The backbone of Higgins Electric is our team of valued employees.  Our technicians are certified for many different electrical design, construction, and maintenance tasks.  In a constantly changing industrial marketplace this is a critical component for your success.

Each of the approximately 80 team members at Higgins is committed to your long term success.  Our associates have extensive experience in the engineering, construction, and maintenance of complex industrial electrical systems.  

Some of our existing and longtime customers include Georgia Pacific, Alabama Power, Southern Company, Nypro, Golden Peanut, Verizon, Southern Classic Foods, LMC, Louisiana Pacific, Southeast Health, and Flowers Hospital.

Jim Knighton


Jim has over 45 years of experience in
the electrical construction and automation industries. He has an Electrical Engineering degree from GA Tech and an MBA from the University of Virginia. He has completed numerous design/build projects on entire industrial plants.

David Deese

Electrical Construction Manager

David has 28 years of experience in the electrical industry. He has 5 years of experience as an electrician, 12 years as an estimator, and project manager, and 11 years as a Construction Dept. Manager for Higgins Electric. David holds and maintains Master Electricians Licenses in multiple states.

Gary Granger

Business Development

Gary has 31 years in the electrical construction industry and 10 years in electrical distribution industry. He has
14 years as a Construction Manager and
17 years as Business Development for Higgins Electric. He has been involved with numerous design build projects and has done bid /spec work his entire career.

Randy Smith


Randy has 20 years in the electrical industry. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Troy State University and a minor in Computer Information. He has 3 years of experience as a purchasing agent and 17 years in a comptroller role.

Dusty McCord, PE

VP of Engineering

Dusty is responsible for the management and oversight of all engineering projects. He has a combined 13 years of experience in the electrical construction and design and automation industry. Dusty earned his Batchelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Auburn University in 2008 and is a registered professional engineer in multiple states across the U.S. His experience includes electrical systems design for new construction and renovation of industrial facilities, office buildings, restaurants, and doctors offices.

Garon Standifer, PE


Garon Standifer has 13 years of experience in the electrical industry. His responsibilities include electrical engineering studies, short- circuit and arc-flash hazard analysis, and design reviews for code requirements and compliance. He has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree with a minor in Business from Auburn University (2008) and Power Systems Certificate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2010). He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Keith Crews

Automation Manager

Keith has 30 years of experience in the automation and electrical design industry. He has Associates degrees in Industrial Electricity, Industrial Electronics and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. He holds an Air Conditioning Contractors License and a Refrigeration License in the state of Alabama. He has 10 years of experience as a Plant Automation Specialist and 25 years as a Project Manager and Programmer.
He has been involved in many projects in different industries.

Josh Lanier

Automation Specialist

Josh has an associates degree from Trenholm State Technical College, and certificates for Electrical Power Distribution, Studio 5000 Logix Designer Level 1, Python Programming, Skilled Craftsman Class, I&E Precision Maintenance, and Control Valve Essentials.

Mike Crawford

Automation Specialist

Mike has over 30 years of industrial automation experience in the fields of manufacturing, water, wastewater, oil and gas. He is a software specialist in the area of data acquisition and reporting, Scada design and implementation, IIOT, database design, and network topologies. His expertise includes motion control vision systems, barcode, material handling, and PLC/database transactional systems.

Patrick Daniels

Automation Specialist

Patrick has 17 years of experience
with engineering project management
in mechanical design and electrical automation. His expertise is Mechatronics by engineering machinery and systems integrations from the ground up as well as focusing on both problem solving current mechanical and electrical systems. He is proficient in both Solid Works and AutoCad design.

CK Merrill

Project Manager

C.K. has 12 years of experience in the electrical construction industry. He
has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Auburn University. He has 5 years field experience/customer service and 7 years as a project manager.

Michael Gorland

Project Manager

Michael has 11 years of experience in
the electrical construction industry.
Since starting at Higgins, Micheal has
been involved as an automation and control technician, programming and commissioning automation projects, and project management. He has an associates degree in Applied Sciences of Electrical Technology.

John Shelley

EE – Safety Manager

John has 32 years of experience in the electrical industry. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from
the University of Texas at Tyler and an Associate Degree in Electronics from the U.S. Navy. He has 7 years of experience as an electrical supervisor and works in project management and estimating.

Tim Weed

Service Manager

Tim completed the general electrical trade program at Wallace College in 1975. With 39 years of electrical maintenance experience, he has worked in both industrial and medical facilities. His experience includes production equipment maintenance, low voltage wiring and programming, writing electrical maintenance policy and procedures, and security lock out tag out procedures.

Jon Eaves

Electrical CAD Technician

Jon has 5 years of experience as an electrical drafter. He has a bachelor’s Degree from Troy University. In addition to CAD design, Jon works with software developing one-line diagrams used for protective device coordination and arc flash hazard analysis.

Maria Copeland

Career Opportunities

Higgins is a great place
to build your electrical career.