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Bolton & Menk, Inc. Structural Engineer  in Ames, Iowa

Structural Engineer

EOE StatementWe are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.



Bolton & Menk specializes in providing public infrastructure solutions. We have over 70 years of experience serving the Upper Midwest and beyond. We are looking to add a Structural Engineer to our Bridge and Structural Services team in either our Ames, IA office or Des Moines, IA office. As a Top150 Workplace in Minnesota, this is a fantastic opportunity to work with a great team of professionals and grow your career!

We are looking to add a Structural Engineer to our team who will help foster our mission that All People Should Live in a Safe, Sustainable and Beautiful Community! We are passionate about using collaboration to lead us to the right solution. A solution that can be planned for and funded. A lasting solution that not only works today but long into the future. Our expertise offers a fresh, engaging approach to solve multi-faceted problems involving technical, regulatory, and community issues.

As a Structural Project Engineer at Bolton & Menk, you will work with project engineers and managers to complete preliminary and final design packages for various bridges and structures. You will create studies and reports, perform design calculations, assist in plan development, write specifications, review shop drawings and make field visits. Projects will range from highway infrastructure projects such as various interchange, pedestrian and river crossing bridges, to retaining walls and parking structures, to industrial buildings such as water or wastewater treatment facilities.

What You Will Be Doing:

  • Perform detailed design computations

  • Project layout and design in Microstation

  • Prepare and/or present preliminary reports and feasibility studies

  • Prepares, supervises and reviews the design and preparation of plans, specifications, cost estimates and quantity take-off's.

  • Travel to work sites and other project related locations as required

  • Maintain and enhance skills through continuing education at a level sufficient to meet or exceed state licensure requirements

  • Plan and organize project assignments by directing work of other engineers and technicians

  • Assist in the training and development of professional staff

  • Oversee the planning, scheduling and performance of multiple engineering projects

  • Support business development opportunities

  • Develop and maintain relationships with regulatory agencies.

What We Are Looking For:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from an accredited college or university

  • Minimum 6 years of progressive experience

  • Licensed Professional Engineer in MN

  • Meets the state requirements to maintain required licenses

  • Must have working knowledge of Microstation

  • Effective interpersonal skills

  • Excellent time management skills and problem solving skills

  • Effective Supervisory, Management and Team Leadership skills.

  • Possess valid driver's license and is insurable at firm's standard rates.

  • Thorough knowledge and skills in CAD and design software

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS in Civil/Structural Engineering from an accredited college or University

  • Past experience in bridge design and plan preparation

  • Knowledge and experience with AASHTO manuals

  • Familiarity with MnDOT standards and practices

  • Working knowledge of Microstation or Civil 3D software packages

  • Experience with finite element analysis

  • Proficiency in common bridge engineering software (RCPier, Conspan, MathCad, Staad, etc.)

  • Bridge inspection training and load rating experience


Work with a creative and hardworking team, who believe in client satisfaction and building relationships. For over 70 years Bolton & Menk, Inc. has served public and private clients in the Upper Midwest with comprehensive planning, design and construction engineering and surveying services. The employees at Bolton & Menk are seeking hard working and ambitious co-workers to join us to deliver tomorrow's leading infrastructure projects. Bolton & Menk is employee-owned, is ranked among ENR's Top 500 Design Firms and is a Top 150 Workplace in Minnesota. With over 550 employees and 22 offices in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and North Carolina, there are always new challenges and career development opportunities available.


At Bolton & Menk, we value our people and provide an exceptional Total Compensation and Benefits Package to protect our most valuable asset. We are committed to the well-being of our employees and their families. Perks of being a Bolton & Menk employee include peace of mind with our benefits package and competitive compensation plan, flexible schedules and career development opportunities. Learn more here:

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We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Bolton & Menk does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third-party agencies in response to Bolton & Menk job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers. Pre-approval from the Bolton & Menk Talent Acquisition team is required before any external candidate can be submitted and such candidate must be submitted to the Bolton & Menk Talent Acquisition team.

Bolton & Menk, Inc., is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

Location(s)Ames, Des Moines

This position is currently accepting applications.