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Ghafari Senior Civil Designer in Chicago, Illinois

Job Description:

General Summary:

The Senior Civil Designer, with some supervision from the Manager of Civil Engineering, will prepare site development plans and specifications for commercial and industrial sites in conformance to client requirements and local ordinances. The Senior Civil Designer will work with and advise other disciplines on site issues that may impact architectural development and building systems and develop criteria for sub-consultant services for review by the Manager of Civil Engineering.

Essential Job Functions:

  • With some assistance, review and/or establish project scope, civil budget, design approach and applicable constraints with the Manager of Civil Engineering, Project Manager, and/or client as appropriate

  • Prepare feasibility studies and civil cost estimates

  • With assistance, formulate design of civil systems including underground utilities, paving, grading, and drainage for various sized projects

  • Develop site layout(s) in accordance with zoning and other applicable ordinances and requirements

  • With assistance, edit or draft project specifications

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

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

  • Review drawings for omissions, errors, overall quality, content accuracy, and compliance with standards and codes

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

  • Prepare project file updates, transmittals, letters, reports, and other project correspondence

  • Perform necessary calculations and prepare supporting documentation.

  • With Project Manager, attend meetings with governmental agencies as required for obtaining site plan approval (ability to address public and governmental groups in open meetings is essential)

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

  • Prepare site plan submittal documents in accordance with local requirements

  • Research and evaluate design options for consideration by senior engineer, Project Manager and/or client

  • Prepare and monitor project budgets for smaller, less complex projects

  • Monitor project schedules and work toward timely completion of assigned tasks

  • Develop cost and quantity estimates

  • Visit construction site to monitor progress and other duties per the contract documents

  • Perform related duties as assigned

Employment Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or related degree

  • EIT preferred


  • 7-10 years of related experience in site design and civil engineering


  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Civil 3D, and Bluebeam

  • Knowledge in Infraworks and BIM 360 a bonus

  • Knowledge of roadway geometric design and state and federal environmental laws

  • Proficiency in hydraulic and hydrology system design

Since 1982, Ghafari Associates has taken a personal approach to highly technical projects in complex markets including: aviation, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, hospitality, K-12 and higher education. As a global team of engineers, architects, process designers, and consultants we blend insight with technological innovation helping clients elevate their efficiency, sustainability, and impact.

Continuously rated a Top Workplace to Work ( , Crain’s Cool Place to Work ( , and a Best and Brightest ( company to work for in the US, Ghafari has made a name for itself through our culture, employee benefits, and portfolio of projects ( .

Over a quarter of Ghafari employees have diverse identities that are championed by our growing approach to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We provide flexible work environments allowing team members a schedule that benefits them, whether it is fully remote, hybrid or an in-office experience.

Through career mapping, Ghafari employees are encouraged to seek licensure, coached for knowledge growth, and provided opportunities for management and mentorship roles if interested. Our robust internship program recognizes undergraduate and graduate students from across the world, having an over 90% success rate of hiring our interns after graduation.

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