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Gary Colburn, PE

Forensic Electrical Engineer


Seattle, WA Service Center
9316 Lakeview Avenue, Bldg. 21-C
PO Box 98887
Lakewood, WA






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  • Professional summary

    Mr. Colburn has 34 years of Electrical Engineering experience including four years as a Forensic Electrical Engineer working on subrogation and liability cases discovering the cause of electrical fires in origin and cause fire examinations. In addition, he has extensive electric utility engineering experience. Specific areas of expertise are as follows: Utility Power System Engineering Design – 30 years as a utility senior electrical engineer, supervisor and manager working on everything from distribution, transmission and substation design engineering, failure analysis of high voltage equipment, utility distribution standards, system planning engineering and transmission system compliance.

    •         Distribution Engineering Design
    •         Transmission Engineering Design
    •         Substation Engineering Design
    •         Failure Analysis of High Voltage Equipment
    •         Utility Distribution Standards
    •         Transmission System Planning
    •         Distribution System Planning
    •         Transmission System Compliance
    •         Harmonics and Power Quality – trained in harmonics and the go to guy for utility customer harmonic and power quality problems while employed with Seattle City Light.
    •         Utility and customer system grounding.
    •         Power Pole Design and GeoTech Soils Engineering review
    •          Utility Vault Design
    •         Forensic Electrical Engineering – Voltage and current distortion, disturbances and surges.
    •         Product Failure Analysis – Successful in proving that the condenser fan circuit board caused the fire inside and underneath the refrigerator resulting in a $500,000 settlement.
    •         Electric Shock and Arc Flash experience on both sides, the utility and the defense of those that get injured.
    •         Expertise in IEEE standards
    •         National Electrical Code (NEC), aka. NFPA 70,
    •         NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace






  • Education

    Washington State University
    Pullman, Washington
    Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Power Option
    Pacific Lutheran University
    Tacoma, Washington
    Majoring in Engineering

  • Certifications

    State of Washington, Licensed Electrical Engineer
    State of Oregon, Licensed Electrical Engineer
    State of Idaho, Licensed Electrical Engineer

  • Disciplines
    • Engineering - Forensic Engineering
    • Engineering - Mechanical
    • Engineering - Electrical
    • Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
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