Faculty – Our Instructors

Robert J. Schutz, P.E., Mechanical Code and Technology

Robert J. Schutz, P.E.

Robert J. Schutz, P.E. is the retired Chief Building Official of the City of Powell (OH) and is currently a Consulting Engineer serving as the contract Plans Examiner and Inspector for several municipalities in central Ohio. He is a civil engineering graduate of the Ohio Northern University with post-graduate studies at the Ohio State University and University of Southern California. Bob is a registered Professional Engineer and Professional Surveyor in the State of Ohio; where is also certified as a Building Official, Plans Examiner, Mechanical Inspector, Plumbing Inspector and Electrical Safety Inspector. Bob previously served as the Chief Engineer with the State of Ohio Health Department where he supervised the Plumbing Inspection program, was the Chairman of the Plumbing Advisory Board and was a member of the Ohio Board of Building Standards. Bob instructs nationally and internationally for the International Code Council (ICC), as well as for OCR on Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Plumbing and Building codes.

James A. Richardson Jr., Plumbing Code

Jim Richardson has 30 years of experience in the plumbing/construction industry. During that time, he has experience working for non-union and union contractors, worked as a contractor, as well as experience as a plumbing inspector for a Health Department and currently a Building Department. James holds Ohio Board of Building Standards Plumbing Inspector, Plumbing Plans Examiner Certification, Residential Mechanical Inspector Certification, Commercial Mechanical Inspector Certification, as well as the ASPE CPD certification. Jim enjoys working in the plumbing industry, helping design professionals, contractors, owners, and other enforcement agencies by providing education and technical expertise to solve technical design issues.

Jim believes providing the technical education needs of the industry is essential to ensuring buildings are constructed/designed to be safe and sanitary for the occupants. Jim is an active member of ASPE, ICC, ASSE, and ASTM. He has served on ICC Plumbing Code Action Committees in 2018 and 2021. Jim has been a Trustee for the Ohio Association of Plumbing Inspectors (OAPI) for several terms as well as volunteering for their education committee each year and is the current President of the organization.

J.D. White, Electrical Code

J.D. has worked in the skilled trades industry for 47 years, starting as a jet mechanic for the US Navy. Following his discharge, he worked as a maintenance technician and later, as an electrician, his true passion. In 1990, J.D. earned his first electrical license for the City of Columbus. In 1995, he passed the State of Ohio Electrical exam. J.D. has supervised work for several electrical contractors and managed his own electrical company for 12 years.

In 1998, he found another passion, teaching electrical technology, and has taught for 21 years. In 2007, J.D. joined Columbus State Community College full time with oversight of the college’s apprenticeship partnerships and Facilities Maintenance training. During that period, apprenticeships have grown from 4 partnerships with 663 apprentices, to 10 partnerships with 1,500 apprentices earning 13,500 credit hours in one year. J.D. is a graduate of Columbus State Community College.

Currently J.D. is Electrical Program Director at Midlands Technical College, a public technical college with multiple locations in the Richland, Lexington, and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. With a student body of approximately 16,000, the college is one of South Carolina’s largest two-year colleges. J.D. is Electrical Faculty, Teaching Electrical Theory/Fundamentals, NEC Courses, Electric Takeoff/Drafting, Controls Logic, Motors, & Electronic Circuits and Components.

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