Careers at WAI

Available Positions

Civil Engineer / Project Manager

Location: All (Allegan, Benton Harbor & Portage)

The Civil Engineer / Project Manager will provide design and plan production for general civil design on a wide variety of projects which may include site layouts, horizontal and vertical control, grading and drainage, paving, site utilities, and associated civil engineering activities. Will perform complex assignments exercising judgment in evaluation, selection, and modification of standard engineering techniques and procedures.

Essential Functions:
  • Perform engineering calculations in support of civil engineering design projects
  • Manage projects including client communications, public input and feedback, and internal support
  • Perform AutoCAD Civil 3D design/drafting in support of civil engineering design projects
  • Performs, trains, and provides guidance for site investigations, survey work, CAD work, and data collection
  • Prepares, provides training, provides guidance, and reviews engineering designs and reports which includes design calculations and plan preparation
  • Performs, provides training for, and guides quality assurance, ensuring projects get carried out as designed and recommend modifications as needed
  • Ability to identify engineering and surveying services needed by the client and the ability to draft proposals and estimate fees
  • Coordinate with government agencies, client staff, and other professionals to obtain design information and approvals
  • Write and edit construction specifications and engineering reports
  • Tabulate bid items and calculate construction bid quantities from plans and specifications.
  • Estimate construction costs
  • Conduct periodic visits to construction sites to monitor quality and progress of the work
  • Knowledge of financing and funding including public and private sources
 
Required Skills & Behaviors:
  • Consistently exercises discretion and judgment in all work tasks
  • Ability to plan, schedule work and complete work assignments within established budgets and timelines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Capable of working with a multidisciplinary team of planners, engineers, surveyors, architects and technicians
  • Broad computer knowledge in particular Microsoft Office products
  • Aptitude and demonstrated hands-on experience with computer applications such as AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Mentoring capability
  • Broad knowledgebase of civil engineering projects rather than a subject matter expert in any one civil engineering area

Organizational Relationships:
  • Matrix reporting to Director of Engineering / Regional Director
  • May have responsibility for multiple direct reports
Required Education/Experience:
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited university degree program is required
  • 5+ years’ experience in construction or civil engineering field
  • Active PE License or ability to obtain within 6 months of employment 
All levels and years of experience are encouraged to apply.

To apply: Please e-mail resume here.

Survey Crew Chief

Location: All (Allegan, Benton Harbor & Portage)

Summary:
The position of Survey Crew Chief will either be the lead person responsible for a 2-3 person crew or be the sole member of a one person survey unit.  A survey crew chief will be responsible for efficiently completing the field work portion of survey projects.  Responsibilities will include all aspects of Boundary surveying, Topographical surveying, construction layout, and other miscellaneous survey related tasks.

Essential Functions:
  • Manage field crew members
  • Interact and work with survey office staff
  • Efficiently operate technical survey equipment and surveying related software
  • Perform survey calculations necessary for field work
  • Ability to perform construction staking
  • Interaction with clients and general public
  • Prepare and edit surveying notes and reports
Required Skills & Behaviors:
  • Consistently exercises discretion and judgment in all work tasks
  • Ability to plan, schedule work and complete work assignments within established budgets and timelines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Capable of working with a multidisciplinary team of planners, engineers, surveyors, architects and technicians
  • Broad knowledge of surveying equipment including Trimble products
  • Basic knowledge of office computer
  • Skilled in construction staking
  • Experienced with multiple types of surveying projects
  • Knowledge of surveying principles
  • Ability to work independently
  • Enjoy and thrive in an outdoor work environment year round
Physical Requirements:
  • Must be able to walk on uneven, slippery and snow covered ground
  • Must be able to bend, lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Must be able to effectively use shovel, hammer and machete
Organizational Relationships:
  • Matrix reporting to Director of Surveying / Regional Director
  • Responsibility for survey crew staff
Required Education/Experience:
  • Minimum of 1 year experience as Survey Crew Chief or extensive experience working on a survey crew with the desire to move into a crew chief role
  • High school diploma
  • Valid Driver’s license
 
Travel:            Local travel as required, Possibility of regional travel on a weekly basis

To apply, please e-mail resume here.

Survey Drafter

Location:  Benton Harbor 

Summary:
Drafters are responsible for working with Surveyors to develop 2D and 3D survey drawings as well as other documents (including but not limited to AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Carlson) for client projects. Drafters generally work closely with professionals from the survey department within Wightman.
 
Essential Functions
  • Create drawings for survey related projects
  • Obtain and assemble data to complete survey drawings
  • Draw topographical maps
  • Prepare easement drawings and legal descriptions
  • Draw land title surveys to meet ALTA/NSPS standard detail requirements
  • Converting drawing formats to be compatible with engineering and client requirements
  • Able to read and understand deeds and related legal documents
  • Create and store drawings electronically
  • Capable of independently researching project specific information
  • Determine procedures and instructions to be followed, according to survey specifications
  • Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources
  • Operate computer-aided drafting equipment to produce working drawings
  • Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
 
Required Skills & Behaviors
  • Proficient in Civil 3D, Carlson drafting and detailing
  • Good communication and writing skills
  • Highly motivated and team oriented
 
Organizational Relationships
  • Reports directly to Project Manager
 
Required Education/Experience
  • High school diploma or its equivalent
  • Experience depending upon level
 
Preferred Education/Experience
  •  Associate’s Degree
  • Experience in survey drafting 

Travel
  • 10-25% local travel
To apply: Please e-mail resume here.

Survey Project Manager

Location:  Benton Harbor 
 
Summary:
Survey Project Managers are responsible for working with Surveyors to develop 2D and 3D drawings for client projects. Survey Project Managers have frequent interaction with clients in the form of taking direction, following up on project progress and general client inquiries
 
Essential Functions
  • Knowledge of all aspects of surveying and survey projects
  • Attracts potential customers by answering questions and providing information regarding surveying services
  • Opens and maintains client files and records
  • Resolves product or service problems through discussions with client, determines cause of client problems and proposing affective solutions
  • Prepare cost estimates, contracts, bidding documents and technical reports for specific projects under direct supervision
  • Create drawings for various types of survey projects
  • Create topographical maps
  • Knowledge of how to perform survey calculations
 
Required Skills & Behaviors
  • Proficient in AutoCAD and Carlson
  • Works well with co-workers
  • Good communication and writing skills
  • Highly motivated and team oriented
 
Organizational Relationships
  • Reports directly to Professional Surveyor


Required Education/Experience
  • High school diploma or its equivalent
  • Experience depending upon level
 
Preferred Education/Experience
  • Associate’s Degree
  • Experience in general surveying/survey drafting
 
Travel
  • 10-25% local travel
 
 To apply: Please e-mail resume here.