Sr. Controls Engineer | Associate Shareholder
Mike Jones’s keen interest for electronics began while playing in a band in high school. He took care of the band’s electronic equipment and built a lighting controller from scratch when he couldn’t find an affordable alternative. His natural ability in this field led him to a career at Newport News Shipbuilding where he completed an electrical apprenticeship as a Maintenance Electrician. This experience gave him a unique perspective in his approach to design with particular focus on constructability and maintainability. He then attained his bachelor’s degree while working part-time as an electronics technician servicing non-destructive test equipment. After graduating from Virginia State University in 1989, he worked for Honeywell as the Electrical Shop Foreman and later moved to Plant Engineering as a Controls Engineer.
Mike started his career at ITAC in 1999 as a Controls Engineer and spent the first several years programming PLCs. In 2001, he earned his PE license in Virginia and switched gears from programming to design – his true passion and talent. In 2006, Mike was promoted to Co-Manager of the Electrical and Controls Department with his colleague, Scot Garner. In this position, Mike was dedicated to growing the department and mentoring the new graduate engineers who are the future of ITAC.
Next, Mike used his design expertise to manage ITAC’s Custom Machinery team, which provides customized design and fabrication of parts and assemblies for new and existing equipment. With his clients’ bottom line always top of mind, the team’s primary focus is to reduce downtime and changeover time in the most cost-effective manner.
Today, with multifaceted experience under his belt, Mike has returned to his roots as a Sr. Controls Engineer.