CSM Automation
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CSM Automation is a different kind of electrical contractor company. Yes, we will replace your ballasts and run your conduit. We excel at that. What really sets us apart is our knowledge in instrumentation, commercial and industrial electrical work as well as process control. We are the first company in Minnesota that the owner is both licensed to do electrical work and certified through the ISA (International Society of Automation). This puts us in a unique position to take care of our customers.

A brief history of where our business idea came from… In 2008, after Samuel completed his electrical training through the IBEW, he was laid off with 2,000 other electricians from his local in Michigan and told work would not be returning for the foreseeable future. This was not acceptable to this new journeyman. So when the IBEW told him of instrument and control jobs with more work than they could man down in Texas, he jumped at the opportunity to add this knowledge, these “tools” to his proverbial tool belt. Samuel started industrial instrumentation and quickly learned the new role. This new role opened the entire country to him and he traveled and learned his craft.

After working job after job all across our great country, Samuel had a new opportunity in front of him. A place he had not been to, beautiful Minnesota. Samuel started working in the area and fell in love with everything about it. From his small church, to the parks and the sense of community, he knew that he had found his home. Shortly after this, he met a beautiful and talented woman who would soon become his wife and business partner Catherine McCarty. Catherine left SSJ Consulting to start CSM Automation. Her administrative and business management expertese are why CSM Automation could even start. 

After several years in Minnesota, and a small family addition, Samuel had the requisite seven years-experience for one of the the peak certifications in the instrument and control field, he tested and passed the International Society of Automation, Certified Control System Technician level II. Training complete, Samuel and Catherine were ready to start CSM Automation.


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We at CSM Automation know that finding the right electrical professional  to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free initial consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.

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Meet the owners,

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Catherine McCarty

Catherine is our CEO and loves to help our clients. Catherine is hands on at CSM Automation with the day to day activities from answering enquiries to the management of procedures.

After graduation from Alexandria High School, she went to the local college where she studied accounting and payroll. She worked for an independent marketing consultant where she helped implement new marketing and business strategies. During her studies, she felt led to helping clients more hands on and started her nursing career. Catherine worked for Douglas County Hospice and Home Health where she learned how to give compassionate and individualized care while maintaining proper documentation and safety procedures. 

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Alexandria Technical College Accounting and Payroll

Activities & Affiliations

•Women's outreach and hospitality team
• Local volunteer opportunites




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Samuel T McCarty CCST II

Samuel is our chief technology officer and is passionate about instrumentation, control and electrical work. As our chief technology officer, Samuel is constantly on the look out through his professional networking with the ISA and IBEW for ways to increase instrument reliability and production process control.



IBEW local 8 electrical training
March 2004-March 2008

Electrical Power and Research Institute
Port Neeches Texas

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Activities & Affiliations

• ISA Twin Cities board of Directors
• Chapel Hill Church men's ministry team. 

Additional training and certifications

• cGMP trained (2013) Allen Bradley RS Logix and control logix I,II (2014) Fisher valve school I,II (2017) Emerson wireless technology (2017) Vega levels (2016) Yokagawa Levels (2011) Emerson pressure and temperature (2016) Emerson/Saab level III (2017)... More available upon request.