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Careers at Wightman

Available Positions

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 Autodesk Civil 3D (Carlson), 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 for this position, please submit your resume here. 

Survey Crew Chief

Location: 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 send your resume here. 

Architectural Project Coordinator

Location: Southwestern Michigan 

Summary:
Wightman is looking to add to its growing architectural practice in Southwestern Michigan. Ideal candidates should desire responsibility for project production as a part of multidisciplinary teams developing municipal, commercial, educational and residential projects. The role will require the candidate to work closely with other Wightman professionals to create safe, sustainable, and enriching spaces. Wightman offers outstanding opportunities for professional development, overtime, and a very strong profit sharing incentive program.
 
 
Essential Functions
  • Prepare information regarding design, specifications, materials, color, equipment, estimated costs, and construction schedules.
  • Consult with client to determine functional and spatial requirements
  • Coordinate activities of coworkers in preparing drawings and specification documents
  • Organize layout of project
  • Produce contract documents for permitting, bidding and building contractors
  • Coordinate engineering elements into unified design
  • Conduct periodic on-site observation of work during construction to monitor compliance with plans including administration of construction contracts.
  • Represent interest of client in obtaining bids and awarding construction contracts
  • Prepare operating and maintenance manuals, studies, and reports
 
Required Skills & Behaviors
  • Highly skilled in AutoCAD & Revit
  • Strong project coordination, communication & organization skills
  • Strong graphic presentation skills
  • Proficient in Adobe Suites & Microsoft office
  • Proficient in Sketchup
 
Organizational Relationships
  • Reports to Project Architects and Project Managers on projects assigned through the Architecture Studio Manager

Required Education/Experience
  • 5+ years of experience in architectural production and drafting
  • 3 – 5 years of architectural project coordination experience
  • Associates Degree in Architectural Technology/Design or equivalent is a minimum educational requirement
 
Preferred Education/Experience
  • Bachelor of Architecture Professional Degree or Masters
  • Licensed Architect or on track for licensure in the State of Michigan
  • Experience in sustainable design/LEED
 
Travel
  • 10-25% local travel
To apply, please send your resume here. 
 

Water and Wastewater Process Manager

Location:  Allegan, Benton Harbor or Portage/Kalamazoo

Summary:
The Water and Wastewater Process Manager is responsible for the development and management of the water and wastewater process work in the engineering department.  The manager assists in planning, business development and manpower coordination. A successful candidate works with the continuously expanding team of professionals providing services to our client base.
 
Essential Functions:
  • Analyze current state of water and wastewater work and develop strategy to increase efficiency and revenue
  • Manage and mentor staff including assignments of projects and priorities
  • Maintain and foster good relationships with current and potential clients
  • Owns business development efforts for the water and wastewater 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
  • Manages treatment plant evaluation and process optimization
  • Oversee all outgoing technical reports or studies related to wastewater process systems and rehabilitation, replacement and additions
  • Oversee all outgoing plans, specifications and construction documents for water and wastewater process projects
  • Responsible for assisting with proposals for water and wastewater process design and study projects, identifying individual project needs, developing project management plans, and completing tasks within budget and time
 

Required Skills & Behaviors:

  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite of products (Word, Excel, Access)
  • Demonstrated experience to develop new revenue for a firm
  • Experience in construction project management including change order requests, familiarity with construction specifications and contractor scheduling
  • Ability to work with multiple clients, contractors and subcontractors
  • Ability to work on deliverables requiring long-range planning and short timespan turnarounds
  • Team-based mentality and ability to mentor staff
 
Organizational Relationships:
  • Reporting to Director of Engineering / Regional Director
  • Team-based work requiring collaboration between co-workers
 

Required Education/Experience:

  •  B.S. Civil or Environmental Engineering, Construction Management, or Equivalent experience
  • 10+ years’ experience 
 
Preferred Education/Experience:
  • General knowledge of multidisciplinary projects
  • Experience working with municipal/public works staff
  • Experience conducting public informational and engagement meetings
  • Experience in planning, design and evaluation of water and wastewater projects including but not limited to separate and combined sewer collection systems, lift stations, treatment plants, water distribution systems, and pump stations
  • Familiarity/experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) a plus
  • Experience with field procedures and techniques for civil engineering or utility construction projects
  • Experience with State and Federal permitting agencies and funding programs
 
Travel:  10% to 20% local travel
 
 To apply, please send your resume here.
 

Field Service Technician

Location: Kalamazoo 

Summary:

Field Service Technicians oversee building of highways, bridges, utilities, and other infrastructure for municipal, commercial, industrial, residential, and land development projects.
 
