National Engineers Week Focuses on Welcoming the Future 

National Engineers Week Focuses on Welcoming the Future

National Engineers Week, also known as EWeek, is a week-long industry celebration in February. EWeek’s theme this year is “Welcome to the Future,” which highlights the contributions of engineers, both present and future, in society and showcases the remarkable achievements of engineers, their diverse roles, and the impact they have on shaping the world around us for a brighter and more diverse future. 

Civil engineers play a crucial role in designing, planning, and overseeing the construction of infrastructure projects. Their work ensures that structures are functional, safe, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Without them, our society could not function in the capacity it does today.  

“Engineer’s Week is a great time for engineers to showcase the exciting things we do that typically go unnoticed such as roads, water, sewer, and building foundations. It brings awareness to the public about the crucial role engineers play in our everyday lives,” Trevor Teague stated.

At L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS), we have a team of six civil engineers, made up of two Professional Engineers (PE) and four Engineers in Training (EIT). Their responsibilities include working on a wide range of projects such as roads, bridges, buildings, water supply systems, and more. Each of our engineers brings a different specialty to our team to showcase the versatility of their education and skillsets. 

As we mark this significant occasion, L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) would like to recognize the women of our office and all their accomplishments. The LIS team is comprised of seven impactful women, all of whom come from a unique background. Each of the women brings different talents to the table and play a key role helping our business run successfully.

Patrick Smith, PE, PLS 

Patrick Smith, the President of LIS, leads the way with his wealth of experience in engineering and surveying. Holding licenses in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Virginia, Smith is a problem solver who enjoys taking on challenging projects and developing creative solutions. A graduate of Mississippi State University, Smith is actively involved in various professional and technical societies, contributing to the growth and development of the engineering community. 

Larry Smith, PE, RLS

Larry Smith, the cofounder and Executive Vice President of LIS, brings over 45 years of industry experience to the table. As a well-established civil engineer and land surveyor, L. Smith’s journey began in 1975, and he has since obtained licensures in multiple states. He is part of the Society of the American Military Engineers and the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers

Trevor Teague, EIT, PLS

Trevor Teague, a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM), joined LIS after completing an internship with the Tennessee Department of Transportation. With a background in surveying and valuable experience in different departments, Teague is a key member of our team, bringing skills that benefit both LIS and our clients. Teague is our primary engineer at LIS and mainly works on subdivision design, site plans, and stormwater design. He has also become a mentor for new hires and our summer interns by taking his time to teach valuable lessons and procedures so that they may also be successful in the engineering field.

Will Clark, EIT

Will Clark, another UTM graduate, is an integral part of the LIS civil engineering team based in the Paris office. With experience gained during his internship at the Construction Materials Laboratory (CML), Clark contributes his field expertise to various aspects of construction site inspections and quality control tests.

John Amann, EIT

John Amann, a two-time graduate with an associate degree from Nashville State Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tennessee State University, is on the path to becoming a distinguished team member. Throughout his nearly 9 years at LIS, Amann has actively contributed to numerous major projects and earned certifications in CAD, Erosion Prevention, and Sediment Control (EPSC).

Hayden DeBerry, EIT

Hayden DeBerry is the newest member of the LIS team. He is a recent graduate of UTM with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and holds an OSHA 30 certification. While he was in school, DeBerry was a member of the layout team at Daejin in Cumberland City, working alongside Forcum Lannom Contractors. During this time, he also gained hands-on experience as he assumed responsibility for the fieldwork of several subdivisions in the Savannah, TN area. During his short time at LIS, DeBerry has already completed work on several lot surveys in Mayfield, KY.

The diverse skill sets and commitment of the LIS engineering team showcase the importance of EWeek. Join us in recognizing and appreciating the contributions of engineers during this special week.

Civil CAD Drafter

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L. I. Smith & Associates, Inc. (LIS) is a full-service, integrative engineering and surveying company that provides services to the public and private sectors. We are headquartered in Paris, TN, with a branch located in  Nashville.

We are currently seeking an entry to mid-level Civil CAD Designer to join our Paris office. The ideal candidate will have experience in drafting, be detail oriented in their work, possess good organizational skills. 

The Civil CAD Drafter will be responsible for producing quality plans for a variety of land development projects, as well as implementing and managing AutoCAD drafting and plan preparation standards. This individual will work directly with Project Managers and Civil Engineers to ensure timely project completion within allocated budgets. 


$15 – $25 per hour


  • Computer-aided design and drafting of site layout, drainage, roadway, grading, and utility systems using software programs such as AutoCAD and Civil3D 
  • Organize drawings under the the supervision of professional engineers
  • Perform routine drawing assignments requiring application of standard techniques and procedures 
  • Work within allocated quality/budget/schedule expectations to complete scope-specific assignments 
  • Perform administrative duties associated with project management for civil/site projects. 
  • Meet project schedule requirements and deadlines 


  • Associate or technical school degree in design or drafting
  • 1+ year(s) of drafting experience
  • Proficient in AutoCAD Civl 3D
  • Proficient Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to collaborate and be a team player
  • Detail oriented, self-starter
  • Desire to grow professionally


  • 5+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience with land development projects 
  • Experience working with State and Local agencies 
  • Previous internship experience with a related industry is strongly preferred 

Benefits & Perks

  • Competitive salary; Referral bonus
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits. LIS pays 65% of employee’s medical premiums
  • Company provided life insurance; Additional Life Insurance available for employee
  • Retirement plan with a 3% company match
  • Childcare stipend
  • Bi-weekly pay periods
  • 10 paid holidays; 80 hours of paid time off (PTO) received after the completion of 90-day probationary period
  • Support for industry training and certifications; Tuition reimbursement
  • Opportunity for advancement; Reviews conducted annually
  • Staff awards and recognition programs throughout the year
  • Fitness membership discount; Wellness program; Virtual medical visits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or contracted. 


About Us:

L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) is a full-service, integrative engineering and surveying company that provides services to the public and private sectors. Licensed in 12 states throughout the Central and Southeast regions, LIS has an experienced team that can provide multistate coverage for projects of all sizes in land development, infrastructure design, and surveying services. LIS is headquartered in Paris, Tenn., with a branch located in Nashville.

Please visit to find more information about our company and benefits.

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