Mitch Rackers, P.E.

Mechanical Engineer

Cell: 314-779-9151

Office: 636-332-6464

Fax: 636-332-6445

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Representative Service Areas

  • Accident Investigation and Reconstruction
  • Fire and Explosion Causation
  • Product and System Evaluation

Professional Registrations & Certifications

  • Licensed Professional Engineer
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (NAFI-CFEI)
  • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI)
  • Missouri Class “A” Commercial Vehicle Driver License (CDL)
  • Asbestos Operations & Maintenance (OSHA)
  • HAZWOPER - Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response (OSHA)
  • Certified Aerial Lift Operator (OSHA)


Bachelor of Science – 1993
Mechanical Engineering
University of Missouri – Rolla
Rolla, Missouri
Magna Cum Laude

Mitch graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1993 and is a licensed professional engineer in several states. Upon obtaining his engineering degree, Mitch performed thermodynamic and economic analysis for coal fired, combined cycle and nuclear power plants. He later took on the role of a product development engineer, developing and testing cast and machined automotive structural components. He then moved into the position of a senior design engineer for a heavy equipment manufacturer evaluating and rectifying premature failures and addressing various manufacturing concerns on a large mining vehicle product. In 2000, Mitch founded a consulting company that specialized in the design and development of ferrous and non-ferrous cast structural components in the automotive sector.

Since joining Schaefer Engineering in 2009, Mitch has provided engineering consulting services in the areas of vehicular accident investigation and reconstruction, product and system failure analysis, and has been involved in the determination of fire and explosion causation on many commercial, residential, equipment, and vehicular fire losses. Mitch also plays a vital role in applying new technology and innovation to forensic engineering investigations.

In addition to his professional experience, Mitch has a background in residential construction, automotive repair and tinkering with all things mechanical. A substantial portion of his experience originates from his participation in a couple of family businesses, including home construction and the operation of an automotive repairs garage. Mitch is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Tau Beta Pi (the national engineering honor society).

Representative Areas of Expertise

  • Accident Reconstruction and Investigation
  • 3D Data Collection & Modeling
  • Event Data Recorder Collection & Analysis
  • Commercial and Residential Gas-Fired Equipment
  • Solid Fuel Burning Appliances
  • Product and System Failure Analysis
  • Vehicle and Agriculture Equipment Failures and Fires
  • Construction Equipment Evaluations
  • Large Loss Investigations

Publications | Patents

Co-author, SAE Paper # 00M-19 {March 2000}, “Austemper Ductile Iron Casting for Chassis Applications”

“Best in class” Casting Award, 2003 AFS Casting Congress, Mustang Cobra Independent Rear Suspension Upper Control Arms.

Chapter Contributor, Chapter 13 “Cycle Performance Impact”, Power Plant Engineering by Black & Veatch

Rackers, et al.; Anchoring sleeve assembly and method of use; United States Patent 7708124; May 4, 2010

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Tau Beta Pi - National Engineering Honor Society
  • Pi Tau Sigma - International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
  • National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)