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Laboratory Staff Engineer

Weyerhaeuser Company
Federal Way, Washington State
67,000-119,000 with annual incentive plan and full benefits
Closing date
May 13, 2024

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Structural Engineering
Position Type
Contract Type
Organization Type
Producer / Manufacturer

When you think of Weyerhaeuser, do you think of structural engineering, building design and product innovation? As an industry leading manufacturer of engineered wood products, the Weyerhaeuser Product Engineering, Codes and Standards team plays a critical role in ensuring code compliance and supporting the specification and application of Weyerhaeuser engineered wood products. 


This engineering position offers a challenging and rewarding career opportunity to work for the ISO 17025 accredited Weyerhaeuser Engineering and Materials Testing Laboratory in Federal Way, WA.  


The successful candidate will work collaboratively with our team of talented engineers to execute structural wood products testing, laboratory development, and product engineering responsibilities.  Critical competencies for this position include having a can-do attitude, the ability to thrive in a high-performing, dynamic work environment, being a creative self-starter who enjoys learning and problem solving, having a high attention to detail and accuracy of work, and a continuous focus on safety in the workplace. 


Key Activities include: Actively participate in a safety-driven workplace culture. Product testing tasks include experimental design, work coordination with laboratory personnel, analysis, and reporting for projects that may range from small-scale fastener performance tests to full-scale floor or wall assembly seismic investigations.  Laboratory development projects include designing or overseeing modifications to existing equipment or acquisition of new equipment to perform a wide variety of structural tests.  Product engineering responsibilities may include development of structural design values and guidelines for Weyerhaeuser products, evaluation of new product opportunities, analysis of manufacturing quality assurance data, participation in plant trials, and representation of Weyerhaeuser’s interests in a variety of industry activities. Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in civil or structural engineering (or equivalent technical degree) from an accredited institution.  Master’s degree preferred in wood science and/or structural engineering from an accredited institution OR equivalent experience as a structural design engineer with a wood engineering focus along with PE license. Engineer-in-training certification required as a minimum, Professional Engineering or Structural Engineering licensure preferred. Career-minded individual with a desire to become an integral part of our team and grow into a technical expert in the field of wood engineering. Strong technical competence in wood engineering, structural testing and/or structural design. Strong analytical, technical writing, presentation, and verbal communication skills Experience with mechanical testing preferred but not required.  


What We Offer


Compensation: This role is eligible for our annual merit-increase program, and we are targeting salary range of $67,000 to $119,000 based on your level of skills, qualifications, and experience. You will also be eligible for our Annual Incentive Program, which offers a cash bonus targeting 5-7% of base pay. Potential plan funding may range from zero to two times that target. 


Benefits: When you join our team, you and your family will be covered by our comprehensive health benefits plan, which includes medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance. We also support personal volunteerism, sponsor a host of diversity networks, promote mentoring, and provide training and development opportunities to help you chart your path to a fulfilling career. 


Retirement: Employees can enroll in our company’s 401k plan, which includes a paid company match in addition to our annual contribution equal to 5% of your base salary. 


Paid Time Off or Vacation: We provide eligible employees who are scheduled to work 25 hours or more per week with paid vacation for up to 3 weeks to use during your first year of employment. In addition, after being employed for six months, eligible employees begin to accrue vacation for future use. We also recognize eleven paid holidays per year, providing a total of 88 hours along with paid parental leave for all full-time employees


About Wood Products:  Serving the residential, multi-family and light commercial markets, our Wood Products businesses manufacture a wide range of structural framing materials and provides seamless building solutions, from design to installation to support. These teams move fast, work smart and never stop pushing to be and stay number one in the industry. About Weyerhaeuser:  We grow trees and make forest products that improve lives in fundamental ways. Our wood products are used to build homes, where families are sheltered and raised. Our cellulose fibers are used to make diapers and other hygiene products that keep people clean and healthy. We innovate to use trees in products you may not expect, such as fabric, plastics and energy. At Weyerhaeuser, we’re working together to be the world’s premier timber, land, and forest products company.




Weyerhaeuser is an equal opportunity employer. Inclusion is one of our five core values, and we strive to maintain a culture where all our people feel a sense of belonging, opportunity and shared purpose. We are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce and supporting an equitable and inclusive environment that inspires people of all backgrounds to join, stay and thrive with our team.


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