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Civil Engineer I 

About the Organization What is it you want out of your career?

If you're looking for an opportunity to grow, to be challenged, to work hard and to be part of a growing team, then Progressive AE may be the place for you. We work hard to surround ourselves with professionals who are more than just good at their job. We want engineers, architects, designers and support staff who have a desire to help shape our company. We need colleagues who will help us grow by thinking outside their job description. The work we do here is challenging, and sometimes the hours are long. But we're committed to serving our clients and providing the best solutions possible.

Progressive AE is a full-service, forward-thinking design firm. With offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Charlotte, North Carolina, we work on projects around the country that offer a variety and challenge you won't find at many other firms. And we don't relegate creativity just to 'creatives'-we encourage original thinking in every part of the organization-from support staff to engineering.

Since we're an employee-owned company, you'll be able to see the benefits of your hard work. And in return, we'll invest in you. This includes an in-depth wellness program with fitness classes and health coaching, flexible schedules, continuing education, mentorship, volunteer opportunities and internal leadership positions. In fact, we've been named one of the Best & Brightest Places to Work for since 2006, named Business Leader of the Year, received the Community and Educational Partnership Awards, and are the proud winners of the Governor's Fitness Award.

We are always looking for talented individuals to advance the strategic goals of our firm. If you are a big picture thinker with unique technical skills, we'd like to consider your application.

Category Civil Engineering  
Location Grand Rapids, MI  


The Civil Engineer I will work directly with project managers and other engineers to complete plan design and production for civil engineering design projects. Typical work includes preparation of design documents and permits for site plans, utility plans and profiles, road design, traffic signal plans, grading plans and right-of-way plans using AutoCAD Civil 3D software. The primary duties of the Civil Engineer I will be to provide professional support in the design and production of public and private infrastructure projects.



  • Contribute to the project team to ensure they achieve project schedules and budgets.
  • Lead effective meetings and works with other team members to make their projects successful.
  • Model positive behaviors, values, mutual respect, collaboration and ethical standards of the practice.


  • Manage multiple projects in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Lead a small project team, assign duties to other team members, and monitor overall project progress.
  • Complete projects within developed project scope and available resources.
  • Maintain fundamental understanding of project plans.
  • Alert Technical Leader if you become aware of changes that could affect the project scope, schedule, or your work completion.

Project Quality

  • Participate in a team-oriented environment as well as function independently.
  • Maintain multiple small project assignments and work with multiple project engineers.
  • Produce preliminary concepts with oversite and full design phase deliverables including drawings, specifications, cost estimates, quantity take-offs, technical reports, narratives, and permit applications.
  • Assist in the preparation of calculations and analyses for stormwater management systems, sanitary sewer, water supply and distribution, roadways and traffic signal design.
  • Prepare Construction Permitting documents.
  • Participate in field investigations and the process to diagnose problems.
  • Assist others with field inspection services for conformance to plans and specifications and preparation of reports as a follow up.
  • Assist in field data gathering for land surveying and traffic impact studies.
  • Partipate in estimating the time required to complete a project.
  • Attend municipal meetings with senior team members when necessary. Consult with regulatory agencies when necessary.
  • Provide drafting services and final engineering documents consistent with Progressive’s standards.
  • Advocate and follow Progressive’s policies.

Commitment to Client Service

  • Understand what the deliverable needs to be to meet your client’s project needs and what it takes to make projects successful.
  • Understand the importance of maintaining a close relationship with a client throughout the project.
Position Requirements


  1. B.S. in Civil Engineering required.
  2. Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience.
  3. Professional Engineer (PE) licensure
  4. Attention to detail with an emphasis on quality work products, and client service.
  5. Strong math, analytical, and problem solving skills.
  6. Ability to work and communicate successfully in a fast paced, team environment.
  7. Excellent technical, written, and oral communication skills.
  8. Proficient with MicroStation or AutoCAD, MS Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, MS Project and Outlook)
  9. Experience in HEC RAS, EPANET (water distribution) preferred.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
EOE Statement Progressive AE is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified individuals in its employment practices. Progressive AE strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination against employees and applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, disability, age, qualified veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applicants with a disability, who require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, may email for assistance. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.  

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