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DOWL Structural Project Designer - Mid-Level in Billings, Montana



The Structural Design Engineer is responsible for independently performing engineering tasks related to structural design and analysis. The person in this position must be licensed to practice civil engineering in the state of primary practice or should be licensed in a different state with the ability to get the required license within 6 months of hire. This person is expected to exercise strong engineering judgment and demonstrate strong Structural engineering fundamentals. The person in this position is also expected to work well with others, absorb and apply constructive criticism and seek guidance from more experienced members of the team as necessary. This position requires a willingness to learn skills and perform a variety of tasks not directly related to the field of Structural engineering, including, but not limited to: construction support assignments, in-service inspections, bridge, roadway and other civil engineering tasks.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Perform structural engineering related calculations, analysis, and design.

  • Coordinate drafting requirements for structural engineering design projects.

  • Coordinate with government agencies, client staff, and other professionals to obtain design information and approvals.

  • Prepare and route project related correspondence and record keeping.

  • Learn and apply company standards and best practices.

  • Work collaboratively within multi-disciplinary teams.

  • Work efficiently to meet deadlines and perform tasks within a given amount of time.

  • Develop rudimentary understanding of project budgets and schedules.

  • Develop familiarity with a variety of design codes related to the industry.

  • Consistently exercise discretion and judgment in all work tasks.

  • Follows DOWL’s safety program and maintain a safe work environment at the office and in the field.

  • Follows DOWL’s Operational Excellence program to maintain a high standard for deliverables and engineering calculations.

  • Other duties as assigned.


To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and/or Experience

This position requires a Bachelor's degree in engineering (Structural, structural) from an accredited university and 4 years’ progressive experience or a Master’s degree in structural engineering (Structural, structural) and 3 years’ progressive experience.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

PE Required: This position is for a licensed engineer to practice civil engineering in the state of primary practice or should be licensed in a different state with the ability to get the required license within 6 months of hire.

Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical analysis, and fundamentals of geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to effectively present information to clients, co-workers, and the public. He/she must also have excellent writing skills and be able to communicate effectively with large and diverse groups.

  • Strong structural engineering fundamentals including physics, statics, strength of materials, structural analysis, steel and concrete design.

  • Ability to accurately complete engineering calculations by hand.

  • Exceptional technical and communication skills.

  • Strong organization skills.

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Must be able to use Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and Project software.

  • Basic level CAD proficiency using AutoCAD and/or Microstation.

  • Intermediate level proficiency with one or more of the following structural analysis programs: SAP2000, Risa3D, Midas, or GTStrudl.

  • Intermediate level proficiency with MathCAD.

  • Strong understanding of seismic design principles and analysis methods.

  • Ability to prioritize special projects and daily workload to ensure that all work is completed in a timely and efficient manner.


  • Master’s Degree in bridge or structural engineering from an accredited engineering program.

  • Advanced level proficiency with one or more of the following structural analysis programs: SAP2000, Risa3D, Midas, or GT Strudl.

  • Advanced level proficiency with MathCAD.

  • Seismic design experience including non-linear analysis.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand; walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Salary Range:

$71,835 - $107,752

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)