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Senior Mechanical Engineer

Company: The Vertex Companies LLC
Location: Petaluma
Posted on: August 1, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description

The Vertex Companies, LLC is a leading multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm that provides forensic consulting, engineering design, construction management, claims & dispute resolution, environmental, and digital solutions to insurance carriers, sureties, law firms, r

Our Forensic team is a highly educated and highly valued team of engineering experts. We work with global insurance firms, and national and regionally based law firms to provide professional services on a large portfolio of complex and challenging forensic projects. eal estate owners, property managers, public agencies, and commercial clients.

Job Description

Senior Forensic Engineer - Mechanical

We are looking for a senior level Mechanical Engineer with forensics experience to join our West Coast team. You will be involved in a wide variety of tasks, including forensic investigations of buildings, code research, construction document review, failure analysis, scope of repair preparation, and report writing. These activities will generally be performed for insurance property claims, construction defect litigation matters, and property condition assessments.

This is a hybrid role reporting to our Irvine, CA office. Regular travel to client sites in the region required, often with short notice.

What you will be doing:

  • Conduct forensic field inspections into the cause and origin of incidents related to residential and commercial property damage claims and/or construction or design defect claims
  • Research failures attributed to mechanical systems to determine cause and origin of incident
  • Develop detailed plan for remediation of loss: scope, schedule, budget
  • Develop expert investigative reports with detailed findings and plans for remediation for senior management review and client presentation
  • Serve as expert witness for construction defect litigation matters (deposition, arbitration or trial)
  • Participate in business development activities and presentations, including regular contact with existing and prospective clients in the region
  • Ensure client satisfaction by meeting project on time and on budget expectations
  • Ensure all assignments are executed with technical proficiency, accuracy, and professionalism


    What you bring to the table:
    • BS degree in Mechanical Engineering or related engineering field
    • Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer (ME) in California
    • 10+ years of professional experience in the design, inspection, and assessment of mechanical systems
    • Prior experience as an expert witness, including testimony experience supporting property damage claim investigations strongly preferred
    • Previous experience in the mechanical design of components installed in commercial and/or residential structures
    • Strong knowledge of the residential (IRC), commercial (IBC) and existing (IEBC) I-codes
    • Demonstrated ability to perform complex tasks and handle competing and multiple priorities effectively
    • Proficiency with office software applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.)
    • Strong customer service orientation
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
    • Ability to carry and operate a 24-foot extension ladder unassisted, walk on elevated and slope surfaces and work in confined spaces
    • Travel requirement to client sites, legal proceedings, etc. throughout the region, often with short notice

      Additional Information

      Why work with us:

      Forensics is one of our fastest growing, interesting, and in-demand service areas.

      We offer a competitive salary and generous benefits package including paid time off, medical, dental, vision, 401K match (with immediate vesting), short/long term disability, life insurance, dependent care benefits, tuition reimbursement, and access to a wide variety of services, wellness programs and more. Our "Lifetime of Learning" program ensures that all employees receive the training, opportunities, and guidance they need to grow with us as we expand. And we are a consistent Zweig Best Places to Work winner.

      Watch the video for more information about our Forensics practice.

      VERTEX is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

      If you require assistance to complete any part of the application process, please contact our Recruiting team at


      Please note that VERTEX does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, VERTEX will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, VERTEX explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of VERTEX.

Keywords: The Vertex Companies LLC, Petaluma , Senior Mechanical Engineer, Engineering , Petaluma, California

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