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Building Forensic Engineer

  • Job reference: NA-001587
  • Sector: Buildings, Emergency Management, Government
  • Location: Alexandria, Calverton

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Atkins has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.
 
Globally, Atkins is the largest UK-based engineering and design consultancy and one of the world's largest design firms with nearly 18,000 employees worldwide. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.
 
Atkins seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join either our Calverton, MD or Alexandria, VA office as a Building Science/Forensic Engineer
 
Under supervision, applies technical professional proficiency to the investigation of engineering problems, the coordination of project activities, and the preparation of preliminary documents. Candidate will provide contract support to the FEMA Mitigation and Building Science program through the application of forensic engineering, building code development, hazard resistant design guides and post-disaster field studies.
 
 
JOB DUTIES
 
Performs work which involves review of documents, assessment of structures after natural hazard disasters, development of presentations and course materials, review and development of building codes and standards, and creation of best practice documents.
 
Designs and develops plans and drawings, which may include the development of preliminary layout and/or final drawings.
 
Organizes and conducts engineering investigations and planning work which have a well-defined scope. Outlines and prepares relatively straightforward reports of sections of more complex reports, working under the periodic review of a more experienced professional.
 
Provides engineering services during construction activities by reviewing shop drawings for conformance with specifications; prepares records and progress reports defining construction progress; observes construction procedures under the guidance of a more experienced professional, and evaluates the results from quality control testing.
 
Researches feasibility of alternative design approaches, site conditions, and regulatory agency specifications.
 
Contributes to the development of specifications and permit applications, and writes miscellaneous reports.
 
Prepares preliminary man-hour, cost and material quantity estimates.
 
Participates in quality control checks, maintaining quality standards in all work produced, checking computations, and/or reviewing designs and drawings performed by others.
 
Coordinates with other disciplines as required.
 
Performs field observations of construction where appropriate.
 
Performs such other duties as the supervisor may from time to time deem necessary.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
 
B.S. or M.S. in Engineering. This level may be achieved by Engineers with 2 years' experience since B.S. or 1 year since M.S. The typical incumbent has 3 to 5 years' experience since Bachelor's degree.
 
 
SPECIAL SKILLS
 
Knowledge of one or more: building codes, standards, resilient design, and/or wind/flood mitigation design.
 
Knowledge of FEMA Building Science, NFIP or related programs. Technical writing, computer and communications skills required.
 
Experience with FEMA, HUD or related programs preferred.
 
 
PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS
 
EI/EIT, PE and/or CFM preferred.
 
 
General Competencies expected of all Professionals and Managers are as follows: Client Service, Commitment, Communication, Innovation & Continuous Improvement, Professionalism, Quality, and Teamwork. 
 
Ability to process paper/electronic documents and utilize computer equipment; ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing; ability to visit project sites if necessary. Job also requires ability to plan, prioritize and review project plans and documents, evaluate alternatives, and devise appropriate solutions.
 
Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.
 

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