Engineering Services

Here at Gross Automation, we’re more than just the source for your component replacement needs.  We have a team of seasoned, experienced Engineers as well as a fully equipped, staffed, and UL508A Certified Panel Shop.  Gross Automation is also proud to be ISO 9001:2015 Certified. By choosing Gross Automation, we begin by studying all aspects of your application.  All Gross Automation clients receive direct, personal attention that’s 100% solution-focused.  Whether it’s remote troubleshooting, complex Panel Assembly, or our team performing installation and startup at your facility…Gross Automation has an experienced team to address your needs.

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Allen VonAsten David Jenson Hadj Maker Sam Dombeck
William Gross

Engineering Services

From system design to panel assembly, Gross Automation can support your business.

  • Custom Engineering

    One-of-a-kind systems with unique attributes tailored to your automation requirements

  • Panel Manufacturing

    High performance board-level solutions for commercial and industrial applications

  • Fieldwork

    One-of-a-kind systems with unique attributes tailored to your automation requirements

  • Custom Reporting

    We provide direct custom data access and create custom reports based on application

  • Programming

    Multi-Platform PLC Programming & Integration Services From Expert Engineer

  • Future Preparations

    We can help your technology realize its full potential.

Allen VonAsten

Please introduce yourself.  What’s your name, where do you live, and where did you grow up?

Allen VonAsten.  I currently live in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin…which is also where I grew up.

What is your position at Gross Automation, and how many years’ experience do you have?

I’m an Electrical Sales Engineer.  I’ve worked in this field for 37 years now, and have been at Gross Automation for 8.

What are some of your experiences that have helped you excel in your field?

I regularly participate in supplier training, spend time at our customer’s facilities and getting involved with their application.  In addition to designing panels, I also have experience building them, hands on.

What is one professional attribute that you are you most proud of?

Expert Drive Training Certification

Name some of the reasons you enjoy working at Gross Automation.

I enjoy the open atmosphere.  I’m allowed space to be creative, and have freedom when it comes to design.

What has been your proudest professional accomplishment?  What was the biggest hurdle?

We were asked to visit a Coast Guard vessel that had been out of service for almost a year.  They had an issue that numerous contractors attempted to diagnose and solve, but had not been successful.  Within an hour, I had the issue diagnosed and repaired.  Solving this issue allowed the vessel to return to service, which was very rewarding.

On any given weekend, how do you like to spend your personal time?

I enjoy spending time with my kids, as well as my grandkids.  We especially enjoy time together outside.  I also enjoy taking out my 1969 AMC AMX…either just going for a drive or attending local car shows.

Time to dust off all those plaques…please list your certifications, accreditations, licenses, etc.

Certifications : ABB Low Voltage Drive – US9121 ACS550 Certified Startup Program, ABB Low Voltage Drive – US9122 ACS800 Certified Startup Program, ABB Low Voltage Drive – US9103 ACS550 & ACS800 Certified Startup Program, ABB Low Voltage Drive – DCS800 Distributor Sales School Training, ABB Low Voltage Drive – DCS800 Certified Startup Training, ABB Low Voltage Drive – G380 ACS880 Certified Startup Program,  ABB Low Voltage Drive – Drive Specialist – US9156, ABB Low Voltage Drive – ABB ACS880 Authorized Startup and hands-on G380,  LSIS - USA Certified Startup Training Course, WEG - AST1 Basic Drive and Soft-Start Commissioning

David Jenson

Please introduce yourself.  What’s your name, where do you live, and where did you grow up?

David Jenson.  I was raised in Whitefish Montana, and currently live in Waukesha, Wisconsin

What is your position at Gross Automation, and how many years’ experience do you have?

Director of Engineering.  38 years.

What are some of your experiences that have helped you excel in your field?

I’ve learned a lot from working with other Engineers on a variety of different projects.

What is one professional attribute that you are you most proud of?

Creating, designing, programming and commissioning of process control systems.

Name some of the reasons you enjoy working at Gross Automation.

I enjoy the size of Gross Automation.  I don’t feel like just a number.  I know everybody that works here.

What has been your proudest professional accomplishment?  What was the biggest hurdle?

Solving a customers need for process automation for machined wooden doors…over 800 in a day.  One of the biggest challenges was to synchronize 30 different servos.

On any given weekend, how do you like to spend your personal time?

I enjoy weekend motorcycle rides with my wife on my Harley Ultra Classic.

Time to dust off all those plaques…please list your certifications, accreditations, licenses, etc.

Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Microsoft Developers Network Certificate, ABB Automation World Conference, ABB WSY-47 Understanding the OPC Unified Architecture, ABB WSY-40 System 800xA Freelance 800f, ABB Freelance 800F, ABB WSY-12 Foundation Fieldbus Update, ABB WSY-13 Freelance 800F System Evolution to 800xA, LSIS USA Certified Startup, Mercury Marine Contractor Awareness

Hadj Maker

Please introduce yourself.  What’s your name, where do you live, and where did you grow up?

Hadj Maker.  I grew up in Ft. Lupton, Colorado and I currently live in Germantown, Wisconsin.

What is your position at Gross Automation, and how many years’ experience do you have?

I’m a Panel Wireman, and I have been at Gross Automation for five years.

What are some of your experiences that have helped you excel in your field?

I spent 22 years as a Submarine Services Sonar Technician.  I completed Troubleshooting and Repair on complex, integrated systems.

What is one professional attribute that you are you most proud of?

I’m proud of the ‘art’ aspect of panel work.

Name some of the reasons you enjoy working at Gross Automation.

Great people, flexibility and I’m able to have variety in my daily work.

What has been your proudest professional accomplishment?  What was the biggest hurdle?

While working at a Nuclear Electrician in a shipyard, I was brought in to try and help solve a problem.  This issue was being [unsuccessfully] worked on by four technicians, three engineers and one foreman for 2 ½ weeks.  I was pretty proud of the fact that I was able to both diagnose and solve the issue in 15 minutes.

On any given weekend, how do you like to spend your personal time?

I enjoy nature.  Simple things like watching the trees and grass sway in the wind.

Sam Dombeck

Please introduce yourself.  What’s your name, where do you live, and where did you grow up?

Sam Dombeck.  Born, raised and currently live in Milwaukee.

What is your position at Gross Automation, and how many years’ experience do you have?

Engineering Intern, and I’ve been at Gross Automation for one year.

What are some of your experiences that have helped you excel in your field?

Given my Dad worked at HP, I’ve been around electronics all of my life.  We always had a variety of equipment around the house.  While studying at MATC, I was introduced to Industrial Automation – PLC’s, drives, programming, etc.

What is one professional attribute that you are you most proud of?

Planning, research, and assembly of a high end personal computer.

Name some of the reasons you enjoy working at Gross Automation.

I appreciate Gross Automation’s size.  I feel like I’m part of a team.  Everyone here is approachable, and the office is professional yet casual at the same time.

What has been your proudest professional accomplishment?  What was the biggest hurdle?

I completed my Automation & Control Panel Degree.  At times, it was challenging to see how what I was learning would be used in the field.

On any given weekend, how do you like to spend your personal time?

I like many types of Sci-Fi programs…Star Trek in particular.  My friends and I are into table top Roll Play Games like Magic or D&D. 

Time to dust off all those plaques…please list your certifications, accreditations, licenses, etc.

Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, NFPA 7e High Voltage Safety Training, ABB Low Voltage Component Training.

William Gross

Please introduce yourself.  What’s your name, where do you live, and where did you grow up?

William Gross.  I was born and raised in Wauwatosa, and currently live in Wauwataso.

What is your position at Gross Automation, and how many years’ experience do you have?

I’m a Process Control Engineer.  I’ve worked at Gross Automation for six years, and have ten years of industry experience.

What are some of your experiences that have helped you excel in your field?

When I started, I was able to shadow David Jenson, or Director of Engineering.  Before Gross Automation, I worked with municipalities as it relates to Industrial Control of waste water treatment.

What is one professional attribute that you are you most proud of?

ABB Drive Specialist and Drive Expert.

Name some of the reasons you enjoy working at Gross Automation.

It’s a friendly atmosphere.  I enjoy working with my coworkers, and appreciate the teamwork approach.

What has been your proudest professional accomplishment?  What was the biggest hurdle?

I was working with one of our customers in the Food & Beverage industry.  There was a very wide variety of mission critical problems I was addressing.  Problems that needed to be solved, or the entire facility would cease to operate.  Not only did I solve the problem, but the customer now has reduced down time, which reduces their overall cost.

On any given weekend, how do you like to spend your personal time?

I play 3v3, half-court basketball.  I also enjoy table tennis.  Otherwise, you can find me buried in a Roll Play video game, or board games with my friends.

Time to dust off all those plaques…please list your certifications, accreditations, licenses, etc.

Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering, ABB 580 Drive Specialist, ABB 880 Drive Expert, ASC 880 Install and Commissioning, ASC 880 Authorized Start Up and Hands on