Careers

Our people are key to our success. We put collaboration above hierarchy, underscore our commitment to client service with quality and integrity, and encourage open dialogue with our partners as well as our own teams. We’re dedicated to making Coughlin Porter Lundeen a great place to work and to building careers so that, together, we thrive.

Our Culture at a Glance

Coughlin Porter Lundeen was founded in 1994 by Jim Coughlin, Steve Porter, and Terry Lundeen. Since then, Coughlin Porter Lundeen has grown steadily from a team of six to a firm of more than 100.
Our team donates hundreds of hours each year, both locally and internationally. Members of our team also serve on executive boards of nonprofit organizations including Construction for Change and A4LE.
Our team helps guide the industry, contributing to the development of seismic codes and trends, as well as shaping drainage standards and codes.
We make time for fun, gathering for company outings, holiday parties, picnics, team hikes, Mariners and Sounders games, community service outings, and more!
We select our projects carefully, working in a variety of markets, prioritizing relationships, and striving to select innovative work that excites us!
We’re a team outside the office too, with soccer and softball teams representing Coughlin Porter Lundeen in local leagues.
Every employee works from our Seattle headquarters. We balance the horsepower of a large firm with small-team values and service.
We don’t believe in corner offices or closed doors. Everyone, from principals to interns, collaborate and work together.
The office shuffleboard isn’t just for show. It plays host to the annual, high-stakes tournament, and countless lunchtime/afternoon pickup games.
Our projects have won awards including AIA Honor Awards, five “of the year” NAIOP Awards, ENR Regional Best Projects, and many more.
We’re active in the community, both as individuals and as a team. Our staff are advocates for the causes most important to them, regularly donating time and talent.
Our portfolio is extremely diverse, reflecting work in the commercial office, culture and arts, health care, education, hospitality, and multi-unit residential markets.

Mentorship and Career Development

One size does not fit all when it comes to career development. While our departmental structure provides direction and organization, it doesn’t limit us. Instead, we provide flexible, individual-focused career tracks and an environment where every employee – regardless of level or longevity – is encouraged to advance and grow.

Mentoring
  • New hires are paired with a peer mentor to assist with office integration and training
  • All employees are matched to a principal mentor who will be involved with ongoing career mentoring, informal check-ins, and performance reviews
  • Engineers and technicians are included in blended mentoring groups led by experienced project managers and associates
  • Project teams are tailored to encourage mentoring and collaboration
Career Development
  • Detailed descriptions of each career track position are reviewed with each engineer to track growth and target areas for continued development
  • We support each employee’s growth at an appropriate pace while providing new challenges with each project
  • Professional development opportunities are varied: internal workshops, conferences, technical development groups, and professional organization engagement
Intern
  • Open to students working toward their BS or MS engineering degree
  • Work under direct supervision of engineering teams
  • Options include full-time summer positions and part-time during school year
Staff Engineer
  • Diverse range of projects
  • Design of major project elements
  • Internal design coordination
  • Active with construction administration
  • Typically 0-5 years' experience
Project Engineer
  • Typically licensed or licensing is imminent
  • Project design and internal design coordination
  • Mentor staff engineers
  • Increasing client interaction
  • Receive project management training
  • Typically 4-9 years' experience
Project Manager
  • Supervise projects and provide quality control
  • Manage scope, schedule, and budget
  • Mentor staff
  • Actively build client relationships
  • Increasing leadership opportunities
  • Typically 8+ years' experience
Senior Project Manager
  • Exhibit exemplary project and staff supervision skills
  • Continued staff mentoring role
  • Respected firm leader for certain markets or technical areas
  • Opportunity for continued advancement for those not interested in firm leadership
Associate
  • Increasing staff leadership role
  • Maintain client relationships and conduct business development activities
  • Mentor staff
  • Developing toward principal role
Principal
  • Overall firm guidance
  • Responsible for client relationships in critical markets
  • Highly active with staff
  • Typically promoted from within firm

Benefits

  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision Coverage
  • 401k Matching
  • ORCA Transportation Pass
  • Gym Reimbursement
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Merit Bonuses
  • Merit Reimbursement for Continued Education, Professional Societies and Professional Registrations
  • The Annual Holiday Party (Trust us— this is a benefit!)

Calling Seattle Home

According to Forbes, Seattle is ranked sixth in the country for “Best Places for Business and Careers,” and is among the “16 Best Places to Live in the US.” According to Business Insider, Seattle has one cultural attraction for every 354 people, placing it in the number one slot in a list of the 20 best US cities for culture. And here are some tips and some of our favorite reasons to live in Seattle — we can’t wait for you to feel it all for yourself.

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