Richard Weekly currently works as an Application Field Engineer for Barr-Thorp Electric, is currently on Adjunct staff at Metro Community Collage in Omaha Nebraska where he teaches Motor and Machine Control two nights a week and is a member of the Electrical Education Advisory Board. Working in the Electrical/Automation field since 1981, Rich is a Senior Member of ISA and has been a member for over 20 years. Rich began his career working as a licensed Journeyman Electrician. Some of Rich's first control projects involved Energy Management and lighting control systems, then design and installation of systems for Automated Material Handling. In the 1989 Rich accepted a position as a Process Control Technician for the City of Omaha at the Missouri River Waste Water Treatment Plant in Omaha Nebraska.
After working in the waste water treatment field as a Technician and then Instrumentation Supervisor, Rich worked as an Application Engineer selling, supporting Automation equipment and designing PLC systems. It was during those years Rich also began his career as an Instructor and obtained his Instructor certifications for PLC Programming, Communications, Power Management and Variable Frequency Drives. Over the years Rich has instructed students from all over the United States in location from Arizona to New York. In 2000 Rich earned the Excellence in High Performance Selling Award for increasing Training Sales 48.4% in one Year. And again in 2001 for increasing Training sales by another 15.2%. Rich has also worked as a Branch Manager overseeing all sales and training in the Nebraska and Iowa territories and spent years working as a consult on Automation projects for some of the biggest food companies in the US. Rich has earned Certifications in Programmable Controller applications, Level I&II PLC Programming, Novell NetWare Networking, Administering Microsoft Windows NT, DCS Engineering Tools, Modbus/Modbus + and Ethernet Communications and has several years experience in Power Generation, turbine control and balance of plant control systems. Rich enjoys designing and troubleshooting systems, but being able to use his experiences to help others improve theirs is a great joy!