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Coffman Engineers Overview

Seattle, WA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
For over 40 years, Coffman Engineers has provided multi-discipline engineering services as a prime or sub-consultant on projects large and small across a broad scope of markets. Our ability to meet client objectives and offer diverse services from 17 offices across the U.S. has ... Read more

Mission: Coffman's mission is to empower our team to deliver innovative engineering solutions focused on our clients’ success.

Company Updates

  • As we all work to find balance during these unprecedented times, we want you to know that Coffman Engineers is here to help. All Coffman offices are fully operational and continue to provide support to projects and clients without disruption. We are prepared and committed to help navigate the obstacles and dynamics we are all dealing with at this very moment. As a client, you can be assured Coffman is prepared to continue to respond to the rapidly changing situation while providing the high level of service and support you have come to expect from us. Please use the usual channels to reach out directly to your Coffman contact with any additional questions you have, or you can reach us directly here: Stay healthy. Dave Ruff, CEO & President

  • Allow us to reintroduce ourselves. We've updated our logo to reflect the Coffman Engineers we are today, but we're the same multidiscipline engineering firm you've come to know over the past 40 years. For more details about our new look and the history behind the Coffman triangle, visit

    Coffman Introduces Refreshed Logo

    October 25, 2018 We unveiled a refreshed logo that honors our company's history and represents the upward movement our company has experienced. The refreshed logo celebrates the legacy of the triangle and introduces a contemporary logotype. "The new logo is brighter, cleaner, and more distinguished.

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Coffman Engineers – Why Work With Us?

Doing what we love and loving what we do since 1979.

At Coffman Engineers, we believe that to do work that matters, it matters where you work. Our culture, unique business model, and diverse team of professionals sets us apart. Creative and high-performing, we enjoy working together to positively impact the community around us. Employees say that it feels like working with a group of friends in a small office while enjoying the support and benefits of working for a larger firm. Our culture isn’t the only thing that makes us different, but it drives everything we do. 

We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, flexible PTO program, an open collaborative environment, professional development, community opportunities, and lively employee activities including healthy breakfasts, spirit week, annual summer picnics, wellness activities, and social events. But the best part of working at Coffman is being in an environment that allows you to be yourself, be respected, work alongside other intelligent motivated people, and have some fun while you impact the built environment around you!

For over 40 years, Coffman has provided multidiscipline engineering services as a prime or sub-consultant on projects large and small across a broad scope of markets. Our diverse portfolio keeps things interesting from day-to-day and includes commercial, retail, institutional, government, industrial, educational, and alternative energy. 

Our focus has always been on our clients' success and we do this by offering diverse services from 17 offices across the U.S. This has made us a leader in the building industry and strengthened our reputation as being progressive, innovative, and a great place to work.

Multidiscipline Engineering: Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Protection, Process Piping, Corrosion Control, Alternative Energy, Sustainable Design, Instrumentation & Controls, project management, commissioning, and land survey services.

Quality of life is part of the package deal.

When you work at Coffman Engineers, you work for a company that genuinely cares about you. We take pride in helping employees grow personally and professionally. From day one, your comprehensive benefits package will include many of these perks and more.


  • Group medical, dental, vision, life, long-term and short-term disability insurance plans, health savings account, flexible spending plan
  • Competitive compensation (wages and incentive bonus program)
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Transportation subsidy
  • Employee-Assistance Program
  • Substantial employee development and training opportunities for all employees
  • Company-sponsored wellness program


  • Commitment to maintaining up-to-date technology
  • Corporate and employee involvement in charitable activities
  • Sustainable practices


  • Fun events (picnics, happy hours, birthday celebrations, holiday parties, social events)
  • Company-provided food and beverages

A culture as unique as you are.

"Our longevity is very significant and due to our exceptional culture." - Dave Coffman, Founder

Coffman Engineers' culture is one that reflects the values we hold that are rooted in our 40-year history. We are a company of unique individuals committed to fairness, honesty, and respect for all. Our culture allows us to be an employer of choice, encouraging the health and development of our staff on multiple levels.

Our Values

  • Invested: We are deeply committed to delivering highly valued service. Our service is measured by our client's success.
  • Integrity: We act fairly, ethically, and openly in all we do.
  • Innovative: We apply our energy, skills, and ingenuity to deliver the right solution.

Our Culture

  • Respect: We value those we work with and their contributions.
  • Balance: We value hard work that is balanced by fun.
  • Collaborative: We seek out alternative perspectives and put our shared interests ahead of any individual.
  • Diversity: We embrace and seek to increase the diversity of our Company.
  • Entrepreneurial: We share personal ownership and responsibility for our Company. This drives us to innovate and take risks. 

Positively supporting our local communities is at the heart of who we are.

The American Red Cross Association

Coffman Engineers raised donations in support of the thousands of Louisianans that were affected by the record rainfall and flooding. Employees donated $6,220 and the company matched the amount bringing the total to $12,440. The donation was made to the Washington Greater Inland Northwest Chapter of the American Red Cross on behalf of the whole company.



