When you work with Cain Thomas Associates, Inc., you interact with one of the most customer-driven firms in the Twin Cities area. Each of the company members is focused on customer service and energy-efficient design.
We stress personal service on every project. Your project team is guaranteed to have one or more of the firm's principals as point of contact. With this type of interface, you receive the answers you need faster and more accurately than what other engineering firms can offer.
Here are our principals.
Jay J. Cain, P.E.
Jay's electrical engineering experience includes a wide variety of project and systems types. Project types range from public works facilities to educational facilities; multiple occupancy housing to houses of worship; projects also include extensive exterior electrical systems in the form of streetscapes, parks, etc. Electrical systems design types include normal power distribution and communications systems, with extensive experience in lighting design.
Jay has the classic balance between the expected conservative engineer, adhering to concepts of energy conservation, and the artistic lighting designer creating illuminated environments appealing to the eye but not disruptive to the economy. Additionally, he also designs the typical life safety and communications systems are that are present on every project. His years of experience creates engineering designs that exceed owner's expectations and keeps projects within the budget limitations.
A 1972 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology with a BSEE, Jay now serves on several boards and is an active member of the White Bear Lake Rotary Club. For several years he served on the state Board of Electricity, having been appointed by Governor Ventura.
Being associated with an electrical utility, his past involvement with Connexus Energy can be particularly helpful to clients. What better way to understand utilities and regulatory activities than to be on the board of a multi-million-dollar electrical utility?
Jay is registered in the following states: Minnesota, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Scott D. Thomas, P.E., LEED AP, BD+C
Scott joined Cain Ouse Associates in 1991 and shares full partnership with Jay Cain. Scott's extensive mechanical engineering experience crosses many types of commercial and institutional projects. He is very focused on energy-conscious and green design concepts. Many of his projects incorporate energy recovery systems and geo-source heat pump system designs.
Scott's work focus includes Vehicle Maintenance facilities, Nursing Homes, Multi-Family Housing, Churches, K-12 educational facilities, and universities. Scott has experience in many types of Educational, Gaming, and Medical facilities.
Scott is a 1984 graduate from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering. In 2015, Scott received a master of Engineeing Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland.
In addition to company societies of ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies) and USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), Scott is also a member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers), ASPE (American Society of Plumbing Engineers) and SFPE (Society of Fire Protection Engineers).
Scott is registered in the following states: Minnesota, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Ryan D. Stephans, P.E.
Ryan joined Cain Thomas Associates in 2010 and is a Mechanical Project Engineer with the company. Ryan is currently purchasing stock and will become an official shareholder at the end of the year. Ryan is a 2001 graduate from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering. Ryan is also a member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.
Ryan is a registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.