Lead Field Engineer - 8405

Chicago, IL

Lead Field Engineer - 8405

This Opportunity

WSP is currently initiating a search for a full-time   Lead Field Engineer for our Chicago, IL office.  Be involved in projects with our PM/CM Team and be a part of a growing organization that meets our client’s objectives and solves their challenges. .

Your Impact

  • Must be knowledgeable of various client construction specifications and contract management. 
  • Act as a point of contact between the client, project team and contractors. 
  • Manage the construction management team, including sub-consultants. 
  • Ensures the performance of assigned work complies with contractual requirements, specifications and special provisions 
  • Perform or oversee field inspection, including preparing and reviewing daily inspection reports. 
  • Collect, compile, and analyze data from the physical work site, surveys, structural plans, blueprints, schematics, data, technical drawings, flow diagrams, material sampling, computer-generated reports, and other matrices for single, multi-phase, or multi-site field inspection activities.    
  • Perform inspections on projects of moderate to increased complexity and/or scope, including proposed and existing site conditions, equipment, construction, materials, controls, resources, layout, alignment, and elevation to determine conformance with applicable rules, standards, codes, and construction or operating permits.
  • Follow standard practices to provide technical assistance and guidance that accounts for the proper inspection, construction, and functioning of buildings, highways, roads, bridges, materials, structures, infrastructure, equipment, and/or mechanical systems according to design standard specifications.
  • Act as consultant regarding work progress and problem resolution; may serve as the only inspector on a construction project or assist in overseeing construction inspection activities for projects of a moderate/large scope and complexity within a district.
  • Perform an initial check during the first phase of construction and follow-up inspections throughout the construction project; at completion, performs a final, comprehensive inspection and provides written and oral feedback related to their findings.
  • Verify load calculations, change orders, interpretation of contract plans and specifications; resolving differences in interpretation of plans and specifications.
  • Monitor project phasing plans and contractors' work to ensure quality control and contract compliance; documenting work progress and issues arising throughout scope of project.
  • Work as an individual or as part of a cross-functional team to execute inspection work; occasionally leading tasks and inspection staff for technical or field assignments on project work.
  • Act as the primary point of contact between the client, project team, and contractors. 
  • Manage the construction management team, including sub-consultants. 
  • Review and make recommendations for contractors' project schedules and non-conforming work 
  • Analyze and negotiate contract change orders 
  • Attends and may lead construction meetings with client and contractors 
  • Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources and conduct, and adhere to WSP’s Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures.
  • Perform additional responsibilities as required by business needs.


Who You Are

Required Qualifications

  • High School Diploma 
  • Minimum of 11 years of related experience (or equivalent working knowledge/experience) on transportation or construction related projects 
  • Demonstrated ability to read and comprehend contract documents 
  • Working knowledge of applicable codes, standards, and materials 
  • Effective oral and written communication skills 
  • Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP’s health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies  
  • Availability to work day, night, or weekend shifts
  • Valid drivers’ license
  • Must successfully complete and pass WSP’s Motor Vehicle screening

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering-related field experience 
  • Previous experience working on an operating railroad preferred.
  • Experience managing construction inspection teams