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Forensic Materials/Metallurgical Expert/Engineer - National Posting (Any City USA)

Company: EFI Global
Location: Houston
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

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For a career path that is both challenging and rewarding, join Sedgwick's talented team of 27,000 colleagues around the globe. Sedgwick is a leading provider of technology-enabled risk, benefits and integrated business solutions. Taking care of people is at the heart of everything we do. Millions of people and organizations count on Sedgwick each year to take care of their needs when they face a major life event or something unexpected happens. Whether they have a workplace injury, suffer property or financial loss or damage from a natural or manmade disaster, are involved in an auto or other type of accident, or need time away from work for the birth of a child or another medical situation, we are here to provide compassionate care and expert guidance. Our clients depend on our talented colleagues to take care of their most valuable assets-their employees, their customers and their property. At Sedgwick, caring counts. Join our team of creative and caring people of all backgrounds, and help us make a difference in the lives of others.

EFI Global is a full-service engineering, fire investigation, environmental, health and safety, and specialty consulting services firm serving a variety of industries in both the public and private sectors. Over the last four decades, we have grown from a boutique firm specializing in handling insurance fraud and arson cases and providing expert witness testimony, into a recognized global leader in engineering failure analysis, origin-and-cause investigations, environmental consulting, laboratory testing and specialty consulting. Our forensic investigation, engineering and environmental services teams around the world share a dedication to expertise, quality and demonstrating to customers that caring counts. Each of our more than 700 professional engineers, fire investigators, architects and scientists was selected for their technical proficiency, in-depth industry knowledge and commitment to professional integrity. Together, our diverse backgrounds and collective insights empower clients to make better-informed business decisions. EFI's combination of global solutions and local expertise has earned the firm a reputation for delivering timely responses that consistently meet our clients' expectations-anytime, anywhere. Click here to learn more about EFI Global.

PRIMARY PURPOSE: To be responsible for profitably, ethically and scientifically investigating events, systems, devices and/or failures and providing expert opinions; to provide guidance and leadership on complex engineering assignments.

This expert will have specific experience and expertise with the failure analysis of materials (including metals and polymers).

The ideal candidate will have a secondary discipline of expertise in forensic engineering (with a PE license).

This position will receive assignments/work from existing internal experts (engineers and fire investigators) as well as directly from external clients.

This hire will be to establish and grow a materials analysis practice within EFI Global.

[This is a national posting with potential hiring in nearly any of our offices nationwide, it is not limited to the cities listed in the posting.]


  • Provides guidance and leadership to newer colleagues and/or those with less experience on complex engineering assignments.
  • Conducts investigations to determine the root cause of events and failures.
  • Surveys property, casualty and liability losses, typically at residential and commercial buildings and loss scenes as well as in the laboratory.
  • Works closely with engineers and investigators to produce detailed reports, drawings, and/or outline the cause and origin of losses and damages.
  • Develops reports to meet client's needs and/or determine and document the failure analysis and causation of failures.
  • Provides expert testimony in a court of law and/or in depositions.
  • Determines applicable engineering practices to fulfill the prescribed scope of work, project specifics, timelines, and cost estimates for the professional services provided.
  • Documents and maintains billable hours on a time and expense basis for failure analysis and engineering projects for clients.
  • Collaborates with sales and operations managers, architects, developers, insurance adjusters, claims managers and attorneys to develop demand for your professional services.
  • Collaborates with EFI's national team of forensic experts to leverage experiences and assist on projects.


  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Supports the organization's quality program(s).


Education & Licensing

  • Bachelor's degree or greater from an accredited college or university..
  • Specific training, experience, & expertise in materials science/failure analysis.
  • Ideally Professional Engineering (PE) license and expertise in a secondary discipline (other than materials failure analysis).


At least five (5) years of experience or equivalent combination of experience and education required, including two (2) years of engineering experience specifically in failure analysis and forensic engineering. Experience with insurance and/or risk management also considered.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • PC literate, including Microsoft Office products
  • Analytical and interpretive skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment
  • Ability to meet or exceed Performance Competencies


When applicable and appropriate, consideration will be given to reasonable accommodations.

Mental: Clear and conceptual thinking ability; excellent judgment and discretion; ability to handle work-related stress; ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously; and ability to meet deadlines


  • Must be able to stand and/or walk for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to kneel, squat or bend.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in hot and/or cold weather conditions.
  • Have the ability to climb, crawl, stoop, kneel, reaching/working overhead,
  • Be able lift/carry up to 50 pounds
  • Be able to push/pull up to 100 pounds.
  • Be able to drive up to 4 hours per day.

Auditory/Visual: Hearing, vision and talking

NOTE: Credit security clearance, confirmed via a background credit check, is required for this position.

The statements contained in this document are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a colleague assigned to this description. They are not intended to constitute a comprehensive list of functions, duties, or local variances. Management retains the discretion to add or to change the duties of the position at any time.

The statements contained in this document are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a colleague assigned to this description. They are not intended to constitute a comprehensive list of functions, duties, or local variances. Management retains the discretion to add or to change the duties of the position at any time.

Sedgwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace

Keywords: EFI Global, Houston , Forensic Materials/Metallurgical Expert/Engineer - National Posting (Any City USA), Other , Houston, Texas

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