Project Analyst - Aviation


Employment Type:   Full Time

FLSA Status:               Exempt

Salary:                         $45,000 - $50,000 per year  

Location:                     Ypsilanti, MI

Position Description Summary:

The Project Analyst (“Analyst”) is responsible for the completion of highly specialized and detailed work efforts related to project work within a structured work environment. Although the work performed by the Analyst may be narrow in scope, it requires a great depth of skill and knowledge gained through formal education in certain areas (i.e., aviation management, engineering, architecture, construction management). The Analyst must demonstrate the ability to apply formal knowledge, experience, and critical thinking skills to analyze information and exercise good judgement in performing the required tasks. Specific technical skills will accompany the functional skill requirements.

The Analyst will spend four weeks in a training program followed by several months of completing project work in support of the company’s practice areas. Within six months the Analyst will be placed on one of the teams.



Essential Functions of the Position:

The duties listed below are the specific duties and tasks that someone in this position must accomplish. These are the core responsibilities of the position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the level and/or class of this position.

  • Completes project related tasks as assigned by project manager/coordinator (e.g. data collection, data analysis, data representation, report/letter/memo writing, exhibit (CAD and graphics) preparation, etc.)
  • Maintains effective communication with peers, supervisors, and clients as necessary.
  • Completes assigned tasks in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Composes correspondence requiring understanding of firm and professional staff views, philosophy, and some technical knowledge.
  • Presents data clearly using graphical or narrative tools depending on intended audience.
  • Produces reports and other documents based on the needs of the staff and clients.
  • Develops an understanding of how the firm generates revenue and controls costs.
  • Assists in training other employees (including interns and co-ops) as directed.
  • Identifies potential business and follow-on work opportunities while keeping supervisors and managers informed of all potential business.
  • Always represents the firm in an appropriate manner. Demonstrates sound judgement and decision making when interacting with clients.
  • Performs specialized tasks as required with minimal supervision and within acceptable time frames, and at highest quality level.
  • Performs other tasks with direction, outside of area of technical expertise.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Four-year college degree required. Degree in aviation management, urban planning, engineering, architecture, quantitative analysis, math, computer science, or public administration is most appropriate. Master's degree is a plus.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Able to develop and refine technical skills related to the firm’s needs (e.g. CAD presentation skills, writing skills, client coordination, graphics software, database software, GIS, cost estimating, scheduling, etc.)
  • Above average communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Above average presentation skills.
  • Excellent computer skills; thorough understanding of Microsoft Office suite.
  • Proficient technical skills related to specific firm software and hardware needs (CAD, professional graphical production, marketing, computer aided simulation, financial analysis, etc.) is a plus.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret financial data.
  • Ability to work within a structured environment with set expectations.
  • Ability to complete assigned tasks without deviation from established approvals.
  • Ability to come up with creative ways to complete assigned tasks within established guidelines and supervisor approval.
  • Ability to learn new skills and abilities through on the job training.
  • Attention to detail with respect to quality standards.
  • Ability to interact in group settings, using judgement and discretion, to always represent the firm in the desired manner.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that an employee must be able to accomplish in order to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit for long periods of time, bend, use hands to manipulate (type), talk and hear; walk; sit, and lift or move no more than ten (10) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral visions, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


Mental Demands:

While performing the duties of this position, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information, and documents; analyze and solve problems, use math and mathematical reasoning; observe and interpret situations; learn and apply new information or new skills; work under deadlines with occasional interruptions, and interact with staff and other organizations.


Working Conditions:

Primarily in an office environment. May be required to travel occasionally as needed to company subsidiaries and satellite/client offices to conduct due diligence. Periodic weekend or evening work is expected.


Reporting Relationships:

Position reports to Business Unit or Practice Area Leader, or other Senior Management as identified during the hiring or annual review process.


Supervisory Responsibility: