Ghafari Structural Engineer (Wood Framing Speciality) in Grand Rapids, Michigan


General Summary:

The Structural Engineer, with limited supervision from the SVP and/or Manager of Structural Engineering, 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 the SVP/Manager of Structural Engineering, Project Manager and/or client

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

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

  • Produce innovative design solutions and give valuable engineering judgment to the team

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

  • Conduct field measuring and checking/analysis at construction site to verify existing conditions to coordinate necessary design additions and modifications

  • Prepare construction documents e.g. drawings and specifications

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

  • Review shop drawing submittals to assure design intent is met

  • Observe construction in the field to confirm design intent has been met

  • Maintain project files containing project calculations, correspondence, appropriate reference material, and other items

  • Communicate scope changes to the SVP/raManager of Structural Engineering and Project Manager

  • Mentor less experienced engineers

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

  • Performs related duties as assigned


Employment Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering (with Structural Engineering focus); Master’s degree preferred but not required

  • Professional Registration; S.E. preferred


  • Multi-story residential and commercial low-rise building design experience using wood framing

  • Multi-family residential low-rise building design experience using light gage framing

  • Post-tensioned concrete design and construction


  • Woodworks experience preferred

  • Analysis: RAM, ETABS, and SAP2000 preferred

  • Drafting: 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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It is Ghafari Associates, LLC’s policy not to discriminate in its employment and personnel practices because of a person’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, weight, height, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a qualified individual with a disability or a protected veteran, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance.

Job ID 2018-1296

Job Location US-MI-Grand Rapids

Category Engineering