Ghafari Structural Engineer in Chicago, Illinois


General Summary:

With limited supervision from the Manager of Structural Engineering, the Structural Engineer E3 will provide the technical, organizational and communication skills to produce well-designed and coordinated construction documents for structural systems.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Review and/or establish project scope, structural budget, and design approach with Manager of Structural Engineering, Project Manager and/or client.

  • Perform as project lead engineer for larger projects managing production effort of staff assigned to project in terms of quality, budget, and schedule.

  • Keep current with latest code publications and apply in everyday analysis as applicable.

  • Capable of producing innovative design solutions and sound value engineering judgment.

  • Formulate design and/or analysis of structural framing systems and perform necessary calculations.

  • Conduct field measuring and checking at construction site to verify existing conditions.

  • Prepare construction documents including drawings, specifications, cost estimates, etc.

  • Communicate with other disciplines to produce well-coordinated construction documents.

  • Review shop drawing submittals to assure design intent is met.

  • Maintain project file containing project calculations, correspondence, appropriate reference material, etc.

  • Communicate scope changes to Manager of Structural Engineering and Project Manager.

  • Mentor less experienced engineers.

  • Use available structural computer programs to enhance productivity and verifies results with manual checks.

  • Versatile in performing design and/or analysis for steel, concrete, masonry, or timber framing systems.

  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering; Master's degree in Civil Engineering (with Structural Engineering focus) from an accredited university

  • Professional Registration

  • 5+ years of related and progressively more responsible experience in the structural engineering field.

Additional Skills:

  • RAM, Risa, ETABS, or STAADPro; AutoCAD and Revit preferred.


Ghafari is a global engineering, architecture, process design, consulting, and construction services firm driven to understand and meet the distinct needs of every client. For nearly forty years, we have taken a personal approach to highly technical projects in complex markets. By blending insight with technological innovation, we help clients elevate their efficiency, sustainability, and impact.

Our full-service, in-house team works together to meet the unique demands of each project. Working side by side, market experts and discipline leaders exchange insights to uncover new opportunities for efficiency. This rigorous collaboration allows us to bridge smart design with precise functionality.

Ghafari was founded on the promise of technological innovation. Today, we are recognized as a pioneer in adopting and standardizing the latest advancements in our field. We aim to remain at the forefront of our industry and create ever-smarter spaces that help clients navigate new demands within their field.

Join our team and work on forward-thinking projects around the world.

Ghafari Associates, LLC is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities in the employment application process. If you need an accommodation due to a disability in order to use our online system to apply for a position at Ghafari Associates, LLC, you may apply for positions in the following ways:

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Job ID 2018-1279

Job Location US-IL-Chicago

Category Engineering