Join as an Intern at Patterson Engineering, Inc. and gain hands-on experience in structural design and drafting, while contributing to impactful projects.


San Diego, CA

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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 Intern is an auxiliary member of the Patterson Engineering, Inc. team responsible for assisting with tasks while learning about the business, company, and industry. They work to develop experience in structural design and drafting while producing project calculations. This role is accountable to the Project Engineer.


  • Complete engineering analysis and design of wood, masonry, concrete, and steel structures using Excel, RISA, EnerCalc, and other software.
  • Compile initial plan mark-ups showing member design sizes for occupancy loading criteria.
  • Perform review & Yellow Outs of project documents to verify accuracy and completeness.
  • Execute initial review of shop drawings and submittals to confirm accordance with Patterson Engineering, Inc. plans and specifications.
  • Study, determine, and communicate project load criteria, layouts, and load-paths with Project Design Team.
  • Assist in drafting and modeling of plans and details as required.
  • Accompany design team to site observation to study construction in practice.
  • Study and learn construction codes and practices through independent research and PEI drawing/detail review.
  • Maintain and comply with company standards and procedures.


  • Enrollment in ABET accredited BS or MS program in Civil/Structural Engineering.
  • 0-5 years relevant experience in structural engineering with state registration as FE/EIT.
  • Knowledge of engineering concepts, theories, and practices as applied to structural design.
  • Working knowledge of RISA, EnerCalc, & Excel, AutoCAD & Revit.
  • Drive to grow and learn through mentorship, coaching, and self-direction.
  • 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.