Structural Design Engineer - Solar

Valmont Industries, Inc.
Omaha, NE
United States
Job Description
3827 Steele St. Denver Colorado 80205

**_Why Valmont_**

**We’re Here to Move the World Forward.**

Valmont impacts millions of people around the world every day, yet they might not realize the many ways. Our technology is helping feed the growing population, supplying the world with more reliable energy and access to renewables, enhancing connectivity in remote and urban locations to create a sustainable future and so much more. Simply put, Valmont is advancing agricultural productivity and reimagining vital infrastructure to make life better.

Join a _Fortune_ 1000 company that respects hard work, honors diversity and invests in our employees as we focus on creating the world of tomorrow, today. _We are the modern workforce_ . Are you ready to move the world forward? Apply now.

**A Brief Summary of This Position:**

The position will work with a team of engineers to complete calculations, analysis, testing, and documentation required for the design of solar racking and related products. The Structural engineer will be the subject matter expert in building code, wind tunnel, foundation, and other structural design considerations within the new product development team. This individual will work closely with mechanical, electrical, and control systems engineers as well as product management, program management, and supply chain through the full life cycle of product development. The position will also have a matrix connection to other structural engineers working in other groups within the solar team and wider Valmont. This position will contribute to the design and development of the next generation of solar tracking products and is responsible for attending technical design review meetings and providing technical design inputs. The incumbent must be able to follow standard design and development procedures and recommend updates to design and development procedures as necessary. The incumbent must continually improve his or her knowledge of existing codes, standards, and research in the field.

**Essential Functions:**

+ Perform structural design calculations according to local building codes in support of product development efforts

+ Perform and manage engineering work using Structural Analysis software and other software to solve problems in structural design, finite element analysis, design optimization, fatigue analysis, structural dynamics and kinematics, vibrations, and thermal analysis

+ Produce design documentation to be used for customer qualification and AHJ review and approval

+ Perform and document laboratory or field testing as situations dictate

+ Write proposals, technical reports, and papers

+ Develop structural engineering calculation templates and procedures

+ Review and critique CAD construction drawings templates

+ Participate in technical design review meetings and conference calls and provide structural design direction and input

+ Follow standard design and development procedures, recommending updates to design procedures when needed

+ Responsible for providing creative and innovative engineering solutions that aid in the resolution of field and manufacturing problems and the maintenance and improvement of existing products

+ Provide technical support to other departments as required to meet the needs of our customers

+ This position reports to the Director of Technology Product Development – Solar and has no direct or indirect reports.

+ This role requires up to 10% travel (internationally/domestically), including overnight stays. Initially, this role may spend extended time in Omaha or Denver for training and development purposes.

+ Hybrid schedule however must be able to work in the office 2-3 days per week

**Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):**

+ Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of relevant experience preferably in Structural or Civil Engineering

+ Hot-rolled and cold-formed steel design experience

+ Foundation design experience

+ Deep knowledge of US building code requirements (ASCE 7, IBC, AISC, AISI, ACI)

+ Experience working in SAP or ETABs including modal and non-linear analyses

+ Familiarity with finite element analysis using ANSYS, Abaqus, etc

+ Basic computer programming knowledge (VBA, Matlab, etc)

+ Basic knowledge of SolidWorks (or similar) and AutoCAD

+ Working knowledge of probability and statistics

+ A strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office with expertise in Excel

+ The ability to mentor and lead others

+ Must have a current U.S. passport or the ability to obtain one for international travel

**Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications:**

+ Direct Experience with Solar Racking Structures, particularly solar trackers

+ Master's Degree in Civil or Structural Engineering

+ A Professional Engineer (PE) license in Civil Structural engineering is highly preferred

+ Experience working with and interpreting global building codes; in particular Brazil (NBR), Europe (Eurocodes), Italy (NTC)

+ Familiarity with design standards and test protocols used in the solar industry including UL 1703, UL 2703, UL 3703, IEC 62817, and SEAOC PV-2

+ Experience specifying, reviewing, interpreting, and implementing wind tunnel testing

+ Experience in performance-based engineering

+ Experience automating design calculations and/or processes

+ Experience developing testing protocol and specifications in product context and/or site-specific foundation load testing

+ Experience with material specification, surface finishing requirements, and manufacturing techniques (bends, welds, surface treatments)

**Working Environment and Physical Efforts:**

Work is typically performed in an office setting. The incumbent is regularly required to sit for extended periods, as well as talk and listen on the phone and in personal conversations or meetings. The environment is fast-paced and demanding most of the time. 25% travel requirements for this position include domestic and international travel. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms while working in the office with various files and forms and while working on the computer. The employee is occasionally required to move about the office. Incumbent must utilize proper ergonomic safeguards such as monitor height and positions, keyboard location and height and proper wrist rests. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds in working with large files, binders, and computer equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. The minimum base salary is $84,300 and the max is $131,700 plus bonus eligible.


Valmont offers employees and their families a comprehensive Total Wellbeing benefit package to ensure their individual and family’s overall wellness needs are met. Some offerings are dependent upon the role, work schedule, or location and can include the following:

+ Healthcare (medical, prescription drugs, dental and vision)

+ 401k retirement plan with company match

+ Paid time off

+ Employer paid life insurance

+ Employer paid short-term and long-term disability including maternity leave

+ Work Life Support

+ Tuition Reimbursement up to $5,250 per year

+ Voluntary programs like tobacco cessation, Type 2 diabetes reversal, one-on-one health coaching, mortgage services and more

Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Valmont is here to modernize vital infrastructure and increase agricultural productivity, sustainably and reliably. We galvanize steel to last a century with minimal environmental impact. We modernize irrigation to feed a growing population by utilizing the latest technology. We harden the electrical grid to enable the delivery of reliable power to millions of homes around the world. And we help make communities everywhere safer, cleaner and more connected through our smart infrastructure technology.

Valmont serves two primary markets — agriculture and infrastructure — and seven diverse product lines: Utility, Lighting and Transportation, Telecom, Solar, Coatings, Irrigation and Ag Tech. We manufacture products in 85 facilities spread across six continents, and we do business in 100 different countries.

That’s what Valmont does. We conserve resources and improve life, finding ways to make innovation and technology beneficial in the real world.

+ That’s the value we add.