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Ghafari Civil Engineer (Site Development/Infrastructure) in Grand Rapids, 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 GRAND RAPIDS, 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 r 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


Ghafari Associates is a leading architecture, engineering, consulting and construction services organization with a long-standing history of client focus, quality design and technological innovation. With offices in North and South America, the Middle East and India, Ghafari serves a diverse client base across a variety of technically intensive market sectors. The firm distinguishes itself as an operations-focused practice with experienced management leadership, expert technical resources and an impressive portfolio of projects. Regardless of project size or complexity, we follow an integrated approach to deliver solutions that synergize building systems and operations.

Ghafari was founded on innovation, and is recognized as a pioneer in adopting the latest technologies in real project applications. That tradition continues today. Our 3D building information modeling (BIM) experience, combined with our expertise in integrated and lean project delivery and high definition laser scanning capabilities, is transforming the industry.

It is Ghafari Associates, L.L.C.’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, 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

Fully Remote, Hybrid, In Office

Job ID 2022-2015

Job Location US-MI-Grand Rapids

Category Engineering