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Job Description

Bring your problem-solving mindset, entrepreneurial spirit, and technical expertise to WJE's interdisciplinary team, spanning 30 office locations, company-wide.Actively hiring for structural engineering associates in the following locations: Austin, TX (buildings or bridges/infrastructure/ports); Boston, MA (buildings preferred); downtown Chicago, IL (buildings preferred); Honolulu, HI (bridges/infrastructure/ports); Portland, OR (bridges preferred*); and San Francisco, CA (seismic, buildings preferred). Applications welcome for any WJE location.As an experienced project associate with WJE, you will become a well-rounded consultant primed to make a meaningful impact in your field. You will build on your industry experience to date, as you continue to deepen your technical expertise, hone your practical problem-solving capabilities, and cultivate your project management skills. At WJE, we spend almost as much time in the field, up close and personal with our projects, as we do in the office. If you are a critical thinker, curious about how things work, and not afraid to get your hands dirty, we want you on our team! Typical Responsibilities:

  • Assume responsibility for the day-to-day success of multiple projects, including acting as the primary point of contact for clients, contractors, and project teams; and managing small-to-medium projects, as appropriate
  • Perform on-site investigations, condition assessments, and construction administration, which may include documenting distress, performance evaluation and field testing (including mobilizing and installing field testing equipment, instrumentation, and data acquisition systems), collecting data and samples, and troubleshooting details
  • Apply sound engineering judgment and an understanding of governing codes, design guidelines, and construction documents for the analysis and development of practical solutions
  • Complete structural hand calculations and finite element analyses using relevant software packages (e.g., SAP2000, ETABS)
  • Prepare conceptual, preliminary, and final client deliverables, including written reports, calculation packets, construction documents, repair design details (developed by hand and in AutoCAD), and project specifications
  • Contribute to company-wide objectives through involvement in office and company development initiatives, in-house Technical Resource Groups (TRGs) and research projects, and relevant industry committees and professional organizations

*This role will require regular nationwide travel to perform on-site forensic investigations, assessment of existing bridges, evaluation of new bridge designs, retrofits, construction, and field testing. Engineers in this role may also be expected to install in-situ steel repair retrofits under the direction and guidance of experienced staff.Qualifications / Key Competencies:

  • Master’s degree or better in civil, structural, or architectural engineering
  • Three or more years of relevant industry experience
  • Licensed Structural Engineer (SE) or Professional Engineer (PE) (per state requirements); EIT with demonstrated progress towards attaining PE/SE licensure will also be considered.
  • Solid foundation in structural engineering principles with a demonstrated interest in diagnostic investigation, forensic engineering, repair design, and rehabilitation of various structural systems and construction materials
  • Effective technical, graphical, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Team player mindset with willingness to proactively take on various roles and responsibilities
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and adapt to changing demands, while maintaining productive interpersonal relationships and a high standard of excellence, integrity, and attention to detail

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, with or without reasonable accommodations. This position requires visual acuity and listening ability. Individuals must have the dexterity to be able to operate office and field equipment such as computers, printers, fax, copier, telephone, voice mail system, and other office and field equipment. Requirements may also include:

  • Ability to attend meetings at 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

Why Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE):With more than 65 years of experience in the forensic structural, materials, and architectural engineering field, WJE Associates have the opportunity to learn from and grow alongside industry-leading experts (locally and company-wide) in a challenging yet collaborative environment, supported by our collective technical knowledge and state-of-the-art laboratory and testing capabilities.WJE is an employee-owned company that employs a diverse group of C2E2 people—people with outstanding Character, unwavering Commitment to our core and culture, strong Expertise, and genuine Enthusiasm for their work. Our extraordinary people enjoy a fulfilling and flexible work environment: one that is inclusive and genuinely values and fairly treats every employee; one that is based on trust and personal responsibility; one that encourages open communication, continued learning, innovative thinking, excellence, and teamwork; and one that provides each employee a combined opportunity for personal, professional, and financial growth that is unsurpassed in our business. Learn more at Annual starting base salary (gross): $83,300 to $112,700. Actual salaries will vary and will be based on several factors including consideration for a candidate’s qualifications, skills, competencies, and proficiency for the role. Base salary is one component of our total compensation package for employees. WJE offers an industry-leading total rewards package that enables our employees to grow and thrive with comprehensive health and financial benefits including robust and affordable health plans, generous 401(k) matching and bonus programs, time off to care for yourself and others, and investments in employees’ professional development, to name a few. More information on WJE’s total rewards package can be found here.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.#LI-EL1Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with DisabilitiesThe 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. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)