Careers at WAI

Available Positions

Survey Project Manager

Location:  Benton Harbor 
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
  • 10-25% local travel
 To apply: Please e-mail resume here.

Entry Level Land Surveyor

Location: All (Allegan, Benton Harbor & Portage)


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


  • 10-25% local travel
To apply: Please e-mail resume here.

Survey Crew Chief

Location: Portage 


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 send your resume here. 

Architectural Project Coordinator

Location: Benton Harbor
Responsible for project coordination 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
  • Licensed Architect in the State of Michigan
  • 5+ years of experience in Architecture
  • 3 – 5 years of project coordination experience
Preferred Education/Experience
  • Master’s degree in Architecture
  • Experience in sustainable design/LEED
  • 10-25% local travel

 To apply: Please e-mail resume here.