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Job Description

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) is seeking a person with a passion for learning, demonstrated technical aptitude, and strong work ethic to begin a career as a Structural/Architectural Field Technician in its Seattle, Washington office.

WJE employs extraordinary people - talented individuals of outstanding character with a willingness to excel as members of the WJE team. If you believe you fit this profile and meet the qualifications detailed below, we want to hear from you.

The Technician works as a project team member collaborating with architects and engineers in the Seattle group and across WJE in forensic investigations.

The individual works in the office and in the field performing load testing, building envelope testing, setting up and using data acquisition systems, installing electronic instrumentation, documenting field conditions/distress in a variety of structures, drafting repair plans and details, and developing written reports, among other tasks.

A successful individual in this role will need to assimilate and execute testing procedures with accuracy and precision and have the drive to continuously build proficiency in a wide range of equipment and test methods. This individual will need to prioritize multiple projects, working under the supervision of a project manager while completing both routine and complex tasks independently. The technician will maintain a broad spectrum of specialized equipment to analyze a variety of construction materials and systems used in new and existing structures.


Hands-on capabilities with experience in mechanical, construction, and/or applicable electronic trades; experience working with construction materials a plus

Ability to safely operate various construction power tools

Willingness to travel

High capacity for learning, retaining and implementing new processes of highly technical nature

Ability to read construction drawings and diagrams

Trade experience:

Certification or training toward such in any of the following areas considered a plus: ACI, AISC, ITC (Thermography), ASNT, RCI RRO, Certified Welding (AWS, SMAW, FCAW), SPRAT.

Typical Responsibilities:

Spends the majority of his/her time in the field performing non-destructive testing, construction observations, field investigations, and installing structural instrumentation with some work performed in the office

Prepares standard reports and memos for Project Manager review

Prepares and packages samples for shipment to the laboratory

Maintains and calibrates laboratory and field equipment

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 testing equipment. Requirements may also include:

Ability to perform inspections of buildings, bridges 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 safely work at heights and use and/or operate ladders, scaffolds, lifts, and other access equipment

Ability to safely use and/or operate various construction power tools

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, minorities, women, 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.




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



High School or better.


Associates or better in Architectural Technology or related field.



1-3 years: Relevant work 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.