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 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.

Entry Level Land Surveyor

Location: All (Allegan, Benton Harbor & Portage)

Summary:

Make exact measurements and determine property boundaries.  Provide data relevant to the shape, contour, location, elevation and/or dimension of land or land features.  Surveyors work closely with other professionals in Wightman’s Architectural and Engineering departments.

Essential Functions

  • Prepare and maintain sketches, maps, reports and legal descriptions of surveys in order to describe, certify and assume liability for work performed
  • Verify the accuracy of survey data, including measurements and calculations conducted at survey sites
  • Direct or conduct surveys in order to establish legal boundaries for properties, based on legal deeds and titles
  • Record results of surveys including the shape, contour, location, elevation and dimensions of land or land features
  • Calculate heights depths, relative positions, property lines and other characteristics of terrain
  • Prepare or supervise preparation of all data, charts, plots, maps, records and documents related to surveys
  • Write descriptions of property boundaries for use in deeds or other legal documents
  • Search legal records, survey records, and land titles in order to obtain information about property boundaries in areas to be surveyed
  • Adjust and service surveying equipment to ensure accuracy
  • Analyze survey objectives and specifications in order to prepare survey proposals or to direct others in survey proposal preparation

Required Skills & Behaviors

  • Proficient in Auto CAD (Carlson), Civil 3D, and Microsoft Office
  • Structural/Architectural drafting and detailing
  • Good communication and writing skills
  • Highly motivated and team oriented

Organizational Relationships

  • Reports directly to Surveying Manager or Director

Required Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Surveying
  • On track towards professional licensure

Preferred Education/Experience

  • Professional license already obtained

Travel

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

Director of Environmental Services

Location: Allegan or Kalamazoo

Summary:
The Director of Environmental is responsible for the development and management of the Environmental Department.  The Director assists in corporate planning, business development and manpower coordination and management. Works with the continuously expanding team of professionals providing services in Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage technical personnel including assignments of personnel and priorities
  • Mentor, set performance standards, and review performance of all technical staff
  • Assist in business development efforts for the environmental markets including Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo, and Allegan/Grand Rapids
  • Monitor performance and direct necessary corrective actions on each project from the standpoint of client satisfaction, profitability and timeliness
  • Project management of selected projects including budgeting, scheduling, client contact and technical control
  • Develop and implement technical standards to ensure the technical adequacy and consistency of all work performed
  • Coordinate design and construction activities to assure that field designs are technically adequate and that design errors discovered in the field are not repeated on future jobs

Required Skills & Behaviors

  • Proven record of developing client relationships and a book of business
  • Excellent communication, organization and writing skills
  • Strong management and leadership skills
  • Ability to balance a broad scope of activities
  • Broad computer knowledge and Microsoft Office products

Organizational Relationships

  • Reports to President and Regional Directors

Required Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Geology, or related field
  • Knowledge of Indiana and Michigan Environmental regulations
  • 10+ years of experience in the environmental field

Preferred Education/Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Business, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Geology, or related field
  • 5+ years of experience consulting, managing projects and staff

Travel:   Local travel required

To apply, please send your resume here. 

Infrastructure Project Engineer

Location: All (Allegan, Benton Harbor & Portage)

Summary:

The Infrastructure Project Engineer is responsible for the development and implementation of Asset Management Programs for our clients.  WAI is under contract to complete approximately 25 State of Michigan SAW Grant funded asset management plans over the next 5 years and is positioned to expand and support these programs in the future.  Additionally, requirements for asset management programs are growing in other areas as well.    This person will be responsible for supporting the continuously expanding team of professionals in developing and implementing asset management plans for our clients.

Essential Functions:

  • Develops Asset Management Plans including identification, review and assessment of systems and assets and maintains such plan documentation as required by law
  • Understands required operation, maintenance, and replacement of wastewater, water, and storm water systems and related equipment.
  • Assists Infrastructure manager with various grant administration functions such as billing, budget amendments, plan changes, program evaluation and compliance
  • Communicates relevant asset and grant information to internal users and external clients

Required Skills & Behaviors:

  • Basic Knowledge of construction & maintenance of wastewater, water, and storm water systems.
  • Develop an understanding of Department of Public Works (DPW) and public decision makers’ perspectives and needs.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong technical skills such as project cost estimating and experience in evaluating and setting utility rates
  • Ability to work with internal staff and external consultants
  • Broad computer knowledge in particular Microsoft Office products
  • Experience with GIS and other applications a plus

Organizational Relationships:

  • Reports directly to the Director of Engineering
  • May have responsibility for working in a team environment

Required Education/Experience:

  • 1-2+ years of wastewater, water, and storm water systems experience a plus.
  • 1-2 years of municipal, public administration, DPW or engineering experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Knowledge of grants and grant administration systems, processes and budgeting a plus

Travel:   10% to 20% local travel

To apply, please e-mail your resume here. 

Survey Crew Chief

Location: 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 send your resume here.