Principal Structural Engineer
Valdes Engineering Company
 Griffith, IN
Valdes is a 200-person, multidisciplinary, engineering and project management company with an expert focus on the energy industry. 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.


  • Advanced knowledge within the Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, or Architectural discipline with the capabilities and the initiative to design structures independently
  • Design shallow and deep foundations
  • Design underground concrete vaults and tunnels
  • Design slab reinforcement for a variety of loading conditions
  • Design individual pipe supports and pipe rack type structures
  • Design steel structures such as access platforms including ladder and stair details, trusses, two-legged bents and four-legged support towers
  • Develop a variety of structural connections including unique connections caused by field interferences
  • Capable of interpreting and designing from a variety of different domestic and foreign structural building design codes
  • Strong understanding of multiple types of structural analysis software packages
  • Have an understanding of civil design systems
  • Confidence and creative initiative to solve difficult problems and develop discipline specific arrangements
  • Manage his or her own time, as well as those they are supervising, to stay within the project allotted budget
  • Perform as a Design Lead for small discipline projects which may include managing up to several  engineers and designers per project
  • Interfacing with clients in business development roles during scope and proposal development phases of a new project or as required
  • Capable of developing structural design manhour estimates and work completion schedules
  • Review vendor concrete reinforcement and structural steel shop fabrication drawings
  • Develop and review project specifications
  • Develop structural construction scope of work documents
  • Mentor less senior engineers
  • Possess professional registration 
  • 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


  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Civil or Structural Engineering or Architecture
  • 15+ years of experience working as a Civil or Structural Engineer, or Architect in the Process Industrial or Power industries.
  • Must hold professional registrations (SE, PE)
  • Advanced knowledge of Civil/Structural Engineering or Architectural design
  • Strong Microsoft Office software skills
  • Knowledgeable of AutoCAD software
  • Knowledgeable with Risa-3D and STAADPro analysis software
  • Possess report writing skills to create structural evaluation reports of existing facilities
  • Intermediate understanding of other discipline work flow and how all departments work together to complete projects
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
Valdes 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, and Company paid Life and AD&D Insurance and tuition reimbursement.