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"In terms of work culture, we strive to foster an environment of constant learning. The nature and range of our forensic work provides ample opportunity to obtain in-depth knowledge of structural engineering and building science. Learning from failures and developing engineering solutions that work is a unique opportunity. Our goal is to allow staff to focus on areas of interest so that someone can become a true subject-matter expert. Expertise is the value that we bring to clients."   - A. Rhett Whitlock, Ph.D., P.E., founding Principal and President

At WDP, we place an emphasis on education and proper training, in the office and out in the field. Due to the nature of our work, each day varies from the last.   Our entry-level engineers gain hands-on experience in all specialties by working alongside each project manager during their initial years at the firm. Our experienced engineers are encouraged to become involved with professional education programs, as well as industry organizations and committees. We are an equal opportunity employer and offer an excellent working environment with a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) partially paid by WDP
  • Paid life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401k plan with company match
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

Current Job Openings:

 

Construction Inspectors/Technicians

WDP is currently accepting applications/resumes for Construction Inspectors/Technicians at our Manassas, Virginia, location. WDP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send your resume/application to hiring@wdpa.com. 

Job Description:

Responsible, motivated candidates to work as soil, concrete, masonry and structural steel inspectors. Experience is preferred, but we will train successful candidate(s) who will have to acquire certifications from at least one of the following: VDOT, WACEL, ICC, NICET, or ACI. Projects are located in Prince William County and surrounding areas.  WDP provides company trucks for travel to and from job sites, and we pay for travel time to and from job sites. 

Job Requirements:

  • High school diploma is preferred but not required
  • Good mathematical and communication skills
  • Must live relatively close to Manassas, VA area
  • Availability to work overtime
  • Must be physically able to lift heavy equipment
  • Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record

Staff Engineer / Architect I

WDP is currently accepting resumes for a Staff Engineer / Architect I at our Blacksburg AND Manassas, Virginia, locations. WDP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send resume, cover letter, and references to hiring@wdpa.com.

Job Description:
The Staff Engineer / Architect I position is the entry level position for degreed professional staff with less than two years of relevant work experience.  The candidate is usually not a Registered Engineer or Architect, but is encouraged to actively pursue registration.

The expectation for the Staff Engineer / Architect I position is to apply their knowledge of engineering and architectural techniques, procedures, and practices to a wide variety of projects.  Typical project assignments may range from conducting on-site investigations to determine the cause of a failure or participating on the design team for a major architectural or structural renovation or repair project.  Other activities may include diagnostic testing of building envelopes, non-destructive evaluation, instrumentation of existing buildings, material or structural evaluation, development of repair documents, and construction observation of projects in the field.  The ability to work both independently and as part of a team is essential for success at WDP.

Staff Engineer / Architect I positions may include the direction of technicians or other non-professional staff to perform work.  Candidates should have good oral and written communication skills, including the ability to clearly and concisely compose technical reports.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Architectural, Civil, or Structural Engineering from an accredited college or university. Master’s Degree with previous research experience preferred.
  • EIT certification (for Engineering Majors)
  • Ability to work both in a team environment and independently depending on the job assignment
  • Ability to work in the field and to travel depending on job assignment and work load
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills
  • Excellent grades with academic and professional references
  • Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving history

Project Engineer / Architect

WDP is currently accepting resumes for a Project Engineer / Architect at our Manassas, Virginia, location. WDP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send resume, cover letter, and references to hiring@wdpa.com.

Job Description:

The successful Project Architect / Engineer candidate is a degreed professional staff with three to six years of relevant work experience.  It is anticipated that the candidate has been exposed to a variety of different job tasks, project managers, clients, and technical subjects.  The candidate should have experience with the complete building envelope, including: performance testing of architectural elements; evaluation, repair and design of façade and roofing systems; and building enclosure consulting.  The candidate will be a team member of WDP’s Special Consulting Division in the evaluation, investigation, and design of unique repairs for existing buildings. 

The ideal candidate will be able to:

  • Oversee the evaluation, investigation, and design of unique repairs for existing buildings that have experienced either architectural failures, water leakage, or other moisture induced damage. 
  • Oversee and mentor junior engineering staff in the evaluation and renovation of existing facades.
  • Possess experience in the design and development of full contract documents for the renovation, restoration, and preservation of existing buildings.
  • Conduct third party peer reviews of building enclosures for both constructability and performance.
  • Perform site observations of newly installed envelope components.
  • Oversee the field testing of architectural systems including: windows, doors, curtainwalls, storefronts, skylights, masonry, metal and composite panels, exterior cladding systems, roofing and waterproofing systems, and other components of the building envelope. 
  • Perform hygrothermal analysis of wall and roof assemblies. 
  • Interact directly with clients and independently manage projects.
  • Share expertise through publishing and presenting at local and national committees and organizations.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Architectural, Civil, or Architectural Engineering with previous architectural testing experience, Master’s preferred
  • Registered architect or licensed engineer
  • Ability to work both in a team environment and independently depending on the job assignment
  • Ability to work in the field and to travel depending on job assignment and work load
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills
  • Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving history

Senior Engineer / Architect

WDP is currently accepting resumes for a Senior Engineer / Architect at our Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, location. WDP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send resume, cover letter, and references to hiring@wdpa.com. Please indicate in your cover letter to which office location you are applying and whether you would be open for consideration at multiple locations.

