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Structural Engineer 

About the Organization What is it you want out of your career?

If you're looking for an opportunity to grow, to be challenged, to work hard and to be part of a growing team, then Progressive AE may be the place for you. We work hard to surround ourselves with professionals who are more than just good at their job. We want engineers, architects, designers and support staff who have a desire to help shape our company. We need colleagues who will help us grow by thinking outside their job description. The work we do here is challenging, and sometimes the hours are long. But we're committed to serving our clients and providing the best solutions possible.

Progressive AE is a full-service, forward-thinking design firm. With offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Charlotte, North Carolina, we work on projects around the country that offer a variety and challenge you won't find at many other firms. And we don't relegate creativity just to 'creatives'-we encourage original thinking in every part of the organization-from support staff to engineering.

Since we're an employee-owned company, you'll be able to see the benefits of your hard work. And in return, we'll invest in you. This includes an in-depth wellness program with fitness classes and health coaching, flexible schedules, continuing education, mentorship, volunteer opportunities and internal leadership positions. In fact, we've been named one of the Best & Brightest Places to Work for since 2006, named Business Leader of the Year, received the Community and Educational Partnership Awards, and are the proud winners of the Governor's Fitness Award.

We are always looking for talented individuals to advance the strategic goals of our firm. If you are a big picture thinker with unique technical skills, we'd like to consider your application.

Category Structural Engineering  
Location Grand Rapids, MI  


As the Structural Engineer, with oversight from the Senior Structural Engineer, you will be responsible for performing structural analysis, designing task and modeling assignments for a variety of building types, sizes, and materials as well as the delivery of substantial portions of project work ranging from conceptual design to final construction documentation.



  • Work with the Senior Structural Engineer to ensure the overall design intent of the project established by the Design Architect is incorporated into the detailed documentation.
  • Provide expertise in the technical aspects of the structural design including code compliance, specifications, systems integration and constructability.
  • Resolve technical issues, work with other disciplines, and meet aggressive schedules and budgets.


  • Work with Senior Structural Engineer toward quality assurance and quality control measures for all projects.
  • Foster and maintain a collaborative professional working relationship with all of the various disciplines.

Staff Development

  • Mentor the work of less experienced staff.
  • Provide technical support and project communications to less experienced team members as required.

Project Quality

  • Work closely with team members, contributing and soliciting ideas while assisting in the completion of projects on aggressive schedules.
  • Perform all work in a clear, complete, and accurate manner.
  • Seek input from other senior staff on technical matters to improve the final project output.
  • Work on multiple project types and delivery methods.
  • Coordinate and communicate with other internal disciplines on projects.
  • Carefully review work for accuracy before submitting to others for final review.
  • Regularly communicate with Project Manager(s), Project Designer(s) and/or Project Architects(s) to understand any changes to project design, scope, schedule and budget.
  • Use design software/technology, including Revit, AutoCAD, RAM and other emerging technologies, for presentation and production purposes.
  • Act as an ambassador for company-wide values and ethical standards of practice.


  • Produce contract documents that are efficient and consistent with the scope of work, schedule and fee allotted to complete the work.

Commitment to Client Service

  • Foster a commitment to external and internal client service.
  • Exhibit professionalism when working with client representatives and leadership regarding their area of expertise.
Position Requirements


  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and professional licensure. Master’s degree preferred.
  2. Minimum of 5 years of post-graduate architectural experience.
  3. Strong knowledge of engineering principles and practices. Strong knowledge of design techniques and tools involved in the production of documents, models, plans, and details.
  4. Ability to work in collaboration with other senior team members to reach solutions to complex problems.
  5. Strong knowledge of quality assurance/quality control processes. Strong knowledge of building codes, and the ability to research and apply/incorporate into technical documents.
  6. Strong knowledge of Revit and AutoCAD is required.
  7. Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook required.
  8. Must possess the ability to communicate professionally to people both internally and externally within all levels of the organization(s) they represent.
  9. Ability to effectively meet project deadlines and budgets and assist other less experienced team members to meet the same goals, as needed.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
EOE Statement Progressive AE is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified individuals in its employment practices. Progressive AE strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination against employees and applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, disability, age, qualified veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applicants with a disability, who require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, may email for assistance. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.  

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