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Waterfront Structural Engineer

Anchor QEA
Seattle, Washington State
$106,000 - $132,000 annually
Closing date
Jul 30, 2024

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Structural Engineering
Position Type
Engineer, Senior Engineer
Contract Type
Organization Type
Firm, Consulting Engineering

Title:  Waterfront Structural Engineer

Location:  Seattle, WA

Job Type:  Full-time



What’s the Opportunity?

With a backlog of design projects and a growing sector nationally, Anchor QEA is seeking a senior-level waterfront structural engineer with 8 to 12 years of experience with a strong background leading the technical design and construction of waterfront development projects. The candidate will design piers, wharves, floating docks, boat launch ramps, seawalls, breakwaters, and other related civil/structural features for marinas, ports, and harbors. The candidate should have exposure to project management related to these skills and be comfortable overseeing junior engineers and CAD and providing QA/QC to others.

This position will support offices throughout the United States on projects throughout North America and will require occasional travel for meetings and site visits.



  • Under the supervision of a principal engineer, serves as the project engineer leading design on waterfront infrastructure projects and associated upland components
  • Performs structural engineering planning and design including, but not limited to, alternative studies, general arrangement plans, basis of design requirements, construction drawings, technical reports and specifications, civil/structural calculations, and construction cost estimates
  • Provides technical guidance and mentoring of junior engineers
  • Coordinate with geotechnical, coastal, and dredging engineers, planners, and biologists
  • Coordinates with the client’s project manager and/or technical staff
  • Analyzes complex problems and develops value-engineered solutions
  • Participates in or leads the preparation and coordination of project deliverables including construction documents
  • Ensures that work products are prepared in accordance with Anchor QEA’s quality management program
  • Ability to travel for field site visits and project meetings in various US locations
  • Perform existing condition assessments of facilities and infrastructure and gather pre-design information
  • Participate in construction support activities including review of contractor requests for information and submittals and oversight of construction activities


What Are We Looking For?

Ideal candidates will have the following:

  • Education: Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited program in Civil, Coastal, or Structural Engineering (Master of Science degree preferred)
  • Professional Engineer (PE) licensure in Washington or California or ability to receive reciprocity within 6 months
  • Experience: 8 to 12 years in waterfront, site civil, coastal, and/or structural engineering with at least 5 years of experience in waterfront facilities projects.
  • Experience with AutoCAD
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Bluebeam Revu, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Experience with structural engineering software such as SAP2000, RISA, LPILE, Shoring8, OPTIMOOR, ENERCALC, etc.
  • Knowledge of engineering codes and guidelines such as IBC, ASCE 7, ASCE 61, ASCE 41, ACI 318, AISC 360, etc.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including ability to write and review reports


Ideal candidates also will have one or more of the following:

  • PE licensure in other states or ability to receive reciprocity within 6 months as needed
  • Knowledge of marina and waterfront codes and references such as CA State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways Design Guidelines, U.S. DoD UFC, USACE Coastal Engineering Manual, MOTEMS, PIANC, etc.
  • Experience with US Federal agency engineering projects such as NPS, NAVFAC, USACE, USCG, etc.
  • Membership participation in regional and national professional organizations
  • Experience with Microsoft Project
  • Experience with Revit and/or MicroStation


What Can You Expect?

A collaborative work environment where we encourage everyone to bring their authentic self. We offer competitive compensation and benefits which are detailed below.  


Who Are We?

Anchor QEA is an environmental science and engineering consulting firm that is focused on being an inclusive, sustainable, and growing environmental innovator making generational impacts. We employ more than 500 people in offices around the United States. Our mission is to transform our environment and communities, with integrity and vibe.  Learn more about Anchor QEA at


How to Apply?

Apply online through Anchor QEA’s Open Positions page at  Veterans are encouraged to apply.


Additional Information

We work hard to embrace diversity and inclusion. As an equal opportunity employer, Anchor QEA is committed to a diverse, multi-cultural work environment. Anchor QEA does not discriminate in employment based on age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.


Salary and Other Compensation:

  • Salary Range: $106,000 - $132,000 annually 
  • Annual Bonus
  • Other potential bonus types: Billable Time Bonus, Spot Bonus, Milestone Anniversary Bonus, Receiving Professional License/Certification Bonus, Peer-reviewed Publication Bonus, Employee Referral Bonus.


Base Level Benefits for Regular Full-Time Positions:

  • Healthcare: Medical, dental, vision, basic life and AD&D insurance, short- and long-term disability programs.
  • Paid Company and Floating Holidays: 7 paid company and 2 floating holidays annually
  • Vacation: 2 weeks accrued paid vacation based on length of service.  Vacation may vary by level.
  • Sick and Safe Time: 80 hours annually
  • Retirement Plan: 401k plan with an employer match
  • Further information on benefits:

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