About Us


Since 2005 Functional Ergonomics has been Central California's leading provider of cost effective Functional Capacity Testing and Ergonomic Consulting Services. Uniquely situated as an independently owned and operated facility, it has developed long term relationships with its employer partners many of whom have been working with our staff since 1991.

Expertise, Experience, Expediency

All of our tests and services are performed by our professional staff, all of whom have over 40 years of combined experience in functional testing and ergonomics.  Post Offer and Fitness for Duty results are available the same day as testing. Ergonomic solutions are also presented at the time of the assessment with a detailed report within several business days.

Our Clients

Functional Ergonomics' employer partners include large Fortune 500 companies, medium and small businesses. We also do extensive work with government agencies. Our clients come from all areas of industry including energy, agricultural, manufacturing, logistics, health care, service, and education.

Our Professional Team


Thomas B. Traut, M.Ed., RKT, CEAS III

Thomas B. Traut, M.Ed., RKT, CEAS III

Thomas B. Traut, M.Ed., RKT, CEAS III

Mr. Traut is the President and founder of Functional Ergonomics, Inc. He is a graduate of The University of Toledo with a Masters' Degree in Exercise Science and Kinesiotherapy. He has been a Registered Kinesiotherapy for over 30 years and is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist III. Mr. Traut has implemented hundreds of Post Offer Testing programs and performed thousands of tests and job analyses. He is a frequent speaker on Ergonomics, Body Mechanics, and Functional Testing. 


Marco Barba, B.S., RKT

Thomas B. Traut, M.Ed., RKT, CEAS III

Thomas B. Traut, M.Ed., RKT, CEAS III


Marco joined the Functional Ergonomics team in 2019. A graduate of San Diego State University, he has dedicated himself to the field of Functional Capacity Evaluations, Post Offer Employment Testing, Work Conditioning Programs and Aquatic Therapy, Range of Motion Assessment and Cardiovascular Stress Tests with Oxygen uptake. Marco is fluent in oral and written Spanish, enabling him to improve the comfort level of our Spanish-speaking patients thus improving the validity and reliability of test results. 

Client List


Partial Client List 

  • Advance Beverage
  • Adventist Health
  • Aera Energy
  • Avangrid Renewables
  • B & L Casing
  • Bakersfield City School District
  • Bakersfield Heart Hospital
  • Cal Coast Acidizing
  • Chevron
  • City of Bakersfield
  • City of Tehachapi
  • County of Kern
  • County of San Luis Obispo
  • Delano Union School District
  • Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream
  • Grimmway Enterprises
  • Hall Ambulance
  • Helmerich & Payne 
  • KBA Schlumberger Lift Solutions
  • Kern County Superintendent of Schools
  • Kern County Community College District
  • Kern High School District
  • MMI Services Inc.
  • Panama Buena School District
  • Pavletich Electric
  • Pros Inc.
  • RL Environmental
  • Rosedale Union School District
  • Searles Valley Minerals
  • State Compensation Insurance Services
  • State of California
  • Union Pacific Railroad