People

Thomas H. Burtness, PE

Tom BurtnessTom Burtness received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign in January of 1976.  In that same year, Mr. Burtness became a licensed electrician and owned and operated an electrical and general contracting corporation for the next six years.  This depth of real world business experience in both electrical and building construction; equipment selection, specification, and installation (actually “working with the tools”); as well as cost control techniques, serves as a practical foundation of Mr. Burtness’ engineering expertise.

Since 1984, Mr. Burtness has served in responsible charge of Burtness Engineering Services, including all technical aspects of electrical power, control, lighting, instrumentation, HVAC, and plumbing projects, as well as all insurance and legal investigations.  Mr. Burtness has also managed the technical and financial aspects of the firm’s engineering staff, including budgeting, personnel, billing, marketing, and client development.

Mr. Burtness has written numerous in-depth reports, including municipal master planning documents; as well as operation, maintenance, and testing manuals.  Mr. Burtness also has extensive experience in public speaking and teaching.  He has been told that he has a unique ability to communicate complex concepts in “layman’s terms.”

Please see Mr. Burtness’ Curriculum Vitae for more information: Thomas H. Burtness CV-9-9-16

Richard E. Quick

Richard Quick Profile Pic 7-15-15Richard Quick received his Applied Associates Degree in Law Enforcement from Parkland College Champaign, Illinois in 1974. In January 1975 Mr. Quick started his law enforcement career with the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office Urbana, Illinois until retirement in June of 2006. During his 31 years with the Sheriff’s Office he served as Deputy, Sergeant of Patrol, Field Training Officer, Tactical Team Leader and Master Firearms Instructor in addition to receiving hundreds of hours of continuing education in many areas of law enforcement.

Simultaneously Mr. Quick was also on the volunteer fire department in Rantoul, Illinois from 1971 to 2005. He served as Fire Photographer, Fire Fighter, Fire Chief, Certified Arson Investigator, and Emergency Medical Technician. During that time he also received hundreds of hours of training in multiple areas of fire and rescue work.

With Mr. Quick’s extensive experience in Law Enforcement and Fire Service he brings yet another unique aspect to Burtness Engineering Services with his investigative expertise in multiple areas.

Please see Mr. Quick’s Curriculum Vitae for more information: Richard Quick CV 7-15-15

Neal A. Clark

NClark_2Neal Clark received his Diploma in Electronics Technology at United Electronics Institute of Louisville Kentucky, in October 1975. In 1977, Neal began his career in Process instrumentation with Kraft Food Ingredients in Champaign, Illinois. Neal has continued working in Instrumentation & Controls to the present time with three Industrial Systems Integration firms. Mr. Clark has solid experience in design, specification, building, programming, Human Machine Interface (HMI), troubleshooting, and start-ups. His experience ranges from single loop controller installations, Programmable Logic Control panels, to large Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems (SCADA).

Mr. Clark was Vice President and part owner of SCADAware, Bloomington, Illinois from October of 2000; until June of 2010. Neal now provides his Instrumentation & Controls (I&C) Specialist services to Burtness Engineering Services. Mr. Burtness and Mr. Clark have teamed up on a number of projects for over 20 years.

Please see Mr. Clark’s Curriculum Vitae for more information: Neal A Clark_BES CV 7-30-17