Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Associate Architect (#20003121)

General Statement

Under general supervision, performs work on difficult architectural plans and details and checks plans against specifications.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Prepares and checks architectural plans and specifications.
  • Reviews contractor submittals and shop drawings for conformity with contract documents.
  • Supervises and checks the work of draftsmen in preparation of their layouts and drawings.
  • Prepares and checks cost estimates and design calculations for architectural components of projects.
  • Communicates with staff members from other departments and sections, contractors and vendors.

Other Job Functions

  • Makes field investigations and reports on conditions of site, buildings and furnishings.
  • Maintains the Architectural Products and Building Materials library and Engineering Standards manual.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

Typical office environment.  May use standard office equipment and computer terminals.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of architecture.
  • Considerable knowledge of State and local construction practices, rules and regulations.
  • Considerable knowledge of construction materials, the various trades and their jurisdictional boundaries.
  • Considerable knowledge of recent developments, current literature and sources of information in architecture.
  • Ability to review architectural drawings with accompanying explanatory comments.
  • Ability to prepare architectural drawings and make feasibility studies for building and renovation projects.
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of others in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited five year college or university majoring in architecture or architectural engineering plus a minimum of two years of experience in the field of architecture; or graduation from a four year college or university with major course work in engineering, supplemented by three years of experience in the field of architecture.


Registration as an Architect in the State of Illinois and two years of experience in the field of architecture may be substituted for the foregoing requirements.

Promotional Requirement

  • None

CLASS: 20003121; EST: 1/1/2003; REV: 1/1/2020;