Experienced Structural Engineer

Wiss Janney Elstner Associates   •  

Chicago, IL

15+ years

Posted 265 days ago

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The Chicago office of WJE is seeking a Experienced Structural Engineer with a depth of project and client management experience.  The ideal candidate is a well-rounded professional with industry-recognized expertise in one or more of WJE’s practice areas, who is capable of tackling complex structural engineering assignments in a collaborative fashion. The candidate will also be expected to mentor junior staff and make contributions to the internal operations and initiatives of the company.

Candidates must be technically competent in concrete, steel, masonry, wood, and other structural systems, and have solid experience in structural analysis and computer modeling.  Work will typically include engineering analysis, field investigation, monitoring laboratory testing, research, investigation data reduction, developing alternate schemes for solving problems, and repair design. 

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) is a global firm of engineers, architects, and materials scientists committed to helping solve, repair, and avoid problems in the built world. Since 1956, our appliedexperience from more than 125,000 projects and our state-of-the-art laboratory and testing facilities have made WJE a leader in providing innovative yet practical solutions to the clients we serve.


  • 15 or more years of managing a range of structural engineering projects from simple to complex
  • Structural Engineering license in Illinois
  • Strong regional experience and established clients in the Chicago region
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computer skills including structural analysis
  • Ability to work in the field and to travel outside local area
  • Active in professional organizations, authors papers, attends conferences, and performs work on technical committees 

Typical functions:

  • Acts as the primary client contact for projects
  • Builds client relationships, attracting new and repeat business
  • Develops scopes of services, assembles and manages appropriate project teams based on needs and prepares high quality proposals
  • Conducts on-site inspections/investigations, including surveying and documenting distress, field testing, sampling, photographing, sketching, and observing work in progress
  • Researches historical background of structural provisions, technical issues, and code issues
  • Analyzes research and investigation data and develops alternate schemes for solving problems
  • Completes structural analysis of concrete, steel, wood, masonry and other systems; performs technical reviews of analytical and written work product prepared by others
  • Designs repair details; prepares drawings, specifications, and final project deliverables
  • Prepares investigatory reports, client presentations, and other types of written work product
  • Invoices clients and follows up on outstanding accounts

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This position requires visual acuity and listening ability. Individuals must have the dexterity to be able to operate office and field equipment such as computer, printer, fax, copier, telephone, voice mail system, and other office and field equipment.  Requirements may also include:

  • Ability to attend meetings at various office and field sites
  • Ability to perform inspections of buildings and other structures, both visually and with instruments
  • Ability to lift and carry materials and equipment up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to perform work in the temperature extremes presented by work in the outdoors
  • Ability to read construction drawings, diagrams, printed materials and computer screens
  • Ability to record data clearly and write passages for reports, letters, etc.
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to safely work at heights
  • Ability to safely use and/or operate ladders, scaffolds, lifts and other access equipment
  • Ability to understand and appreciate safety training specific to numerous workplace and construction hazards
  • Ability to safely work in a variety of occupationally hazardous locations
  • Medically fit to utilize respiratory protection devices and other forms of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Ability to drive and safely operate a motor vehicle