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DOWL Bridge Engineer - Senior-Level in Billings, Montana



The Senior Bridge Project Engineer 1 is responsible for leading the structural design and analysis efforts on a variety of engineering projects. The person in this position must be a licensed engineer to practice bridge engineering in the state of primary practice or should be licensed in a different state with the ability to get the required license within 6 months of hire. The person in this position must be a recognized expert with the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications and multiple states' bridge design standards and be able to quickly learn and apply other design codes as necessary to meet project objectives. The person in this position will lead bridge engineering efforts on highly complex projects and will be a contributing expert to the advancement of the field of bridge engineering. The person in this position will provide leadership and guidance to less experienced team members, and senior level review and oversight on a variety of simple to complex projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Perform bridge engineering related calculations, analysis, and design tasks.

  • Independently complete highly complex engineering projects.

  • Independently write technical specifications, reports, and other correspondence to a variety of audiences.

  • Lead the design efforts in the role of engineer-of-record on a variety of project types.

  • Perform independent checking and senior review of the design work of other team members.

  • Efficiently work with drafters to assemble complete and accurate engineering plans

  • Work collaboratively within multi-disciplinary teams.

  • Provide design oversight.

  • Expertly employ a variety of design codes related to the industry.

  • Coordinate drafting requirements for bridge engineering design projects.

  • Coordinate with government agencies, client staff, and other professionals to obtain design information and approvals.

  • Work with one or more industry groups to advance the field of bridge engineering.

  • Demonstrate bridge engineering expertise by presenting projects or writing papers for industry associations as directed.

  • Demonstrate a strong ability to meet project budgets and schedules.

  • Consistently exercise discretion and judgment in all work tasks.

  • Learn and apply company standards and best practice.

  • Follows DOWL’s safety program and maintain a safe work environment at the office and in the field.

  • Follows DOWL’s Operational Excellence program to maintain a high standard for deliverables and engineering calculations.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervises a team of Bridge Engineers (from intern to level 5) in the Bridge Engineering Department. Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of this unit. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and/or Experience

This position requires a Bachelor's degree in engineering (civil, structural) from an accredited university and 15 years’ progressive experience or a Master’s degree in civil engineering (civil, structural) and 14 years’ progressive experience

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • PE Required: This position is for a licensed engineer to practice civil engineering in the state of primary practice or should be licensed in a different state with the ability to get the required license within 6 months of hire.

  • SE Preferred: A license to practice Structural Engineering in the state of primary practice is preferred.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical analysis, and fundamentals of geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret scientific and technical journals. Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from clients, co-workers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to effectively present information to clients, co-workers, and the public.

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with abstract and concrete variables.

  • Must be able to use Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and Project software.

  • Strong understanding of structural behavior and mechanics of materials.

  • Strong understanding of bridge engineering design and analysis principles.

  • Accurately complete engineering calculations for all major material types including concrete, steel, timber, and/or masonry.

  • AutoCAD and/or MicroStation knowledge and experience is highly desirable.

  • Advanced level proficiency with MathCAD.

  • Advanced level proficiency with one or more of the following structural analysis programs: SAP2000, Risa3D, Midas, or GTStrudl.

  • Advanced knowledge of the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications.

  • Advanced understanding of seismic design principles and non-linear analysis techniques.

  • Ability to prioritize special projects and daily workload to ensure that all work is completed in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Sought after as an expert in the field of bridge engineering.

  • Exceptional technical and communication skills.

  • Strong organization skills

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to stand; walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Salary Range: $95,612 - $143,418

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)