Building Code Specialist / Testing Technician

Job Title
Building Code Specialist / Testing Technician
Job ID
Garland,  TX 75040
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Building Code Specialist / Testing Technician


Department: Innovations

Manager: Product Development Engineer

FLSA Status: Exempt

Location: Garland, TX



Fortress Building Products is seeking a Building Code Specialist / Testing Technician to join our Innovations team and serve as the in-house expert on applicable building codes. This position will be responsible for facilitating in-house and 3rd party laboratory testing from early development stages to the start of production to ensure our products meet international compliance standards.



Work Hard, Play Hard – We seek passionate people. We take our work seriously and we take the enjoyment of our lives seriously.

Positive, Can DO Attitude – We are optimistic, we set challenging goals and we find a way to accomplish them. We approach challenges with the intention of finding solutions.

Compete & Win As A TEAM – We put the TEAM first. Our team is what makes our company great. We are a competitive group that like to win. We keep score.

Innovate & Seek Continuous Improvement – We believe it can always be better. We want better products and processes. We want to be better individuals. We want to be a better organization.

We Are Respectful – We respect fellow team members, our partners, ourselves and our company. We are known to be “the good guys”.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Stay up to date on code and code changes.
    • Attend Code Meetings
      • Deck Code Coalition (DCC)
      • International Code Council (ICC)
  • Facilitate in-house testing
    • Build Samples
      • Mechanical Aptitude
    • Assist with Beta Installations
    • Develop Stress-Strain curves for new materials
  • Use Solidworks and Solidworks FEA to analyze designs
    • Failure analysis
    • Recommend design changes based on test results.
  • Facilitate 3rd party testing
    • Point of contact for outside laboratories
    • Develop test plans with outside laboratories
    • Schedule testing
    • Schedule product sampling
    • Attend onsite testing as required
  • File and maintain test results as a database
    • Keep test reports up to date
    • Translate test data into usable information
  • Patent searches
    • Use Google Patents and other online tools to search prior art.
      • Ability to analyze patent claims and understand how they relate to products designed at Fortress Building Products.



  • None


COMPETENCIES: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Attention to Detail – Demonstrates thoroughness in accomplishing a task through concern for all the areas involved; carefully monitors the details of own and others’ work to ensure accuracy and quality; plans and organizes time and resources efficiently; completes all work according to procedures and standards.

Communications – Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods.

Cooperation – Establishes and maintains effective relationships; exhibits tact and consideration; offers assistance and support to co-workers; works cooperatively in group situations; works actively to resolve conflicts.

Customer Focus – Identifies and prioritizes customer needs and recognizes constraints; responds promptly to customer needs; seeks to find out more about customers and provide a better product or service; adopts professional approach to customers; is reliable and delivers on promises.

Initiative – Volunteers readily; undertakes self-development activities; seeks increased responsibilities; takes independent actions and calculated risks; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; asks for and offers help when needed.

Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas; presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention.

Job Knowledge – Competent in required job skills and knowledge; exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; keeps abreast of current development; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; uses resources effectively.

Organization Support – Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization’s goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities.

Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans.

Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.

Technical Expertise – Effectively applies technical knowledge to solve a range of problems; develops solutions to problems that cannot be solved using existing methods or approaches; is sought out to provide advice or solutions in the area of expertise; keeps informed about current developments in the area of expertise.


QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience/Additional Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a focus on material sciences
  • Proficient with SolidWorks software
  • Solidworks PDM experience is a plus
  • 1-2 years related work experience with Solidworks
  • Ability to read and interpret technical drawings
  • Knowledge of drawing documentation standards
  • Applies knowledge effectively in team environment
  • Able to accept and integrate constructive feedback
  • Requires ability to be self-motivated and work independently as well as in teams
  • Must be able to manage multiple activities, maintain organization, and operate in a fast-paced and deadline-oriented environment
  • Strong ability to pay close attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to establish priorities and proceed with objectives with minimal supervision
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • A proven ability to develop, cultivate, and maintain relationships with both internal and external customers


  • None


WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements. Light to moderate lifting is required.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor.

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