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Ghafari Civil Designer (Mid-Level) in Chicago, Illinois


General Summary:

The Civil Designer, with direct supervision from the Manager Civil Engineering or Project Manager, will prepare site development and engineering plans for commercial and industrial sites in conformance to client requirements and local ordinances and will work with and advise other disciplines on site issues that may impact architectural development and building systems.

Essential Job Functions:

  • With assistance, develop design of civil systems including underground utilities, paving, grading and drainage for smaller projects.

  • With assistance, develop site layout(s) in accordance with zoning and other applicable ordinances and requirements.

  • Prepare working drawings for construction on CAD with support from department staff where applicable.

  • Conduct field measuring and/or survey verification at project site. Perform basic topographic surveying for minor projects.

  • Review product submittals (shop drawings) for conformance with contract documents; specify action necessary for compliance.

  • With assistance, prepare project file updates, transmittals, letters, reports, and other project correspondence.

  • Perform necessary calculations and prepare supporting documentation for review by Department Manager or senior engineer.

  • With Project Manager, attend meetings with governmental agencies as required for obtaining site plan approval.

  • Coordinate project with other disciplines and advise of site/building system conflicts.

  • With assistance, prepare site plan submittal documents in accordance with local requirements.

  • Research design options for consideration by senior engineer.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Employment Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Civil Engineering or related degree preferred


  • 3+ years related and progressively more experience in site design and engineering


  • Intermediate level of proficiency in AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Microsoft Office and ProjectWise.

  • Roadway geometric design, state and federal environmental laws, technical specification writing

  • Excellent written and verbal communication

  • Strong attention to detail


Ghafari is a global engineering, architecture, process design, consulting, and construction services firm driven to understand and meet the distinct needs of every client. For nearly forty years, we have taken a personal approach to highly technical projects in complex markets. By blending insight with technological innovation, we help clients elevate their efficiency, sustainability, and impact.

Our full-service, in-house team works together to meet the unique demands of each project. Working side by side, market experts and discipline leaders exchange insights to uncover new opportunities for efficiency. This rigorous collaboration allows us to bridge smart design with precise functionality.

Ghafari was founded on the promise of technological innovation. Today, we are recognized as a pioneer in adopting and standardizing the latest advancements in our field. We aim to remain at the forefront of our industry and create ever-smarter spaces that help clients navigate new demands within their field.

Join our team and work on forward-thinking projects around the world.

Ghafari Associates, LLC is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities in the employment application process. If you need an accommodation due to a disability in order to use our online system to apply for a position at Ghafari Associates, LLC, you may apply for positions in the following ways:

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It is Ghafari Associates, LLC’s policy not to discriminate in its employment and personnel practices because of a person’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, weight, height, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a qualified individual with a disability or a protected veteran, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance.

Job ID 2022-1606

Job Location US-IL-Chicago

Category Engineering