Professional Engineer I - Bridge Design
State of Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska

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If you're an engineer with a passion for bridge engineering and looking to take your understanding of this field to the next level, the Nebraska Department of Transportation's Bridge Division is the perfect place for you. With ownership of more than 3,500 state-owned bridges and data management responsibility for all 15,000 bridges in the state, we have extensive experience and expertise in the field of bridge engineering. As a part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to advance quickly in your career and make a meaningful impact on Nebraska's transportation infrastructure.

As a member of the NDOT team, you'll be part of an organization that is responsible for planning, developing, designing, constructing, maintaining, and administering the state highway system. Our mission is to preserve the billions of dollars that Nebraskans have invested in their state highway system while making the highways safe and efficient, all while completing projects in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

This position offers a unique opportunity to work on some of the greatest challenges facing Nebraska's bridges. As a member of NDOT's Bridge Division, you will have the opportunity to work on both new designs and maintenance of existing bridges, while leading the state in managing policy on bridge design and maintenance. Our team is committed to providing the highest level of service to the citizens of Nebraska, and we pride ourselves on staying up to date with the latest research and policy developments in the field of bridge engineering. As part of our team, you will have the opportunity to engage with national policy and research organizations such as AASHTO and collaborate with top engineering professionals from universities and research institutions. Additionally, there will be opportunities for travel to conferences and trainings, where you will have the chance to network with other professionals and stay up to date with the latest advancements in bridge engineering.

Note that this position is located at our central office in Lincoln, NE. Our preference is for the selected candidate to work in-office, as we believe in the value of collaboration and teamwork. However, we understand that certain circumstances may require a hybrid work schedule, and we are open to discussing remote work options on a case-by-case basis to ensure work-life balance for our employees.

In summary, we are seeking a highly motivated and technically proficient Bridge Design Engineer with a passion for solving complex engineering challenges. If you have a strong background in bridge design and engineering and are looking for a challenging and dynamic work environment, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

Please take care to attach a resume at the end of the application process!

If unable to fill at the Professional Engineer I level, will consider applicants at the Engineer level which requires a bachelor's degree in an Engineering discipline. This position requires passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam within one year of employment.

Licensed Professional Engineer applicants will be hired at the Professional Engineer I level. Pay range for this classification is $29.716 - $43.805. Pay rate may be commensurate with education and/or experience within fiscal constraints, if approved.

Applicants with a bachelor's degree in engineering will be hired at the Engineer level - $26.067.
Examples of Work
As a Bridge Design Engineer at the Nebraska Department of Transportation Bridge Division, you will be responsible for ensuring the technical accuracy of bridge designs. Your duties will center around the technical application of structural design resources, including AASHTO design specifications, NDOT bridge office policy and procedures manual, and fundamental structural engineering knowledge. This technical expertise will be applied towards the development of design calculation packages, detailed construction plans and 3D models, and advanced analytical design models. You will also be responsible for reviewing other engineer's calculations and plans to ensure technical accuracy.

The primary objective of your work as a Bridge Design Engineer is to ensure the timely and effective delivery of bridge design projects. To achieve this goal, you will be required to focus on effective project management and delivery. This will involve coordinating with project teams within the bridge division and collaborating with other engineering disciplines, such as hydrology and hydraulics, geotechnical, roadway, traffic, and others.

To provide effective design development, travel to bridge sites will be necessary to gather data. Additionally, during the construction of projects, it is often necessary to visit the site regularly to oversee progress and gain a better understanding of how to design bridges for improved constructability. By doing so, you will be able to identify and address any challenges that arise during construction, ensuring that projects are completed safely, on time, and within budget.
Qualifications / Requirements
Professional Engineer I:
Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline. Must possess a Professional Engineer (P.E.) license at the time of application and be licensed by the Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects at time of employment or be able to obtain such license within 90 days of employment.

Bachelor's degree in an Engineering discipline. Must pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam within one year of employment.

PREFERRED: Master's degree in Civil/Structural engineering. S.E. licensure. Four years minimum experience in bridge design or structural engineering.

OTHER: Must have a valid driver's license with a good driving record or can provide authorized independent transportation and be available for occasional overnight travel.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The ideal candidate for this position should be a highly skilled and organized engineer with a proven ability to manage their time effectively and work well in a team setting. They should consistently deliver high-quality work that meets project requirements and deadlines, ensuring that all projects are completed with the utmost attention to detail and accuracy. At NDOT, we place great value on individuals who are not only dedicated to delivering exceptional results but also possess strong interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills. These are critical qualities for success in this role.

Given the constantly evolving nature of technology, the ideal candidate should also have experience with various computer applications and demonstrate a strong aptitude for quickly learning new ones.

At NDOT, we strongly believe in the value of diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. We welcome applicants of all ages and experiences, including those who are early in their college career. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply, as we believe that unique perspectives and experiences bring a valuable perspective to our team.

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