Senior Residential Structural Engineer – Houses

Senior Level – 15+ Years Experience

Full Time/Salary Position (salary commensurate with background/experience)

Minimum Requirements:

  1. Licensed Professional Engineer – PEO
  2. Comprehensive Experience with Wood Frame House Construction
  3. Excellent written and oral English Language Skills
  4. Ability and willingness to meet new clients, carry out Construction Field Reviews and Resolve Design and Construction Problems Independently in the Field, write Fee Proposals.
  5. Familiarity with structural design software such as Forte, Woodworks, SAP2000, AutoCAD and REVIT
  6. Valid Drivers Licence

Big-Engineering getting you down?

We are looking for an experienced and seasoned structural engineer that loves design engineering but feels stifled by the big company grind – the day to day pressure of fee proposals, progress submissions deadlines, CCDC Contracts and issuing change orders has become tiresome and you long for back-to basics engineering work that utilizes your extensive problem-solving skills while helping Owners and Contractors that need your help and advice on their small building projects.

If this sounds interesting, read on.

We are a Boutique firm of Structural Engineers and Architectural Technologists that specializes in the design and Construction of Houses and Small Buildings. We don’t do large projects – instead, we focus on small ones! Our work is almost exclusively houses, which require Engineering services in just the same way as do large buildings. What is great about this work is its “hands-on” nature and the appreciation that we receive directly from our clients when we can quickly resolve their problems.

We are looking for a Senior Engineer who truly loves engineering and problem-solving skills and is happy working with small engineering projects. Most of our work revolves around wood-frame structures with some steel and concrete components.

The candidate must have a degree in Structural Engineering from a PEO accredited Engineering School and must be a Professional Engineer Licensed in the Province of Ontario. The candidate should have at least 15 years of relevant structural design experience to be suitable for this position. If the candidate is not familiar with acronyms such as LVL, OSB, and CLT, then they are likely not suitable for this position as it requires direct experience with the design of wood-frame houses.


K. H. Davis Engineering Consultants Ltd are Structural Engineers and Architectural Technologists and have been in business since 1999. We are specialists in Houses and Small Building Projects that often fall under Part 9 of the OBC but also require custom design under Part 4. Some of our projects involve multi-unit dwellings that must also conform to Part 3 of the OBC. Our specialty is small buildings, and many of our projects are done directly for homeowners, homebuilders, and Architects.

We have appeared on many HTGV shows, such as Leave it to Bryan, Income Property, and we have developed a very good reputation for this type of work in the Greater Toronto Area.

We bring extensive experience with virtually all types and styles of homebuilding construction, and we always look forward to a challenge.

Our Principal, Ken Davis, P. Eng., regularly contributes to the AEC community by speaking at Trade Shows and related Trade Organizations in the Toronto Area and provides expert witness services to assist lawyers, insurance adjusters, municipalities, and other engineers in litigation related matters that pertain to House Construction.


Our office is in central Toronto, a short walk from the Greektown neighbourhood of Toronto, on the Bloor Danforth Subway Line. We have an energetic team consisting of structural engineers and architectural technologists who work in a friendly, and collaborative office environment. Most of our project are “start-to-finish” consulting assignments that are done by one person. i.e.: One project = One person; However, there are many exceptions, such as when there is a significant drafting component which requires the involvement of a dedicated design/draftsperson for a project; this means that our people are truly “Consultants” to our clients and all of our staff are expected to be able to answer to them on a day-to-day basis. Very few of our staff are strictly “task” oriented and shielded from the entire Consulting process, and for this reason, all staff are seen as key members of our consulting team.

The firm offers flexible work arrangements and a casual but professional office environment that especially suit many of our staff with small children. Some staff find that a combination of in-office hours and out-of-office work hours adequately meets the needs of both the employee and the firm.

Job Description

If you are a Senior Level Structural Engineer/truss designer/building plans examiner and you truly enjoy applying your engineering knowledge and skills and Building Code knowledge to help homeowners and builders with their house projects, then this may be the place for you.

Note: This is not an intense “number crunching” structural design position…it is a Consulting Engineering position – You are expected to be able to meet clients at their homes or construction sites, diagnose structural related problems based upon your comprehensive knowledge of Houses and Structures overall. Your familiarity with the behaviour of structures, plus your knowledge of Part 9 of the OBC is of primary importance in meeting the requirements of this position. Also, this is a job that requires a client-facing, customer service-oriented person that must have excellent oral and written English skills.

A large part of your work is Consulting with our clients and writing report, and to a lesser extent, carrying out detailed engineering design calculation. The engineering design work that we do in our firm is generally simple, but it still requires a thorough understanding of structures and the application of engineering design principles.

We offer a very flexible work environment, benefits, and above-average annual bonus (based upon year-end profitability).

Summary of Job Requirements:

  1. Thorough Structural Analysis and Structural Design background and comprehensive knowledge of both Part 9 and Part 4 of the Ontario Building Code. Must have an excellent understanding of North America style wood frame house construction. Excellent 3-D spatial visualization skills are required, understanding of gravity load analysis and lateral load analysis (including the design of shear walls and moment resisting frames for typical residential applications).
  2. Candidate must be able to handle projects from start to finish independently. This position requires the full range of skills expected from an Engineer who is offering Consulting Services to the Public.
  3. Excellent Interpersonal Skills – Many of our clients are homeowners, so we often we need to explain technical things to non-technical people in a manner whereby the client understands the issues. The candidate must also have excellent verbal and written English skills since direct client communications, including proposal and report writing, is a big part of the job. This job cannot be done by someone who does not have high proficiency with written English since 2-3 reports/proposals per week are typical.
  4. Working knowledge of all commonly used Structural Analysis and Design software for House Design, such as Woodworks, Safire, SAP2000, etc.
  5. It is expected that you have a good working knowledge of MS Office, and commonly used design software such as AutoCAD and REVIT. You should have a G driver’s licence for this position as well since you must carry out site visits to locations all around the GTA and within about 100km of Toronto.

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