Senior Structural Designer


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Architecture September 12, 2018 Cornell University Ithaca, NY, USA

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Appointment into a Sr. Structural Designer position is dependent upon the incumbent’s skills, education and experience.  The successful applicant will join a team of architects and structural engineers within Facilities Engineering that offer a full range of professional design services in support of University wide construction and renovation projects.


Manage design projects and prepare drawings, specifications and construction documents for maintenance, repair, and alteration projects.  Perform condition assessments and feasibility analysis; create technical reports and present to clients.  Assist Cornell trades in responding to maintenance needs and selecting appropriate course of action.  Lead the review and updating of University Design & Construction Standards related to the field of expertise. Review design documents and specifications developed by outside consultants for compliance with University standards and best practices. Serve as a technical resource in structural engineering for multidiscipline projects within Facilities Engineering and across Facilities Campus Services.  Manage capital projects (<$2M, low to medium complexity) including developing project scope, leading architecture/engineer selection process, managing AE contract, preparing front end bid documents, managing project budget and construction through punch list and closeout.

Support and develop asset management programs including coordination of assessments, planned/preventative maintenance, budgeting, capital planning, and updates of stakeholders.  Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all program stakeholders including customers, University administrators, staff, faculty, colleagues, AE firms, tradespersons, and code enforcement officials.

Ours is a values–based organization where all employees are accountable for supporting the organization’s values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity. Employees are required to attend staff development trainings and participate in the performance evaluation process.


Minimum of an Associate’s degree in Architectural/Engineering Technology.  Minimum five years of applicable experience in Architectural and Structural Engineering services or the equivalent combination of experience/education totaling at least eight years of credit required for admission to the Principle and Practice examination for professional licensure  Demonstrated experience with interpreting and applying codes and referenced standards in design and construction of structural systems.  Technical knowledge of structural systems.  Experience evaluating complex issues, developing multiple solutions for consideration, and producing high quality design deliverables. Demonstrated experience with design and construction of concrete, steel, masonry, wood, metal framing, and/or foundation systems. Working knowledge of project management and/or construction management.  Excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to cultivate interpersonal relationships, and effective organization skills.  Ability to participate effectively on teams, set priorities, and exercise good judgment.  Must be comfortable working in variable conditions, be aware of associated hazards, and be willing to comply with local policies.  Examples may include but not be limited to the presence of chemical odors, animals, insects, plants, dust, confined space, access by ladder or scaffolding, noise, and other physical hazards.  Safety gear may be required.  Proficiency with a variety of business and technical computer software (such as MS Word, Excel, CADD).

Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license; may be required to operate a motor vehicle (your own vehicle or Cornell-owned) to travel to/from job sites.


BS or BA in Engineering or Architecture (BSCEE Preferred) from an ABET-accredited program and/or a Master’s degree in a related field is preferred, and has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.  Experience on capital projects and ability to steer projects through University, State, and municipal approval processes to a successful conclusion.  Participation in professional organizations.  Experience developing planned and corrective maintenance plans.  Experience with CAD drafting, Revit, and structural design software.