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Job Description

The Chicago office of Wiss, Janney Elstner Associates Inc. (WJE) is looking for entry-level team members with an interest in historic preservation, building science, and building enclosures. Your efforts will be supported by WJE professionals who have extensive expertise in the design, evaluation, repair, and conservation of a wide range of construction materials and building systems.

With twenty-five locations across the U.S., in addition to the world headquarters in Northbrook, IL, projects could be in your own backyard or take you anywhere around the country. Our teams solve some of the most interesting challenges in the built world. Tackling these complex projects takes a great team and great tools - check out the newly completed Janney Technical Center, a state-of-the-art testing and research facility.

Want to start your professional career with WJE?


Bachelor of architecture; or a master’s degree in architecture, architectural engineering, or engineering; or a bachelor of architecture or a master’s degree in engineering with certification/coursework or full degree in historic preservation

An interest in historic preservation, building enclosure forensic investigations and design, building science, and field testing

Ability and interest in performing work in the field and to travel outside the local area, depending on local workload and project locations

Strong computer skills, including AutoCAD

Typical Responsibilities:

Conducts on-site investigations to document existing conditions and determine the cause(s) of problems in existing buildings (this typically focuses on roofing, waterproofing, flashing, coatings, windows, doors, structural framework, concrete, stone, brick, terracotta, cast stone, cladding anchorage and support)

Performs field testing, photographing, and the creation of hand-sketches

Conducts on-site observations of work in progress, prepares site visit reports, and develops responses to requests for information

Conducts research at archival repositories for information regarding a building’s history and use

Researches technical issues and code issues

Analyzes research and investigation data and develops alternate schemes for solving problems

Organizes field data to facilitate the analysis and problem solving and prepares investigation reports

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described 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 computer, printer, fax, copier, telephone, voice mail system, and other office and field equipment. Requirements may also include:

Ability to attend meetings at various offices, 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 extreme temperatures 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.




Analytical Ability Intermediate

Teamwork Advanced

Problem Solving Advanced



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

Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization

Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help



Bachelors or better in Architecture or related field.

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.