Essential Functions:
  • Calculate dimensions, square footage, profile and component specifications, and material quantities using a calculator or computer
  • Draft detailed dimensional drawings and design layouts for projects and to ensure conformance to specifications
  • Analyze proposed site factors and design maps, graphs, tracings, and diagrams to illustrate findings
  • Read and review project plans and specifications to determine dimensions of structure or system and material requirements
  • Prepare reports and document project activities and data
  • Confer with project supervisor(s) to determine project details, such as plan preparation, acceptance testing, and evaluation of field conditions
  • Inspect project site and evaluate contractor work to ensure conformance to design specifications and applicable codes
  • Plan and conduct field surveys to locate new sites and analyze details of project sites
  • Conduct materials testing and analysis using tools and equipment and applying engineering knowledge
  • 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
 
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 in particular Microsoft Office products
  • Customer service oriented
Required Education/Experience:
  • Varies by level.  See Chart
 
Preferred Education:
  • Associates or Bachelors Degree preferred
Travel: 
  • Daily local (+/- 50 miles) travel to job sites, occasional regional (>75 miles) travel
 
Field Service Technician 1-3
Level 1 2 3
Experience 0-4 Years 3+ Years 8+ 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
Certifications None Nuclear Density, ACI Concrete MCA Level 1 & 2, MDOT Density Tech, MDOT HMA Lab Tech Level 1, MI Aggregate Sampling, MI Aggregate Level 1, MDOT Paving Operations, SESC, CSWO, MDOT Bridge Construction, MI Bit QA/QC
 
To apply, please submit your resume here.  
 

 

Kalamazoo Regional Manager, Architecture

Summary:
We are seeking a leader for our regional architectural studio which is moving to a newly renovated office in the Northside neighborhood of Kalamazoo. It is a challenging opportunity for an architect looking for the next big step in his or her career. Candidates must have excellent business development skills and a passion for mentoring a design team dedicated to producing exemplary work. This opportunity builds on Wightman’s strategic commitment to growth and the development of the Kalamazoo region.
 
The Regional Manager for Architecture is responsible for developing and managing the work and budgets of the department’s Architects, Interior Designers, Planners and Production Staff. The Regional Manager for Architecture often serves as the Project Manager for medium to large architectural projects. The Regional Manager for Architecture works closely with other Wightman professionals to create outstanding design projects which are safe, sustainable, and enriching places.
 
Essential Functions
  • Owns business development efforts for architecture in the Kalamazoo market
  • Maintain and foster good relationships with current and potential clients
  • Analyze current state of architecture work and develop strategy to increase efficiency and revenue
  • Manage and mentor licensed and unlicensed staff including assignments of projects and priorities
  • Monitor performance and direct necessary corrective actions on each project from the standpoint of client satisfaction, profitability and timeliness
  • Managing the scope, planning, design, execution, monitoring and closure of architectural projects
  • Preparing and managing department and project budgets and schedules
  • Monitoring and reporting progress toward project completion
  • Establishing department policies, procedures and standards
  • Meeting regularly with other department leaders
 
Required Skills & Behaviors
  • Excellent communication, organization and writing skills
  • Demonstrated experience to develop new clients for a firm
  • Strong office management and project management experience
  • Ability to work with multiple clients, contractors and subcontractors
  • Team-based mentality and ability to mentor staff
 
Organizational Relationships
  • Reports directly to Director of Architecture
 
Required Education/Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture
  • Professional licensure required
 
Preferred Education/Experience
  • Experience in sustainable design/LEED
  • Certification in project management
 
Travel
  • 10-25% local travel
To apply, please send resume here. 

Administrative Assistant

Location: Benton Harbor

Summary:

Administrative Assistants are responsible for providing administrative support to ensure efficient operation of the office. Administrative Assistants support managers and employees through a variety of tasks related to organization and communication.

Essential Functions:

• Answer and direct phone calls with purpose and exemplary customer service
• Greet visitors with a great first impression and support their time at Wightman in a positive way for them and our staff
• Organize and schedule meetings and appointments coordinating food, rooms, a/v equipment, and attendees
• Maintain contact lists
• Produce and distribute correspondence memos, letters, faxes, and forms
• Assist in the preparation of regularly scheduled reports
• Develop and maintain a filing system
• Order and stock office supplies, including paper, toner, snacks, toiletries, break room and coffee supplies
• Book travel arrangements
• Submit and reconcile expense reports and credit card expenses in our Accounting system
• Manage office vendors including, janitorial, lawn service, and others
• Maintain Clean office environment with focus on break room, conference rooms, coffee station, and lobby
• Other miscellaneous secretarial/administrative duties as required
• Normal office hours required of this role are 8am - 5pm

Required Skills & Behaviors:

