Structural Engineer I-Sr

Job ID
Employment Type
Regular Full-Time
Travel Required
Up to 25%
FLSA Status
Position Location(s)
US-SD-Sioux Falls



At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in bio-based products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and benefits including;

  • Attractive Relocation Assistance and Bonus Programs for qualifying positions and/or locations
  • Competitive pay, including shift premium pay for qualifying positions
  • Quarterly Profit-Sharing Bonuses, and Bi-Annual Incentive Bonuses
  • Individual and family plans for health, dental, & vision insurance, including a generous employer Health Savings Account contribution
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • A multifaceted wellness program encompassing the whole person – mentally, physically, and spiritually
  • Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements
  • 401K with company match
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Excellent work-life balance with a 'family-first' culture
  • Safety and cold weather gear reimbursements
  • Discounted home and auto insurance



The Structural Engineer leads efficient and valuable construction projects with in depth-analysis, design, implementation, and specification of structural systems, platforms, foundations, and any other structural components utilized in heavy industrial facilities. Structural Engineers utilize their professional engineering license to perform work, complete assignments and oversee structural engineers early on in their career that are developing their knowledge and skills. POET’s Structural Engineers are subject matter experts on the engineering procurement team and actively share their structural conceptual knowledge, operational and procedural knowledge within this specialty field.



  • Nothing else matters without a safe environment! You will foster a culture where safety is non-negotiable.
  • In-depth analysis and design of complex steel, concrete, metal buildings, and masonry structures.
  • Develop advanced structural design calculations [calcs] sheets including how foundations will be dug, measurements, requirements, materials, project costs, labor and timescale.
  • Collaborate and guide structural engineering designers and structural engineering drafters to create, modify, and evaluate steel, concrete, metal buildings, masonry, and other structural drawings and models.
  • Perform on-site inspections to verify construction is performed according to drawings and specifications.
  • Function as Engineer of Record [EOR] for POET Design and Construction design-build construction projects as assigned.
  • Prepare request for proposals [RFP’s], write specifications and establish completion dates for engineering procurement services [EPC] and design-build materials.
  • Collaborate with third party vendors and contractors on various construction projects, including bid packages, specifications, ordering materials and heavy equipment, and aiding in installation oversight.
  • Utilize structural engineering drafting, design-build, and project management software; RISA 3D, Autodesk AutoCAD 2D, AutoCAD 3D, ARAS, Jira and MS Project.
  • Review and award third party vendor contracts, review and approve vendor drawings, and work with project teams in defining and anticipating the project needs.
  • Assist in new technology and product research and testing to improve processes.
  • Provide on-going structural engineering guidance to support cross-functional teams towards successful initiatives.
  • Foster a culture of safe behavior and environmental compliance at all times.
  • Maintain a team environment at all times and champion POET in the community.
  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!



  • Bachelor’s degree in Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering with Structural emphasis, or equivalent engineering field, required.
  • Successful completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering [FE] exam.
  • Professional Engineer [PE] is preferred.
  • Experience requirements:
    • Structural Engineer I: No experience required.
    • Structural Engineer II: 4 or more years of overall experience with 3 or more years of experience in a related industry.
    • Structural Engineer III: 8 or more years of overall experience with 6 or more years of experience in a related industry.
    • Senior Structural Engineer: 12 or more years of overall experience with 10 or more years of experience in a related industry.
  • Experience using structural engineering and project management software; RISA 3D [Rapid Interactive Structural Analysis], AutoCAD 2D, AutoCAD 3D, ARAS, Jira and MS Project.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills as well as the ability to adapt to change.
  • You have the ability to understand technical and day to day operation of a bioprocessing facility.
  • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.



At POET we believe in developing our team members to their highest potential and recognizing contributions that add value to the organization. Each new team member’s position and compensation are carefully determined by considering their unique qualifications and skillset.



  • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s the way we do things at POET.
  • Up to 25% travel will be part of the norm for this position to visit the bioprocessing facilities, meetings and site visits. Most travel obligations will have you back home at night. The work environment at POET is dynamic. You should expect a balance between time spent in the office and at the bioprocessing facility, which may include some physical labor helping your team members.
  • In this role, you’ll be asked to drive a POET vehicle. A motor vehicle record check will be conducted during the pre-employment process.



POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). POET complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding hiring and employment. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.


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