Structural Engineer with City of Portland BDS

Structural Engineer

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  • Recruitment is Open Now!  Apply at the City Employment center
  • Recruitment Closes: Monday, July 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM Pacific
  • Salary: $43.91 - $53.36 Hourly

Bring your enthusiasm and talents to the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) as a Structural Engineer! Structural Engineers for the Bureau of Development Services (BDS) perform advanced professional engineering assignments. Work is completed by using individual creativity and initiative, while also collaborating and problem solving with team members on unusual or complex projects. The core of the work is performing specialized structural plan reviews of private development and public work structures. Typical projects to review include - but are not limited to - building and non-building structures with primary focus on residential structures, foundations, retaining walls and shoring, The review process assures compliance with applicable codes and regulations and professional standards of practice, with an end goal of meeting the Bureau's Mission Statement, which is: to promote the safety, livability and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes. 

Building relationships and communicating in a positive and effective way are part of daily interactions with professional engineers, design professionals, contractors and building owners as well as other review groups within the City of Portland. BDS strives to provide all services in an equitable manner; demonstrated understanding and abilities in the areas of equity, inclusion, diversity and/or accessibility are preferred.  Possession of an Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC) and certification from the State of Oregon as an A-Level Structural Plans Examiner and Residential Plans examiner at the time of hire is preferred, and will be required within 6 months of hire.  Fluency in a second language is desirable, but not required.  The current vacancy is in the Engineering Plan Review Section of the Bureau of Development Services. The position will focus in the review of residential construction.

It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below no later than the closing date of this announcement.


To assist you in understanding this position and the recruitment process, we will offer Optional Information Sessions that will provide you with details about this position and about the application process. You are not required to attend to apply for this job, but attending will help you with the application process. You are welcome to join us for one of these optional sessions:


Wednesday, July 18, 2018 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Bureau of Development Services

2020 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201, Lincoln Conference Room




Tuesday, July 24, 2018 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Bureau of Development Services

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201, Conference Room 5a (5th floor)


For instructions on how to participate remotely, please contact Joey Polanco at (503) 823-1362 or no later than 2:00 pm (PST) two business days prior to the informational session date.

Emily Sterling