About Us

We are engineers and automation specialists who do only one thing: process controls in manufacturing environments. A narrow focus means we are experts in one critical, complex area of your business. We provide qualified resources to support your internal team with depth of knowledge and experience. Our team has integrated DCS technology at more than 85 process plants and provided support and engineering for more than 100 businesses since we were founded in 2002.


Transparency: We work in a collaborative environment by designing an open system. We document our work (as opposed to hiding code) so any other system engineer can follow our logic. At Trident Automation, we want you to use our services because of our expertise, not because we have the only key to unlock your system.

Integrity: Innovation alone does not guarantee productivity. Our experts have proven experience in the manufacturing field and we understand how to apply innovation to your specific situation.


Jerry Wenzel, Founder and Senior Controls Engineer

JerrySmallJerry has served as lead controls engineer on numerous large process systems and is an expert in distributed control systems, process design, configuration and start up. He founded Trident Automation in 2002 after working in a variety of corporate positions. Jerry develops Trident’s continually expanding base of engineers through training and mentoring programs. He is a graduate of Milwaukee School of Engineering and an electrical engineer.

Jason D. Hurst, Principal and Senior Controls Engineer

JasonSmallJason began his career with Moore Products company as a sales representative for industrial controls systems, then as a service engineer dedicated to integrating Moore’s DCS products. In that position, he worked with more than 40 companies to support their DCS products. In 2002, he joined Jerry as the second partner in Trident Automation and continues to use his technical skills as an integrator for Trident’s customers. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin—Madison with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Don Jolly, Principal and Senior Controls Engineer

DonSmallDon has more than 20 years of experience as a process controls engineer, instrumentation and controls engineer, and field service engineer for companies and as a consulting engineer. In 2002, Don joined Jerry and Jason as the third partner in Trident Automation. He is a graduate of Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College and is a controls and instrumentation engineer.

Our Partners

Siemens OpX Control Rockwell Automation Wonderware CSIA