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 Crew Chief

Location:  Benton Harbor & 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 e-mail resume here.

Survey Drafter

Location:  Allegan

Summary:
Drafters are responsible for working with Surveyors to develop 2D and 3D survey drawings as well as other documents (including but not limited to AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Carlson) for client projects. Drafters generally work closely with professionals from the survey department within Wightman.
 
Essential Functions
  • Create drawings for survey related projects
  • Obtain and assemble data to complete survey drawings
  • Draw topographical maps
  • Prepare easement drawings and legal descriptions
  • Draw land title surveys to meet ALTA/NSPS standard detail requirements
  • Converting drawing formats to be compatible with engineering and client requirements
  • Able to read and understand deeds and related legal documents
  • Create and store drawings electronically
  • Capable of independently researching project specific information
  • Determine procedures and instructions to be followed, according to survey specifications
  • Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources
  • Operate computer-aided drafting equipment to produce working drawings
  • Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
 
Required Skills & Behaviors
  • Proficient in Civil 3D, Carlson drafting and detailing
  • Good communication and writing skills
  • Highly motivated and team oriented
 
Organizational Relationships
  • Reports directly to Project Manager
 
Required Education/Experience
  • High school diploma or its equivalent
  • Experience depending upon level
 
Preferred Education/Experience
  •  Associate’s Degree
  • Experience in survey drafting 

Travel
  • 10-25% local travel
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.

Survey Field Service Technician

Location: Full-time in Benton Harbor

Summary:

Surveying Field Service Technicians collect data utilizing common surveying equipment.  They assist surveyors by visiting job sites and taking measurements along with other essential functions listed below.
 
Essential Functions:
  • Perform manual labor such as bending, digging with a hand shovel, cutting brush for lines, carrying equipment, stakes, rebar and other items that may be heavy (between 5 and up to 50 lbs.) daily
  • Set up, adjust and operate surveying equipment and instruments
  • Maintain equipment and vehicles
  • Assist in conducting surveys to determine location of natural features and man-made structures on the surface, underground and underwater
  • Collect field data using common surveying equipment to report information back to surveyors and other Wightman professionals
  • Measure, record and calculate data based on instrument readings
  • Lay out, locate and recover markings, stakes, and other such signifiers at work locations
  • Help create drawings and computer images of job locations
  • Collect information needed to carry out new surveys using source maps, previous survey data, photographs, computer records and other relevant information
 
Required Skills & Behaviors:
  • Ability to plan, schedule work and complete work assignments within established budgets and timelines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Broad computer knowledge and Microsoft Office applications

Organizational Relationships:
  • Reports directly to Crew Chief in the field

Required Education/Experience:
  • Varies by level.  See Chart

Preferred Education/Experience:
  • Associates Degree preferred
  • Certified Survey Technician

Travel:   Frequent local/regional travel

Field Service Technician 1-3
Level 1 2 3
Experience 0-3 Years 2+ Years 5+ Years
Degree A high school diploma or its equivalent A high school diploma or its equivalent A high school diploma or its equivalent
Knowledge Commonly-used concepts Standard concepts Familiar with a variety of concepts
Supervision Immediate General May lead and direct work of others
Independent Judgment Not typically required A certain degree of creativity and latitude required A wide degree of latitude and creativity is expected
Relies on Instructions & pre-established guide-lines Limited Experience and judgment Experience and judgment
 
To apply, please e-mail your resume here

Contract Survey Field Service Technician

Location: 1 contract positions in Benton Harbor (Contract August – November 2017)

Summary:
Surveying Field Service Technicians collect data utilizing common surveying equipment.  They assist surveyors by visiting job sites and taking measurements along with other essential functions listed below.
 
Essential Functions:
  • Perform manual labor such as bending, digging with a hand shovel, cutting brush for lines, carrying equipment, stakes, rebar and other items that may be heavy (between 5 and up to 50 lbs.) daily
  • Set up, adjust and operate surveying equipment and instruments
  • Maintain equipment and vehicles
  • Assist in conducting surveys to determine location of natural features and man-made structures on the surface, underground and underwater
  • Collect field data using common surveying equipment to report information back to surveyors and other Wightman professionals
  • Measure, record and calculate data based on instrument readings
  • Lay out, locate and recover markings, stakes, and other such signifiers at work locations
  • Help create drawings and computer images of job locations
  • Collect information needed to carry out new surveys using source maps, previous survey data, photographs, computer records and other relevant information
 
Required Skills & Behaviors:
  • Ability to plan, schedule work and complete work assignments within established budgets and timelines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Broad computer knowledge and Microsoft Office applications
  • Knowledge of surveying and desire to work outdoors in various weather conditions

Organizational Relationships:
  • Reports directly to Crew Chief in the field

Required Education/Experience:
  • High school diploma or its equivalent

Preferred Education/Experience:
  • Certified Survey Technician

Travel:            Frequent local/regional travel

To apply, please send resume here. 

