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Welding Engineer Services

Welding Engineer Services: Materials & Metallurgical

Every materials failure has an origin that can be found, and every materials failure can be prevented through proper inspection and design. This is also true for welding. Our materials experts have the knowledge and experience to fully analyze welds that have potential flaws, analyze welds that have failed, and provide next steps to solve the issue at hand.

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Identifying Origin & Root-Cause Failures in Welding 

Finding the root cause of an issue is the reason we’re in business. Our materials and metallurgical experts have extensive knowledge and expertise in welding. When a failure with a weld occurs, we can identify the root cause, so you can implement a fix and prevent future weld failures from occurring.


Welding Procedures, Inspections & Qualifications

Our experts use various instruments to measure the integrity of the weld, and they report on how much strain the weld can withstand before it fails. Whether you’re concerned about whether a weld has been done correctly or thoroughly or need weld certifications to be code-compliant, we’ll provide you with a preventative analysis of welds that offers peace of mind. 

Our testing capabilities include (but are not limited to): 

  • Micro- and macro-hardness testing

  • Stress testing

  • Nondestructive testing (NDT)

  • Materials composition identification

  • Scanning-electron microscopy

  • Digital-scanning microscopy

  • Finite-element analysis 

Why choose us for your welding project?

We have deep experience in the discipline; we’ve been offering this service since Kent Engineering company was founded. We go in-depth in our analysis, and we look at the composition of the weld (beyond merely looking at the weld with the naked eye). Knowing how good the weld is allows us to recommend how to create a better weld going forward.


Our experts


Mike York, MS, P.E., Materials Engineer

Mike is a senior engineer with more than 39 years in the field. He received his bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering and his master’s degree in material science, both from Oregon State University. He’s also a registered professional engineer in the state of Oregon. Mike focuses his consulting in failure analysis of materials and mechanical systems; materials testing and evaluation; weld testing and procedures; examination of fractures, components, and surfaces; and inspection of various accident types, including vehicles for motor vehicle accident reconstruction, performing speed, time, distance, and reaction-time calculations for reconstruction. Mike is also experienced in fire origin and cause analysis. He specializes in mechanical testing of materials, imaging of airbag control modules using CDR/Bosch instrumentation, fracture analysis, and slip-resistance measurements of walking surfaces using variable incidence tribometer (VIT). In his career, Mike has provided expert testimony in more than 100 trials and depositions.


Randy Kent, MS, P.E., Principal

Founder and principal of Kent Engineering, Randy Kent is a registered professional engineer with more than 32 years of experience in failure analysis and mechanical engineering forensics. His expertise has been sought in developing the industry-standard ASM Handbook series and International Fatigue Congress publications, and he has over 100 depositions, trials, and arbitrations to his name. In addition to his work at Kent Engineering, Randy is a professor of materials engineering for upper-level engineering students at the University of Washington, as well an advisor of curriculum development for Haward Technology Middle East. Randy holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in metallurgical engineering, both from the University of Washington. In his free time, Randy can be found spending time with his wife, kids, and grandkids. He loves all adventures, but especially enjoys fishing, hunting, and exploring on his boat. Get to know Randy and read more about his experience.

Brad Capatch, P.E., Mechanical Engineer

Brad is a well-rounded mechanical engineering expert, focusing his efforts in the areas of plumbing system analysis, crane and hoist engineering, and forensics. Brad’s experience includes failure analysis, process engineering, welding engineering, corrosion engineering, product design in manufacturing, and the construction industry. Brad has also worked in research and development of heavy-lift equipment, including weld development and mechanical systems. His experience extends to forensics in the maritime (large and small diesel engines), construction defects (HVAC, plumbing, structural), crane and heavy equipment, piping systems, product defects, recreational equipment, and power industries.


Michael Leach, Mechanical Engineer

Micheal Leach is a mechanical engineer and project manger. Micheal graduated from North Dakota State University, and is completing his master’s degree at MSME University of Washington. Micheal leads forensic and other consulting projects, facilitates site and laboratory investigations, and conducts modeling, stress analysis, and finite-element analysis (FEA). Michael has managed and provided technical support on various heavy machinery, process piping, and vehicle-failure cases. Prior to consulting, Michael spent time at a heavy machinery and agricultural machinery manufacturer in North Dakota overseeing design and R&D processes. Michael also played four years of Division 1 baseball at NDSU.