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Job Description

The Seattle office of WJE is seeking entry level team members with an interest in structural engineering, building science, or building enclosure consulting. Your efforts will be supported by WJE professionals who have extensive expertise in the design, evaluation, and repair of a wide range of construction materials and building systems. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university from schools of architecture, engineering, building construction, and technology, or similar interdisciplinary programs is preferred. A qualified candidate will be graduating their program or have up to five years of relevant work experience.

The Seattle office works on many significant historic and contemporary properties, and other notable structures in the western region of the United States and internationally.

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Ideal Candidate should be familiar with the following:

Design and construction of building enclosures

Determining the appropriate use and selection of materials

Developing structural or building enclosure details and specifications

While entry-level candidates are expected to only be conversant in these topics, those with some work experience should be competent and able to provide technically sound solutions for existing building enclosure failures and recommendations for new construction projects. Qualified candidates consider themselves problem solvers with a desire to apply learned skills to develop practical and innovative solutions for the built environment, and intend to pursue licensure as an Architect or Engineer and earn related professional certifications.


Bachelor or master of science in building and construction technology, architecture, architectural engineering, or civil/structural engineering with additional consideration to those with a master's degree in these fields of study

Recent graduates with up to five years of structural and/or building enclosure consulting experience with sound knowledge of building materials, field investigation methods, and scientific principles as they relate to structural and/or building enclosure performance

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Strong computer skills including CAD and Microsoft Office

Interest in participation in local or national professional organizations

Ability to work in the field and to travel outside local area as workload and projects require

Software Proficiency:

Uses AutoCAD to create baseline drawings (plans and elevations) and details

Strong skills in the Microsoft Office Suite, primarily Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Typical project opportunities include:

Developing solutions to challenges associated with the performance of new and existing buildings and structures requires demonstrating proficiency and interest in developing proficiency in the following activities:

Conducting the investigation and repair of existing failing structures and/or building enclosure systems

Providing design recommendations that minimize failures

Providing design-assist services related to structures and/or enclosure systems and completing construction period services

Applying knowledge in resolving complex building enclosure issues, including evaluating existing design

Completing pre-construction design reviews

Completing on-site failure investigations, condition assessments, and litigation support (at new and existing construction) to evaluate problematic conditions, including survey and documentation of distress, field testing, sampling, photographing, and sketching

Organizing field data to facilitate analysis and problem solving

Analyzing research and investigation data and developing alternate schemes for solving problems

Researching the historical background of project structures, technical issues, and code issues; maintains familiarity with changing code requirements

Preparing draft investigation reports, repair sketches, bid documents, addenda, change orders, and other work product

Conducting on-site observations of work in progress and prepares site visit reports using various reporting formats

Performing project-related administrative requirements including client communications

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This position requires visual acuity and listening ability. Individuals must have the dexterity to be able to operate office and field equipment such as a computer, printer, copier, telephone, voice mail system, and other office and field equipment. Requirements may also include:

Ability to attend meetings at the various office, field, and construction sites

Ability to perform inspections of buildings and other structures, both visually and with instruments

Ability to lift and carry materials and equipment up to 50 lbs.

Ability to perform work in the temperature extremes presented by work in the outdoors

Ability to read construction drawings, diagrams, printed materials, and computer screens

Ability to record data clearly and write passages for reports, letters, etc.

Ability to travel

Ability to safely work at heights

Ability to safely use and/or operate ladders, scaffolds, lifts and other access equipment

Ability to understand and appreciate safety training specific to numerous workplace and construction hazards

Ability to safely work in a variety of occupationally hazardous locations

Medically fit to utilize respiratory protection devices and other forms of Personal Protective Equipment

Ability to drive and safely operate a motor vehicle

WJE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite all qualified applicants to apply including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans (VEVRAA federal contractor).

WJE will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Fair Chance Ordinances.




AutoCAD Some Knowledge

Teamwork Intermediate

MathCAD Intermediate

Technical Writing Some Knowledge

Interpersonal Skills Intermediate

Effective Communication Intermediate



Team Player: Works well as a member of a group

Enthusiastic: Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest

Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well

Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity



Goal Completion: Inspired to perform well by the completion of tasks

Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help



Bachelors of Civil Engineering or better.

Bachelors of Science Engineering Technology or better.

Masters or better in Civil Engineering or related field.



Less than 5 years: Related work / internship experience

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.