Growing eWeek on the Island of Guam

Coffman Engineers reached out to local public/private high schools and middle schools, helping provide over 70 classroom presentations, speaking to over 3,800 students during Engineers Week.



SAME Bridge Building Competition

Coffman Engineers helped organize the 5th Annual H. Dean Gilham Bridge Design Competition at the Society of American Military Engineering event. This bridge building competition encourages high students to be creative and pursue their interest in engineering.



Kids at Heart

Coffman Engineers attended the Kids at Heart Luncheon that benefits the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington.



American Cancer Society Walk

Team Coffman had an amazing time walking for a great cause and raised $725. It was an early morning 3-mile walk, but the route along the water at Ke’ehi Lagoon Beach Park was well worth the early start! Over 4,000 walkers attended the event to help raise over $185,000 for the American Cancer Society and to bring more awareness about the risks of breast cancer.




The Coffman team built an award-winning structure for the 11th Annual Canstruction event. This year’s sculpture of Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka was awarded Most Cans, People’s Choice and Honorable Mention! Coffman donated 1,015 pounds of food through the structure and helped the event in total raise 22,725 pounds for the Hawaii Foodbank!




Coffman Engineers’ Los Angeles office donated toys, food, and clothing to the Annual BOMA/GLA Toy Drive. Year after year, this drive has supported a number of deserving charities and those less fortunate.



Alaska Mountain Rescue Group

Coffman Engineers sponsored the Twin Peaks Race put on as a fundraiser by the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group (AMRG). The AMRG is a nonprofit volunteer search and rescue organization based in Anchorage, Alaska, dedicated to providing search and rescue services in Alaska




Lasting. Success measured in decades, not years.

Our diversity in markets, services, and locations is our strength and clients benefit from the insights gleaned from our broad experience. 

Atlanta Braves SunTrust Park and Battery Development

Atlanta, Georgia

Coffman provided fire protection and life safety consulting for the mixed-use development surrounding the Atlanta Braves stadium. The development included four multi-family residential blocks, retail, office, parking, hotel, and entertainment buildings.



Kewalo Basin Harbor Improvements

Honolulu, Hawaii

Coffman was the designer of record for a renovation and improvements to the existing Kewalo boat harbor. Coffman provided civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering for the new piers, fuel tanks, power, and security features.



Oil & Gas Engineering

Coffman provides insightful advice, design, and custom solutions. Our team of professionals offer complete life cycle services for upstream, midstream, and downstream projects. We work some of the largest national producers to small locally owned companies to explore ways to reduce costs, improve safety, maximize operations, and find comprehensive solutions across the energy chain.



Nordstrom Stores

Various Locations

Coffman is the structural/seismic engineering consultant to the Nordstrom brand for over 30 years. We have provided services for more than 100 new retail stores and evaluated existing stores for compliance with current codes since 1979.



Harborview Hospital

Seattle, Washington

Coffman has provided various services and support for the Harborview Hospital including a sustainable design of the mechanical systems to reduce operating costs. We continue to provide services using the progressive design-build delivery method.



Host Hotels and Resorts

Various Locations

Coffman supports Host Hotels and Resorts on retrofit design, due diligence surveys, and fire alarm system upgrades and assessments for locations across the US.



Coffman Engineers Reviews

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    "Work can be fun!"

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
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    I have been working at Coffman Engineers full-time (More than 10 years)


    I’ve been with this company for over 10 years. What I love the most are the people I work with, and the varieties of work they give me. I enjoy what I do here. If you have ambition, they can give you opportunities to advance in your career.


    Since most employees want to advance with their careers, it’s a challenge to find a designer that will not aspire to be an engineer.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

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Coffman Engineers Interviews



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    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Accepted Offer
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    Easy Interview


    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Coffman Engineers (Anchorage, AK) in July 2019.


    Very Convenient and Thorough. I moved to Anchorage from the lower 48, which made me wonder if it would be more difficult to find work immediately. Coffman made me feel like this was not an issue in the slightest. I was interviewed by the HR Representative and the Department manager at Coffman in Anchorage. The HR gal is one of the best I have ever met. Extremely;y knowledgeable. The interview was very comfortable and friendly. They were up front about what expectations were and what the company strategy and plan is. I enjoyed the interview greatly.

    Interview Questions

    • I was asked about previous experience and what programs I had worked in. They asked me to describe situations and work from other jobs.   Answer Question
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Coffman Engineers Awards & Accolades

  • #27 Top 80 Engineering Firms, Building Design + Construction, 2019
  • Hot Firm List, Zweig Group, 2019
  • #177 Top 500 Design Firms, Engineering News-Record, 2019
  • Best Firms to Work For, Zweig Group, 2018
  • Employer of Choice, City of Bozeman, Job Service Employer of Choice, 2020
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

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