Structural Project Engineer

Milwaukee, WI

Posted: 12/06/2018 Industry: Manufacturing Job Number: 2087


 A unique opportunity for a Project Engineer and Licensed PE to chart the course for an award winning, fast growing company destined to triple sales over the next five years!

 THE COMPANY  -  The company started in a construction trailer in 1996 and will exceed $85 million in sales in 2018. Over the past 22 years the company has become the leading manufacturer in their space. They are a designer and manufacturer of large, custom built metal fabrications.  Their “customer first” philosophy has resulted in rampant growth, committed relationships with over 100 customers and a reputation as the “Gold Standard” in the industry. They do business in all 50 states and have installations in 13 countries. They have two manufacturing operations in the Milwaukee, WI area totaling over 300,000 square feet. They have expanded production capacity seven times over the past 20 years. The company has won numerous awards including “Future 50” (three times); Inc. Magazines 5000 award as one of Americas fastest growing companies (four times); Entrepreneur Magazines “Hot 100 list; “Most Valuable Supplier” by the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association; Twice named among Wisconsin’s “Best Places to Work” by the Milwaukee Business Journal.

 This is an outward focused, sales driven company with a keen appreciation for “voice of customer”. They consider their core strengths to be Engineering, “Turn Key” design capability, “Quick Manufacturing” process, a Nimble Quote to Order to Manufacturing process and a high degree of employee tenure.

 Recent growth has been stellar. In 2015 they had 90 employees. Today they have 275. They tripled their sales since 2015 and are on track to achieve $100 million in 2019. This growth has been achieved organically vs. acquisition. They sell to systems integrators, original equipment manufacturers, end users and distributors.

 Their steel structures are used by companies of all sizes, including nearly every major national retailer,  distribution and fulfillment company as well as government and military entities. Markets the company serves include Material Handling, Industrial Processing, Bulk Material Handling, Cement, Asphalt, Aggregate, Food, Beverage, Mining, Oil, Gas, Petrochemical, Plastics, Power Generation, Pulp & Paper, Recycling & Waste Management and Wastewater Treatment.

 They use high tech manufacturing tools including AutoCAD 2018, Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, Tekla structural software, STAAD Pro structure analysis and design software, robotic welding, CNC drill presses, plasma steel cutting, and two electrostatic powder paint systems.

 They strive to provide a “Total Customer Experience” vs. Customer Service. That means placing themselves in the customer's shoes to understand how they might help before the customer asks, shipping on time, providing superior quality (make it right the first time) and completely understanding their customer's process and needs before design and production. It’s less about “selling” and more about partnering to earn respect and long-term relationships.

THE OPPORTUNITY –  As a Project Engineer for our client you will interact with sales, customers, the engineering group, suppliers and manufacturing operations. You will be responsible for project quotes, print development, internal print approvals and release, customer approval, project planning, project metrics, engineering change notices and internal coordination with operations on build process and problem solving. The organization will look to you for guidance on engineering and build process improvements, materials and structural enhancements that will reduce cost and shorten engineering and build time. They will want you to challenge conventional wisdom as it relates to design and push the envelope. You will report to the Manager of Engineering and will be involved with 20 to 25 projects of varied scope and size annually. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Playing a lead role in product development and product evolution
  • Developing an online library to archive common systems to minimize “from scratch” engineering
  • Facilitating design of leading-edge components that increase efficiency and reduce cost
  • Improving the R&D process to reduce development time of systems sales identifies as priority opportunities
  • Facilitating separation of functions between two plants to support standard systems and innovative, engineered systems
  • Leading engineering continuous improvement initiatives
  • Standardizing parts and components with multiple part numbers
  • Mentoring younger engineers and assist them in achieving PE certification



  • Bachelor’s degree in structural engineering, civil engineering or architectural sciences 
  • Professional Engineer license
  • Experience with vertical, metal fabricated structures
  • Proficiency with 3D Cad systems such as AutoCAD and Tekla
  • Willingness to travel up to 25%, including occasional international travel  

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