Structural Engineering Associate
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates - Chicago, IL

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The Chicago (Loop) office of WJE is seeking an extraordinary Structural Engineering Associate. Resumes are being accepted now.

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) is an interdisciplinary firm of architects, structural engineers, and materials scientists that specializes in the investigation, analysis, testing, and design of repairs for historic and contemporary structures. WJE focuses on delivering practical, innovative, and technically sound solutions across all areas of construction technology. Since the firm's founding more than fifty-seven years ago, WJE specialists bring the collective experience gained from conducting more than seventy-five thousand investigations worldwide to every construction challenge. WJE combines state-of-the-art laboratory and testing facilities, nationwide offices, and knowledge sharing systems to provide solutions for the built world. WJE has 19 offices strategically located throughout the continental United States and Hawaii.

WJE’s services include:
  • Failure Investigation and Analysis
  • Historic Preservation
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Structural and Architectural Assessments
  • Repair and Rehabilitation Design
  • Construction Materials Evaluation
Typical Responsibilities:
  • Researches historical background of diverse structural systems, construction materials, technical issues, and code issues
  • Performs structural analysis of concrete, steel, wood, masonry, and other structural systems
  • Plans and mobilizes for site inspections/investigations
  • Prepares baseline drawings, drawings based upon as-built measurements, AutoCAD drawings and specifications, and assists with preparation of final project manuals
  • Prepares bid documents, addenda, change orders, investigation reports, and other work product
  • Conducts on-site inspections/investigations including surveying and documenting distress, field testing, sampling, photographing, and sketching
  • Conducts on-site observations of work in progress
  • Organizes field data to facilitate analysis and problem solving
  • Analyzes research and investigation data and develops alternate schemes for solving problems
  • Monitors and/or conducts field testing
  • Attends field meetings and prepares site observation reports
  • Maintains project records

Our vision starts with people who want to be the standard setters in our industry and who realize there are always new standards to set. As such, WJE looks to recruit staff with certain non-negotiable qualities that we refer to as C 2 E 2 : Character, Commitment, Expertise, and Enthusiasm. Ideally, we’re looking for someone with the following:
  • Master’s degree in structural engineering with strong understanding of material behavior
  • 2 to 3 years of related work experience
  • Advanced structural analysis experience
  • Strong interest in investigating and working with existing structures, rather than new design
  • Excellent grades and academic and professional references
  • Strong technical, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Research skills
  • Strong computer skills including CAD, structural analysis programs, and Microsoft Office
  • Ability to learn and work independently
  • Ability to work in the field
  • Willingness and ability to travel outside local area for project assignments
Key Competencies:
  • Enthusiastic - Maintains optimistic attitude and passion for high level of productivity
  • Conscientious - Careful and quality oriented
  • Understandable - Able to clearly convey information verbally and in writing
  • Team Oriented - Able to engage as a team member and take independent initiative for identifying and completing tasks
  • Self-motivated - Able to work independently and makes an effort to exceed expectations.
  • Engaged - Has traditional structural / architectural engineering skills combined with a passion for finding and solving problems with existing structures rather than designing new structures
  • Adaptable - Able to adapt well to unfamiliar situations and utilize available resources when diagnosing and solving unconventional problems
  • Analytical - Interest in advanced analysis topics, including modal analysis, buckling analysis, and finite element modeling
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer