Great Northern Engineering is a member of the Koniag family of companies. Koniag is an Alaska Native regional corporation and operates businesses across the U.S. in four primary areas: energy and water services, commercial IT, government contracting, and Kodiak Island operations. Koniag represents the Alutiiq people from the Kodiak Island Archipelago and portions of the Alaska Peninsula and is committed to supporting its Shareholders and Descendants through educational scholarships, development programs, dividends, and investments in cultural programs to preserve Alutiiq heritage. For more information about the Koniag family of companies, visit

8(a) Business Development Certification achieved February 2019! Great Northern Engineering has offered civil, structural, architectural, electrical, mechanical and instrumentation engineering consulting services in Alaska since 1982. Experience includes more than 35 years of major commercial airport fuel storage and transfer system designs, industrial wastewater system designs, commercial and industrial building design, large industrial oil & gas design/build development projects, government and armed forces design/build projects, and telecommunications designs.

At Great Northern Engineering we are committed to satisfying client’s needs by tailoring our services to fit your unique job, while easily adjusting our level of service to match the complexity of the project. Our approach to project solutions are concise preliminary design studies, conceptual designs, and complete design engineering which leads to bid-ready IFC drawings, specifications, and contract documents.

Great Northern Engineering has developed outstanding long-term relationships with smaller clients, large industrial clients, and major oil and gas producer companies. We pride ourselves on exemplary client satisfaction on projects with under budget and on-time past performance. Some of our unique project involvement includes countless cell tower foundation designs along with uniquely proven industrial permafrost foundation designs. We are also HUBZone certified! Take a look at some of the projects we’ve been involved with on our projects page.

Great Northern Engineering is always looking for engineering professionals to join our growing team. If you’re interested in becoming part of the Great Northern Engineering family, please check the open positions on our employment page and send us your resume for any position that you feel would be a good fit for you. We would love to know more about you.

John and Odie


With a passion to solve problems and a heart to give himself to the great state of Alaska, John Riggs opened the doors of Great Northern Engineering on April 1, 1982. Fueled with the adventurous resolve of a true Alaskan and the test of time, Great Northern Engineering has grown to what it is today.

Great Northern Engineering Mission Statement

The mission of Great Northern Engineering, LLC (GNE) is to have a positive impact on the lives of all Alaskans, providing unique arctic solutions to engineering problems with quality, dedication, safety, and a spirit of growth. In this way, we foster a business relationship which benefits both our Clients and community.

Great Northern Engineering Quality Policy

Great Northern Engineering is dedicated at all times to implementing and improving our Quality Management System which ensures high quality designs to our Clients that meet all requirements and are delivered in a timely manner. The goal at GNE is to achieve a high level of Client satisfaction while establishing a reputation that sets us apart in our industry.

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