Architectural Project Manager

Location: Benton Harbor & Portage

Summary:

Responsible for the project management and working with clients to design buildings, additions, and renovations of new and existing buildings. Works closely with other Wightman professionals to ensure safe, efficient, economical and functional spaces.
 
 
Essential Functions
  • Prepare information regarding design, structure specifications, materials, color, equipment, estimated costs, and construction time.
  • Consult with client to determine functional and spatial requirements
  • Direct activities of workers engaged in preparing drawings and specification documents
  • Plan layout of project
  • Prepare contract documents for building contractors
  • Prepare scale drawings
  • Integrate engineering elements into unified design
  • Conduct periodic on-site observation of work during construction to monitor compliance with plans.
  • Administer construction contracts.
  • Represent client in obtaining bids and awarding construction contracts.
  • Prepare operating and maintenance manuals, studies, and reports.
 
Required Skills & Behaviors
  • Strong project management, communication & organization skills
  • Excellent graphic presentation skills
  • Proficient in CAD, Revit & Sketchup
  • Proficient in Adobe Suites & Microsoft office
 
Organizational Relationships
  • Reports directly to Department Manager - Architecture
 
Required Education/Experience
  • Bachelor degree in Architecture
  • 5 – 10 years of experience in Architecture
  • 2 – 4 years of project management experience
 
Preferred Education/Experience
  • Master’s degree in Architecture
  • Licensure
  • Experience in sustainable design/LEED
 
Travel
  • 10-25% local travel
 To apply, please send your 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. 

Portage Survey Support Staff

Location: Portage

Summary:
The Survey Department staff person is responsible for providing a wide variety of administrative support for the Portage Survey team at Wightman and Associates to ensure efficient operation of the department. Responsible for providing support to the team members through a variety of tasks related to organization, communication, and production; including but not limited to drafting, research, proposal writing/editing, phone calls, and filing.

Essential Functions:

  • Answer and direct incoming phone calls for the Portage office and backup phone coverage for other locations
  • Produce and distribute correspondence, memos, letters, meeting minutes and forms
  • Research and assist in the preparation of reports, proposals, and spec books
  • Develop and maintain archive system
  • Prepare legal descriptions and simple CAD drawings
  • Preparing spreadsheets
  • Invoicing and project closeout of survey projects
  • Greet walk-ins and clients, mailman and deliveries
  • Order lunches for meetings and webinars
  • Provide general support to survey staff and perform other duties as assigned


Required Skills & Behaviors:

  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Proven administrative experience
  • Knowledge of office management systems and procedures
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work
  • Attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office

Organizational Relationships:

  • Reporting to the Surveying Manager


Required Education/Experience:

  • High School diploma or its equivalent
  • 2+ years of general office experience


Preferred Education/Experience:

  • 2+ years of experience with a Surveying or Engineering Firm
  • Familiar with AutoCAD


To apply, please send your resume here.

Allegan Survey Support Staff

Location: Allegan

The Survey Department staff person is responsible for providing a wide variety of administrative support for the Allegan Survey team at Wightman and Associates to ensure efficient operation of the department. Responsible for providing support to the team members through a variety of tasks related to organization, communication, and production; including but not limited to drafting, research, proposal writing/editing, phone calls, and filing.
 
Essential Functions:
  •  Answer and direct incoming survey phone calls from current and potential clients
  • Produce and distribute correspondence, memos, letters, meeting minutes and forms
  • Assist in the preparation of reports and proposals
  • Develop and maintain archive system
  • Prepare legal descriptions and simple CAD drawings
  • Preparing spreadsheets
  • Provide general support to survey staff and perform other duties as assigned
 
Required Skills & Behaviors:
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Proven administrative experience
  • Knowledge of office management systems and procedures
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work
  • Attention to detail and problem solving skills
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office
 
Organizational Relationships:
  • Reporting to the Director of Surveying

Required Education/Experience:
  • High School diploma or its equivalent
  • 2+ years of general office experience

Preferred Education/Experience:
  • 2+ years of experience with a Surveying, or Engineering Firm
  • Familiar with AutoCad 
To apply, please submit your resume here.