Staff Engineer/Scientist
Job Type


Technical Services Division

Staff Engineer in Timber Engineering

APA is seeking a Staff Engineer in Timber Engineering for the Tacoma, Washington laboratory. As a Staff Engineer for APA, one will use their engineering degree or other degree in a related field and practical experience in timber engineering, construction, or building code development to advance the engineered wood industry.


This key position will be responsible for the following key activities at APA’s Technical Services Division:

  • Develop or update APA recommendations for engineered wood products based on the latest building codes and standards.
  • Conduct product or assembly testing, evaluation, and research.
  • Prepare test reports based on data analysis or engineering.
  • Perform engineering services for the public and APA members.
  • Participate in the activities of building code and standard development.
  • Participate in committee activities relevant to the needs of APA members.
  • Interact with the staff of other organizations on technical issues. 

Substantial opportunities exist for professional growth through regular contact with the forest products industry, scientific/engineering community, regulatory agencies, and other research organizations throughout the world.

The Company:

APA is a non-profit trade association whose members manufacture the majority of the structural wood panel products manufactured in North America, plus a host of engineered wood products that include plywood, oriented strand board, glued laminated timber (glulam), cross-laminated timber (CLT), wood I-joists, structural composite lumber, and mass timber.

Compensation and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $82,000 to $115,000 annually. The starting rate is dependent upon experience. There is potential for promotion to other positions. Benefits include:

  • Paid vacation starting at 3 weeks per year.
  • Paid sick leave accruing at 12 days per year.
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan.
  • 11 paid holidays for 2024.
  • Medical, dental and vision for employee and dependents.
  • Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance.
  • Long-Term Disability insurance.
  • Employee Identity Theft Protection.

The complete job description is available upon request.



An M.S. or advanced degree in engineering or other related fields, with a minimum of 2 years of practical experience in timber engineering or construction, or in building code development, is required. An E.I.T. or P.E. certificate or field experience in wood-frame building construction is a plus. The candidate must be willing to conduct testing in the lab, in addition to periodic travel, both domestically and internationally, and must be self-motivated and a team player.

If you require reasonable accommodation in completing the application process, interviewing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to the Human Resources Manager by email at or by mail to HR Manager, 7011 S 19th St, Tacoma WA 98466.

For more information, please visit our website at

APA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Salary Description
$82,000 to $115,000 per year