Shannon D. Ramey, P.E., CFEI

Principal Engineer
Mechanical Engineering
Seattle
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Shannon Ramey is a Principal Mechanical Engineer and Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator with over 30 years of broad experience. He has an extensive background with building mechanical systems, machinery, building design, structural analysis, and codes. He owned and operated engineering and contracting businesses for 17 years. He designed, installed, and serviced HVAC, refrigeration, and fire sprinkler systems. He has 12 years of paper industry experience with design and installation of processing equipment, automated industrial machinery, and conveyor systems; as well as safety standards for their design and operation.

Mr. Ramey specializes in forensic analysis of HVAC, refrigeration, and plumbing systems. He investigates incidents involving machinery, maritime vessels, fuel and gas piping, fire sprinkler systems, and hydraulic systems. Mr. Ramey provides litigation support and expert testimony to law firms, insurance companies and industry for property damage and personal injury events and leverages his experience in construction defect cases.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, 1987

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Washington, #28610

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Oregon, #88037PE

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Utah, #11601171-2202

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Idaho, #19343

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Montana, #PEL-PE-LIC-63292

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Arizona, #71528

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Nevada, No. 27923

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Minnesota, No. 58420

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, NAFI, No. 17300-948

Certified Commercial Energy Plans Examiner, ICBO, No. 1139716-78

Certified Commercial Energy Inspector, ICBO, No. 1139716-77

Certified Residential and Light Commercial Air Balancing Technician, National Balancing Institute

Universal Refrigeration Certification, No. 5368086610596

Publications

Presentations

Complex Construction Defect Investigations – Webinar presenter, October 2019.

Prior Experience

Principal Mechanical Engineer, Director Mechanical Engineering, Jensen Hughes (formerly CASE Forensics), Mountlake Terrace, WA, 2011 to June 2020

Principal, Rampart Engineering, Marysville, WA, 1999 to 2011

President, Rampart Mechanical Corp., Anacortes, WA, 1993 to 1999

Engineer, Commercial Heating, Inc., Mount Vernon, WA, 1992 to 1993

Engineering Group Leader, Lamb-Grays Harbor Co., Hoquiam, WA, 1980 to 1992

Professional Affiliations

International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), Member of Publications Committee – producing and updating the Illustrated Training Manuals for the plumbing and mechanical codes

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Puget Sound Chapter (ASHRAE)

National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)

International Code Council (ICC)

Project Experience

Forensic Engineering: Provides technical and litigation support to the insurance and legal communities. Conducts building materials, components, plumbing, HVAC, vehicle, heavy equipment, and mechanical systems failure analysis investigations. Assists with construction defect litigation involving plumbing, HVAC and other building systems. Provides support for product development and product failures of a variety of mechanical components and systems. Expertise in the investigation of liability cases involving personal injury, and workplace accidents. Conducts laboratory testing and analysis.

Engineering design and consulting: Conducted stress analysis of aircraft maintenance platforms, and test fixtures for 747 and 757 landing gear. Performed HVAC design for commercial and residential buildings. Responsible for numerous residential building designs and structural analyses. Examined buildings for structural safety and code compliance. Designed seismic restraints for mechanical equipment. Participated in value engineering studies for school HVAC designs. Designed automated pulp roll stretch wrapping system. Designed and installed residential fire sprinkler systems.

Mechanical contracting: Responsible for HVAC system design, estimating, project management, and business management. Performed fabrication and installation of duct systems. Installed and serviced HVAC and refrigeration systems for residential, commercial and marine applications. Designed and installed fuel gas piping, flue piping, plumbing and boiler systems. Provided air system balancing and commissioning reports. Conducted energy code plan reviews and inspections. Responsible for HVAC system design, sales, estimating, and management of large projects. Performed air balancing and installation of large sheet metal work. Supervised shop work and installation for commercial and institutional projects. Engineering Supervision: Responsible for the Forest Products, Special Products, and Development engineering groups. Led as many as 21 people. Installation and start-up engineer for automated log handling systems in Ontario, Quebec, and Japan. Implemented safety and quality control standards for design, fabrication, and operation of equipment. Inspected fabrication shops to ensure compliance. Assisted sales department with application engineering.

Project Engineer: Responsible for design of five different multi-million-dollar log and wood waste handling systems for paper mills. Supervised engineering, installation, and start-up of equipment. Prepared sales proposals for various projects. Learned PC based CAD design and drafting tools. Designed machines including electro-mechanical drives, hydraulic power units, and pneumatic systems. Interfaced with electrical control designers. Worked with subcontractors during fabrication and shop-tested developmental machines. Types of machinery: log and waste conveyors, screens, hammer mills, log decks, saws, and automated pulpwood handling equipment. Supervised designers and drafters.

Career Development, Drafter: Responsible for designs of standard and developmental machines. Supervised drafters. Worked up to that position from beginning drafter. Received full scholarship from Lamb to complete college education.

Additional skills and expertise: Use of computerized analysis and CAD tools including: AutoCAD, MathCad, Chief Architect (3D building modeling), Structural FEA (Visual Analysis), Solidworks, CHVAC, HAP (Building energy analysis). Knowledge of codes and standards including: plumbing, mechanical and ventilation codes, fire sprinkler standards, energy code, building code; NFPA, ASHRAE, ANSI and ASME standards, CFR.

Additional Information

Additional Education Training

Building Elevator Systems, CED Engineering, 2020

2015 WSEC Commercial Mechanical & Service Water Heating Systems Provisions, NEEC, 2017

Asbestos Awareness Training, Safety Unlimited, Inc., 2016

Total Pump Training, Engineered Software, Inc., 2014

2012 WSEC Commercial Mechanical Training, Western WA Chapter of ICC, 2014

Confined Space Entry Training, Argus Pacific, 2013

Construction Defects Liability in Washington, National Business Institute, 2012

National Fire, Arson, & Explosion Investigation Training Program, NAFI/NFPA, 2012

Investigation of Gas & Electric Appliance Fires, Fire Findings, Western MI University, 2012

Building Science Fundamentals, BSC, 2012

Residential Structural Design & Code Seminar, ICBO, 2003

Geothermal Heat Pump and Piping: Design, Installation, and Service, Waterfurnace Corp., 1998

Oregon Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering, 1980

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, 1987

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Washington, #28610

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Oregon, #88037PE

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Utah, #11601171-2202

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Idaho, #19343

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Montana, #PEL-PE-LIC-63292

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Arizona, #71528

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Nevada, No. 27923

Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, Minnesota, No. 58420

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, NAFI, No. 17300-948

Certified Commercial Energy Plans Examiner, ICBO, No. 1139716-78

Certified Commercial Energy Inspector, ICBO, No. 1139716-77

Certified Residential and Light Commercial Air Balancing Technician, National Balancing Institute

Universal Refrigeration Certification, No. 5368086610596