Career Opportunities in Houston Office

Madsen, Kneppers & Associates, Inc. believes in the value of developing a strong professional team able to apply creative, critical thinking to practical applications. We seek experienced professionals to join our team.

We are seeking to add a highly-motivated mid-to-senior level licensed Professional Engineer to our team of multi-disciplinary licensed engineers. The individual will have knowledge in the behavior of structural systems and their components for use in Forensic Engineering relating to residential, commercial, industrial facilities, marine and inland structures. Experience in performing failure cause & origin analysis on building systems, authoring technical reports, and construction litigation is desired. Building system types include, but not limited to, steel, concrete, masonry, wood, roofing and building envelopes.

Responsibilities and Duties include:

  • Fieldwork to document as-built conditions and damage to structural systems as a result of natural (wind, water, fire, earth movement, etc.) and/or human-induced origins (design and construction errors/omissions). Natural events can include large catastrophes such as regional floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and earthquakes.
  • Utilize building codes, technical knowledge of structural behavior, and understanding of construction practices to establish repair scope recommendations as well as cause and origin analyses.
  • Evaluate design drawings and documentation.
  • Communicate with Clients, interface with code officials and contractors and provide detailed reports.
  • Manage multiple project assignments, executing them on time and within budget.
  • Retention and development of Client relationships.
  • Willing to travel, as needed, on short notice.

Education and Experience requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering or Architectural Engineering from an ABET accredited program required.  
  • Texas Licensed Professional Engineer through NCEES examination.  Multiple state registrations (or ability to obtain) a plus.  Minimum 5 Years Structural Engineering experience in design or other background that promotes an understanding of structural behavior.
  • Knowledge of national building and construction codes (ICC, ASCE, AISC, ACI, NDS, etc.)
  • Knowledge and experience of structural engineering concepts, principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of multiple types of construction, a plus. 
  • Field experience.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in providing Litigation Support including Expert Testimony at Depositions and/or Trial, Mediation and Arbitration proceedings, desirable.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States and have a good driving record.

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We are seeking to add a highly-motivated entry level Construction Cost Estimator/ Construction Consultant to our team of multi-disciplinary consultants. The individual will have knowledge in performing detailed take-offs of property conditions, estimating for projects utilizing Xactimate and other estimating software for residential, commercial, industrial facilities, marine and inland structures.

Responsibilities and Duties include:

  • Field work to document as-built conditions and extent of damage to structures as a result of natural (wind, water, fire, earth movement, etc.) and/or human induced origins (design and construction errors/omissions). Natural events can include large catastrophes such as regional floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
  • Produce accurate repair/ replacement estimates from repair scopes using conceptual and schematic drawings, field notes and photographs.
  • Research of historical data and pricing in the development of repair and replacement cost estimates.
  • Develop general and special conditions costs.
  • Willing to travel nationwide, as needed, on short notice at times.

Education and Experience requirements:

  • Analytical and interpretive skills in preparing comprehensive and accurate construction cost estimates (detailed and conceptual).
  • On site construction experience is desirable.
  • Experience in property loss estimating is desirable.
  • Experience with Xactimate, RS Means, Microsoft Excel and Word, on-screen takeoff software and other construction estimating software.
  • Excellent math and computational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States for any employer and have a good driving record.

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We are seeking to add a highly-motivated mid-to-senior level Professional Engineer to our team of multi-disciplinary engineers in the Dallas, Texas office. The Engineer will conduct field investigations and perform failure/accident analysis for electrical equipment and/or mechanical equipment and processes through construction knowledge and engineering principles.  Electrical equipment types included, but not limited to low, medium and high voltage switchgear, panelboards and transformers, data and communication systems, fire alarm systems, lighting systems, electrical appliances, etc. Facilities types include power generating and distribution systems, commercial and industrial facilities, municipal buildings and infrastructure assets, and residential properties.

Responsibilities and Duties include:

  • Field work to document as-built conditions and damage to electrical systems and equipment as a result of natural (wind, water, fire, earth movement, etc.) and/or human induced origins (design, construction errors/omissions and product defects). Natural events can include large catastrophes such as regional floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
  • Utilize building codes, technical knowledge, and understanding of construction practices to establish repair scope recommendations as well as cause and origin analyses.
  • Evaluate design drawings and documentation.
  • Provide electrical support for the fire origin and cause consultants/engineers to determine electrical causes of fires, a plus.
  • Communicate with clients, interface with code officials and contractors to address construction issues and provide detailed reports.
  • Manage multiple project assignments, executing them on time and within budget.
  • Retention and development of Client relationships.
  • Willing to travel, as needed, on short notice at times.

