Upcoming Recruiting Events

Brandt is looking for the best and brightest to join our team! We offer opportunity for advancement at every level, and our multi-discipline approach means there’s a place for anyone with the drive to learn and the determination to succeed. Find out when we will be at a career fair near you:

Texas A&M University Engineering Fair
College Station, TX
1/24/2017
Recruiting:
Mechanical & Electrical Assistant Project Managers
Engineers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

Texas A&M University Construction Fair
College Station, TX
2/2/2017
Recruiting:
Mechanical & Electrical Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

Baylor University STEM Career Fair
Waco, TX
2/8/2017
Recruiting:
Mechanical & Electrical Assistant Project Managers
Engineers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

 

Texas State University Construction Fair
San Marcos, TX
2/9/2017
Recruiting:
Mechanical & Electrical Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2016 Interns & Full Time Positions

University of Oklahoma CNS Construction Science
Norman, OK
2/9/2017
Recruiting:
Mechanical & Electrical Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

 

Texas Tech University Construction, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Fair
Lubbock, TX
2/15/2017
Recruiting:
Mechanical & Electrical Assistant Project Managers
Engineers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

Colorado State University Engineering Fair
Fort Collins, CO
2/21/2017
Recruiting:
Electrical Assistant Project Managers
Electrical Estimators
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

University of North Texas Engineering & Computer Science Fair
Denton, TX
2/23/2017
Recruiting:
Mechanical & Electrical Assistant Project Managers
Engineers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

Southern Methodist University Engineering Fair
Dallas, TX
2/28/2017
Recruiting:
Mechanical & Electrical Assistant Project Managers
Engineers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

 

Keep up-to-date with our recruiting team and events by connecting with our communities on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In.

 

Special Olympics

Brandt is a proud Blue Ribbon Sponsor of the Special Olympics of Texas competitions. The participants’ smiling faces and courageous hearts are infectious among our employees.

This is a worthwhile volunteer opportunity that many of our employees get involved in every year. Sara Hinojosa, Assistant Project Manager in Dallas, volunteered at the 2016 Spring Games.

“I was so impressed with the number of Brandt employees who make it a priority to take time out of their busy schedules to participate,” Sara said. “We had more than enough volunteers to facilitate the softball throw competition and still provide the participants with an enthusiastic cheering section.”

This year, Brandt employees will volunteer at a wide range of competitions from the Basketball Competition in February to the Bowling Competitions in November.

If you’ve ever considered volunteering with the Special Olympics, keep an eye out for your next opportunity. You could help change a life – maybe even your own!

Below is a list of competitions we will participate in this year. We hope to see you there!

  • February 24 – Area 13 Central Texas Austin Special Olympics Basketball Competition
  • April 4 – Area 2 South Texas Corpus Christi Special Olympics Spring Games
  • May 6 – Area 20 San Antonio Special Olympics Spring Games
  • July 29 –  Area 11 Special Olympics Special Olympics Aquatics Competition
  • November 3 – Area 20 San Antonio Special Olympics Bowling Competition

Staying Protected While Working In the Winter Cold

The team at Brandt knows just how important it is to recognize and address the potential hazards that come with working outside in cold climates. With proper planning in place, employers have the ability to ensure that their employees are kept safe at all times while working through the winter. The following tips are used to reduce the chance of cold stress, hypothermia, frostbite, trench foot and many other cold-induced issues.

  • Wear layered clothing– Wearing multiple layers provides better insulation. Take off layers as you get too warm and put them on as it gets colder. These layers should include a hat or hood, some type of gloves, thermal socks and appropriate eye protection.
  • Stay hydrated– Even during the freezing cold, your body will still sweat when working outside for long periods of time. It is important to remain hydrated throughout the day by drinking water or other warm drinks.
  • Take a break- You know your body better than anyone else. If you begin to feel unusually tired while working in extremely cold or windy weather, take a break indoors to give your body the opportunity to warm up before returning to work.
  • Protect any exposed skin– By utilizing skin creams and moisturizers regularly you are assisting in the prevention of frostbite and other skin issues that can appear from spending long periods of time in the cold.

At Brandt, safety is our top priority on every single project we work on. From our experience and innovation, we have created solutions that are effective and efficient. With our reputation for care and precision, you can be confident that your project will have a safe and successful outcome. To learn more about all of the services we have to offer, contact us today!

