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Principal Shayah Smiley is a graduate of Clemson University with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering. Since 2007 he has followed his passion for structures from academia to industry.

Smiley received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in 2006, and his Masters of Science in Civil Engineering-Structural from Clemson University in 2007.

01. Our History

Shayah Smiley, P.E. started Smiley Structural Engineering due to his love of structures and the challenge of solving problems through applying base knowledge and experience to each project.

02. Our Inspiration

Smiley often has clients that have pop-up projects or emergencies that could not usually get handled while working at a larger engineering firm. SSE offers clients a unique blend of responsiveness and flexibility as well as expertise and experience in order to ensure those projects are handled quickly and effectively.

03. Our Priorities

Client satisfaction is SSE’s second priority, second only to ensuring safe and efficient design of structures.

03. Our Specialties

SSE specializes in design and inspection, storage rack analysis and design, commercial design, renovation/rehabilitation.

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Model Law Structural Engineer
NCEES (the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying)

ICC Structural Steel and Bolting Special Inspector

ICC Building Inspector

Shayah Smiley, P.E.

Starting off working in a rack manufacturing plant, Shayah Smiley got his feet wet and learned about the processes of material handling. He then worked at different structural engineering consulting firms and in 2011 passed the 16-Hour NCEES Structural PE licensure exam. From there, he gained licensure in many other states and continues to add to the list.

Shayah enjoys reading sci-fi novels, working out, viewing art, frequenting local seasonal festivals, and is an avid music lover. He plays the saxophone and is always looking for ways to grow and learn, in his field of study as well as in general.

Smiley Structural Engineering, Principal

March 2012 – Present

Shayah Smiley is the Principal and Owner of Smiley Structural Engineering, a structural engineering consulting firm that is continually improving its brand. He has experience using finite element analysis and building information modeling programs that will streamline and economize project design and coordination. He provides clients with structural engineering services for a variety of sectors and is constantly trying to increase his learning, networking and businesses opportunities. Passion is a great driving force in success and Shayah is passionate about structures. This passion is transformed into quality services for the public and a safe environment for people to live play and work.

PM&A, Structural Engineer

2014 – 2017

PM&A is a customer service firm that provides engineering services. From telecommunication services to traditional MEP + Structural there is a diverse range of services that are available.

Shayah’s responsibilities include analysis design and review of existing steel telecommunication towers and antenna mounts. He also heads up the traditional structural department and collaborates frequently with the MEP and construction teams to provide design packages for clients. He supervises projects and delegates work to engineers as required to complete projects in a timely manner. He works in conjunction with the head structural engineer to develop standards and procedures that will advance the department. They also provide educational support to younger engineers through in-office seminars and promote a continual learning environment.

Livermore Architecture & Engineering, Engineer

June 2013 – December 2013

Livermore Architecture & Engineering, Inc. combines expertise in building planning and engineering design to create cohesive and successful projects based on client’s needs. A full scope of services is provided for a variety of project sizes, uses and construction types. My focus was on performing structural calculations, assembling construction documents through AutoCAD, field inspections and construction administration.

Palmer Engineering Company, Project Engineer

August 2008 – May 2013

Palmer Engineering is a full service structural consulting firm providing analysis, design, construction documents and administration on building projects.

During his tenure at this firm, Shayah was responsible for the structural development of various low-rise projects including but not limited to Multi-family housing, Auto Dealerships, Educational, Adaptive re-use, and Material Handling projects.

As a structural engineer, Shayah procured experience in analyzing multiple lateral and gravity force resistance systems. Analysis and design included steel braced and moment frames, steel and wood shear walls, shallow and deep concrete foundations, concrete and masonry retaining walls and various miscellaneous steel and aluminum structures. He conducted construction administration which encompassed site visits, review of shop drawings and coordinating with architects, contractors and other engineers to solve issues that arose during construction.

Once given the responsibility of project engineer he provided additional support to management by mentoring younger engineers, managing projects, taking the lead on project coordination, attending kick off meetings, writing quotes, supplying design solutions and value engineering when required.

Base Manufacturing, Structural Engineer

June 2007 – August 2008

Base Manufacturing is a storage solution company that manufacturers of storage racking systems and mezzanines, provide logistics solutions and oversees the installation of their systems.

Responsibilities held as a structural engineer ranged from gravity and lateral analysis of storage systems, design of rack supported buildings and creation/review of production drawings. Production of racking plans and elevations in AutoCad was required to aid in the coordination with contractors during installation. He provided support to the sales staff by providing preliminary design for quotes and coordinated with clients to ensure their requirements were met. Shayah also increased productivity of the department by helping to create calculation sheets to efficiently and accurately design racking systems.

Clemson University, Graduate Studies

January 2007 – May 2007

Special Problems Project: 5 ton steel crane design using ETABS

Clemson University, Teaching Assistant (Statics)

August 2006 – May 2007

Helped to organize and implement activities in class.
Held office hours to help students with problems.
Graded homework and worksheets completed during activities.
Provided shortcuts and analogies to help students remember information.

Structures International Inc, Structural Engineer

May 2006 – August 2006

Designed small homes, warehouse, and multi-purpose structures
Performed design checks from other engineers’ projects
Modified drawings using AutoCAD