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Richard C. Otterbein, p.e.
Mechanical Engineer
  • Mr. Otterbein holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Newark College of Engineering, Newark, NJ and a Master of Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.


  • Mr. Otterbein is a member of the Underwriters Laboratories Inc. – Standards Technical Panel for Stationary and Fixed Electric Tools and Portable Electric Tools (ANSI/UL Standard Series) and Standard Technical Panel for Motor Operated Tools and Garden Machinery; ISO TC 39SC 4 TAG (US TAG) – Safety Woodworking Machines; American Society for Testing Materials – ASTM E34.10 Standard Development Table Saw Task Group; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; National Fire Protection Association; and the International Association of Arson Investigators.

  • Mr. Otterbein is a Vice Chairman of the American National Standards Institute ANSI 01 Standard Committee – Safety Requirements for Woodworking Machinery; Senior Member of the International Society of Automation; Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP); National Safety Council and holds the designations of Certified Fire Official/Inspector.

  • Mr. Otterbein’s professional experience includes forensic engineering investigation and evaluation of design and construction elements related to mechanical and safety engineering, including: design of machinery, operating facilities and safety control systems; independent design and safety evaluation of mechanical and electrical machine tools and equipment; design/evaluation of woodworking and metal working stationary and portable power tools.  He has experience in development and application of codes and standards applicable to woodworking and metal working power tools; design evaluation of material handling equipment and industrial trucks; accident reconstruction; independent design reviews and evaluations of precautionary labels and warnings incorporated on manufactured equipment and in product instruction manuals; technical analysis of equipment instruction manuals; design and construction of engineering models and prototypes of machinery and facilities; design and safety evaluations of fire suppression systems; cause and origin fire evaluations.

  • Prior to joining AEL Mr. Otterbein served as a Project Engineer and Project Manager for various companies in the New Jersey area. His work included design and construction of electric power plant facilities, equipment and machine operating and safety controls and instrumentation.

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