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 49 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 32 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.

Randy Smith


Randy has 24 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 17 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 17 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 34 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.

Rusty McCord

Automation Specialist

Rusty has 18 years of industrial maintenance experience in the electrical and automation industry. He has an Associates degree in Electrical Technology. Rusty is part of the Automation department at Higgins, where he has been involved in multiple ground up automation and plant upgrade projects.

Mike Crawford

Automation Specialist

Mike has over 34 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.

John Shelley

EE – Safety Manager

John has 36 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.

Jon Eaves

Electrical CAD Technician

Jon has 9 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

Administration & Billing

Maria has 20 years of experience in the electrical industry. She also has 34 years of experience in project administration and bookkeeping. Maria is responsible for the administration and billing for the Construction, Automation, and Service Department.

Michael Gorland

Project Manager

Michael has 15 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.

Adam Pope

Project Manager

Adam has experience in Project Management and Engineering, consisting of 2 years as a Construction Project Manager with an agriculture equipment manufacturer and 2 years as a Manufacturing Engineer in electronics manufacturing. Adam has been at Higgins Electric since 2021 and has been part of commercial, industrial, and municipal electrical construction projects. He received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Auburn University (2016).

Jonathan Stinson

Panel Shop

Jonathan has 4 years experience installing and commissioning control systems for detention centers across the United States and 2 years of designing integrated control systems with AutoCAD. He is Vertiline certified, Autocad certified, and UL508A certified. Jonathan has an associates degree in Applied Engineering and Nuclear Technology from Wallace College.

Josh Cole

Service Department

Josh has 20 years of experience with industrial electrical and mechanical systems. His experience includes construction of distribution panels, switchgear, and motor control centers. Josh also has experience with plant demolition, electrical disconnections, and equipment removal. Josh has been with Higgins since 2016.

Career Opportunities

Higgins is a great place
to build your electrical career.