Job Description:
The Senior Architectural Engineer / Architect position is for degreed professional staff with a minimum of eight years of relevant work experience.  It is anticipated that the candidate has been exposed to a variety of different job tasks, project managers, clients, and technical subjects. 

The ideal candidate will be able to:

  • Oversee the evaluation, investigation, and design of unique repairs for existing buildings that have experienced either architectural failures, water leakage or other moisture induced damage. 
  • Oversee and mentor engineering staff in the evaluation and renovation of existing facades.
  • Possess significant experience in the design and development of full contract documents for the renovation, restoration and preservation of existing buildings.
  • Conduct third party peer reviews of building enclosures for both constructability and performance.
  • Lead a BECx (Building Enclosure Commissioning) team. 
  • Perform site observations of newly installed envelope components.
  • Oversee the field testing of architectural systems including, windows, doors, curtainwalls, storefronts, skylights, masonry, metal and composite panels, exterior cladding systems, roofing and waterproofing systems, and other components of the building envelope. 
  • Interact directly with clients and independently manage projects.
  • Develop and grow a regional and national client base.
  • Secure interesting and challenging projects for staff under your direct supervision.
  • Actively participate at the national level on industry codes, standards and professional committees.
  • Share expertise through publishing and presenting at local and national committees and organizations.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering or Architecture, Master’s preferred
  • Registered architect or licensed engineer
  • Ability to work both in a team environment and independently depending on the job assignment
  • Ability to work in the field and to travel depending on job assignment and work load
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills
  • Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving history

Senior Engineer, Testing & Inspections

WDP is currently accepting resumes for an experienced Professional Engineer licensed in Virginia to manage the Testing & Inspections Operations in our Manassas, Virginia office.  WDP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send resume, cover letter, and references to hiring@wdpa.com.

Job Description:

The position requires a degreed Professional Engineer licensed in Virginia with a minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience in the material testing and inspection of various construction projects (equivalent E-IV/E-V).  In addition to engineering responsibilities, this position will actively assist the current Division Manager and Senior Staff in technical and fiscal managerial tasks, maintaining existing clients, and developing new clients, to include new projects and work to manage.  The candidate will be expected to participate in marketing and business development activities to secure new clients and contracts to expand WDP’s work in the area.  The position offers ample opportunity for upward growth within the division and the company.

The candidate will be able to apply their knowledge of geotechnical and materials engineering techniques, field and laboratory procedures, and industry practices to a wide variety of projects in both the private and public sector.  This position will also require the training of laboratory materials testing technicians, the oversight and management of WDP’s Laboratory Manager, and coordination of all laboratory activities to ensure compliance with current accepted standards.  Field work oversight and management of inspectors and technicians performing testing of construction materials and inspection of construction sites is expected as the candidate will routinely serve as the Special Inspections Engineer/3rd Party Inspections Engineer of Record.  Typical project assignments will include:

  • Coordinating the activities and training of inspection/technician staff for projects and scheduling work;
  • Managing and supervising the testing and inspection of building construction components such as soil, concrete, masonry, asphalt, fireproofing, and structural steel;
  • Reviewing daily inspection reports prepared by inspectors and technicians;
  • Preparing periodic construction quality reports to document if projects are being built per approved plans and specifications;
  • Preparing and distributing deficiency lists/non-compliant lists if projects have construction items deviating from approved plans and specifications;
  • Working with senior geotechnical staff to coordinate, manage, and implement geotechnical explorations/ investigations to identify and evaluate subsurface soils and rock conditions while monitoring field staff conducting the field exploration/investigation operations;
  • Assigning necessary, project-specific soil laboratory testing for geotechnical engineering investigations; and
  • Preparing and reviewing geotechnical engineering reports to provide appropriate design recommendations for foundations, slabs, and walls; pavements; utilities; SWM/BMP facilities; slopes and retaining systems; site preparation and earthwork criteria including soil types, reuse suitability, and recommended compaction.

Other responsibilities and tasks will often include reviewing and analyzing reports, maps, drawings, specifications, and other project related data; coordinating inspection and testing services with clients, architects and engineers, and contractors; and evaluating and applying standard engineering methods and procedures during the performance of engineering services.

Job Requirements:

  • BS/MS degree in Civil Engineering with geotechnical/materials science emphasis from an accredited college or university.
  • VA Professional Engineering License – other mid-Atlantic/Metro DC states may be required.
  • Motivating leadership and mentoring ability in a team environment with very strong interpersonal and relationship skills.
  • Ability to complete tasks/projects independently depending on the job assignment.
  • Ability to work in the field and to travel depending on job assignment and work load.
  • Excellent communication skills - both verbal and written.
  • Excellent professional references.
  • Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving history.