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WK Dickson Overview

Charlotte, NC
201 to 500 employees
1929
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Awarded as one of Best Firms to Work For in 2015, 2016 and 2017, WK Dickson is a multi-disciplined consulting firm specializing in total community infrastructure solutions including: Airport Planning & Design; Environmental & Water Resources ... Read more

Mission: The mission of WK Dickson is to focus on providing client-centered solutions. We operate to create value for our clients, while promoting an open culture of creativity and innovation by engaging all staff.

WK Dickson – Why Work For Us?


For nearly a century, WK Dickson has been creating opportunities for people. For our employees, we’ve created opportunities for talented and dedicated individuals to develop both personally and professionally. WK Dickson is continuously seeking those unique people to contribute to our team environment and grow with us as our company expands.

If you are passionate about working with the most exciting clients on the most challenging projects, consider becoming part of WK Dickson’s tradition of shaping the future.

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We provide limitless opportunities

WK Dickson has a history of contributing to the region’s most important infrastructure projects. Whether you’re an aspiring or experienced planner, survey technician, project manager or design professional, we invite you to explore our work- and learn more about how we can help you reach your full potential.

Grow with a market leader

In addition to top project opportunities, WK Dickson offers a diverse working environment, unparalleled professional development and some of the most competitive benefits in the business.

We invite you to review our current openings located within all offices across the southeast and to submit your resume directly if appropriate.

If you are a high-energy person who is passionate about making a difference, there’s a place for you at WK Dickson.

WK Dickson is multi-disciplined consulting firm specializing in community infrastructure solutions including: Airports & Roadway Planning & Design; Environmental and Water Resources Engineering; Land Planning and Development; Energy; and Geospatial Technology.

The firm has been headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina since 1929 and we have grown to operate nine regional offices strategically located throughout the Southeastern United States. The company maintains offices in Charlotte, Hickory, Raleigh and Wilmington, NC; Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville, SC; Augusta, and Atlanta, GA.

WK Dickson continues to be one of the most respected consulting firms in the Southeast.

The firm has maintained the policy of providing the highest quality of professional engineering and design services to our clients for more than three-quarters of a century. The success of this philosophy is evidenced by our clients. We are proud of the fact that 97% of our business is from previous clients.

We pride ourselves on our ability to adapt to meet the ever changing needs of our clients and their community infrastructure. We refuse to become complacent and allow our resources and technology to become outdated.

Despite the Great Depression and the economic uncertainty of 1929, a 34-year-old engineer from South Carolina, W. K. Dickson, opened a small office in Charlotte, North Carolina and established a civil engineering firm. Now, nearly a century later, WK Dickson & Co., Inc. has become one of the most respected engineering firms in the Southeast. The growth of WK Dickson from a small one-person practice to a highly diversified, multi-disciplined community infrastructure consulting firm is truly an American success story.

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Dreams & Determination

William Kenneth Dickson was born in 1895 in the small town of Walhalla, South Carolina, near the South Carolina-Georgia border. He entered The Citadel, graduating in 1917. He served 18 months overseas with the infantry during World War I and left the service as a Captain in 1919. Dickson then returned to school at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and earned a degree in civil engineering in 1921. Little is known about Dickson’s early career but there is a story, perhaps apocryphal, that the owner of the engineering firm, weary of battling the sour economy, told Dickson, “I’ve had enough. If you want the business you can have it. I’m going to Arkansas.”

Years of Transition

As the decade of the 1970’s dawned, Colonel Dickson was in his mid-70s and beginning to think about slowing down. Fortunately, a young man by the name of Ralph “Buck” Johnson had joined the firm a few years earlier and the Colonel had quickly become his mentor. Johnson, a native of Samson, Alabama, began working for W.K. Dickson & Co. during summers while attending school at Clemson University. Johnson received a degree in civil engineering from Clemson in 1953 and, after a couple of years in the military, he became a full-time employee. Johnson became a partner in the firm in the early 1970s, then purchased majority interest in the firm and became president in 1978. The Colonel remained a consultant and kept an active interest in the firm until his death in 1986 at the age of 91.

A New Era Begins

Buck Johnson died in June of 1984 and since there was no heir apparent Mrs. Johnson had decided to put the firm on the market. David Peeler was ready for a change in the summer of 1984. He and Mrs. Johnson met several times and despite the potential pitfalls, Peeler was intrigued by the firm’s possibilities. Details of the purchase were finalized and Peeler took control of the firm on October 1, 1984. Peeler’s expertise was in airport engineering and his plan was to grow the company by finding a niche in this field. At the same time, he needed someone to oversee the firm’s basic business of sewer and water projects. That person turned out to be David Pond, now the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. The plans Peeler and Pond put into motion began to pay big dividends in the 1990s and the decade became one of tremendous growth for the firm.

WK Dickson believes that our people are our most valuable asset. From engineers to planners and scientists to surveyors, WK Dickson offers its clients a vast network of talent and passion.

WK Dickson’s people are the best in the business, and our success comes from the personal drive of each of us. Our firm was built on the philosophy that people do business with people they like. That goes for our coworkers too. We work hard. We take risks. We succeed together.

Employee relationships today and beyond

WK Dickson welcomes and respects differences as vital to our success: Our corporate vision can only be achieved through maintaining a diverse working environment.

There is no one definition of diversity; it’s a mindset about understanding and respecting  differences. Ultimately, diversity means creating effective business strategies through inclusiveness and full workforce utilization.

As an internal working environment, WK Dickson is a culture that values every individual’s background. Regardless of  age, race, color, religion, gender or national origin, WK Dickson provides equal opportunity and fosters positive working relationships among all individuals.

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    I had a great experience at WK Dickson. They really put an emphasis on keeping a healthy company culture and engage all levels of staff frequently. I would have made a long career there if my spouse wasn't being transferred to another state.

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    Only have offices in the southeast so I don't have an option to transfer to the Midwest.

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    Keep being transparent and honest with staff. Continue to ask what we think and allow us to contribute beyond our daily tasks.

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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at WK Dickson (Raleigh, NC) in August 2017.

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    My interview process at WK Dickson was very enjoyable. I had a series of phone interviews upon being offered an in-person interview. The staff was always very helpful and available to answer any questions I might have. The interview process did not drag on, and they were very transparent about expectations for the position I interviewed for. When coming into the office for my in-person interview everyone was very welcoming and genuine!

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WK Dickson Awards & Accolades

  • A/E Philanthropy Award, The Zweig Group, 2011
  • Engineering Excellence Award - Smith Creek Benthic Macroinvertebrate Habitat Enhancement – Wake Forest, NC, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of North Carolina, 2016
  • Engineering Excellence Award - Kernersville Rainwater Harvesting - Kernersville, NC, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of North Carolina, 2014
  • Engineering Excellence Award - Laurinburg-Maxton Airport Runway 5/23 - Laurinburg, NC, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of North Carolina, 2013
  • Engineering Excellence Award - Cherokee County Regional Airport Improvements - Canton, GA, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Georgia, 2012
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