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James (Chris) Andres, CFEI, PE

Senior Forensic Engineer


Owosso Service Center (EFI Global)
1950 Sequoia Trail



Telephone 2





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  • Professional summary

    Mr. Andres is a Senior Forensic Engineer with over 40 years of mechanical and electrical engineering experience including forensic experience in cases involving electrical and mechanical failures in automotive, appliances and electronics, HVAC, lightning strikes, power surges, boilers, heating and cooling systems, product liability evaluation, and fire suppression sprinkler systems. He has investigated a utility-sized photovoltaic solar farm in Mexico for hurricane related damages. He has investigated utility sized wind turbines for mechanical and electrical sources of ignition in fire related assignments as well as gearbox and bearing failures. He has investigated residential foundation settling and fire-damage claims and provided cost estimates for structural, industrial and medical equipment losses due to fire, wind, storm surge and hail damage. He has also investigated the mechanical and/or electrical origin and cause of fire damaged properties and is certified by NAFI-IAFI as a fire investigator. He has eight years of experience in yield enhancement process engineering in Texas Instruments 300-mm Semiconductor Wafer Fab which involved data gathering thru systematic inspection of semiconductor product, investigation and analysis of random and systematic defects. He also served as an Equipment Engineer responsible for the specifications, installation and maintenance of multi-million-dollar inspection equipment used in semi-conductor manufacturing. He has over 22 years of experience in the design, analysis and manufacture of high-performance equipment for military customers while employed by Texas Instruments Defense Equipment Group.

    Areas of Expertise Include:

    • Water Intrusion
    • Chilled Water Systems
    • Boiler and Heating Systems
    • HVAC Evaluation
    • Automotive Evaluation
    • Electrical Equipment Evaluation
    • Product Liability Testing
    • Digital Electronics and Computer Hardware
    • Hail Damage Assessment
    • Commercial and Residential Roofing
    • Lightning Damage Assessment
    • Machine Design and Fabrication
    • Swimming Pools
    • Commercial Buildings
  • Education

    Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH, 1978

  • Certifications

    Mr. Andres has passed both national Professional Engineering exams for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

    Professional Engineer, State of Connecticut, License # 27020

    Professional Engineer, State of Delaware, License # 19619

    Professional Engineer, District of Columbia, License # PE905705

    Professional Engineer, State of Illinois, License # 062.061548

    Professional Engineer, State of Indiana, License # PE11012357

    Professional Engineer, State of Iowa, License # 20014

    Professional Engineer, State of Kentucky, License # 27112

    Professional Engineer, State of Maine, License # PE13236

    Professional Engineer, State of Maryland, License # 41157

    Professional Engineer, State of Massachusetts, License # 48808

    Professional Engineer, State of Michigan, License # 6201055815

    Professional Engineer, State of Minnesota, License # 48135

    Professional Engineer, State of Missouri, License # 2010008949

    Professional Engineer, State of New Jersey, License # GE48889

    Professional Engineer, State of New York, License # 089842-1

    Professional Engineer, State of North Dakota, License # PE-7318

    Professional Engineer, State of Ohio, License # E-74523

    Professional Engineer, State of Pennsylvania, License # PE077452

    Professional Engineer, State of South Dakota, License # 13498

    Professional Engineer, State of Texas, License # 74903

    Professional Engineer, State of Virginia, License # 0402046368

    Professional Engineer, State of Wisconsin, License # E-40307-006

  • Disciplines
    • Engineering - Forensic Engineering
    • Engineering - Mechanical
    • Engineering - Electrical
    • Engineering - Roof Assessments
    • Fire Investigations
    • Fire Investigations - Failure Analysis
    • Fire Investigations - Origin and Cause
    • Fire Investigations - Subrogation
    • Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
    • Engineering - Electrical Components
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