Structural Engineering Associate Entry-Level
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates - Northbrook, IL

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The Structures II Group located in the Northbrook, IL headquarters of WJE is seeking extraordinary, upcoming graduates from the December 2012 class and the May class of 2013 for Structural Engineering Associate positions. Resumes will be accepted throughout this fall and into 2013. Active recruiting for May grads will begin to take place after the start of the new year and then be on-going for potential job opportunities to begin in June 2013.

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-five 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 structures, technical issues, and code issues
  • Completes structural analysis of concrete, steel, wood, masonry, and other structural systems
  • Plans and mobilizes for site inspection/investigation
  • 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, drafts investigation reports, and other work product
  • Conducts on-site inspection/investigation including survey and documentation of 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 develop 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 and who realize there are always new standards to set. As such, WJE looks to recruit staff with certain non-negotiable qualities, C2E2, Character, Commitment, Expertise, and Enthusiasm.
  • Master’s degree in civil /structural engineering; related experience optional
  • An interest in building technology, investigating and solving problems in existing structures, rather than in new design
  • Must have excellent grades, 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 work independently
  • Ability to work in the field
  • Ability to travel outside local area, depending on local workload and project locations

Key Competencies:
  • Energy and Enthusiasm - Consistently maintains high levels of activity and productivity
  • Attention to Detail - Careful and quality oriented
  • Communication - Clearly conveys information, excellent writing skills
  • Assumes Responsibility - Self-starter, willing to interact as a team player, and take independent initiative. Works proactively in solving problems; makes self available and takes action beyond normal responsibilities
  • Interest in WJE work - Has traditional structural / architectural engineering training and skills combined with a passion for fixing problems with existing structures rather than new design
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer