Thomas H. Burtness, PE
Tom 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.”