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  • Writer's pictureMike Abell, Professional Civil Engineer

Design Engineer to assist soft-story retrofit and residential renovation

City Structural, Inc. is hiring for the position of Design Engineer. Come join our innovative design team and practice structural engineering in the San Francisco Bay Area. Create structural drawings for seismic retrofit and residential renovation projects. Enjoy remote work on your own terms, and team collaboration at our office location. Achieve personal and financial success as you grow professionally within our dynamic organization.


Design Engineer to serve wood-frame residential building projects that include:

  • seismic retrofit of multi-unit buildings

  • renovation of single-family homes

  • renovation of individual units within multi-unit buildings

Assist with additional roles and responsibilities that include:

  • site visits to buildings

  • building permits and plan review

  • construction administration

  • development of our training manual

  • video and social media content

  • marketing and brand building

  • research and development

  • attending and hosting events

What's in it for you?


  • Income. Competitive salary.

  • Investment. Self-directed 401(k) that compounds your earnings.


  • Development. Build skills and experience across your strengths and interests.

  • Satisfaction. Collaborate and create with a team of designers and builders.

  • Achievement. What does success look like to you? Achieve that. : )


  • Lifestyle. Live your dream working on building projects in the Bay Area.

  • New Equipment. MacBook Pro for professional and personal use.

Hiring Criteria

  • Bachelors or Masters in structural, civil, or architectural engineering.

To Apply

Submit the following to:

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • LinkedIn handle

  • Handwriting, math, diagram sample . 1-3 sheets on 8-1/2" x 11"

We look forward to hearing from you!


City Structural, Inc. was founded in 2014 to serve the seismic retrofit of multi-unit residential buildings in San Francisco. We now serve soft-story retrofit and residential renovation throughout the Bay Area. We enrich the aesthetic and functionality of built environment to enhance the lives of others. We design, we create, and we build.

City Culture

Our values include:

Organization. Structural Engineering is first and foremost an organizational challenge. Our design workflow is an encyclopedic aggregation of building standards, best practices, design options, and building products, built in templates with overarching conventions for typography, annotation, and layout. We leverage this system to optimize our efficiency at the industry forefront. This necessitates a methodical rigor that we extend beyond our design process and into our culture and operation through research and adoption of the foremost business frameworks.

Focus. There are 168 hours in a week. The 40 that we spend engaged as City Structural, Inc. are focused, deliberate sessions in which we work with intelligence and effort. We begin workdays with uninterrupted, distraction-less blocks of time during which we efficiently complete our predetermined tasks. We then meet to collaborate, create, and deliver the best products and services to our target markets. We curate our work environments and work arrangements to preserve our focus and honor our time.

Resourcefulness. Together we research and develop our culture and operations. We're in a perpetual state of building throughout our organization. There's no set way to do anything because we invent as we go. We create new things and new ways of doing things that don't exist, so there's no market, no competition, and no instructions to follow. Each of us is extremely resourceful, which lets us execute at the highest level as a team.

Communication. We work together in a meritocracy of thought where each team member's input and opinion is valued. Together we present and debate the data and ideas. Together we decide on our best course of action. And together we implement our decision with conviction and resolve. Rigorous and thoughtful inquiry promotes meaningful work, meaningful relationships, and the satisfaction of being our authentic selves.

Exploration. Our north star is our spirit of curiosity toward innovation, technology, and business. This guides our efforts across long time horizons. We explore what's out there, and we build around what works for us.

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