Kays Engineering Management Team

Ed Kays, President

Ed founded Kays Engineering, Inc. in 1980 as a welding and machinery repair shop and quickly grew the business into a designer and builder of custom machinery for the automotive industry. Before founding Kays Engineering, Ed worked as a manufacturing engineer for two local manufacturing companies.

Ed is a native of Marshall, Missouri and holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Missouri State University in Springfield.

Matt Kays, Vice President - Business Development

Previous to joining Kays Engineering full-time in 2013, Matt was a Fluid Systems Engineer for three years with General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut. His work included designing fluid piping systems for nuclear-powered submarines; he was also the lead design engineer for four different systems for the S6G Moored Training Ship.

During his summer breaks while attending the University of Missouri, where he obtained a BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2007 and an MBA in 2009, Matt worked as a Design Engineer for Kays Engineering where he created machine assembly drawings and floor layouts of machines.

Rob Castle, Engineering Manager

Rob Castle

As team lead of Kays electrical and mechanical engineers and technicians, Rob oversees the design and build of the company’s precision deep hole drilling machines and related systems. Prior to joining Kays Engineering in 1997, Rob served as the Fabrication Group Supervisor for Eaton Corporation where he led the company’s prototype and manufacturing at its Engine Air Management Operations product engineering and R&D facility. Rob’s experience also includes a position as Engineering Technician for Stahl Speciality Company.

Rob received his BS in Industrial Technology / Management from the University of Central Missouri in 1982. In the same year, he was awarded the Noel B. Grinstead Award for Outstanding Student in the College of Applied Science and Technology.

Darrell Fiegenbaum, Electrical Controls Engineer

After completing his BS with dual major in Electronic Technologies and Biology from the University of Central Missouri in 1977, Darrell was immediately employed as an NC service manager with Stahl Specialty Company, a permanent mold aluminum foundry. In his 27 years of service with Stahl Specialty, he was responsible for programming and maintenance of over 50 CNC machining centers and several coordinate measurement machines in a 24/7 operation.

Seeing the need to change, Darrell accepted an opportunity to work as a controls engineer with Kays Engineering in 2004. His duties are to design the technologically advanced electrical control systems on DeHoff and Eldorado drilling machines.