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Gary Colburn, PE

Principal 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 over 39 years of Electrical Engineering experience including nine years as a Forensic Electrical Engineer working on subrogation and liability cases discovering the cause of electrical fires in origin and cause fire examinations.  He has extensive electric utility engineering experience. Specific areas of expertise are as follows:  Utility Power System Engineering Design – 30 years as a utility Principal Power Systems Electrical Engineer, supervisor and engineering manager working on everything from distribution, transmission, substation design and project management, failure analysis of high voltage equipment, utility distribution standards, utility locating review, system planning, transmission system compliance, power quality, system harmonics analysis, cost estimating, and legal defense of the Seattle City Light.

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Electrical Power, Utility Engineering
    • Forensic Electrical Engineering
    • Electric Shock and Arc Flash representing the utility and the defense of those that get injured.
    • National Electrical Code (NEC), aka. NFPA 70
    • NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
    • Arc Flash and Arc Blast
    • National Electrical Safety Code (NESC)



  • Education

    Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, Power Option, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

  • Certifications

    Professional Electrical Engineer, State of Washington, License #26471

    Professional Electrical Engineer, State of Oregon, License #90151PE

    Professional Electrical Engineer, State of Idaho, License #P-16599

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