Steel Engineer

Requisition ID:  25830

Ghent, BE, 9000

Design Engineer Steel Structures - Water Infrastructure


Tractebel is a global engineering and consulting company delivering integrated solutions for sustainable energy and built environment projects. Our expertise is trusted worldwide across multiple markets like nuclear, renewables, power & gas, electrical grids, hydropower & dams, water resources & supply, desalination, complex & high-tech buildings, transport infrastructures, and ports & waterways.

By connecting strategy, design, engineering, social & environmental studies, project management and in-house digital applications, we partner with companies and public authorities to create a positive impact on people and planet. 

Backed by more than 150 years of experience, today Tractebel is a community of over 5,500 passionate experts across the globe, committed to ethical business and the fight against climate change. Tractebel is part of the ENGIE Group, a global reference in low-carbon energy and services.


“WATER” is one of the product lines of Tractebel, specialised in port engineering and waterway infrastructure, with projects all over the world. The technical competences within our team cover the complete range of marine infrastructure: quay walls, locks, jetties, dikes, off shore wind foundations, bridges, tunnels, flood protections, master planning, port expansion, etc. Our team designs projects from feasibility, over conceptual and detailed design through owner’s engineering, in close collaboration with our national and international clients.

Tractebel has a long track record regarding design and construction of ports and waterways, as for example the conceptual design and technical assistance of the third set of locks of the Panama canal, detailed design of the caisson wall of the Piraeus container terminal in Greece, design of 2nd jetty of the Fluxys LNG terminal in the Port of Zeebruges in Belgium, master plan to improve sea access to the port of Zeebruges, design and assistance during construction of the stabilisation of the existing quay wall of the river Scheldt in the city of Antwerp, detailed design of a rolling bascule bridge in the port of Antwerp, conceptual design of foundations of many offshore wind farms in Belgium and abroad, etc.

To tackle the exciting challenges that lie ahead, we will strengthen our team are looking for dynamic and motivated people with a passion for marine structures.



  • You will be a player throughout the execution of our marine and civil infrastructure projects

  • You will take the lead in the design and calculation of steel structures from concept study to execution

  • You dimension steel structures following current Belgian and European standards, legislation, codes of practice and internal guidelines

  • You are creative in looking for structural solutions to specific problems, taking into account design and budget

  • You will be part of a multidisciplinary project team of engineers and draftsmen for projects with a strong focus on projects in marine and civil infrastructure

  • Prepare designs (preliminary, basis, tender, detailed) for marine and infrastructure projects such as:  lock doors, jetties, gate valves, barrages, flood protection structures, bridges, etc. 

  • You take a role as design engineer of the project and coordinate with and coach our junior engineers and CAD designers.

  • You follow up and verify the drafting work with the CAD designers

  • You develop your technical skills (SCIA Engineer, Ansys, …) 

  • You keep up with standards, new techniques and developments in your discipline

  • Ensure knowledge development and sharing related to your expertise and coach junior engineers
  • You are reporting to the project leader and your team manager



  • You are a qualified Master of Science in Structural Engineering with a Major in ‘Construction Design’ or ‘Dredging and Off-Shore Engineering’ or ‘Marine Engineering’

  • You have at least 5 years of relevant technical experience in the design and engineering of steel structures and infrastructure projects such as bridges, port infrastructure, lock doors, barrages, sheet piles, anchors, jetties, or large civil infrastructure works, including calculation on structures;

  • You have experience in designing steel elements in complex 3D structures

  • You have an understanding of the applicable construction techniques and are eager to keep your knowledge in line with current methods.

  • You are quality-driven and operate in a customer-focused way

  • You are a team player

  • You have extensive knowledge of current Belgian and European Design Standards, legislation, codes of practice (ISO, EC, NEN, EAU, SB250, SB260,...)

  • You are mobile and open to occasional missions abroad (short or medium-term).

  • You have an international driving license / driving license “B.


Software Knowledge

  • Expertise in modelling with SCIA Engineer or equivalent software.

  • You have proficient knowledge of standard computer programs including spreadsheets and word processing.



A thorough knowledge of Dutch is essential and good knowledge of English or French is considered an important asset.


Interested? Our bright team looks forward to welcoming you at Tractebel! 



Business Unit:  GBU Energy Solutions
Division:  ES Tractebel L2
Contract Type:  Permanent
Job Type:  Full - Time
Professional Experience:  Skilled ( >3 experience <15 years)
Education Level:  Master's Degree