Associate Structural Engineer

Lombard, IL /
Structural Engineering – Engineering /
Full Time
Valdes is a 200-person, multidisciplinary, engineering, architecture, and project management company with an expert focus on technical excellence. Every client project is assigned a dedicated team of professionals who provide personalized services and solutions. The Valdes success model consists of streamlined work processes, attention to detail, technical expertise, and an unyielding commitment to client satisfaction, safety and quality.
Valdes is guided by our purpose statement: We are talented people who thrive and achieve extraordinary results for our customers. 

Our core values reflect who we are, how we perform and what we aspire to:
Integrity            Critical Thinking              Excellence               Teamwork              Passion 

Valdes proudly executes all work in the United States to maintain the utmost quality for our clients. We are a certified Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and hold the following certifications:
National Minority Supplier Development Council - MBE Certification
Illinois Department of Central Management Services - BEP Certification 
City of Chicago - MBE Certification
California Public Utilities Commission, The Supplier Clearinghouse - MBE Certification


    • College graduate with a Civil or Structural Engineering Degree, 0-3 years of experience working in civil engineering, structural engineering or architectural field. You will interface with client engineering representatives and other Valdes discipline engineers.


    • Entry level knowledge within the civil/structural engineering or architectural discipline with the capabilities and the initiative to perform the tasks with supervisory/mentor assistance
    • Design shallow foundations
    • Design individual pipe supports and pipe rack type structures
    • Design basic structural steel access platforms with ladder or stair details
    • Develop basic structural connections
    • Learn design codes and follow established design criteria
    • Have a basic understanding of structural analysis software
    • Manage his or her own time to stay within the project allotted budget
    • Coordinate engineering details/drafting with department designer staff to develop project design drawings
    • Review vendor concrete reinforcement and structural steel shop fabrication drawings
    • Learn to develop and review project specifications
    • Verify field conditions, constructability of designs, and assist in resolving problems during field construction
    • May be required to participate in short or long term field assignments
    • All other duties as assigned

Technical Competencies:

    • Entry level knowledge of civil/structural engineering or architectural design
    • Good verbal and written communication skills
    • Familiarity of AutoCAD software 
    • Familiarity with Risa-3D and STAADPro analysis software a plus 
    • Solid Microsoft Office skills

People Skills:

    • Personable and able to work easily with others at all levels 
    • Dependable and self-motivated with strong ethical principles
    • Understands when to seek additional guidance from senior engineers on project/process issues and when to research the solution on their own
    • Comfortable approaching a mentor with technical or business related questions
    • Ability to receive direction from Department Manager and/or Discipline Lead and incorporate instruction into completing tasks

Organizational Skills:

    • Must be well organized and able to prioritize work 
    • Ability to set and track goals 
    • Ability to multi-task
    • Able to commit to and meet project deadlines
    • Driven to provide outstanding service to both external and internal customers
    • Takes ownership of work through project completion
    • Must keep work area neat and clean 


    • Education: Bachelor’s Degree or higher in civil or structural engineering or architecture
    • Experience: 0-3 Years of experience working as a civil or structural engineer
    • Eligible to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future
Valdes Architecture & Engineering Company is looking for bright and talented people that want to take their career to the next level. We offer many rewarding career paths to challenge and engage our employees at all phases of their careers. Our office provides a team environment, and excellent working conditions, which allow individuals to maximize their potential. Valdes Engineering offers an outstanding benefits package including Medical, Dental, 401K plan, Company paid Long Term and Short Term Disability Insurance, Company paid Life and AD&D Insurance, Pet Insurance, a discounted gym membership and tuition reimbursement.