4 Signs that it’s Time to Upgrade Your Commercial Heating System

Even though your commercial heating system has remained reliable for many years, at some point it will require an upgrade. A purchase like this can be costly, and you’ll want to be sure an upgrade is truly necessary before breaking out your wallet. Below are four signs it may be time for a new commercial heating system:

1.Expenses

Do you frequently call your heating company needing a repair? If that’s the case, there is a strong chance that it’s time for a new unit. In addition, broken equipment or an inefficient system may be to blame for rising energy bills.

2.Fluctuating Temperatures

Do you notice that some areas are uncomfortably hot, while others are freezing? This could indicate that it is time for an upgrade. To keep everyone comfortable, you’ll need a functioning furnace to maintain set temperatures throughout every area.

3.Age

Unfortunately, heating systems don’t last forever. The older they get, the more likely you will see signs #1 and #2, along with many other potential problems. So, if you are wondering what the first red flag is for needing a new heating unit, it is old age!

4.Noises

Unusual sounds coming from your heating system such as creaking or rattling could indicate something is not functioning properly or is about to break. Some issues may be repairable, but the longer they go on without correction will increase the possibility of system needing to be replaced.

At Brandt, we understand that a well-functioning commercial heating system is crucial. That is why we have created powerful solutions based on experience and innovation, earning us a reputation for care and precision. To learn more about all of the services we have to offer, contact us today!

Importance of Job Site Safety

Brandt considers safety our number one priority, especially with being in the construction industry. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) reports that nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average for all industries.

OSHA lists falls (from heights), trench and scaffold collapse, electric shock and arc flash/blast, failure to use proper protective equipment, and repetitive motion injuries as potential hazards for construction workers.

Here are the top hazards most frequently cited by OSHA and solutions for how to avoid them.

Scaffolding

Hazard: Fall hazards can occur when scaffolds are not erected or used properly. There are an estimated 4,500 injuries and 50 fatalities each year from scaffold-related accidents.

Solutions:

-Scaffold must be sound, rigid, and sufficient to carry its own weight plus four times the maximum intended load without settling or displacement. Scaffold must be on solid footing.

-Scaffold can be accessed by using ladders and stairwells.

-Scaffolds must be inspected and re-inspected by a competent person. The scaffold must be equipped with guardrails, midrails, and toeboards.

Fall Protection

Hazard: Falls account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry. A number of factors are involved in falls so companies should protect workers from all of them.

Solutions:

-Use aerial lifts or elevated platforms to provide safer elevated working surfaces.

-Cover floor holes and use safety net systems or personal fall arrest systems.

-Use guardrail systems with toeboards and warning lines, or install control line systems to protect workers near the edges.

Ladders

Hazard: OSHA estimates that there are 24,882 injuries and 36 fatalities from falls on stairways and ladders in construction, with half of the injuries requiring time off.

Solutions:

-Use the correct ladder for the task and have a competent person inspect a ladder for any defects.

-Mark or tag damaged or defective ladders for repair or replacement or destroy them immediately.

-Make sure that ladders are long enough to safely reach the work area and never load the ladder beyond the maximum intended load.

Brandt stays on top of all safety hazards on our jobsites in order to keep our employees safe on the job.

New Construction Industry Trends

Brandt is constantly growing, innovating, and looking for ways to improve our industry as each day passes. Construction was very different 100 years ago, but today we have intelligent technology that allows us to continue to stay on top of our work. Here are some emerging trends that Brandt is using in our everyday projects.

New Materials

The materials we use today for construction made available to the contractor, builder, and architect would be foreign to the people who built the Sistine Chapel hundreds of years ago. These new materials offer a ton of features that are unique to them and they provide builders with versatility, allowing everything from pre-fabrication to moving a structure.

Energy Efficiency

With climate change being one of the largest challenges humanity faces in the 21st century, there is a need for construction to move away from fossil fuels and more towards energy sustainability. Because of this, new tools have come about like energy recovery systems, occupancy sensors, green construction software and more. Not only does it cut out fossil fuels, but it saves construction companies and their customer’s money.

Less Paper

Since technology is advancing, “paperwork” is diminishing. In the construction industry a large majority of companies work with design software and construction management software. Invoices, contracts, updates, LEED forms, RFDs, accounting- it can all be handled by software. It is also easier to track, search, and make sense of, making the office a more organize place to work.