• Proven secretarial or 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 and verbal communication skills
• Excellent customer service skills
• Strong organizational and planning skills
• Proficiency in Microsoft software including Outlook, Excel, Word, Skype, PowerPoint, Access, and OneNote
• Proficiency in Adobe Acrobat
• Proficiency in Bluebeam a plus

Organizational Relationships:

• Reports to Accountant/Administrative Assistant Supervisor

Required Education/Experience:

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

Preferred Education/Experience:

• 5+ years of general office experience
• Basic Accounting knowledge

Travel:   Minimal local travel as required


Administrative Assistant Levels
Level 1 2
Experience 2+ Years 5+ Years
Degree HS diploma or Equivalent HS diploma or Equivalent
Knowledge Commonly-used concepts
Limited knowledge of office processes, procedures and systems
Standard concepts
Extensive knowledge of office processes, procedures and systems
Supervision Immediate General and may supervise project work of other Administrative Assistants
Independent Judgment Not typically required A certain degree of creativity and latitude required
Relies on Instructions & pre-established guide-lines Experience and judgment
 
To apply, please submit your resume here. 

Environmental Specialist

Location: (Allegan, Benton Harbor or Portage)

Summary:

The Wightman Environmental Specialist will be responsible for providing practical solutions to Clients that minimize environmental impacts.  A successful candidate will be required to provide a scientific solution to environmental problems, such that it leaves a minimum impact on the overall health of the public or environment while remaining compliant with local, state and federal regulations. They will conduct their work and analyze the results before coming up with an innovative solution to the problem which is beneficial for the environmental and Client. Wightman Clientele include, but are not limited to, governments, institutions, consultancies, business firms (private and commercial), etc. 

Essential Functions:
  • Responsible for conducting field research activities, interpreting the researched data, preparing the reports, and providing subsequent advice and consultation to their Clients.
  • Understand the Clients demands and conduct field and on-site visits as per requirements
  • Conduct thorough research activity, so that environmental issues are addressed properly, and appropriate solutions can be designed
  • Coordinate and collaborate with the team of environmental scientists, engineers, technicians, experts in environmental laws to discuss and resolve the environmental issue by ensuring compliance
  • Prepare the necessary project documentation and prepare proposals as per the Client's expectations
  • Identify the environmental issues and ensure that the Client gets all the assistance necessary for formulation and implementation of the suggested environmental solution
  • Keep Clients updated with the latest environmental policies, rules, and standards that need to be followed for their specific Project.
Required Skills & Behaviors:
  • Candidates need to have good knowledge of updated research methods, concepts and local/state environment.
  • Knowledge of various computer software packages.
  • Proficient knowledge of required environmental statutory assets, environmental requirements and laws in the Michigan and Indiana areas.
  • Ability to develop and maintain good relationships with people they interact with.
  • Knowledge of rules and regulations along with quality review act along with proficiency in writing reports.
  • Ability to carry out administrative or staff assignments and present them in writing or verbal format.
  • Ability to share technical ideas and concepts with public and non-technical personnel.
  • Good judgment, planning and strategy making skills are essential
  • Previous experience of performing similar role in consulting or industrial sectors
  • Good verbal and writing skills
  • Creative and initiative problem solving tactics
  • Ability to manage, lead, participate and schedule multiple activities
  • Ability to work dynamically in various work environment
  • Self-management, self-discipline, hardworking, and ability to multi-task.
  • Should be able to prioritize work and should have a positive attitude
Required Education/Experience:
  • Shall possess a bachelor's degree in environmental science, earth science, biology or environmental engineering. 
  • Must have a working knowledge of environmental regulations and requirements in Michigan and Indiana, as well as experience with planning, completing field work and reporting or permitting for projects including natural resources and site assessments.
  • Certification or specific training is considered an asset.
Preferred Education/Experience:
  • Master’s degree in in environmental science, earth science, biology, environmental, engineering, or related field
  • 5+ years of experience consulting, managing projects and staff
Organizational Relationships:
  • Reports to Director of Environmental 
Travel:  Local travel required

To apply, please send your resume here. 
 

Transportation Engineer

Location: Allegan 

Summary:

The Transportation Engineer will provide design and plan production for a wide variety of projects which may include research, planning, traffic safety, road reconstruction and highway and bridge maintenance. 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
  • Ability to perform onsite construction inspection or other surveying tasks as needed
  • Perform Autodesk 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 guidance, and reviews engineering designs and reports which includes design calculations and plan preparation
  • Performs 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 Autodesk Civil 3D
Organizational Relationships:
  • Matrix reporting to Director of Engineering / Regional Director
Required Education/Experience:
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited university degree program is required
  • 2+ years’ experience in construction or civil engineering field
  • Active PE License or ability to obtain within 2 years of employment
Travel:            local travel as required

To apply, please send your resume here.