James Sowinski, P.E.

Team Leader / Consulting Engineer II


Years of Experience:  24


Education & Licenses:

  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1992, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of Ohio and Texas


Areas of Specialization:

  • Fitness-For-Service and Remaining Life Assessments
  • ASME Code Compliance Calculations for Pressure Vessel and Piping Equipment
  • ASME Piping Code Flexibility Analysis
  • Engineering Training Program Development and Management
  • Piping Hot Tap Evaluations
  • Troubleshooting, Problem Solving, and Technical Support for Shutdowns
  • Project Consulting and Development of Technical Specifications
  • Vessel and Fitness-For-Service Training


Mr. Sowinski has experience in both plant and corporate environments. He has provided plant engineering support to maintenance and inspection personnel in both the refining and power utility industries. His plant experience in start-up, normal operation, and shutdown environments along with his stress analysis and mechanical design experience has enabled him to develop advanced skills in solving a wide range of industry problems.

Mr. Sowinski provides Fitness-For-Service evaluations in accordance with API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 to extend equipment life as well as design an analysis of pressure-containing equipment to evaluate mechanical integrity and improve availability. He performs pressure vessel and heat exchanger design and re-rate calculations utilizing the ASME B&PV Code Section VIII, Divisions 1 and 2 and industry standards. He also performs pipe stress analyses in accordance with ASME B31.3 evaluating new and existing piping system layout, debottleneck design conditions, and piping vibrations. Mr. Sowinski is The Equity Engineering Group, Inc. quality control manager for its “R” Certificate of Authorization issued by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors.

Mr. Sowinski performs design reviews for pressure vessels as part of major refinery capital projects, including expansions, revamps, and de-bottlenecking projects. He develops and manages training programs for refinery and petrochemical plant engineers and has instructed courses for pressure vessels and Fitness-For-Service.

Mr. Sowinski was involved in the development of the 2007 ASME B&PV Code, Section VIII, Division 2 pressure vessel code. He was a contributing author of ASME PTB –1 Section VIII – Division 2 Criteria and Commentary and primary author of ASME PTB-3 Section VIII – Division 2 Example Problem Manual and PTB-4, Section VIII – Division 1 Example Problem Manual. Mr. Sowinski serves as the Vice Chairman on the ASME BPV VIII Subgroup on Design and is a member of the Subgroup on General Requirements.