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Civil Engineer

By January 12, 2023

DDOT-District of Columbia

General Job Information
Job Summary

This position is in the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Transportation Operations Administration (TOA).

The incumbent serves as the engineer responsible for the bridge inspection program for DDOT. The incumbent makes necessary determinations in the evaluating the condition of bridges and other transportation structures, provide recommendation for repair and rehabilitation, enter the bridge condition data into the bridge management system conforming to the applicable federal requirements. The incumbent also coordinates inspection efforts including securing appropriate permits needed for the project, responds to emergencies, reviews/develops DDOT manuals and organize bridge records.

The incumbent also manages the bridge inspection consultant and ensures work activities of consultants are performed in full conformance with applicable design codes and guidelines including but not limited to AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications, Manual for Bridge Evaluation and applicable DDOT manuals, guidelines and specifications, exercises responsibility for acceptance or rejection of the submission provided by the consultant, determines acceptability of submission or proposal, coordinates with consultants and other stakeholders to prevent delays and control costs.  The incumbent manages the work schedule and conducts meetings to discuss the project and guides contracts during a complex consultant evaluation and selection process.

Duties and Responsibilities

Serve as an engineering authority, project team leader within the bridge inspection program. The incumbent provides coordination, project leadership and management of bridge inspection assignments. Incumbent is responsible for ensure the bridge inspection program meets the federal requirements, managerial issues and related business processes are efficiently handled while maintaining deadlines and cost requirements. Perform assignments related to bridge inspection individually or as a team leader. Routinely represent the agency on technical committees involved in the development of general plans and procedures to carry out projects involving unprecedented engineering work.

The work involves a wide variety of engineering, management and financial duties and responsibilities, including but  not limited to: final approval of consultant submissions and invoices, project management, budgeting, research and resolution of issues, development and implementation of procedures based on research and project requirements, representation of agency and District in matters concerning complex, interrelated and sensitive issues, presentation of research, information and recommendations to District and public officials. Projects, research and issues require analysis and innovation in order to maintain budget, timelines and project integrity.

Mastery knowledge of and extensive skills in the application of professional engineering guidelines, principles, and practices in order to provide expert advice and serve as a team leader for difficult and complex assignments. Must possess and maintain knowledge of current and evolving civil engineering matters, as required to serve as a technical authority for complex engineering projects.

Qualifications and Education

Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


Combination of education and experience — college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.


Specialized Experience:

Specialized experience is an experience that is directly related to the position and has equipped the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. At least one year of specialized experience is equivalent to the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression. The candidate must have extensive experience with bridge inspection and rehabilitation and be well organized, self-motivated, and technically sound.  He/she must be able to resolve day-to-day inspection and design related problems, be able give directions to and resolve disputes with consultants and inspectors, be able to enforce quality control and ensure the inspection and reports are conducted and submitted in compliance with applicable DDOT and federal requirements, have knowledge of the DDOT financial system related to design projects, be able to administer a contract, have good communication skills written/verbal, be able to prepare contract scopes and cost estimates, be able to manage multiple, concurrent tasks, and be able to work independently or with little guidance.

Preferred Experience:

Experience in bridge inspection, bridge design and/or bridge maintenance is preferred.

The incumbent must be a technical expert and be able to interpret the intent of existing guidelines, identify areas of project interest that need further development or study, and evaluate the significance and impact of new developments on projects. The applicant must be able to read a variety of plans to ascertain their conformance with relevant laws and regulations on the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of engineering and related devices.

Licenses and Certifications

A Professional Engineer (PE) licensure is required and must be maintained. All applicants with a PE license in a jurisdiction other than the District of Columbia have 12 months to obtain a PE license within the District of Columbia or will be terminated.

The incumbent must be certified as a bridge inspector by FHWA, possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

Working Conditions/Environment

Time will be split between working in an office setting and in the field on construction sites.  During field visits the incumbent will be on bridge sites, which includes but is not limited to walking on unfinished horizontal and vertical surfaces, inclement weather conditions, confined spaces, occasional night and/or weekend work, loud noise, and dust.

Incumbent may be required to work weekends, nights, and in on-call situations to support snow removal and special operations.

Other Significant Facts

Tour of Duty:  Varies

Duration of Appointment:  Career Service – Regular

Promotion Potential:  No known promotion potential

Pay Plan, Series and Grade:  CS-0801-14

Collective Bargaining Unit: (Union): This position is in the collective bargaining unit (union) represented by AFGE Local 1975 and you may be required to pay union dues through direct payroll deduction.

Position Designation:  This position is designated as a security-sensitive position. Incumbents of this position are subject to enhanced suitability screening pursuant to Chapter 4 of DC personnel regulations. Accordingly, applicants must successfully pass Pre-employment and Biennial Criminal Background, Traffic Records Checks, and Drug and Alcohol Testing.

Emergency Designation:  This position has been designated as an emergency employee position under District Personnel Manual’s provisions, Chapter 12. As such, your services may be required in emergencies to perform crucial duties, i.e., snow removal, debris removal, transportation, shelter operations, food distribution, and communication. These duties may be performed when the government is closed or when most employees are dismissed early.

Benefits May Include:

DDOT is an employer of choice for any job seeker who has passion, energy, and enthusiasm about our city.  Employee benefits may include:

Health and life insurance benefits and retirement benefits (More information about these benefits is available on the D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) website at www.dchr.dc.gov.)
Complimentary Capital BikeShare Membership
Continued professional development, and professional growth through d.University, the in-house training available for all DDOT employees
Flexible work schedule (team and role dependent)
EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

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