Entry-Level Engineer (Structural)

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
Full Time


Collins is an ENR Top 500 Design Firm, providing design and analysis services coupled with field experience to the transportation, marine, construction, and land development industries. As a mid-size, but growing, multi-disciplined civil engineering and professional services firm, Collins is a great place to grow your career. Large enough to provide a broad range of experiences and exposure to a variety of hands-on projects across multiple functions and business units, but small enough to retain a flexible environment and family atmosphere. 


Collins is seeking a self-motivated Engineer to be an integral part of our team in Chicago, IL. The successful candidate will have a background and interest in structural engineering. This position will provide the opportunity to work on a varied mix of structural inspection and design projects that include:

  • Inspection of bridges including routine and fracture critical bridge inspections and reporting, bridge rehabilitation design, and bridge load ratings
  • Design of bridges, transportation structures, and earth retention structures

This position is a mix of office and fieldwork with some travel. This is a great opportunity for growth, where continuous development and participation with technical committees will be encouraged and supported.




The Engineer performs assignments designed to develop professional work knowledge and abilities, requiring application of standard engineering techniques, procedures, and criteria. 

Position Description

TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Performs design and inspection/field work that does not require previous experience.
  • Assists in the completion of inspection and assessment reports.       
  • Prepares design computations and quantity estimates.
  • Keeps Project Managers informed of work load and any changes to project scope or additional services.
  • Uses computer assisted engineering and design software and equipment to prepare calculation packages and design drawings.
  • Is active in technical societies.
  • Is able to attend meetings or events outside of normal working hours.
  • Has limited communication with clients.
  • Instructs draftspersons / technicians on design drawings, data entry, and report preparation.
  • Actively observes and acts in an appropriate manner related to safety.


  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited four-year university, plus appropriate continuing education.
  • 0-4 years of experience.
  • Previous experience using Autocad and Microstation a plus.


  • Engineer-In-Training (E.I.T.) or ability to obtain within one year. 
  • A valid driver's license.


Additional Information

View physical demands and our commitment to safetyReasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


As a federal contractor, Collins Engineers is a drug and alcohol-free workplace. 


Notice to Third Party Agencies


Collins Engineers, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer.


For more information, please download the below documents: 

EEO is the Law Poster | EEO is the Law Supplement | Pay Transparency Policy Statement



*Note: to enable links and learn more about our benefits and culture, please view this posting on the Collins website at https://www.collinsengr.com/careers/benefits/.



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