Senior Designer

Greenville, SC

Goodwyn Mills Cawood (GMC) is one of the largest privately-held architecture and engineering firms in the Southeast.

GMC has an opening for Engineering Designer to support on-going projects in Greenville, SC office. This position will be involved in all stages of design and construction and will assist project managers in producing documents and managing the projects.  Applicant should be well organized and able to work within a design system, ready to grow quickly into project management, and a good communicator willing and able to network with outside consultants to assist in driving the project.


    • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the firm’s values and standards for project delivery and client management.
    • Expresses understanding of the industry standards and the expectations of the client.
    • Demonstrates the leadership required for effective team contributions to the firm’s success including contributions to firm standards and employee development.


    • Applies extensive diversified knowledge of principles and practices in broad areas of assignments and related fields, and proven ability to apply them.
    • Independently evaluates, selects and adapts standard techniques, procedures and criteria.
    • Builds client relationships and assist with specific client development using technical expertise.
    • Possesses knowledge of entire project process – development/scoping, design, construction.
    • High proficiency in the Autodesk design suite inclusive of AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Revit and Navisworks
    • Produce plans and drawings as assigned.
    • Read and produce legal descriptions.
    • Able to develop project templates as needed
    • Demonstrates comprehensive understanding of surveying.
    • Prepares scopes, budgets and schedules for assignments.
    • Exercises broad knowledge of the design process and understands company technical standards.
    • Integrates multiple components of design (i.e., structural, civil, electrical, etc.).
    • Possesses knowledge of codes and design in construction practices.
    • Ability to apply technical skills to routine projects with minimal supervision.
    • Visit construction sites to observe progress and to determine general conformance to engineering plans and specifications.
    • Responsible for accuracy of technical aspects of projects.
    • Solves complex and novel assignments requiring new or improved techniques or procedures.
    • QA/QC
      • Executes cross discipline checks and coordination.
      • Reviews complete project documents for conformity and quality assurance.
      • Recognizes and reports risk management issues to Vice President and Senior Project Manager as appropriate.

Professional Competencies

Client and Customer Focus

  • Manage client satisfaction for assigned clients or projects.
  • Applies knowledge and expertise acquired through progressive experience to resolve crucial issues and/or unique conditions.
  • Attends project meetings and presents specific aspects of engineering assignment.

Team Orientation

  • Work across disciplines and office locations to fully utilize firm experiential knowledge.
  • Ability to coordinate work with professional engineers, surveyors, survey field personnel, city code enforcement officials and construction crews.
  • Coordinates work with entry-level engineers, technicians, surveyors and administrative staff.
  • Incorporate complex design concepts into functional project based on the Project Manager’s design concept to that project team.
  • Delegate project assignments to and assist with technical development of lesser experienced engineers.
  • Contributes to Client Services team.

Company Perspective

  • Represent the firm in all aspects of projects and assignments to prospective employees, clients, and the communities we serve.
  • Reinforce GMC standards and Core Values to others.


  • Ability to respond to common inquiries from contractors, surveyors, survey field personnel, city code enforcement or regulatory agencies.
  • Ability to effectively present information in oral and written format.
  • Receives general supervision on assignments and thorough review of all aspects of work.
  • Receives instruction on specific objectives, and direction on unconventional and/or complex problems.

Continuous Improvement

  • Assist with developing standards and guidelines.
  • Provide input towards improving operational procedures.
  • Able to perform tasks in support of Staff Professionals and Engineer Interns.
  • Develops new techniques and/or improved processes, materials or products.
  • Utilizes decision making, time management and delegation as tools to demonstrate leadership skills and promote continuous improvement.
  • Encourage participation and remain proactive in the Personal Development Plan process and program.


  • Interacts with clients, officials, contractors and others to develop positive ongoing relationships.
  • Responsible for enforcement of project delivery standards including technical, procedural and CAD.
  • Develops, approves and conducts technical training as requested.
  • Trains and mentors other CADD technicians.
  • Collaboratively uses judgment to determine adaptations in methods for non-routine aspects of assignments.


  • Actively participate in local professional society.
  • Participate in community service activities and understand implications of involvement.


  • Experience
    • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience
  • Education
    • Technical School or Community College
    • AutoCAD and/or Revit proficiency required

Work Environment

  • Field (10%) and Office (90%)
    • This position requires work to be performed in an office environment and in the field. Work done in the field may consist of exposure to various types of weather and temperatures. Engineers may also be exposed to pollutants, chemicals, insects, and possibly water-borne pathogens, Employees are required to wear appropriate protective clothing and gear when performing fieldwork.


    • Engineers will be expected to travel to various work sites to perform fieldwork. Company cars and/or rental vehicles shall be utilized to travel between work sites.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veterans

About GMC

We believe in community, collaboration, and using the power of creativity and hard work to make a difference.  Whether designing schools, parks, hospitals and other commercial developments, or providing clean water, safe streets and restoring resilient environments, GMC takes great pride in serving our communities through the transformative work we do. Every project is guided by the foundational concept that communities are built by people, not companies, and we strive to serve our communities with quality, integrity, creativity and care. One of the Southeast’s most comprehensive multi-disciplined firms, GMC is equipped to provide all of the services associated with architecture, interior design, civil engineering, environmental services, landscape architecture, planning, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, electrical engineering, surveying and disaster recovery.