Jack A. Otteson, PE



JAX Engineering is owned and operated by Jack A. Otteson, PE, a Service-Disabled Veteran and retired U.S. Army Reserve Colonel. His 32-year career includes service in the U.S. Army and a successful management/technical career with professional consulting firms. In 2017, he founded JAX Engineering with a vision to combine his commitment to country with his integrity and dedication as a professional engineer. His top-notch expertise and outstanding reputation in planning, engineering and construction management provide a valuable and unique blend of skills for client service and project solutions.

Jack’s experience includes 7+ years’ service in the U.S. Army on active duty as an engineer officer and 24+ years with professional consulting firms as an engineer, project manager, department head and owner while still serving in the Army Reserve. His project portfolio includes design and construction management of water/wastewater utilities, roads, railroads, fueling facilities, buildings, and site development projects throughout the United States and overseas.

Jack is a registered Professional Engineer in 27 states and holds three TxDOT Pre-certifications. He has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is a member of the American Concrete Institute, Society of American Military Engineers, American Council of Engineering Companies, and American Railway Engineering and Maintenance Association.

Jack served on active duty as an engineer officer in the U.S. Army from 1989–1994. He has been in the U.S. Army Reserve since his release from active duty, and he has been awarded three bronze stars and four meritorious service medals among other awards and decorations. In 1990, he deployed to Saudi Arabia and Iraq where he served in support of Operation Desert Storm. In 2003, he was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served as Chief, Base Camp Coordination Authority. In this capacity, he provided master planning, funding packages, construction management and contract management for the construction of all base camps in and around the city of Baghdad to house over 33,000 U.S. military and civilian contractors. In 2008, he was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During his time, he served as Design Engineer for 420th Engineer Brigade and was responsible for base camp planning, design, and procurement of funding for base camps across the Afghan theatre. In his final assignment, he served as Operations Officer for the 100th Training Division at Fort Knox, KY. He retired in June of 2019 after 30 years of honorable service in the U.S. Army.

Certifications and Accreditations

  • Professional Engineer in 23 states
  • Service-Disabled Veteran
  • Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Pre-Certified in 4.1.1 Minor Roadway Design | 7.2.1 Highway-Rail Grade Crossings Studies | 10.1.1 Hydrologic Studies

Patrick Greenwood, CQM


Vice President of Construction Services

Patrick's career includes over 25 years of in construction management and inspection for roadway/highway and rail projects across the United States. Patrick is a multi-faceted professional in intermodal and rail construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation. His project work includes long-term contracts at various BNSF facilities in Washington, Tennessee, Kansas, and Texas. Patrick's experience encompasses all aspects of construction management and inspection including utility relocations, grading and drainage, sanitary sewer slope staking, bridge layouts, pile driving, bridges, drilled shafts, paving, topographic surveys, electrical/communication lines, lighting, tracks, crane rail foundations, and wide-span cranes. He has also worked extensively with state and local agencies on project coordination and staging, regulatory permitting, and right-of-way acquisition. Patrick maintains numerous registrations and certifications crucial to the oversight and management of construction activities.

  • Construction Quality Management (CQM), U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
  • BNSF Railway Maintenance of Way Operating Rules (MWOR)Qualified
  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) 214 Track Inspection
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Certified (10/30 hr.)
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI) Certified
  • Troxler Certified
  • Tennessee Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Training Program for Construction Sites (TDEC) Level 1