Lead Structural Designer

AECOM  •  Denver, CO

11 - 15 years experience  •  Engineering Services

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 12/07/17
Denver, CO
11 - 15 years experience
Engineering Services
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 12/07/17

The Designer is responsible for initiating and developing engineering drawings through completion for assigned projects in conformance with the requirements, applicable codes, and design criteria established by the project’s discipline engineers. Works under the direction of the Design Supervisor and the Supervising Discipline Engineer (SDE), coordinates work with all other disciplines on an assigned project. 


  • Works to project specifications and discipline-associated written and verbal instructions in accordance with established design practices, standards and procedures.
  • Coordinates work with that of others in discipline group and other discipline groups on the project.
  • Prepares complete information for design details, bill of materials, etc., that can be distributed to other design or draft personnel for completion.
  • Understands project scope as presented within a specific discipline.
  • Ensures that designs are consistent with project technical requirements and scope.
  • Provides support for customer’s engineering deliverables.
  • Advises the Design Supervisor, Lead Designer or Supervising Discipline Engineer about status of assignment(s) with respect to schedule, budgets, delays and adverse problems.
  • Checks assigned drawings supplied by vendors, customers and other discipline groups throughout the project to ensure quality designs.
  • Provides technical guidance and assistance to other design and draft personnel and is responsible for neatness and accuracy of work.
  • Ensures quality, quantity and completeness of the assigned design tasks.
  • Plans and schedules design tasks associated with assigned project.
  • Keeps proper files and records related to assigned design activities.
  • Understands and uses computer software and applications associated with design assignments.
  • Continually upgrades technical knowledge and capabilities and pursues additional coursework and training.
  • Develops an understanding of the role of each of the other disciplines in Engineering.
  • Supports alignment of customer and company objectives.
  • Under minimal supervision, develops complex engineering drawings.
  • Exercises sound judgment in assessing problem situations or complex design issues, and uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions.
  • Basic understanding of engineer’s process of performing and verifying design calculations to support the overall project design.
  • Fully understands the purpose and use of vendor documents, reviews them for accuracy and resolves discrepancies. Also reviews discipline supplier documents and other discipline’s supplier documents for accuracy.
  • Fully understands the use of requisitions and the role of materials management and can review/advise on purchase orders and subcontracts.
  • Leads or assists with the development of manpower, man-hour, and labor costs requirements for design staff and monitors data to aid in evaluating the budget.
  • Intermediate knowledge of cost estimating methods and performs thorough and accurate material take-offs for the discipline.
  • Full understanding of the discipline’s equipment and material lists and instructs others in their use and requirements. Prepares designs and drawings using project specifications and discipline-associated written and verbal instructions in accordance with established design practices, standards, and procedures.
  • Reviews completed work with design and drafting personnel responsible for its completion to ensure accuracy and compliance with codes and design data.
  • Advises the Design Supervisor or Supervising Design Engineer (SDE) about status of assignment(s) with respect to schedule, budgets, delays, and adverse problems.
  • Perform all other position related duties as assigned or requested.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

  • Associates Degree in computer aided drafting with a structural emphasis or equivalent experience.
  • 10+ years of progressive design office and/or steel detailing experience and heavy industrial steel and concrete design experience.
  • Capable with 2D and 3D plant design experience.
  • Experience in design development, drawing preparation, and checking processes a must.
  • A basic understanding of engineering calculations and information required on design drawings is required.
  • Must have experience in performing structural Material Take Off (MTO) activities using manual methods and computer applications.
  • Project change control experience in necessary
  • Must have working knowledge of general 3D modeling software.
  • A working knowledge of AutoCAD or other general plant modeling/drafting CAD software platform is necessary.
  • Due to the nature of work, candidate must be a US Citizen.



  • In depth knowledge of Tekla Structures including advanced coursework a plus.
  • Highly desired is a deep knowledge of Tekla connection design and steel detailing.
  • Preferred is a working knowledge of building and major equipment foundation systems.
  • Working knowledge of model  interference detection and resolution desirable.
  • Reinforced concrete mat and slab experience a plus.
  • Working knowledge of Smart Plant 3D (SP3D) software.
  • Preferred is DOE/DOD project experience.

Additional Information:

  • Due to the nature of the work, Candidate must be a US citizen.
  • Qualified applicants who are offered a position must pass a pre-employment substance abuse test and be capable and willing to submit and pass random fitness for duty screening particularly for drugs and alcohol.
  • Relocation benefits are not included for this position.
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