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Job Description

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) is seeking an exceptional entry-level Architectural Engineering Associate to join our team located in Emeryville, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

WJE solves some of the most interesting challenges in the built world, and as an Architectural Engineering Associate you will have the opportunity to learn from and grow alongside industry-leading experts.

At WJE, we spend almost as much time in the field, up close and personal with our projects, as we do in the office. An Architectural Engineering Associate will gain hands-on experience by supporting project managers in all aspects of our projects for a variety of construction types, both modern and historic.


Bachelor's degree or better in architecture, architectural engineering, building science, civil engineering or related field, from an accredited program

Enthusiasm and curiosity for solving problems and understanding how things work

Ability to work in the field, both locally and outside the local area

Strong technical, written, and verbal communication skills

Interest in the design, construction, and repair of building enclosures; principles of heat, air, and moisture control within enclosure materials and assemblies; and evaluation of building performance


Assume responsibility for key aspects of projects and complete assignments with limited oversight

Perform on-site investigations, condition assessments, and construction observations, which may include surveying, documenting distress, field testing, collecting data and samples, and preparing site visit reports

Perform diagnostic water testing, non-destructive testing, and structural load testing

Analyze field data and perform research to facilitate problem solving and repair design

Assist with drafting and preparation of client deliverables, such as construction documents, specifications, and written reports

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here 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, fax, copier, telephone, voice mail system, and other office and field equipment. Requirements may also include:

Ability to attend meetings at the 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

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

WJE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite all qualified applicants to apply including individuals with disabilities, minorities, women, and protected veterans (VEVRAA federal contractor).

WJE will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Fair Chance Ordinances.





Microsoft Office SuiteIntermediate

Technical WritingIntermediate



Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity

Detail-oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all the details needed to get the task done well

Enthusiastic: Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest

Team player: Works well as a member of a group



Goal completion: Inspired to perform well by the completion of tasks

Self-starter: Inspired to perform without outside help

Growth opportunities: Inspired to perform well by the chance to take on more responsibility



Bachelors or better in Architectural Engineering or related field.

Bachelors or better in Architecture or related field.

Bachelors or better in Building Science or related field.

Bachelors or better in Civil Engineering or related field.


Masters or better in Architecture or related field.

Masters or better in Civil Engineering or related field.



1-3 years: Internships and other work experience

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.