3-D Printing

The end is not in sight for how much 3-D printing can do. Its potential for the working world has grabbed many industries attention, including the construction industry. This advanced technology not only creates materials and tools at a cheaper cost but it also crafts entire projects. 3-D printing is revolutionizing construction. This revolution is headed in a positive direction and will hopefully stay on course.

Brandt hopes to continue to utilize these innovations in the construction industry that allow us to continue to grow. Our commitment to our customers is great and we hope you choose us for your next project.

Optimizing Service with STORM

Brandt continues to build on the services we provide to our customers. Recently, Brandt developed STORM (Service, Technology, Optimization, Retro-commissioning, and Monitoring) to address customers’ building operational and efficiency challenges. Our approach utilizes innovations in technology to assist building owners, facility managers, and maintenance personnel with identifying their building’s under-performing or out-of-tolerance equipment.

“STORM is really Brandt’s version of OnStar for buildings,” said Jim Stagg, Director of Service. “We are using the latest technology to communicate with any building’s automation system, in order to provide predictive and proactive Mechanical and Electrical services for our customers.”

STORM uses state-of-the-art software tools, such as BACbone, to collect and analyze data from customers’ existing automation systems. We are then able to provide customers with opportunities for efficiency improvement. By providing detailed analyses and visual representations of the information, STORM can reveal performance trends and operational deficiencies.

As part of the core STORM service, Brandt performs a 60-90 day analytics survey, collecting key building data. The STORM Team analyzes the collected information and presents the customer with a report of opportunities for improvement in system performance, operation and comfort. This survey often produces new projects and service work for Brandt.

storm-blogSTORM’s Ongoing Facilities Analytics are accurate and up-to-the-minute information on a building’s performance. This information is collected remotely and actionable items are delivered to the customer by a Client Service Representative. These recommendations may include corrective actions, improved performance, or energy saving opportunities.

For all new mechanical construction projects, STORM services will be included in the commissioning and warranty phase. This will allow Brandt to deliver much more than traditional project and warranty support. Utilizing STORM’s software tools throughout the commissioning process helps Brandt verify the successful operation of equipment and systems before transitioning into warranty.

Throughout the warranty period, STORM will continue to monitor the building to help maintain performance, track and mitigate issues, and more quickly respond to any potential warranty calls. After the warranty expiration, the customer is shown the value of renewing their contract with STORM’s Ongoing Facility Analytics Program.

In addition to these services, STORM can also perform data center efficiency audits, retro-commissioning studies, utility monitoring, and other critical systems monitoring-based commissioning (MBCx).

The launch of  STORM will result in higher customer satisfaction, better responsiveness to customer needs, and increased opportunities for Brandt to be the preferred solutions provider.

September is Career Fair Month

Brandt is looking for the best and brightest to join our team! We offer opportunity for advancement at every level, and our multi-discipline approach means there’s a place for anyone with the drive to learn and the determination to succeed. Find out when we will be at a career fair near you:

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Rice University Career Fair
Houston, TX
9/13/2016
Recruiting:
Mechanical and Electrical Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

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Baylor University STEM Career Fair
Waco, TX
9/14/2016
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

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Texas A&M University Construction Fair
College Station, TX
9/15/2016
Recruiting:
Mechanical and Electrical Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

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University of Texas San Antonio STEM Career Fair
San Antonio, TX
9/20/2016
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

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Oklahoma State University Engineering Fair
Stillwater, OK
9/20/2016
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

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Pittsburg State Company Construction Day
Pittsburg, KS
9/20/2016
Recruiting:
Mechanical & Electrical Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

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Texas Tech University Construction, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Fair
Lubbock, TX
9/21/2016
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

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Kansas State University Engineering & Technology Fair
Manhattan, KS
9/22/2016
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

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University of Oklahoma CNS Construction Science
Norman, OK
9/22/2016
Recruiting:
Mechanical & Electrical Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

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University of Houston College of Technology Construction Management Fair
Houston, TX
9/27/2016
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

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Colorado State University Engineering Fair
Fort Collins, CO
9/27/2016
Recruiting:
Electrical Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

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University of North Texas Engineering & Computer Science Fair
Denton, TX
9/29/2016
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Summer 2016 Interns & Full Time Positions

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Southern Methodist University Engineering Fair
Dallas, TX
9/29/2016
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Assistant Project Managers

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Texas State University Construction Fair
San Marcos, TX
9/29/2016
Recruiting:
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2016 Interns & Full Time Positions

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Texas Christian University Engineering Fair
Fort Worth, TX
10/5/2016
Recruiting:
Mechanical, Electrical & Industrial Engineers
Assistant Project Managers
Summer 2017 Interns & Full Time Positions

Keep up-to-date with our recruiting team and events by connecting with our communities on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In.

