Structural Engineer

About Pell Frischmann:
Pell Frischmann is an international multi-disciplinary consulting engineering company with over 90 years of experience in the built environment. We are a unique business whose purpose is to generate sustainable funds to deal with the environmental and social commitments resulting from the closing of Germany’s hard-coal mining industry; so our work directly contributes to environmental protection and preservation for the future.
Our expertise and capabilities cover: Aviation, Buildings, Civil Structures, Highways & Transportation, Land Development, Rail, and Water & Wastewater.
“Excellence Through Innovation” permeates our company culture. We believe that quality engineering goes beyond simply achieving codified compliance, and we passionately pursue solutions that deliver better results for end-users via unconventional methods.


We are looking for engineers with an enthusiasm and passion for engineering, sustainability and modern methods of construction. A confident communicator, a desire to listen, learn and support your colleagues in a team environment. A strong interest in architecture, you will be digitally competent and are committed to achieving chartership.

Professional Duties:

2.1 Develop familiarity with the Pell Frischmann quality assurance plan as outlined on Innov8.
2.2 The principal duty of Structural Engineers is to produce documentation suitable for each of the key RIBA stages (and, by implication, Building Control submission). This includes, but is not limited to:
 Calculations
 Drawings & Sketches
 Specifications
2.3 Structural engineers are expected to work largely autonomously on assigned design tasks, seeking technical advice from more experienced engineers as required.
2.4 Provide technical assistance to graduates to facilitate their design work.
2.5 Engineers should produce documentation suitable for external review in parallel to design.
2.6 Use their awareness of project budgets and timelines to deliver project components on time and under budget.

Investigation/Concept design phase
3.1 Structural engineers are expected to recognise common design problems independently and understand the basic strategies for designing solutions.
3.2 Undertake site visits to determine existing building geometry, condition of accessible structure, and inspect anything else that might be relevant when carrying out design for any plausible alterations.
3.3 Read and interpret geotechnical reports as required for structural design.
3.4 Utilise BIM level 2, computer design software and other design aids, as required and feedback fixes to software problems and best practice through the engineering forum.
Possibly including AutoCAD, Revit, Naviswork, Scia, Etabs, Robot, Tekla, RAM Concept and other proprietary software that may be relevant.
3.5 Produce quality sketches, images and story boards to illustrated design concepts.
3.6 Attend design meetings/workshops to present and discuss your work.

Developed structural design phase
4.1 The structural parts of jobs will typically include the assessment of:
 Gravity System (Beams, Slabs, Columns, Foundations)
 Lateral System (Wind Loads, Shear Walls, Frames)
 Robustness and disproportionate collapse.
 Preliminary Geotechnical (identify retaining wall locations and heights)
4.2 Be familiar with the scope and approaches and an ability to implement specific design clauses in the current design standards such as Eurocode, British Standards, Code of Practice and Design guide issued by SCI, IStructE, and other documents as appropriate
4.3 Engineers should be sufficiently familiar with underlying principles to undertake designs from first principles where specific design guidance is not available.
4.4 Pell Frischmann places an emphasis on high quality innovative designs. Engineers are encouraged to engage in research of new methods and to critically review their own work and the work of their peers for future improvement.
4.5 Present your work for literal review at key stage reviews.

Documentation Phase
5.1 Contribute to RIBA staged reports
 Explain engineering concepts
 Prepare sketches of key structural elements to explain their function to non-technical readers
5.2 Prepare design philosophy statements for calculations
 Outline the existing situation and known quantities
 Describe the desired result of engineering intervention, outline the problem scope
 List the constraints on available solutions
 Explain the analytic tools to be used for solving the engineering problem, including relevant standards, codes of practice, software and relevant design experience
 Summarise the solutions found and how these achieve the objectives outlined earlier
5.3 Compile calculations
 Collate calculations into a “story of the design”, illustrating what process was followed and producing sufficient numerical and graphical evidence that the design is correct. Introduce all calculations with the philosophy used and listing relevant parameters such as loading, fixity, geometry and so on.
5.4 Prepare Drawings
 Interpret and annotate architectural, mechanical and geotechnical drawings for relevant dimensions and constraints to structural design.
 Prepare briefing sketches for Technicians showing the geometry of the solution found.
5.5 Communication:
 Take responsibility for a project or part of a project for all technical and co-ordination aspects.
 Communicate with designers and contractors to resolve issues in design
 Be aware of materials quantities indicated at previous design stages and highlight to PF’s project managers if/when they change.

Construction Monitoring

6.1 Carry out monitoring of buildings under construction
 Site inspections
 Documenting items inspected including marked up plans and photographs
 Drawings/sketches of significant changes
 Attending to constructor’s queries
 Attending to any apparent design deficiencies in the original design approach and amending internal procedures as needed to ensure future prevention

Why Pell Frischmann?
Not only are we one of the UK’s leading engineering consultancies, we also understand a career isn’t just a job. At Pell Frischmann you will not be pigeon-holed but encouraged to thrive and develop through our learning and development programme.

If that and a competitive salary isn’t enough, we also offer other excellent benefits, including:
• 25-Days Annual Leave and Buy, Sell & Carry-Over Policies.
• Life Assurance at 4x Base salary.
• Pension.
• Season Ticket Loans.
• Salary Sacrifice Benefits.
• Full Learning and Development programme.

Essential Preferred
Qualification • BEng or Meng
Experience • 2 years min overall, at least 1 years in UK
Skills • CAD / BIM literate
• Working knowledge of MS Office
• Sound knowledge of major structural design suites (at least one of Tekla, Scia, Robot, Etabs, SAP2000)
• Languages: Professional proficient in English
• Confident communication skills
• Revit/AutoCAD knowledge preferred
• Experience in sustainability, embodied carbon, modern methods of construction

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