President & Control Systems Engineer
After high school, Aaron got his first job running a machine that cut paper and stacked the pieces on a pallet. After one day of manning the paper machine, he borrowed the boss’s car, purchased parts, and rewired the machine to run on its own. “So I guess I’ve always had automation in my blood.”
Aaron was always interested in manufacturing. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in manufacturing engineering. He discovered the field of automation as part of a class, and he’s worked in automation since 1994. Aaron has worked on projects across the country and internationally.
Aaron moved to Northern Minnesota and founded APQ Engineering in 2012 to combine his interest in manufacturing and experience in automation with the mission of helping manufacturers in our area.
Nick worked on dairy farms during high school where all of those manual chores convinced him that automation was the way to get things done.
He graduated from Alexandria Technical College with manufacturing engineering technician and machine assembly specialist degrees. After college, he started his career with Beckhoff Automation and has unique experience with high-speed machine controls, Codesys and TwinCAT programming. Nick has always been interested in the latest technology; he was one of the early adopters of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) and has successfully implemented MQTT for widely distributed controls.
Ken has broad experience in the electrical industry, including high-voltage utility systems, UL control panel assembly, and control systems engineering.
Ken graduated from Michigan Technological University with a degree in electrical engineering technology. After tech school, Ken went to Northern Michigan University and got an electrical line technician degree.
Working with control panel assembly and wiring in a UL panel shop piqued Ken’s interest in automation and he was quickly promoted to engineering. Ken has extensive experience in the dairy industry and has completed many successful projects in concrete, manufacturing, and process industries.