About

The Beginning

My adventure into what has become a passion began in 1980 following four years of service in the U.S. Navy. After a brief stint building electron microscopes in Sunnyvale,  I was hired by the City of Palo Alto California. In my five years there, I gained the experience to perform as a journey-level Instrumentation Technician. Then working for a North Bay Instrumentation Contractor, I gained more knowledge in design and start-up projects, working with major project contractors and engineering firms.

After moving to Sonoma County, I found it was time to strike out on my own. I started up Control System Services, and began providing process control instrumentation and automation services. As I branched out into technologies beyond process control, the name evolved into CSS-Technologies.

Over the course of twenty nine years in business, I have been told by many that I would never make it billing honest hours for honest work. I’m still here. Many of the others are gone.

 

The Philosophy

After everything is dancing on the head of a pin like it’s supposed to, my preference is to spend a small amount of time on preventative maintenance rather than more time putting out fires. You can choose from a lot of people with varying degrees of knowledge at widely ranging prices. That knowledge needs to be combined with experience in the field. Without experience, no amount of knowledge will equip you. My background in utilities bends me to the philosophy that your technology should be like a utility. It should be there when you need it, without fail.

 

The Experience

Beyond over thirty years experience in utilities and process automation and the twenty years of experience working with Networks and the Internet, I have a wide variety of experience in complementary trades. From industrial electrical, process controls and utility automation systems and programmable logic controllers (PLC’s) to automated machine controls, SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) systems and radio & cellular telemetry.

 

Experienced knowledge is the indicator of expertise worth the price.

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The Confidence

When CSS-Technologies is on the job, you know your system is going to deliver what you want, where and when you need it. Providing technology at the level of a utility service, can give you the peace of mind you need to survive in the business environment of today.

 

All elements of my training & experience help me focus the first priority-

Making sure your technology is working for you, so you can concentrate on what you do best.