Over 50 Years of Personalized Service to North Central Texas

Childress Engineers is a small firm, staffed with experienced professional engineers and technicians who have been delivering clients' projects from concept to completion since 1963.

Childress Engineers prides itself on being able to provide top quality construction projects while minimizing our clients' total costs through our knowledge of construction, careful and thorough planning and rapport with area contractors.

When you meet us, you'll meet the actual people doing your design work - not some name on an organizational chart. We don't try to impress clients by sheer manpower and then delegate the design to an engineer in training. Our principals are involved in every phase of the project.

Benjamin S. Shanklin, P.E.



Since 1983, Ben has devoted his career to serving the citizens of north central Texas in the development of infrastructure. He has widespread expertise in general civil design, including pump stations, airports, sports projects, water distribution, streets, and wastewater treatment. 


Texas A&M University

B.S. – 1979 – Engineering Technology

University of Texas

B.S. – 1983 – Civil Engineering

Robert T. Childress III, P.E.

Vice President


Robert’s attention to detail and client services has been a great asset to the firm. He began his career in 1989 and has extensive experience in the design of water distribution systems, sanitary sewer collection systems, storm sewer facilities, roadways, and railways.


Texas A&M University

B.S. – 1989 – Civil Engineering

Tom D. Traut, P.E.

Project Manager


In 1983, Tom began gaining experience in the design of private and public sector projects, including grading, drainage, water distribution, roadways, and aviation. His commercial development projects include hospitals, office parks, schools, church, and industrial facilities.


Ohio State University

B.S. – 1980 – Civil Engineering

Joshua J. Brockett, P.E.

Project Engineer


Josh completed his Marine Corps service in 2004 and embarked on an engineering career. He has years of know-how in planning, design, and construction of municipal and rural facilities, including storm sewer systems, sanitary sewer systems, roadways,  and commercial and residential site developments.


Texas A&M University

B.S. – 1998 – Agricultural Engineering

Robert T. Childress, Jr., P.E.

Founder & Special Consultant


Bob has been in the private practice of engineering since 1963. Over the years he has developed a good reputation with his clients as well as the various regulating and financing agencies. He extends his experience and technical expertise to the other members of the design team as needed.


Texas A&M University

B.S. – 1953 – Agricultural Engineering

Douglas Lewis

Senior Civil Designer


Doug joined Childress Engineers in 1997, sharing over four decades of progressive experience in land surveying, drafting, and management of project detailing.

James S. Dewberry

Civil Technician


James has many years of experience in field appraisal of real property and over two decades of advanced knowledge in mapping and CADD drafting. He has been with Childress Engineers since 1999.

Michael Stamey

Senior Civil Designer


Two plus decades of experience in residential and commercial development, municipal design, roadway and drainage design and drafting using MicroStation, has made Mike a valuable asset to Childress Engineers since 2005.

Charli Jo Vance

Office Manager


The newest member of the Childress Engineers family, Charli enthusiastically keeps everything running smoothly and is a personable first point of contact for the firm.