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Junior Structural Engineer - Morristown, NJ
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  • Description - Junior Structural Engineer - Morristown, NJ A leading and highly renowned structural engineer consultancy are looking for a skilled and energetic junior structural engineer to join...
Junior Structural Engineer - Lynbrook, NY
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Fire Safety Engineer
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Fire Protection Engineer
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Senior Mechanical Engineer
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Senior Fire Safety Engineer
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Fire Safety Engineer
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  • Location: Auckland
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Senior Structural Engineer - New York City
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  • Location: New York
  • Salary: £110000 - £120000 per annum, Benefits: dental, medical,401k,paid time off
  • Description - Senior Structural Engineer - New York City A leading structural engineer consultancy based in the heart of New York City is actively looking for a senior...
Senior Structural Engineer - Raleigh, NC
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  • Location: Raleigh
  • Salary: £90000 - £100000 per annum, Benefits: dental, medical,401k,paid time off
  • Description Senior Structural Engineer - Raleigh, NC A leading structural engineer and highly reputable consultancy based in Raleigh, North Carolina is actively looking for a senior level...

Forensic engineers are responsible for investigating building components, structures, or engineering products that do not function as expected. These functional failures may have caused damage to property and/or personal injury, and the findings of forensic engineers are often used in criminal and civil law cases. A degree in structural, civil or mechanical engineering is required for this role. 
Excellent communication skills are important for this job, as forensic engineers are required to present well-written forensic reports and to testify in court. A highly analytical approach is also beneficial for this role, as forensic engineers must provide unbiased and objective forensic analysis. 
Job Specification, Salary, Outlook
Forensic engineers investigate damages, fire incidents, wrongful injuries and accidents. A forensic engineer may work for a private agency or for the government as either a contractor or an employee. Forensic engineers piece the evidence together to show the events of an incident clearly and sequentially, their expertise providing litigation support. 
How much do forensic engineers earn? It depends on a number of factors, but the average salary for forensic engineers in the United States is $80,624 per annum, with a range of $59,158 - $123,187. Typical factors that impact the level of salary include technical knowledge, job location, management skills, experience, and academic background. In the United Kingdom, forensic engineers can expect an average salary of £38,371 per year, with a range of £23,702 - £53,552. Many companies offer additional benefits along with the salary package, such as private health insurance.

Job Description 
Forensic engineers apply various scientific methods and methodology to investigate the reasons for failures of components, materials, structures and products. They’re called upon to identify the particular reasons a substance, device or product failed, in order to improve its performance, safety and longevity. Forensic engineers are often used in civil court cases, product liability cases as well as criminal cases to testify about and investigate the source of an object's failure or a product's design. 

Typical Responsibilities: 

  • Conducting investigations to determine the origin and cause of structural collapses, damages, failures, and defects in commercial, residential, industrial, and institutional structures
  • Drafting technical reports, preparing evidence and writing declarations for trial
  • Preparing design documents and/or remediation for the strengthening or improvement of existing structures
  • Liaising with clients and other professionals
  • Giving expert counsel and testimony in court proceedings
  • Managing projects of varying scopes and complexity
  • Conducting research into standards, codes, and technical references
  • Conducting security incident and data breach investigations 
  • Recovering and examining data from computers and electronic storage devices
  • Keeping abreast of emerging methodologies, software and technologies 
  • Staying proficient and up-to-date in forensic and reverse engineering skills

Key Skills & Qualifications
To become a forensic engineer, you'll need at least a 4-year degree in engineering. To enter a specific speciality, a major in the relevant sub-field of engineering is required. Engineering specialities include technical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering and computer engineering. Common engineering courses include introduction to engineering, control theory and advanced mathematics, with specific coursework for each speciality. 

Required skills:

  • The capability to undertake painstaking work with great attention to detail 
  • A methodical, unbiased and logical approach to problem solving
  • Solid understanding of structural and other relevant engineering principles
  • Flexibility regarding travel and work schedules
  • Creativity and excellent analytical ability 
  • Ability to communicate complex evidence in a clear and understandable manner
  • Technical and engineering writing skills
  • Excellent mechanical, IT and mathematical skills
  • Experience in mediation, deposition, trial testimony and/or arbitration is beneficial
  • The ability to analyze complicated problems and evaluate solutions 
  • Excellent technical, forensic, verbal and written communication skills  
  • Commitment to continual professional development

The career prospects of a forensic engineer are typically very good, and entry into this profession is competitive. If you’re looking for a new role in forensic engineering, it can be beneficial to be geographically mobile.  
After one to three years experience in an entry level position, progression to a reporting officer role is possible. This position involves taking on cases, and providing evidence as an expert witness in court. With further experience, you can become be a casework examiner, responsible for coordinating different types of forensic engineering work. Casework examiners are required to visit scenes of incidents, supervise the work of team members, carry out research, attend conferences and publish articles. With ongoing professional development, it’s possible to move into a senior or managerial position in forensic engineering.