Our people are the keys to our success, so we recruit, develop, mentor and train the best professionals from every corner of the world.

Intellectual capital is the key to our success, therefore we recruit, develop, mentor and train the best professionals from every corner of the world. Our purpose is to help you meet your project's goals by providing the best talent, processes and methods available anywhere.

Our clients range from global industry leaders to small companies with big ideas. Our footprint spans from Alaska to Patagonia, and we can be on the ground, ready with our tools, equipment and expertise anywhere in the Americas within a week. We have executed dozens of mega-projects internationally and are known for our extensive hands-on experience and no-nonsense attitude. We will adapt to your needs and add value to your projects from concept through operations, with a focus on safety, quality and productivity. Through continuous training and development, we pursue innovation and cultivate passion and pride in the work we do.


Ed is the founder of Reliable Controls and has over 25 years of experience in the automation and commissioning of industrial facilities. His proven methods and processes for safety, quality and efficiency are the foundation of our success and are utilized in all our projects world-wide. Ed is a highly respected figure in the industry, and his passion for development and engagement have earned him recognition from several state and local community organizations. With sustainability as a guiding principle, his main objective is to make Reliable Controls the most trusted and efficient automation and commissioning company in the world.

President & CEO

Nikki is a high-performance executive whose expertise has fueled considerable growth and financial stability for Reliable Controls. Since joining the team in 2005, Nikki has been responsible for the continuous improvement of our internal business and financial management systems. She spearheads our international expansions and ensures sound tax and financial planning. She is highly skilled in cultivating healthy business relationships with clients, partners, contractors and vendors. Her leadership has made Reliable Controls financially healthy and more competitive.

Executive Vice President

Al is a process-driven expert with over 50 years of experience in the metals and mining industry. Throughout his career, Al has been a key part of engineering, construction and commissioning for some of the most significant mining operations in Peru, Mexico and the United States. He joined Reliable Controls in 2007 after his retirement from Kennecott Utah Copper. He continuously assesses and provides guidance in our business and project systems. His vast experience in project, engineering, and maintenance management ensures maximum safety and quality standards are met.

Senior Vice President

Brad has over 35 years of experience in Human Resources and Business Management. He is responsible for recruiting, training and retaining our tremendous talent pool. Brad has a strong background in leadership development and is dedicated to the ongoing personal and professional development of our people. Having served in various management positions in the engineering and construction industries, he understands the criticality of project timelines, budgets and personnel, which directly impact a company’s sustainable growth.

Brad Liljenquist
Vice President - Administration & Human Resources

Ray Longhurst has over 18 years of experience in electrical and controls systems design, with extensive experience in project management, pre-operational testing, commissioning and plant start-up. Mr. Longhurst is an expert in programming PLC & DCS systems, HMI configuration and development, and in-field implementation of communications systems. Ray is an excellent leader and mentor, and is responsible for the development of RCC’s Process Controls team.

Director - Process Controls

Alex is an analytical and fact-driven professional. He has over 15 years of experience in heavy industrial process controls. He creates efficiency tools for the execution of system integration and is known for his objective and clear-cut problem solving skills. His unique qualifications are project development, engineering, configuration, control optimization and commissioning. Alex has worked on multiple international process controls projects, managing diverse teams from concept through commissioning and startup.

Director - Technology & Automation

Ron is a results-oriented executive with over 35 years experience in international project management, pre-operational testing, commissioning, start-up and operations. He has spent his career working for some of the the world's largest mining,engineering and resource companies. His expertise is focused on the mining, mineral processing, petrochemical and steel industries. He has successfully led diverse teams in a variety of highly competitive industries and fast-paced environments. Ron has strong technical and business qualifications with an impressive track record in strategic planning, project execution and production management.

Regional Director - US, Canada & Southeast Asia

Jeff has over 35 years of project commissioning and startup experience in mining and petro- chemical facilities worldwide. He is a highly driven and competent professional with proven results in leadership, management and coordination. In short: he gets things done! Thanks to his excellent communication and strong mentoring and leadership skills, Jeff has been instrumental is the successful plant startups for some of the world's largest mining and petro-chemical projects. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

Jeff Van Dyke
Regional Director - LATAM

Keith Baldwin has over 33 years of industrial project experience, including Control Systems and Electrical Engineering, Project Management and the construction and commissioning of mineral processing plants. Mr. Baldwin is also an expert in the design and implementation of process control systems, PLC/DCS programming and HMI configuration. Keith’s strength in leadership make him an invaluable asset to every project, and he is consistently recognized for his drive and ability to meet objectives.

keith baldwin
Deputy Director - US, Canada & Southeast Asia

Daniel Roa is a world-class commissioning engineer and manager with over 28 years of experience under his belt. He has held many positions in all phases of projects, and his expertise includes developing commissioning plans & procedures, personnel training and field test preparation. He is a highly versatile performer who excels at managing multinational teams and works well under pressure.

Daniel Roa
Deputy Director - LATAM

Manuel Villanueva has over 20 years of experience in business operations, workforce, customer service and sales management. He is responsible for all project logistics, as well as the execution of our rigorous recruiting strategy. Mr. Villanueva identifies and secures top-notch professionals from all over the world to work for Reliable; thus, his work is vital to our success. He is a proactive, engaged manager with a “do whatever it takes” approach to achieving results. Additionally, Mr. Villanueva's proven success in delivering internal and external customer care excellence has helped create a culture of teamwork and sense of community here at RCC.

Manuel Villanueva
Manager - HR & Logistics

Monica Barnes is a skilled and highly adaptable Executive Assistant. She provides direct support to our company President and CEO for all ongoing projects, sales and business development activities. She also leads our company’s Sustainable Development Initiative, which has gained tremendous support and earned public recognition for RCC from industry leaders, Universities and public entities in Utah and beyond. Ms. Barnes is an exceptional coordinator and communicator, and her passion for promoting strong, sustainable communities is an asset to Reliable Controls.

Monica Barnes
Sr. Executive Assistant - Sustainability Outreach


"We do a lot of work with the University of Utah, because we truly want people to understand the industry and what it takes to work in energy and primary industry."

Ed Macha President and CEO

Reliable Controls works with many universities, primarily the University of Utah, in an effort to train and develop the next generation of industry experts. Reliable Controls offers internships to college students and works to educate young engineers on the benefits of working in the field.

Representatives from Reliable Controls have given presentations to local universities to educate engineering students on the benefits of working in the industry.