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WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff Assistant Consultant, Acoustics (ID# 45920) in Arlington, Virginia

Assistant Consultant, Acoustics (ID# 45920) Arlington, VA

Category: Acoustics Noise and Vibrations

Job Type: Full Time

Minimum Experience: 1

Required Education: Bachelor's Degree

Job Description

WSP, an award‑winning and innovative multi‑disciplinary engineering consulting firm, is looking for an entry level Specialist for our Acoustics, Noise & Vibration Control practice specializing in Architectural Acoustics in our Arlington, VA office. Additional experience with, or interest in, audiovisual system design is preferred, but not required. WSP works closely with architects and owners from around the world on large, complex projects with a focus on sustainability and energy performance of the built environment.

About the Job

Our Engineers work on high quality, high-profile, national and international projects. You will actively participate in the full project cycle, from the design phase through the final construction close-out. WSP offers excellent growth opportunities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work within multi-discipline project teams to assist in developing acoustic design criteria & preparing recommendations for issuance to architects, engineers, contractors, and building owners.

  • Perform analysis for architectural acoustics in commercial high-rise buildings & tenant improvement projects, healthcare facilities, educational facilities, science & technology facilities, hotel/residential/mixed use buildings, sports stadiums, airports, large transit facilities, and public venues.

  • Work with architects to develop project-specific recommendations regarding sound transmission and interior room acoustics.

  • Work with engineers to develop project-specific recommendations regarding building systems noise and vibration control.

  • Conduct field measurements, as needed, to document acoustical data including interior reverberation, speech transmission index, transmission loss, interior noise levels, exterior day/night noise levels, and structure-borne vibration.

  • Utilize professional acoustical computer modeling programs to model acoustical environments, transmission loss of partition assemblies, calculate building system noise levels, model exterior noise emission, and assess intelligibility & performance of audio reproduction and reinforcement systems.

  • Participate in site walks and inspections to identify sources of noise, pathways for transmission, and assess quality of installation of acoustical finishes, floor assemblies, partitions, penetrations, and vibration isolation devices.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Architectural Acoustics, Audio Technology, or similar degree with coursework in architectural acoustics.

  • 0-1 years of professional acoustical analysis and design consulting experience.

  • Working knowledge of acoustic design metrics, and their application in architectural, structural, mechanical, and communications systems design.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software.

  • Client focus, with a commitment to quality and problem solving

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced (Masters or Doctorate) degree in Architectural Acoustics, Audio Technology, or similar degree.

  • Previous experience in building design, including interior room acoustics, sound isolation, HVAC systems noise & vibration control, as well as field measurement experience.

  • Working knowledge of applicable ISO, ASTM, and ANSI standards related to acoustical measurement, analysis, and modeling, including international standards.

  • Knowledge of HVAC noise and/or Sound Transmission modeling software such as V-A Select, Potorff AIM, INSUL, and other proprietary modeling software.

  • Knowledge of 3D modeling software such as EASE, CATT-Acoustic, Odeon, SoundPlan, CadnaA, etc.

  • Knowledge of AutoCAD and/or Revit.

  • Audiovisual system design experience.

  • Certification and/or membership in professional organizations is a plus.

  • Understanding of binaural/ambisonic recording and playback.

  • Understanding of acoustic simulation e.g. raytracing, convolutional reverberation, early reflections.

  • Understanding of audio engineering/mixing/mastering, video game audio design, and integrating audio plugins into VR scenes.


WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the transportation, buildings, energy, water and environment sectors. With nearly 9,500 people in 150 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities

WSP provides a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on a providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be a key piece in our meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?

WSP USA Inc., WSP USA Buildings Inc., and WSP USA Services Inc. (collectively “WSP USA”) is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.

WSP USA Inc., WSP USA Buildings Inc., and WSP USA Services Inc. (collectively "WSP USA") is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status