Carter Matheson Quillen, P.E.



Carter Matheson Quillen is a 4 year veteran of the United States Coast Guard, a BSME graduate engineer from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida and has been a registered professional engineer in Tennessee since 2002. He is a past president of the Space Coast ASHRAE chapter as well as an award-winning conservation contractor in several utility company programs.

Mr. Quillen was a certified mechanical contractor, solar contractor, and energy auditor for over 15 years where he performed thousands of residential and commercial HVAC&R system performance analyses, building envelope evaluations, and completed hundreds of energy efficiency upgrades. He is an expert in solar thermal and photovoltaic applications and was the testing engineer for the Florida Solar Energy Center’s certification programs for two years.

His industrial experience includes 5 years as a mechanical systems engineer for ground support facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, (CCAFS) and the Kennedy Space Center, (KSC) where he was involved in optimizing the energy efficiency of numerous industrial /commercial systems. Carter was also the facilities engineer at a large manufacturing facility in Johnson City Tennessee where he designed and managed capital improvements on process and comfort cooling systems and other utilities projects.

Carter has provided mechanical consulting services to a wide variety of commercial, industrial, and government clients, including the Florida Solar Energy Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, NASA, the US Air Force, the D.O.E and the US Department of State. He was also the Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing, (MEP), construction administrator for the construction of Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida, which at the time, was the largest commercial construction project in the country. He has worked as an independent contractor and clean energy advocate since 2007.



Self Employed: Registered Professional Engineer

Provide MEP design and other professional engineering services. 9/07-present

MEP Construction Administrator

CannonDesign, Ave Maria, Florida.

Provide full time MEP construction administration for the building of the Ave Maria University in SW Florida. 5/06-9/07

Facilities Engineer

American Water Heater Company, Johnson City, Tennessee.

Design and project manage building and process equipment capital improvements including optimization of plant pneumatic, comfort and process HVAC systems and specialty refrigeration. I also provided misc. technical support to production and maintenance staff including preventive maintenance procedure development and technician training. 5/03-5/06

Self Employed: Development

Developed riverside campground, Jonesborough, Tennessee including permitting, site work, plumbing, electrical hookups, opening and operation for 3 years. 6/99-7/04

Active Florida Certified Mechanical Contractor

Engineered Service Co., Cocoa, Florida.

Operated my own HVACR&S service company performing commercial and residential HVAC&R and solar thermal design, installation and service.

Sold company to Service Experts, a national HVAC consolidator in 6/99. 1/87-5/99

Asst. Professor of HVAC&R Technology

Brevard Community College, Cocoa, Florida.

Taught vocational and associates degree classes in HVAC&R technology. Developed new curriculum components including a very useful HVAC performance testing protocol and a solar water heating module. 1/95-8/99

Research Engineer

FloridaSolar Energy Center, Cocoa, Florida.

Testing and Operation division. Responsible for testing solar collectors to ASHRAE 93 and 95 protocols for state certification program.

Design and implement test facility modifications, review applications for system approval and participate in technical committees for numerous solar research projects. 8/90-9/92

Mechanical Systems Engineer

Pan American World Services Inc, CCAFS, Florida.

I started as an engineering Intern thru the F.I.T. cooperative education program, then became a maintenance engineer, a complexes engineer and last worked as a senior mechanical systems engineer.

My primary work was in preventive maintenance and capital equipment improvements on ground support facilities for the Titan Missile program.

This encompassed energy managements systems, HVAC&R equipment, compressed gas, process pneumatics, clean rooms, and other systems. 6/85-8/88

Memberships and Associations

  • Former Senior Member, Association of Energy Engineers
  • Former Member, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, & A/C Engineers, (ASHRAE).(Past President, Space Coast Chapter)
  • Former member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Basics Qualified, (BQ) U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 17-6, Cocoa, Fl.
  • Member, BoatUS

Other Qualifications

  • EPA “Universal” certifications for CFC handling
  • NFPA sprinkler system training certificate
  • FSEC Class I Energy Rater Certificate (Helped develop and taught the course)
  • FSEC commercial solar design certificate
  • Tn. Certified propane handler
  • Former Top Secret Security Clearances 
  • Proficient in the use of AutoCAD, Word, Excel,  (Type 45 wpm)
  • U.S. Coast Guard 50 ton Masters credential with towing endorsement
  • Strong ability to learn new systems and procedures quickly and apply fundamental engineering principles to analyze and optimize them.

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Carter M. Quillen
P.O. Box 1201
Elizabethton, TN 37644


The 1st District covers all of Carter, Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties and parts of Jefferson and Sevier counties.

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