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Engineer Electrical

San Marcos, CA
October 31, 2018

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Brian Blut cell 760-***-****


Proven, well rounded Automation and Industrial Controls Engineer with over 20 years of experience in automation, motion control, integration, programming, and related robotic designs, including power and system level design to applicable regulatory guidelines. Principal strengths include being go to guy for hard to solve problems, even without schematics, and having a unique outside in approach to simplifying the complex. Preference for, and abundant experience with EtherCat system integration, but well versed in almost all industrial networking protocols. Can work with PLC’s if necessary, and all sorts of HMI systems. Well versed in IEC 61131-3 programming environments. Outstanding ability to debug and troubleshoot mechanical, electrical, software, and system level issues in all types of automated equipment.


Blut Motion Control, San Diego, CA 2014– Present

Motion Control Specialist

Consulting business, based on servo optimization services, and general help with existing automated systems.

Help several local clients with troubleshooting and repair of automation systems, usually without schematics, or proper documentation.

Utilization of my 20+ years of PID tuning experience to optimize existing servo motion systems for optimal performance and stability.

Any controller, any motor.

Mint Controls, San Diego, CA 2016 – 2018

Industrial Controls Engineer

Work as consultant for subcontractor to Tigua Inc., supporting US border ports control systems.

Evaluating and designing new controls for CBP Port Runner Suppression System(PRSS) based on streamlining process, and repair and replacement of existing systems.

Kaizen Automation, San Diego, CA 2015 – Present

Industrial Controls and Integration Engineer

Work as consultant on variety of automation systems designs, and integration.

Utilizing Trio motion controls as PAC master for both motion integrated systems, and general I/O HMI based systems.

Chasing variety of automation projects across all sectors.

Novo Engineering, Vista, CA 2012 – 2014

Senior Industrial Controls Engineer

Brought in to add industrial automation to existing, high end, design engineering shop.

EtherCat controls utilizing ACS-Tech80 EtherCat master, with Wago and Beckhoff distributed I/O.

Worked on many projects for local companies to add automation to their workflow.

Famgro, Carlsbad, CA 2011 – 2012

Control Systems Engineer -- Electrical

Controls design for automated hydroponic growing machines for leafy vegetables.

System level electrical design for power distribution and controls of 4800W LED based growing system.

Controls for water and nutrient distribution and changeout after nutrients diminished in supply.

Worked with associates in India to design custom embedded controls with recipe delivery system for custom grows.

Illumina (contractor), San Diego, CA 2009 – 2011

Control Systems Engineer -- Electrical

Designed, documented, built, and tested high throughput DNA synthesis system.

Top down electrical design of a web handling system, with 24 stations distributing solvents and proteins to micro-wells, embedded in plastic tape medium.

Web handling motion control, with master velocity drive, and 3 helper torque drives, to reduce friction and eliminate stretching of tape medium.

EtherCat communications and control via Beckhoff master with distributed I/O.

Aperio Technologies, Vista, CA 2002 – 2008

Systems Engineer -- Electrical

Designed, documented, built, and tested three generations of digital pathology systems.

Top down electrical design of a 3-axis scanning system using constant velocity motion and a line scan sensor.

Designed all electrical distribution and cabling within the systems.

Designed all PCB’s for system junction boards.

Was repeatedly recognized for creative and efficient approach to both engineering work, and system troubleshooting.

Was considered the go to guy for several departments over several years.

Solely responsible for all servo PID setup and tuning.

Used CAD and similar drawing tools for schematic capture and cable design.


UC Santa Barbara

ITT San Diego

UC San Diego


High level aptitude for solving system problems and simplifying hard tasks. Well versed in all aspects of motion and machine control, and other electrical actuation devices. Very proficient with general lab equipment and electrical test equipment. Very hands on, and knowledgeable of mechanical design and implementation. Can turn pile of parts into working machine.

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