Multi-Level Back-up and Systems Redundancy Architecture, Multi-faceted Problem Solving Spanning Numerous Industries.

Andrew Rodgers's Background

Andrew Rodgers's Experience

Development Engineer at MillenniTEK

September 2011 - Present | Knoxville, TN

Manage new production development. Manage process improvement projects. Develop process automation enhancements. Since my employment at MillenniTEK, I have been steadily improving outdated control systems with cutting edge technology. MillenniTEK's processes rely on very specialized equipment, developed in house. Through my experience with control systems, interface design, and industrial networking, I have been able to apply modern solutions to very complex control systems. My knowledge of electrical theory and experience implementing complex data collection, has negated much unnecessary downtime, replacing operators "feelings" with hard data. Much of MillenniTEK's mechanical equipment relied on complex relay logic systems, I have developed modern control systems using Programmable Automation Controller and touchscreen based Human Machine Interfaces.

Owner at Qtek Solutions

January 2004

Qtek Solutions Specializes in Small Businesses' technology needs. Our specialties include network design, installation, management, POTS and VOIP phone systems, surveillance, and access control systems. Qtek Solutions handles ALL technology concerns for small business owners, allowing them to focus solely on growing their business.

Building Systems Research & Development Manager at Lincoln Mills LLC

June 2010 - July 2011

I developed a complete building automation and information technology infrastructure using only open, inter-operable options to proprietary systems. I chose openness in order to maximize compatibility while minimizing cost. My goal was to create a fully inter-operable automation, IT, and security system with an open infrastructure that will allow integration with any device, preventing infrastructure obsolescence. I used my experience and electrical knowledge to verify existing infrastructures suitability, saving cost where reuse was possible, and making calculated provisions where inadequate infrastructure was encountered. I was also responsible for developing piping and manifold designs and layout for the building hydronics system. All designs referenced appropriate building code when applicable, including requirements for raceway, lighting levels, cable sizing, box fill, conduit fill, protective devices, coordination studies, and arc flash mitigation.

Power Automation Tech at Utility Service Corporation

2008 - 2009

I was responsible for testing, repairing, calibrating and documenting complex protective relaying systems for power distribution in a large petroleum chemical plant. Documentation required recreating control and single line drawings lost during a natural disaster by reverse engineering existing equipment. My duties also included the development of automated test plans that verified design-intended functionality, ensuring safety and protection for downstream equipment. This work was done following a disaster recovery work effort, requiring verified results, on a very tight schedule.

Process Control Systems Analyst at PPG Industries

November 2005 - March 2008

My duties included Comprehensive, multi-platform network management. In addition, I was responsible for day-to-day maintenance, new system installation, new process configuration, disaster recovery, process development, and machine interface design. I was responsible for the modernization of a machine and shop floor control system that used over 65 PCs. The upgrade process included domain migration, new equipment purchasing, server configuration, and new machine interfaces.

Lead Mentor - Specializing in Digital Manufacturing at The Company Lab

May 2013

Providing expertise and knowledge to startups being accelerated at the Company Lab. Supporting the GigTank teams and program with resources pertaining to manufacturing and process improvement.

Development Engineer at MillenniTEK

September 2011

Manage new product production development. Manage process improvement projects. Develop process automation enhancements. Since my employment at MillenniTEK, I have been steadily improving outdated control systems with cutting edge technology. MillenniTEK's processes rely on very specialized equipment, developed in house. Through my experience with control systems, interface design, and industrial networking, I have been able to apply modern solutions to very complex control systems. My knowledge of electrical theory and experience implementing complex data collection, has negated much unnecessary downtime, replacing operators "feelings" with hard data. Much of MillenniTEK's mechanical equipment relied on complex relay logic systems, I have developed modern control systems using Programmable Automation Controllers and touchscreen based Human Machine Interfaces.

Owner at Qtek Solutions

January 2004

Qtek Solutions Specializes in Small Businesses' technology needs. Our specialties include network design, installation, management, POTS and VOIP phone systems, surveillance, and access control systems. Qtek Solutions handles ALL technology concerns for small business owners, allowing them to focus solely on growing their business.

FIRST Team 3140 - Farragut High School Mentor at FIRST Robotics

January 2012 - March 2013

It has been my honor to work with the children, parents, and teachers of Team 3140 through two build seasons. My goal has been to provide an experienced manufacturing perspective to the development process, while promoting outside the box ingenuity for the entire team. My experience with industrial automation programming as well as mechanical modeling and design have proved invaluable to my efforts with the team.

Building Systems Research & Development Manager at Lincoln Mills LLC

June 2010 - July 2011

I developed a complete building automation and information technology infrastructure using only open, inter-operable options to proprietary systems. I chose openness in order to maximize compatibility while minimizing cost. My goal was to create a fully inter-operable automation, IT, and security system with an open infrastructure that will allow integration with any device, preventing infrastructure obsolescence. I used my experience and electrical knowledge to verify existing infrastructures suitability, saving cost where reuse was possible, and making calculated provisions where inadequate infrastructure was encountered. I was also responsible for developing piping and manifold designs and layout for the building hydronics system. All designs referenced appropriate building code when applicable, including requirements for raceway, lighting levels, cable sizing, box fill, conduit fill, protective devices, coordination studies, and arc flash mitigation.

Power Automation Tech at Utility Service Corporation

2008 - 2009

I was responsible for testing, repairing, calibrating and documenting complex protective relaying systems for power distribution in a large petroleum chemical plant. Documentation required recreating control and single line drawings lost during a natural disaster by reverse engineering existing equipment. My duties also included the development of automated test plans that verified design-intended functionality, ensuring safety and protection for downstream equipment. This work was done following a disaster recovery work effort, requiring verified results on a very tight schedule. My primary role was troubleshooting complex protective relaying schemes in industrial power distribution systems. This involved development of automated test plans for both analog and digital relay protective devices. I also Documented existing control schemes and performed calibrations in both analog and digital relays and motor controls.

Process Control Systems Analyst at PPG Industries

November 2005 - March 2008

My duties included Comprehensive, multi-platform network management. In addition, I was responsible for day-to-day maintenance, new system installation, new process configuration, disaster recovery, process development, and machine interface development. I was responsible for the modernization of a machine and shop floor control system that used over 65 PCs. Each of these PCs represented a piece of critical process equipment, downtime was not an option. I developed best practices for minimizing downtime of both the PCs and the attached automation equipment. The upgrade process included domain migration, new equipment purchasing, server configuration, and new human machine interfaces.

Andrew Rodgers's Interests & Activities

Photography, long-boarding, cycling and outdoors.