CAD Drafter

PARADIGM is a growing firm currently seeking to expand our CAD drafting department. We are seeking highly motivated, adaptable drafters with good communication and critical observation skills to join our fast-paced working environment and personable team.

General Areas of Responsibility

Job duties will include the preparation of construction documents (plans, elevations, sections, details, etc.) using AutoCAD. CAD technician will generally work from engineer’s markups and sketches with minimum supervision to create construction documents according to established company standards and procedures. The ideal candidate has experience with structural engineering or architectural drafting and is looking to make a long-term career move. Experience and knowledge of Revit Structure is preferred.


  • Strong technical knowledge of AutoCAD

  • Structural or architectural drafting experience

  • Familiarity with structural engineering drawings and details

  • Familiarity with MS Office programs (Word, Excel, etc.)

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Use AutoCAD to create construction documents according to office standards and best practices.

  • Work from Engineer’s markups and sketches with minimum supervision

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Staff Engineer

PARADIGM Structural Engineers, Staff Engineers experience a high level of involvement with Principal and Senior Associates as a small firm. Our relative size allows us to maintain a level of developing generations of future engineers to become leaders within the engineering community. 

Responsibilities include structural analysis, computer modeling, calculations, structural design and preparation of construction documents. Staff engineers will collaborate as part of a design team under the supervision of a project engineer or principal. 



  • BS in Civil/Structural Engineering

  • MS and EIT preferred

  • Individuals should have 2+ years of increasing engineering experience in seismic analysis and design, as well as experience in preparing plans and detail drawings.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills a must.

  • Familiarity with AutoCAD and software such as MS Word & Excel, Enercalc, and ETABS or SAP is helpful.

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Project Engineer

Responsibilities include structural analysis and design, preparation of design documents including calculations, drawings and reports, and supervision of staff engineers within a design team. Project engineers will generally collaborate with a design team with a staff engineer and senior project engineer or principal. Project engineers are also responsible for maintaining client relationships, performing quality assurance functions, developing training programs for the firm, and assuring their projects are completed on-time and within budget. 



  • BS in civil/structural engineering, from an accredited University, with a curriculum including seismic analysis and design

  • MS and PE preferred

  • Minimum of 4+ years of design office experience in seismic analysis and design using various construction materials (wood, steel, concrete, light gage steel, masonry) and the ability to independently develop construction drawings.

  • Experience with DSA and OSHPD preferred.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to prepare comprehensive reports a must.

  • Familiarity with AutoCad and software such as MS Word & Excel, Risa, Ram, Enercalc, and ETABS or SAP required

  • Experience in non-linear analysis strongly recommended

  • Two or more years of management experience preferred

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Summer Intern

You will have the opportunity to share ideas on design concepts in a team environment, and to develop your own technical and design skills within a nurturing and highly respected firm. We seek interns with a combination of aesthetic sensitivity and technical abilities, who can work primarily as part of a team while also handling some tasks independently.If you are ready to dig in and get your feet wet learning about the day-to-day operations of a successful San Francisco engineering firm, we encourage you to apply for one of our competitive internships.



CADD experience a plus, 2-D and preferably 3-D. *Experience in AutoCAD is highly desirable.
Strong communication skills, oral and written.
Personable, team player, high integrity, sense of humor a plus.
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
Ability to prioritize, multi-task, meet shifting deliverable deadlines
One year of college level technical courses in structural engineering

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