Industry Folks – JJ Huffhines, PE, Pre-Construction Engineer, Dynamic Systems
AUSTIN – JJ Huffhines was born and raised in Austin. He left briefly to attend and graduate from the University of North Carolina Charlotte, where he received a BS in mechanical engineering and then got back to Austin “as quickly as I could.”
Huffhines spent a lot of time playing soccer, building hot rods and tinkering around with motors while growing up and, with a father who was an architect, he was a familiar site on various job sites on the weekends. All of that played a part in his decision to become an engineer.
After college, he began working for Page Southerland Page where his father had worked for 20 years.
“I knew the owners because I had grown up with them,” he says. “I studied under a bunch of really good PE’s.”
His interest was the high-tech industry with projects he designed such as semi-conductor plants like Samsung and Intel. It was a natural move when he joined Dynamic Systems Inc. in 2016, the contractor that actually builds those kind of factories.
As part of his job at DSI, he estimates projects and works with construction managers on projects coming up. He also spends a majority of his time selling DSI products like prefab piping.
“One of the big reasons I came to DSI is it’s the biggest and most advanced in town,” he says. “It’s amazing! Everything is automated and cutting edge. I can go down to the shop and play with all the tools like a kid in a candy shop. DSI spares no expense when it comes to business.”
Another plus is that DSI has an advantage over most mechanical contractors in the area – especially when it comes to what Huffhines does.
“A lot of mechanical contractors don’t have engineers on staff,” he says. “There are multiple P.E.’s at DSI. It means, “Having engineered designs in the past gives me a huge advantage in the preconstruction and estimating aspects of mechanical contracting.”
Huffhines is among an elite few in the state of Texas that hold dual Professional Engineer (PE) licenses in Mechanical and Fire Protection & Life Safety Engineering. In fact, at last count, there were only 35 total in Texas. Both licenses require multiple testing and on-the-job training.
Huffhines is married to Leslie and the couple has two children, Dylan, 2, and Hailey, 11 months. When he’s not working, he likes to hunt, fish and spend time outdoors.
“Enjoy all the good stuff Texas provides,” he says. –cw
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