Electrical / Controls

Our Electrical and Controls Group includes Registered Electrical, Controls, and Instrumentation Engineers supported by our Fire/Explosion Investigators, Architects, and Materials experts. These experts have designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained electrical equipment, wiring, utility systems, controls and instrumentation, lighting, grounding systems and a variety of consumer, commercial, and automotive electrical products.

Our experts are especially experienced in safety and security design, warning, and interlocking procedures, since these are often the root causes of electrocutions, shocks, fires, explosions, and injury/deaths due to inadvertent equipment operation. We rely extensively on applicable national and local standards – most notably the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and the NESC (National Electric Safety Code).

First NameLast NameTitleCV Abstract
James R.Heyl, PESenior Electrical Engineer Licensed Engineer in Michigan
Industrial equipment; material handling systems; automation and robotic systems; power supplies; control systems; computer and PLC programming; quality control and safety; manufacturing operations; facilities construction and maintenance; electrical fires and explosions for equipment, structures, and vehicles; switchgear and substations; automated machinery; safety, predictive, and preventive maintenance programs; conveyor systems; safety interlocks; safety violations; instrumentation systems; AC/DC motors; code compliance; marina electrical systems; underground electrical distribution; welding systems; test cells; lighting systems including sport facilities and roadways.
Norman B.HochfeldSenior Electrical ExpertPlant engineering; industrial equipment design, installation and maintenance; controls and instrumentation; PLC and CNC logic; electrical distribution systems; facility security systems; fire protection systems; life safety automation systems; communication systems; motors and controllers; power monitors; material handling and processing equipment; computer and data processing systems; lightning and cathodic protection; pneumatic and electronic controllers; HVAC including chillers, boilers, and air handlers; dust and fume collection systems; elevators; lockout/tag-out procedures; personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements; wiring and labeling classifications; robotic systems; fiber optics; consumer electronic equipment repairs.
Rollie L.Robert, PESenior Electrical EngineerLicensed Engineer in Michigan, Massachusetts, Provinces of Ontario, Quebec U.S. and Canadian Codes and Standards; building construction; electrical equipment design, defects and damage; electrical interlocks and safeguarding; underground pipes and tanks; building electrical costs; facilities/equipment electrical design and construction; risk assessments; code compliance; electrical power and controls; electrical design safety; field safety procedures; electrical maintenance requirements; fire and security systems; electrical distribution systems; lighting systems; electric generation facilities; power security; communication systems.
Eric A.Tolles, PEElectrical EngineerLicensed Engineer in Ohio, Michigan
Industrial machinery; facilities engineering and maintenance; quality control and safety; PLC and computer control applications; electrical, control, and instrumentation systems; pick and place units; automation and robotic systems; material handling and conveyor systems; automotive, steel, food, chemical, glass manufacturing and refinery operations; systems maintenance, troubleshooting, and startup; position control; production monitoring; Man Machine Interface (MMI); alarms; tank controls; furnaces; paint equipment; personnel safety detection; humidity control; plastic extrusion; test systems; communication systems; electrical interlocks (lockout/tagout) and safeguarding; code compliance.
William W.Whitworth, PEUtility Line/Pole Expert and Electrical EngineerPower poles and overhead and underground electric power lines; NESC code requirements; wood pole analysis; pole loading, guying, and buckling; material failure analysis; compliance audits; conductor sag and tension; conductor blowouts; fuse coordination; fault studies; circuit loading; voltage drop analysis; capacitor bank and control; system reliability indices; system reliability; improvement recommendations; system inventories; inspections; mapping; underground and overhead distribution systems; engineering policies; programmable capacitor controls; guy/anchor failures; easements; estimates; training seminars.
Scott M.Yano, PEElectrical and Medical Equipment ExpertInspect electrical/medical equipment for design defects, damage, or misuse; review equipment requirements and specifications; evaluate maintenance requirements and implementation; inspect power supplies, electrical components, wiring, instrumentation, and controls, including design, installation, and utilization: review software programming; assess wireless (RF) and sound controlled equipment performance; evaluate the effects of electromagnetic fields on equipment and personnel.