Senior Structural Design Engineer

March 2, 2023
Application ends: March 26, 2025

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Prairie Engineers, P.C. is seeking an experienced Structural Engineer to join their team!

Do you strive to provide your clients with quality plans, exceptional service, and flexible, innovative solutions? Are you looking for a company that not only supports their clients like this, but their internal team too? As a progressive and rapidly growing business, Prairie Engineers can present you with a wide range of challenging projects, an opportunity to work within a highly functional team, and a leadership role that you can help define. We take pride in being a continually evolving company that values a fresh approach and non-traditional roles. We’re able to move quickly, not stifled by “the way it’s always been done”. If this sounds appealing to you – come talk with us! The ideal structural engineering candidate will bring extensive structural design knowledge within the consulting industry and familiarity working with other engineering disciplines on projects for private or public sector clients. The successful candidate should have experience managing structural scope for simultaneous projects and coordinating with internal and external project team members. We offer a flexible work schedule, work from home opportunities, and career growth plans to meet your individual needs while providing a competitive salary and benefits. We will accommodate this position as a full-time or part-time schedule in any of our offices

Essential job functions include:

Direct development of construction documents for structural engineering projects with experience managing building or bridge design projects

Review and direct complex structural engineering calculations, including coordination with requirements for other disciplines and detailing of project-specific conditions

Perform field observation site visits or assessment site visits to observe and document structural conditions

Take ownership of tasks with dependable performance

Mentor and support the development of junior staff

Develop scopes, schedules, and budgets for assigned projects

Focus on client satisfaction and project delivery with attention to detail and deadlines

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering

Experience: 15+ years’ relevant design experience

Licensure: Current Illinois Structural Engineer or ability to attain in 6 months

Knowledge: Solid understanding of industry best practices, techniques, standards, and specifications, including familiarity with either IBC standards or AASHTO and IL DOT Bridge Manual, Specifications and Standards

Structural Software: Familiarity with structural analysis software (Risa, Enercalc, STAAD, ConSpan)

Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Responsive: Communicates openly, proactively, and promptly

Teamwork: Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

Ideals: Professional, respectful, with a strong work ethic

Can Do Attitude: Positively engages with challenges and facilitates problem solving

Preferred Qualifications:

Structural Software: Familiarity with Revit and Prostructures

More Licenses: Additional State licensure and ability to obtain as needed

Design Standards: Familiarity with Illinois CDB standards; Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) standards; and/or seismic provisions of building and material codes; IL, MO, and IA DOT Bridge Manuals, Specifications and Standards

Prairie Engineers is an equal opportunity employer that recognizes the value of diversity. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), national origin, disability, genetic information or any other legally protected status.

Preference will be given to applicants who reside in a HUBZone as defined by the US Small Business Administration. For a map of certified HUBZone areas, please refer to the following website:

Potential candidates for this position should complete the employment application on our website and submit via email with cover letter and resume.

Prairie Engineers is a full-service engineering, geospatial, and environmental science consulting firm delivering sustainable infrastructure solutions to improve our natural and developed environment. We are a woman-owned firm with offices in Columbia, Hillsboro, Washington, Champaign, and Springfield, Illinois; Keokuk, Iowa; Hannibal, Hazelwood, and Kansas City, Missouri; and Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Prairie Values

People Focused. We prioritize relationships, foster team growth, and promote a culture of inclusion and development.

Can Do Attitude. We positively engage with challenges to form flexible and innovative solutions.

Responsive. We communicate openly, proactively, and promptly.

Prairie Awards

2022 Best Firms to Work For At AEC Firms in North America based on workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates, and much more.

2021 Best Places to Work – Central Illinois by the Springfield Business Journal.

2021 Small Firm Winner of the Best Places for Engineers to Work by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers.

Some Benefits of Working at Prairie

Schedule flexibility. We accommodate non-routine schedules and part-time professional positions. Need to match your kid’s school schedule, reduce hours during the summer or holidays, or work evenings instead of mornings? Let’s make a plan!

Location flexibility. We may accommodate work from home, work from the office, or a hybrid solution.

Ample time-off. We are looking for a candidate who will give it their all when they are at work, plus we recognize the need to “recharge your batteries” so you can continue to give top-notch service to our clients. We provide 160 hours of PTO to full-time staff with under 10 years of experience and 200 hours of PTO to those over. In addition, we’ll reward you an extra 8 hours for every 5 years with our company.

Paid premium overtime. The first 80 hours of overtime goes into a comp time bank which you can use as additional paid time off. If you work more overtime than that, we pay 1.5x your hourly pay rate. Not just for entry-level positions, but for most professional positions.

Generous benefits. Option for a fully paid health insurance premium combined with an HRA covers 100% of the employee’s annual deductible. Plus, life, AD&D, short term and long term disability – with all insurance effective on day 1 of your employment. A 401k that doesn’t require a match – you’ll get 3% AND the freedom to invest your money how you want.

A bonus that rewards your efforts. We want people who will work hard with a “can-do” attitude and give our clients top notch service, and we expect to reward you for that effort! We distribute approximately half (yes, half!) of our post-tax profits in our bonus program. 30% of that is pro-rated based on salaries for everyone who has been with us for over 12 months. We are a team, and it takes all of us working together to succeed. 70% of the bonus program is solely performance- based and rewards those that go above and beyond.

For additional information regarding our company and benefits offered to our employees, please visit our website at

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $61,467.06 – $132,232.98 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus pay


  • Bachelor’s (Preferred)


  • managing building or bridge projects: 1 year (Preferred)
  • structural design: 10 years (Preferred)

Work Location: One location