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Architectural Specifications Writer at Michael Baker International in Moon Township, Pennsylvania

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Michael Baker International is a leading provider of engineering, development, intelligence and technology solutions with global reach and mobility. The firm offers a comprehensive range of innovative services and solutions in support of federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of private development and commercial clients. Michael Baker International’s focus is on the safety and security of people across the world through planning and engineering improvements to infrastructure and the environment, and through protection of our quality of life and freedom in support of national and international security. With more than $1 billion in annual revenue, Michael Baker International has more than 5,000 employees in over 80 offices located across the U.S. and internationally, and is ranked as the 26th largest design firm in the U.S. by Engineering News Record (ENR).
Michael Baker International’s Mission is to make a difference by providing innovative solutions to sustain the future and further the safety, security and quality of life for people across the globe by providing the highest level of expertise, unmatched quality and effective project teams for a diverse range of projects and clients.
Michael Baker International offers excellent benefit packages that includes: Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Additional Paid Time Off, Flex-Time, 401-K Retirement Plan, Tuition Reimbursement and Employee Credit Union. To learn more, please visit us on the web at . Michael Baker International is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer - M/F/Disability/Veteran/e-Verify Employer


Michael Baker International is a leading provider of architectural, engineering and consulting services , including design, planning, environmental, construction and program management. The company provides its comprehensive range of services and solutions to support U.S. federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. Michael Baker's more than 3,000 employees across nearly 100 locations are committed to a culture of innovation, collaboration and technological advancement to help solve challenges for clients and communities throughout the country. To learn more, visit .


Michael Baker International seamlessly integrates all our service offerings - architecture, planning, landscape architecture, engineering and management - to solve client challenges from multiple vantage points, providing unsurpassed holistic, sustainable, and innovative solutions. From high-profile, high-image landmarks to low-cost, utilitarian solutions, our professionals know how to balance image and cost appropriately for each unique situation. At Michael Baker International, we believe that the beauty of a project resides both in performance and aesthetics - "success" to us is measured by functionality, value, and exceeding clients' expectations to "Make a Difference."

Michael Baker International is seeking to hire an experienced Architectural Specifications Writer for our Moon Township, PA location. This position will work remotely until the office reopens. Only qualified candidates will be considered.


Under minimal supervision, researches, prepares and develops progress and construction documents specifications for technical projects in collaboration with the design team. The position requires the candidate have significant project experience and knowledge to facilitate an understanding of the project design requirements and translate those requirements into specifications for materials, methods, equipment, procedures, installation, and certification testing.

  • Reviews design intent, drawings and other project information related to writing and editing specifications for wide range of project types and sizes.
  • Meets with project design leads, including architects and engineers, to coordinate compliance with project requirements, institutional guidelines, product/assembly standards (ASTM, ANSI, NFPA, etc.), company standards and project technical requirements including applicable regulations and codes across multiple geographies.
  • Experienced in developing specifications using MasterSpec (AIA) and, preferably, SpecsIntact - Unified Facility Guide Specification (UFGS).
  • Reviews sustainable design intent and requirements, including LEED scorecard and USGBC Guiding Principles and provides knowledgeable input on material product selection for sustainable certification.
  • Performs product research; assists project designers with material selection and system research.
  • Provides quality management reviews and technical advice in design development through construction document phases.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with building material and systems vendors.
  • Assists Architects with shop drawings, samples, and product submittal for compliance with design intent and specifications requirements.
  • Maintains technical resource library (virtual and physical) and list of technical resource contacts.
  • May conduct internal specifications training .


  • BS/BA in Architecture, or equivalent.
  • 8 years related experience with at least 5 years' experience in specification writing.
  • Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) certification is a plus. Preferred LEED AP or USGBC Guiding Principles certified .
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) computer skills.
  • Organized and confident; effective visual/verbal communication skills are essential; proficient understanding of inter-relationships among design/ engineering disciplines, clients, and constructors.
  • Excellent English language skills, written and verbal, are essential.
  • Strong attitude towards personal and professional development as well as teamwork.


Michael Baker International is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Michael Baker International provides equal employment opportunity for all persons, in all facets of employment. Michael Baker International maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for any open position for which they feel they are qualified and all will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

EEO is the Law. Applicants to and employees of Michael Baker International are protected under Federal law from discrimination.