Design Engineer

Embark on a fulfilling career as a Design Engineer at Patterson Engineering, Inc. where you'll be instrumental in crafting structural designs and ensuring their precision and quality.


San Diego, CA

Contract Type


About Us

Patterson Engineering, Inc. works together to design lasting structures, relationships, & prosperity. We provide tailored structural solutions, start to finish. We maintain the following Core Values as paramount in our work: Be Human, Stay Driven, Have Confidence Without Ego, Be Adaptive, and Be A Finisher.


The Design Engineer is responsible for the calculations behind the construction documents we produce. They will work to complete, maintain, organize, and document the design for each structural member. This role reports directly to the Project Manager.


  • Complete engineering analysis and design of wood, masonry, concrete, and steel structures using Excel, RISA, EnerCalc, and other software.
  • Compile initial plan and detail mark-ups showing member sizes, connections, and conditions.
  • Initiate loading criteria based on project occupancy; develop project layouts and load-paths and present to PEI design team for review and collaboration.
  • Perform initial review of plans, details, annotations, and notes for accuracy.
  • Coordinate, communicate, and collaborate with PEI design team for schedule, questions, conflicts, and statuses.
  • Assist in preparing details, plans, reports, calculations, and other technical documents.
  • Aid in client communication as determined by the Project Manager.
  • Accompany the design team on-site observations to verify construction accuracy.
  • Perform submittal and report reviews and compose RFI responses as assigned.
  • Study and learn construction codes and practices through independent research.
  • Maintain and comply with company standards and procedures.
  • Function as Project Engineer on projects as required.


  • BS in Civil/Structural Engineering from ABET accredited program; MS preferred.
  • 0-5 years relevant experience with state registration as FE/EIT.
  • Knowledge of engineering concepts, theories, and practices as applied to structural design.
  • Proficiency in RISA, EnerCalc, & Excel; working knowledge of AutoCAD & Revit.
  • Drive to grow and learn through internal mentorship and coaching.
  • The desire to contribute to the company and the ability to effectively collaborate in a small, team-based organization.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, excellent verbal, written and decision-making acumen, with the ability to communicate with all levels of colleagues and clients.

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Overview of Working at Patterson Engineering, Inc.

At PEI, we understand that our employees are the backbone of our success. This is why we offer a suite of benefits tailored for your well-being and growth.

Enjoy competitive salaries and flexible work schedules. With us, there's an emphasis on work-life balance, supported by optional overtime and a vibrant work culture.

PEI offers individualized training and a diverse portfolio of projects so that each employee can initiate and pursue their interests. We are steadfast in our commitment to inclusivity and diversity in our workplace.

Competitive Compensation

We believe in rewarding dedication. Enjoy industry-leading salaries that truly reflect your skills and contribution.

Flexible Work Environment

Tailor your work environment to fit your lifestyle. Whether you prefer a hybrid work style or the traditional office setting, we offer the flexibility you crave, ensuring a realistic and approachable working and living schedule.

Growth & Training

Continuous learning is at our core. Take advantage of diverse projects and personal training opportunities from sponsored seminars and conferences, to learning from and leading internal technical talks, which allow you to scale new heights in your career.

Diversity & Leadership

We're proud of our commitment to inclusion and diversity. At PEI, everyone has an equal opportunity to actively shape their future.