M.D. Goodwin “Goody” served in the U.S. army corps of engineers during World War II, and was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, where he received his initial engineering experience. After the war, Goody went to work for an HVAC company in El Paso, gaining even further experience in HVAC engineering. Prior to the 1950s, MEP engineering in the public sector was conducted in a different manner than it is today. MEP engineering was performed by companies that provided full service turn-key installations that included design, equipment sales, and construction. When his employer fell on hard times, it gave Goody a couple of drafting boards and drafting supplies instead of his final paycheck. Goody spent his last dime on a train ticket to Austin where he sat for the two 8-hr P.E. engineering exams on back-to-back days. Had he failed either exam, he would have been unable to afford another train ticket. However, he passed both exams, and the rest is history. In 1950, M.D. Goodwin opened a fledgling consulting engineering business in El Paso, Texas as the city’s first independent mechanical consulting engineer, and thus, Goodwin Engineering was born. One of Goody’s biggest challenges was convencing his clientele of the value of hiring independent consulting engineering instead of using the traditional turn-key process. Goody was a pioneer in independent MEP consulting engineering, and today, it is the norm.
In 1966, Goody’s son Michael joined the firm after attending New Mexico State University and the University of Texas at El Paso. In the 1960’s Goodwin Engineering’s primary clients were the Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Government, the El Paso Independent School District and a few architects. Goody and Michael were instrumental in the design and engineerng of many of El Paso’s landmark buildings, many of its schools as well as a multitude of projects on Fort Bliss and White Sands Missile Range (including the primate research center at White Sands Missile Range used during the United State’s space exploration program in the 1960s).
In 1976, M.D. Goodwin and G. Michael Goodwin formed a partnership with the name of Goodwin Engineering. When M.D. Goodwin retired in 1980, Michael incorporated the firm as Goodwin Engineering, Inc.
Michael’s son, Wes, began working part time for the firm at the age of 16. Wes attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated there in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and joined the firm in 1987 as a third generation engineer. In February 1995 he opened Goodwin Engineering’s Austin office and is now President and Secretary of the company.
Goodwin Engineering, Inc. is a full service mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) consulting engineering firm, which provides design and construction phase engineering services for new and renovation projects. The firm’s expertise includes HVAC, electrical, lighting, fire protection, piping, automatic controls, elevators, and plumbing systems design for educational, commercial, institutional, government, and industrial sector clients.
The company’s objective has never waivered from its very beginnings: to assure the quality and success of each project from start to finish.
Our commitment is to provide the best quality solutions and services using sound fundamental engineering principles and practices with thoughtful application.
Our goal is to make a difference in the engineering industry through exemplary service to our clientele, environment, and community, while maintaining an ethical standard second to none. We have pioneered methodologies and solutions within the consulting engineering industry for almost three quarters of a century, and we will continue to do so well into the future.