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Structural Engineer

Job ID 5194738 Date posted 07/24/2017
Location:Silver Bay, MN
Country:United States
Job Code:2520
Position Type:Salary

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. is an international mining and natural resources company. The Company is a major global iron ore producer and a significant producer of high-and low-volatile metallurgical coal. Cliffs' strategy is to continually achieve greater scale and diversification in the mining industry through a focus on serving the world's largest and fastest growing steel markets. Driven by the core values of social, environmental and capital stewardship, Cliffs associates across the globe endeavor to provide all stakeholders operating and financial transparency.

The Company is organized through a global commercial group responsible for sales and delivery of Cliffs' products and a global operations group responsible for the production of the minerals the Company markets. Cliffs operates iron ore and coal mines in North America and an iron ore mining complex in Western Australia.





Cliffs Natural Resources Inc, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is the largest producer of iron ore pellets in North America. The Company operates four iron ore mines in Michigan and Minnesota. Northshore Mining Company, a subsidiary of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc., is a taconite mining and processing facility located in Northern Minnesota. The mining facility is located in Babbitt, MN, and the processing plant is located in Silver Bay, MN, on the north shore of Lake Superior.

We have an immediate opening for a Structural Engineer. This position is located in Silver Bay, MN. Travel between Silver Bay and Babbitt sites, other Cliffs mine sites and other associated business travel may be required.


  • Develop and implement a site wise structural steel management plan to include; assessment, prioritization, and management plans.
  • Manage structural steel engineering projects from cost estimates, materials specifications, calculations, design of structures, facilities and equipment, to installation and start-up.
  • Ensure contract work is documented properly with specifications and work scopes, coordinate within operational needs and completed safely.
  • Direct and coordinate work performed by engineering consultants and contractors.
  • Direct and coordinate work performed by operating employees as required for new equipment installation or testing to ensure conformity to engineering design and specifications.
  • Provide structural steel assessments expertise to management, engineers, and mechanical crafts people on as needed basis.
  • Conduct studies and prepare reports on project cost projections and potential cost-saving projects.
  • Evaluate structural steel and provide decisions on condition.
  • Produce general and fabrication drawings using AutoCAD.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Structural Engineering.
  • 5+ years experience in structural steel engineering required.
  • Licensed structural PE in Minnesota
  • Previous knowledge of project management and creation of work scopes preferred.
  • Previous project engineering experience preferred.
  • Experience with cost analysis and budgeting.
  • Experience with quality management systems.
  • Organizational Skills – must have the ability to plan and coordinate multiple work tasks with a variety of employees, departments and outside contractors. Must be able to set goals and develop strategies and schedules to accomplish goals.
  • People Skills – must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate, empower, and delegate. Must be willing to promote Northshore team concepts and enforce company policies fairly and consistently. Must be skilled in team solving techniques.
  • Communication Skills - must have excellent communication skills and be able to interact and communicate with all levels of the organization. Must have strong written and verbal communication skills. Must be willing to challenge the status quo, identify and pursue new ideas and opportunities to improve production, safety, add value, and/or solve problems.
  • Decision Making Skills – must be able to think logically using factual data and structure ideas to influence others. Must make sound, timely decisions under conditions of uncertainty and risk. Must be able to multi-task and work well under stressful conditions.
  • Computer Skills – must have strong computer skills; Microsoft Office experience, Access experience, and Auto-cad experience; preference for individuals with computerized maintenance management system experience.
  • Must be capable of working effectively and safely using a participative management style in a team environment.

Please note that all applicants must meet the physical requirements of the position by the close of the posting period.

Cliffs Natural Resources Employees -

Apply by forwarding a resume to your local Human Resources Department. The local HR offices will forward candidate resumes to the Northshore Mining HR Department, Attn: Martha Schlangen. Please reference the Structural Engineer position when applying.

External Candidates -

All interested external candidates should apply online Northshore Mining and Cliffs Natural Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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The U.S. Talent Acquisition team was awarded a 2012 Candidate Experience Award by the Talent Board. The Talent Board is a non-profit organization that showcases employers who deliver outstanding candidate experiences. This is the second year in a row that Cliffs has earned this award, which is based on feedback directly from our job candidates. Cliffs is the only Natural Resources company to receive this award.

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