Our people are the key. Intellectual capital is what gives Reliable Controls an edge over the competition. Therefore we recruit, develop, mentor and train the best professionals from every corner of the world. By providing the best talent, processes and methods available anywhere, we will help you meet your project's goals.

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

Tim’s expertise in mine commissioning, ramp-up and production management is second to none. He has worked on global mega-projects for over 25 years and brings extensive knowledge of every phase of a project, from design to operations. Throughout his career, Tim has earned a reputation for transparency and effectiveness. As Vice President of Operations, he oversees all Reliable Controls projects to ensure our clients always receive the highest quality deliverables. Tim is committed to driving the development of new technologies to expand the RCC footprint and help bring industry into the new generation.

Tim McKay
Vice President - Operations

Zane is a top-performing and seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in all facets of project management, operations, commissioning, start-up, and operability. He is skilled in managing and leading the commissioning phase of a project. Zane possesses extensive knowledge of engineering design, project management and logistics. He has earned accolades as an energetic and intuitive relationship builder and is skilled at leading organizations through growth and development. Zane has a strong focus on safety and personal development. He has experience in both the operations/maintenance of facilities and the construction side, bringing perspective of both to a project.

Zane Huffman
Director - Major Projects

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

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 - Project Logistics

Lorena Beas is a responsible, motivated and reliable professional. Since joining the team in 2014, Lorena has coordinated logistics efforts for projects through the U.S and Latin America. She has excellent organizational skills, and her areas of expertise include project organization, document control, office administration and Engineering drafting / design technology. Lorena Beas is also fluent in Spanish and English.

Lorena Beas
Administration Manager

Rochelle is passionate about making a difference in the lives of employees and customers. She is a seasoned Human Resources professional with 15+ years of experience in all areas of HR and has worked in medical manufacturing, finance, and healthcare sectors. She has a strong commitment to positive employee relations, training and development, and safety. Her responsibilities will include partnering with leadership and employees to ensure Reliable Controls continues as an employer of choice.

Rochelle Morgan
Human Resources Manager

Andrea Vert
Marketing Assistant


"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.