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Senior Structural Designer/Drafter in Bingham Farms, Michigan, United States


Senior Structural Designer/Drafter

Jacobs Technology Group is a performance unit of the Jacobs Critical Mission Solutions (CMS) Line of Business.  The Jacobs CMS Technology Group specializes in the design, construction, and operation of unique and complex research and development facilities, including, as examples, wind tunnels (aerospace, automotive, and motorsports), rocket test stands, climatic chambers, jet engine test cells, acoustic chambers, altitude test facilities, captive trajectory systems, and nuclear facilities.  Our projects span the automotive, motorsports, defense, nuclear, and aerospace markets.  Recent clients include Audi, Boeing, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Honda, General Motors, NASA, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Energy, Volkswagen, and many others in North America, Europe, and Asia.

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Most of your designs will be unique, and you will usually be working on several projects at one time in a dynamic, challenging, and even fun environment.  This position will provide you with an exciting opportunity to lead and manage the drawing packages of structural projects as part of a multi-discipline team of professionals. We are looking for a structural drafter/designer who will work to ensure client satisfaction and help deliver key structural projects within scope, budget, and schedule. You should be a self-motivated professional with at least 10 years of progressive structural drafter/designer experience.

In this role, the Senior Structural Designer will work closely under the direction of the Lead Structural Engineer. This role is responsible for preparing detailed construction drawings for steel and reinforced concrete structures using structural specifications, engineering calculations, sketches, detailed drawings, and design information according to project standards and procedures.

This position requires direct communication and coordination with other disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, piping and project team members to ensure a complete and timely production of drawing packages, spreadsheets, and databases to document information related to design. The designer will become familiar with work processes for the office and the department.




  1. Provides drafting team leadership on major projects of considerable scope and complexity.
  2. Provides layout and assembly of complete drawing packages for large projects.
  3. Provides oversight on assignments to a team of designers and drafters. May check the work of other designers and drafters.
  4. Reviews work in progress and coordinates work with the Lead Engineer and Project Manager.
  5. Performs creative design from general concepts and field measurements.
  6. Operates CAD equipment and may train other employees on the use of CAD equipment.
  7. Performs complex drafting assignments with general instructions and working from furnished or self-generated computations and sketches.
  8. Perform other related duties as required




  1. Due to federal requirements for portions of the assigned work US Citizenship is required.
  2. Requires certification of two (2) years training from a vocational school or two (2) years college with courses relevant to drafting or engineering principles plus a minimum of ten (10) years of experience. Additional relevant education may be substituted for a portion of the progressive experience. Must have working knowledge of CAE/CAD systems.
  3. Must have demonstrated good leadership, organization, planning, communication, and problem- solving capability.
  4. Requires working knowledge in the use of drafting equipment and in the application of drafting principles (descriptive geometry, lettering, dimensioning, layout, detail, etc.) and requires a general working knowledge of shop and field erection processes associated with structural design.
  5. Requires working knowledge of understanding and producing structural design and layouts (i.e. steel, concrete, beams, columns, framing plans, elevations, steel ducting, stiffeners, and connection details.)
  6. Requires working knowledge of AutoCad. Working knowledge of 3D modeling and producing 2D construction drawings from the model is highly preferred (using software such as Revit, Inventor, Advance Steel, Creo or other related software packages).
  7. Able to produce a set of design and/or shop drawings that adequately depicts the design, is clear, concise, as free from errors as possible, and meets the job standards and specifications.


Essential Functions:Office and computer-based work for 80-90% of timeOccasional site visits requiring general access around construction and project sites, involving ability to access upper and lower levels 10-20% of time.Special clothing/equipment and other PPE may be required during site visits (15%)Must be able to lift 50 lbs.Office environment for 80-90% of time.Field work may be required including outside work (10-20%)Travel to perform field work at project sites or to attend customer meetings (10-20%)Office equipment (computers, fax, telephones, copiers, etc.) 80-90%During travel to construction and project sites, use handheld equipment such as measurement equipment, cameras, etc. (10-20%)Regular day shift attendance is mandatory - 100%Occasional overtime may be required to meet demanding project schedules (10-20%)Must take and pass a pre-employment drug and background test.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws and supplemental language.

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