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

Civil cad DRafter

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.

LIS Aids IperionX in Titan Project  

LIS Aids IperionX in Titan Project

Earlier this year, L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) performed ALTA land title commitment surveys on approximately 900 acres of land in Henry and Carroll County for IperionX Limited, a developer of sustainable U.S. critical material and mineral supply chains.  

IperionX aims to be the leading developer of low carbon titanium for advanced industries including space, aerospace, electric vehicles and 3D printing. IperionX holds an exclusive option to acquire breakthrough titanium technologies that can produce titanium products that are low carbon and fully circular. IperionX is producing titanium metal powders from titanium scrap and its operational pilot facility in Utah and intends to scale procure at a Titanium Demonstration Facility in Virginia.  

IperionX also holds a 100% interest in the Titan Project, which has the largest JORC-compliant resources of titanium, rare earth, and zircon rich mineral sands in the United States. The land controlled by IperionX and surveyed by LIS will be used to sustainably extract these minerals that are critical to advanced U.S. industries.  

LIS is proud to have played a key role in surveying IperionX owned land which forms part of the Titan Project. The work being conducted in Henry and Carroll Counties is expected to bring economic benefits to the local communities.  

National STEM Day Shines Light on the Importance of Careers 

National STEM Day Shines Light on the Importance of Careers

National STEM Day, celebrated on November 8 each year, is a day dedicated to promoting and inspiring interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. STEM education is the foundation upon which countless advancements and innovations are built, spanning various sectors and industries. It equips individuals with critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills, allowing them to address complex challenges.   

For L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS), this celebration is an excellent opportunity to shed light on how STEM education and careers benefit various industries, particularly those vital to infrastructure and development, such as civil engineering and surveying.  

“STEM in the classrooms is key to how we improve the future of society. We start enriching the minds of future scientists and engineers as early as we possibly can,” remarked Tyler LaPointe, LIS Survey Technician and STEM Ambassador for the company.  

Civil engineering is the backbone of modern society, responsible for designing, constructing, and maintaining our infrastructure, from roads and bridges to buildings and water systems. The foundation of civil engineering is deeply rooted in STEM education and principles. 

Bridging the gap between data collection and engineering design, surveying is an essential component of civil engineering and construction projects. It involves precise measurement and mapping to inform the design, planning, and construction of infrastructure. 

In celebration of National STEM Day, LIS encourages everyone to engage in activities that promote STEM education and awareness. Throughout the year, LIS attends STEM events such as career fairs, conferences, and school to educate students on the importance of STEM and how it is beneficial to our daily lives.  

“Our team at LIS is proud to do our part in educating the youth about the many interesting and lucrative career opportunities right here in Henry County,” commented Vice President of Marketing and Communications Ashley Horn. “We appreciate the opportunities we have been given to get in the classroom and give back to our hometown.” 

Seven Honored at LIS Staff Award Ceremony 

Seven Honored at LIS Staff Award Ceremony

On Thursday, November 2, 2023, seven team members from L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS) were honored at the Annual 2023 Staff Award Ceremony. Recipients were nominated by their colleagues at LIS and the nominations were reviewed by the LIS Leadership team. The awards included a Staff Culture Award, Impact Award, Leadership Award, Mentor Award, two Standout Performer Awards, and a Super Staff Member Honoree Award. LIS is proud to honor these team members through our Annual Staff Awards. Each recipient was given an engraved clear, acrylic award to showcase in their offices.  

Tami Winston, Staff Culture Award

Tami Winston, LIS receptionist, was awarded the Staff Culture Award. The Staff Culture Award recognizes someone who continuously works towards the betterment of the LIS company culture. When reviewing the nominations for this award, Tami Winston stood out for many reasons. One colleague wrote, “Her smiling face is one of the first things I see every morning. Her kindness and smile make every day at LIS better. She always has something nice to say and is always looking to help someone out or make their day better.” 

Caleb Grissom, Impact Award

Caleb Grissom, Executive Assistant to the President of LIS, was awarded the Impact Award. The Impact Award is meant for someone who has an impact on the community outside of LIS. This staff member makes an effort to help our community grow and change for the better. Caleb Grissom’s colleagues wrote, “He is the person I go to when I have a question about Paris, and he is involved in many local organizations. His caring heart and enjoyment of helping others makes him perfect for this award. 

Mason Peale, Leadership Award

Mason Peale, Professional Surveyor, was awarded the Leadership Award. The Leadership Award recognizes an individual, at any level of management, who exhibits exemplary leadership qualities. This individual leads by example and focuses on team successes while inspiring those around them. One colleague wrote, “He not only trained me on certain processes, but he has also been very supportive and encouraging to my success here at LIS. He is always in a pleasant, positive attitude and exemplifies what it means to be a leader.” 

Blake Alexander, Mentor Award

Blake Alexander, Party Chief, was awarded the Mentor Award. The Mentor Award is exclusively for those in leadership roles who have shown exceptional mentorship in helping others with less experience than them grow and thrive. This is someone who has shown compassion, knowledge, patience, and attentiveness as they teach others in the workplace. Blake Alexander’s colleagues wrote, “Can we just automatically give an award to him every year? He is a thorough teacher and will make sure you understand what you’re doing. He is one of the most well-rounded crew chiefs and is still learning every day.” 

Bradford Jones, Standout Performer Office Award 

Bradford Jones, Survey Technician, was awarded the Standout Performer Office Award. Bradford Jones colleagues wrote, “I can’t think of anyone more deserving than him. He is innovative and motivated. He is a great example of a standout performer, and you can tell he enjoys working at LIS.”  

Dusty Mann, Standout Performer Field Award 

The second recipient of this award was Dusty Mann, Party Chief. Dusty Mann’s colleagues wrote, “He is efficient and detailoriented. If I have to work on a project that he is part of, I know it will be a breeze because of his diligence and attention to detail.” 

Angela Dortch, Super Staff Member Honoree Award

Angela Dortch, Project Administrator, was awarded the Super Staff Member Honoree Award. The Super Staff Member Honoree Award was added to this year’s awards as a result of a new initiative at LIS, called “Super Staff Shout Outs”. Within this initiative, staff members at LIS are encouraged to submit Shout Out messages for their fellow team members as a way to promote kindness and recognition throughout the company. Each quarter, a staff member will be awarded a Super Staff Member Honoree certificate based on the submissions received from their colleagues. Angela Dortch received an overwhelming amount of Shout Outs this quarter. Her colleagues wrote, “She works hard and deserves to be recognized for it. She is always taking the initiative to fix problems and keeps going, no matter what comes her way! 

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