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Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
Entry-level engineer - structures
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Collins Engineers, Inc. | Chicago, IL
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Job Description


Collins is seeking a full-time Entry-Level Structural Engineer to join the Chicago office. This is an excellent career opportunity for a talented individual to join the Chicago team of outstanding engineers and contribute to the team's success. There are opportunities for advancement and continuing education is encouraged.

We're looking for a structural engineer with an interest in bridge and transportation structures. The engineer will assist in various bridge and transportation inspection projects, prepare reports, and apply standard engineering techniques, procedures, and criteria.

The engineer can work in the downtown Chicago office, near several modes of transportation, or in the Lombard office.

TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


Performs design and inspection/field work that does not require previous experience.

Assists in the completions of reports.

Prepares design computations and quantity estimates.

Keeps Project Managers informed of work load and any changes to project scope or additional services.

Uses computer assisted engineering and design software and equipment to prepare engineering and design documents.

Is active in Technical societies.

Marketing / Business Development

Is able to attend meetings or events outside of normal working hours.

Has limited communication with clients.

Leadership / Management

Instructs draftspersons / technicians to reduce designs to working drawings.


Actively observes and acts in an appropriate manner related to safety.


Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited four-year university plus appropriate continuing education and 0-4 years of experience.

MicroStation is a plus but not required.


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


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret contract documents, general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write technical reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, and the general public.


Ability to define problems, collect data, evaluate facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


The physical demands 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 job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk, sit, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may be required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

While in the field, the employee may be required to walk in rugged conditions, work in adverse weather conditions, and stand up to eight hours or more at a time.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Whether you are sitting in an office, hanging from a bridge, or diving under a pier, your health and safety are our most important concerns. Collins has ongoing safety training programs, up-to-date safety standards, continued use of best practices, and open communication. We will provide the training, knowledge, and tools, but we need your commitment to learn, be proactive, and work safely.


Collins Engineers, Inc. does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement and approved engagement request, Collins Engineers, Inc. reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. All unsolicited resumes received are the property of Collins Engineers, Inc.


Engineer-In-Training (E.I.T.) or ability to obtain within one year.