Education and Experience requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from an ABET accredited program required.
  • Minimum 10 Years Electrical Engineering experience in design or other background that promotes an understanding of electrical systems and equipment.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas through NCEES examination. Multiple state registrations (or ability to obtain) a plus.
  • Knowledge of national building and construction codes (ICC, NEC, NFPA, etc.)
  • Knowledge and experience of electrical engineering concepts, principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of multiple types of construction, a plus.
  • Knowledge of estimating electrical equipment designs and installations, a plus.
  • Field experience.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in providing Litigation Support including Expert Testimony at Depositions and/or Trial, Mediation and Arbitration proceedings, desirable.
  • Existing Client base and business development experience is a strong plus.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States and have a good driving record.

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We are seeking to add a highly-motivated mid-to-senior level licensed Professional Engineer to our team of multi-disciplinary licensed engineers. The individual will have knowledge in the behavior of mechanical equipment and building/process systems and their components for use in forensic engineering relating to residential, commercial, industrial facilities, marine and inland structures. Experience in performing failure cause & origin analysis on building systems, authoring technical reports, and construction litigation is desired. Mechanical equipment and systems types include, but not limited to, HVAC systems, boilers, industrial gas systems, plumbing systems, machinery & process equipment, fire protection systems, etc.

Responsibilities and Duties include:

  • Fieldwork to document as-built conditions and damage to mechanical systems as a result of natural (wind, water, fire, earth movement, etc.) and/or human-induced origins (design, construction errors/omissions and product defects). Natural events can include large catastrophes such as regional floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and earthquakes.
  • Utilize building codes, technical knowledge of mechanical systems and understanding of construction practices to establish repair scope recommendations as well as cause and origin analyses.
  • Evaluate design drawings and documentation.
  • Communicate with Clients, interface with code officials and contractors and provide detailed reports.
  • Manage multiple project assignments, executing them on time and within budget.
  • Retention and development of Client relationships.
  • Willing to travel, as needed, on short notice at times.

Education and Experience requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from an ABET accredited program required.
  • Minimum 10 Years Mechanical Engineering experience in design or other background that promotes an understanding of mechanical systems.
  • State of Texas Licensed Professional Engineer through NCEES examination. Multiple state registrations (or ability to obtain) a plus.
  • Knowledge of national building and construction codes (ICC, etc.)
  • Knowledge and experience of mechanical engineering concepts, principles and practices including HVAC, Boilers and fire protection systems.
  • Knowledge of multiple types of construction, a plus.
  • Knowledge of estimating mechanical equipment designs and installations, a plus.
  • Field experience.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in providing litigation support including expert testimony at depositions and/or trial, mediation and arbitration proceedings, desirable.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States and have a good driving record

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We are seeking to add a highly-motivated Construction Cost Estimator to our team of multi-disciplinary consultants. The individual will have knowledge in performing detailed take-offs of property conditions, estimating for medium to large projects utilizing Xactimate and other estimating software for residential, commercial, industrial facilities, marine and inland structures. Experience in document review and analyses of schedules, contracts, change orders, daily construction reports, authoring technical reports.

Responsibilities and Duties include:

  • Field work to document as-built conditions and extent of damage to structures as a result of natural (wind, water, fire, earth movement, etc.) and/or human induced origins (design and construction errors/omissions). Natural events can include large catastrophes such as regional floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
  • Produce accurate repair/ replacement estimates from repair scopes using conceptual and schematic drawings, field notes and photographs.
  • Research of historical data and pricing in the development of repair and replacement cost estimates.
  • Assess potential exposure/construction risk and be able to appropriately analyze cost and reflect these in an estimate.
  • Develop general and special conditions costs.
  • Analyses of third party estimates and proposals.
  • Perform research to support opinions.
  • Communicate with clients, interface with code officials and contractors to address construction issues to develop estimates and prepare reports.
  • Retention and development of client relationships.
  • Willing to travel nationwide, as needed, on short notice at times.

Education and Experience requirements:

  • 10 + years of experience (variety of public and private projects) from $5 million+.
  • Proven analytical and interpretive skills in preparing comprehensive and accurate construction cost estimates (detailed and conceptual).
  • Membership with ASPE and AACE International desired along with Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) certification preferred.
  • On site construction experience is desirable.
  • Experience in property loss estimating is desirable.
  • Extensive experience with Xactimate, RS Means, Microsoft Excel and Word, on-screen takeoff software and other construction estimating software.
  • Excellent math and computational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States for any employer and have a good driving record.

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