The Effect of Smart Devices on the Jobsite

Everywhere you look, people are taking photos on their smartphones or typing away on their tablets. Almost every industry utilizes smartphones and tablets, including the construction industry. While viewed as delicate devices on a construction site, smartphones and tablets have become a valuable tool in the field. Many forms of technology can be used to elevate our performance.

Construction technology advancements have primarily taken place in the project management, architectural, and office executive fields. While it has certainly helped with designing, planning, and scheduling projects, it can also be utilized by Foremen, Superintendents, Engineers, and other workers wearing hard hats daily. Many tasks they perform everyday can be streamlined with mobile technology.

Here are some ways our smartphones and tablets can do this:

-Plan viewing: Individuals can work off the most up-to-date sheets and never lose track of on-site logistics, because plan sets are readily available on their devices.

-Task management: With a single click, someone can see duties and deadlines assigned. They also have the ability to establish priority and view progress updates.

-Issue tracking: Organize hundreds of photos for punch lists and inspections. With data stored on the cloud, it takes minutes to assemble reports.

-Productivity: All communications can be archived and time-stamped, so someone can easily see what areas are on schedule and budget. This information allows the function of a site to be improved.

Smartphones are saving time and money by cutting down on printing and materials. Brandt knows that time is something we can’t recoup and technology allows us to be more efficient.

Brandt works hard to stay on top of industry trends and innovations while maintaining the highest quality. Click here to learn more about Brandt.

Brandt Introduces Trade Up Initiative

Brandt is proud to introduce our newest initiative, Trade Up. This program aims to increase awareness of skilled trades career opportunities among students between the ages of 13 and 18 years old.

For the past five years, skilled trades positions have been the most challenging jobs to fill in the U.S due to a shortage of technically trained workers. In Trade Up, Brandt employees go to schools and speak directly with students about training and career opportunities in the industry.

“My best experience was at the Houston Career and Technical High School. Thomas Stright, Senior Virtual Designer, and I visited this high school to meet with the CTE Director. While we were there, we were able to visit with several classrooms and talk with students about trade apprenticeship,” Hattie Morse, Trades Recruiter said. “We met two of the top students from the Skills USA championship, who both expressed interest in learning more about Brandt.”

Scott Boswell, Vice President of Mechanical Field Operations, started as a Pre Apprentice in the Plumbing and Pipefitting trade 31 years ago. He is passionate about encouraging the next generation to explore the skilled trades.

“For some high school seniors, the thought of sitting through a minimum four more years of school as well as dealing with the associated cost of college is not an appealing thought,” Scott said. “They want to start earning money and they can do that while they learn a craft that involves working with their hands. They can become skilled at MEP crafts which will always be needed due to the rate of construction that is required to accommodate an ever-growing population.”

Skilled trades are an excellent career path for those who want to work with their hands, want each day to be different, and enjoy challenges that enable them to learn and grow. Apprentice programs provide an opportunity for students to work, earn money, and attend classes toward becoming a licensed Journeyman.

“I think most young people do not truly understand where the skilled trades can take them in their careers and the monetary compensation that is involved with joining an apprenticeship program,” Scott said. “You are able to work during the day and go to school at night. By the way, top notch journeymen craftsmen do quite well financially.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Manpower Survey, skilled trades jobs are hard to fill because many candidates lack strong technical skills. As workers in the baby-boomer generation begin to retire, there will be a significant reduction in the available skilled labor force. Brandt’s Trade Up initiative addresses this predicted shortage by showing young adults that skilled trades are a worthwhile and fulfilling career path.

“The skilled trades are a viable option because there is no limit to where they can take you as long as you are willing to put in the work and dedication it takes to get there,” Scott said.

As Brandt’s Trade Up initiative moves forward, our goal is to provide educators a means to propose skilled trades as an alternative to attending a traditional four-year college. It is critical that skilled trades are represented as a respectable career decision for the next generation. Becoming a trained Plumber, Electrician, Welder, Pipefitter, Sheet Metal Worker or HVAC Technician offers a rewarding career path while allowing workers to contribute to society through their work. Skilled Tradesmen built this country and continue to build American dreams.