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Ghafari Civil Engineer (Site Development/Infrastructure) in Dearborn, Michigan


Ghafari Associates is looking for a CIVIL ENGINEER to join the team. This role can be FULLY REMOTE, HYBRID or 100% IN-OFFICE in DEARBORN, MI .

The Civil Engineer prepares site development plans and specifications for commercial and industrial sites in conformance to client requirements and local ordinances. Works with and advises other disciplines on site issues that may impact architectural development and building systems. Develops criteria for procuring sub-consultant services.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Review and / or establish project scope, civil budget, design approach and applicable constraints with the department manager, project manager and client as appropriate.

  • Prepare feasibility studies and civil cost estimates.

  • Formulate design of civil systems including underground utilities, paving, grading and drainage for small-to-medium sized projects.

  • Develop site layouts in accordance with zoning and other applicable ordinances and requirements.

  • Edit and write project specifications.

  • Evaluate design options for consideration by the project manager and / or the client.

  • Monitor project budgets and schedules. Adjust work efforts as required to meet budget and schedule goals.

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

  • Conduct field measuring and / or survey verification at the project site. 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.

  • Assist with checking, standards review and maintenance of master specifications.

  • With the 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.

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

  • Develop and mentor less experienced staff.

  • Develop cost and quantity estimates.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related degree from an accredited university

  • Professional Registration preferred

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

Additional Skills

  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Microsoft Office, state and federal environmental laws

  • Intermediate to advanced level knowledge 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.

Join our team and work on forward-thinking projects all around the world. Ghafari’s global reach creates an environment where individuals can build professional relationships while building sustainable and cutting-edge facilities. Are you ready to take that leap? Apply now! (

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, pregnancy or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service, 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.

Working Options

Hybrid, In Office

Job ID 2023-2247

Job Location US-MI-Dearborn

Category Engineering