Experienced Architectural Engineer Associate

Wiss Janney Elstner Associates   •  

Emeryville, CA

5 - 7 years

Posted 266 days ago

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Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) is a national engineering and architectural firm that employs extraordinary people at all organizational levels. We engage highly skilled people with outstanding character and a strong desire to excel as members of the WJE team. WJE encourages people to be innovative, supports participation in professional activities, and provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.

The San Francisco office of WJE, located in Emeryville, California, is seeking experienced candidates with expertise in building enclosure consulting. A degree from an accredited college or university from schools of architecture; engineering; building construction and technology; or similar interdisciplinary programs that integrate building engineering or science is preferred. A qualified candidate will have five to seven years of relevant work experience in addition to a passion for WJE's work which is solving problems with new and existing structures. The role requires the performance of routine assignments including investigations and testing of buildings with minimal oversight as well as assisting with preparation of client deliverables, under the direction of project managers.


  • Master’s degree in Architecture and/or Architectural Engineering with 5 to 7 years of experience
  • Strong computer skills, including AutoCAD and Microsoft Office
  • An interest in building enclosure forensic investigations, field testing, and building restoration
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a project team
  • Ability and interest in performing work in the field
  • Ability to travel outside local area, depending on local workload and project locations
  • Desire to work towards professional licensure as an Architect or Professional Engineer


  • Practical experience with building enclosure design and/or construction
  • Basic understanding of heat, air, and moisture flow in building assemblies
  • Accessibility to a vehicle for travel to local projects with little notice

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Plans and mobilizes for site investigations and field testing
  • Conducts on-site investigations to document existing conditions and determine cause(s) of problems in existing building enclosures
  • Performs field testing, including water penetration testing, air infiltration testing, and instrumentation
  • Documents existing building enclosure conditions including photographing and hand-sketching
  • Reviews and critiques existing or proposed drawings to understand building enclosure design
  • Organizes field data to facilitate analysis and problem solving
  • Researches historical background of structures, technical issues, and code issues
  • Analyzes research and investigation data and develops alternate schemes for solving problems
  • Prepares investigation reports and bid documents, including drawings and technical specifications
  • Reviews contractor submittals
  • Conducts on-site observations of building enclosure work in progress (both new and repair), prepares site visit reports, and develops responses to requests for information
  • Maintains project records
  • Performs tasks to support office functions 

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This position requires visual acuity and listening ability. Individuals must have the dexterity to be able to operate office and field equipment such as computer, printer, copier, telephone, voice mail system, and other office and field equipment.  Requirements may also include:

Ability to attend meetings at various office, field, and construction sites

Ability to perform inspections of buildings and other structures, both visually and with instruments

Ability to lift and carry materials and equipment up to 50 lbs.

Ability to perform work in the temperature extremes presented by work in the outdoors

Ability to read construction drawings, diagrams, printed materials and computer screens

Ability to record data clearly and write passages for reports, letters, etc.

Ability to travel

Ability to safely work at heights

Ability to safely use and/or operate ladders, scaffolds, lifts and other access equipment (with training)

Ability to understand and appreciate safety training specific to numerous workplace and construction site hazards

Ability to safely work in a variety of occupationally hazardous locations

Medically fit to utilize respiratory protection devices and other forms of Personal Protective Equipment

Ability to drive and safely operate a motor vehicle