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Working As A Bridge Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $68,235

    Average Salary

What Does A Bridge Engineer Do At Stantec

* Design of highway bridges incorporating Mn/DOT, WisDOT, SDDOT and NDDOT practices and AASHTO LRFD Specifications
* Design of railroad bridges incorporating AREMA Manual for Railway Engineering practices
* Conducting engineering investigations including feasibility studies, cost and risk analyses
* Bridge evaluations including inspections and load ratings
* Use of advanced bridge analysis/design software including LEAP Products, MDX, etc.
* Completing bridge construction plans and specifications
* Preparing engineering computations, material quantity takeoffs, and cost estimates
* Project management and solid communication skills
* Review of shop drawings
* Bridge construction inspection
* Your Capabilities and Credentials
* Bachelor of Science degree in Civil or Structural Engineering
* Professional Engineer (PE) in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota or North Dakota.
* Minimum of seven (7) years of professional experience in bridge and structural design engineering and project management; experience within Minnesota is preferred
* Excellent verbal, interpersonal skills and problem solving ability is essential in your work with multi-disciplinary team members and clients; a strong work ethic is required
* Demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy, with an ability to work effectively in a team environment with minimum supervision and high personal standards for quality control
* Good writing skills required in the preparation of correspondence, reports, and related project documentation
* The key to our success is our people— **we put people first
* When you work hard, we notice.
* We offer competitive compensation and benefits to assist employees and their families with medical and dental coverage, long-term disability income replacement, and retirement savings

What Does A Bridge Engineer Do At Stanley Consultants, Inc.

* Structures Department leadership managing operations of current and potential future members.
* Structures Department leadership managing tasks and/or projects under contractually prescribed scopes of work, milestone schedules, and allocated budgets.
* Assists in development of marketing strategies, written proposals, and innovative concepts for new business pursuits.
* Leads by example, mentors by experience
* Represents Structures Department in coordinating with company Structures Group operations (several offices) and company Transportation Market operations (several offices).
* Professional Client interaction
* Leads the analysis/design, review, and quality control effort on various structural assignments
* Develops reports, specifications, drawings, and related documents to meet client requirements
* Familiarity with all phases of Project Development from planning & studies, through final design, and into construction and operation.
* Equal navigational skills – steadfast in course direction and flexible in unexpected changes in direction

What Does A Bridge Engineer Do At Hatch

* Working with project engineers and other project team members on design, tender, and construction deliverables;
* Perform structural analysis and prepare design calculations to include 2D and 3D analysis for bridges as well as foundations, infrastructure and retaining walls;
* Develop structural details and construction plans;
* Preparation of standard documentation – reports, specs, drawings, spreadsheets, letters, etc.;
* Conducting design check and quality audit of drawings and contract documents;
* Coordination of structural work with work of other disciplines.
* Use analysis and design softwares (e.g.
* SAP2000, Concise Beam, Excel, MathCAD) in course of work

What Does A Bridge Engineer Do At Aecom

* Structural design and analysis of bridges of various ranges of complexity
* Load rating of existing bridges
* Preparing and checking design calculations for bridges and other transportation related structures
* Drawing preparation, review and checking
* Quantity calculations
* Shop drawing review
* Preparation of reports and specifications

What Does A Bridge Engineer Do At WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff

* Performing structural analysis, design, and plan preparation for bridges and/or transportation structures
* Perform routine engineering functions.
* Prepare sketches / drawings and calculations.
* Assist in the development of technical specifications.
* Review shop drawings for conformance with contract plans.
* Prepare computer models
* Prepare technical reports.
* Client interface and project coordination
* Provide close coordination with other disciplines in a professional manner
* Providing leadership to design engineering staff and student interns
* Other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Bridge Engineer

Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree. They typically need a graduate degree and licensure for promotion to senior positions. Although licensure requirements vary within the United States, civil engineers usually must be licensed in the locations where they provide services directly to the public.


Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, in one of its specialties, or in civil engineering technology. Programs in civil engineering and civil engineering technology include coursework in math, statistics, engineering mechanics and systems, and fluid dynamics, among other courses, depending on the specialty. Courses include a mix of traditional classroom learning, work in laboratories, and fieldwork.

A degree from a program accredited by the ABET is needed in order to earn the professional engineer (PE) license. In many states, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology also will suffice as an academic requirement for obtaining a license.

About 1 in 4 civil engineers has a master’s degree. Further education after the bachelor’s degree, along with the PE license and previous experience, is helpful in getting a job as a manager. For more information on engineering managers, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Civil engineers often balance multiple and frequently conflicting objectives, such as determining the feasibility of plans with regard to financial costs and safety concerns. Urban and regional planners often look to civil engineers for advice on these issues. Civil engineers must be able to make good decisions based on best practices, their own technical knowledge, and their own experience.

Leadership skills. Civil engineers take ultimate responsibility for the projects that they manage or research that they perform. Therefore, they must be able to lead planners, surveyors, construction managers, civil engineering technicians, civil engineering technologists, and others in implementing their project plan.

Math skills. Civil engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Organizational skills. Only licensed civil engineers can sign the design documents for infrastructure projects. This requirement makes it imperative that civil engineers be able to monitor and evaluate the work at the jobsite as a project progresses. That way, they can ensure compliance with the design documents. Civil engineers also often manage several projects at the same time, and thus must be able to balance time needs and to effectively allocate resources.

Problem-solving skills. Civil engineers work at the highest level of the planning, design, construction, and operation of multifaceted projects or research. The many variables involved require that they possess the ability to identify and evaluate complex problems. They must be able to then utilize their skill and training to develop cost-effective, safe, and efficient solutions.

Speaking skills. Civil engineers must present reports and plans to audiences of people with a wide range of backgrounds and technical knowledge. This requires the ability to speak clearly and to converse with people in various settings, and to translate engineering and scientific information into easy to understand concepts.

Writing skills. Civil engineers must be able to communicate with others, such as architects, landscape architects, and urban and regional planners. They also must be able to explain projects to elected officials and citizens. This means that civil engineers must be able to write reports that are clear, concise, and understandable to those with little or no technical or scientific background.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a civil engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, approve design plans, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years working under a licensed engineer
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after earning a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Each state issues its own licenses. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements. Several states require continuing education for engineers to keep their licenses.


Civil engineers with ample experience may move into senior positions, such as project managers or functional managers of design, construction, operation, or maintenance. However, they would first need to obtain the Professional Engineering (PE) license, because only licensed engineers can assume responsibilities for public projects.

After gaining licensure, a professional engineer may seek credentialing that attests to his or her expertise in a civil engineering specialty. Such a credential may be of help for advancement to senior technical or even managerial positions.

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Bridge Engineer Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Bulgarian

  • Nepali

  • Filipino

  • Vietnamese

  • German

  • Romanian

  • Japanese

  • French

  • Spanish

  • Russian

  • Korean

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Real Bridge Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Bridge Engineer ARUP North America Ltd. San Francisco, CA Jul 16, 2014 $133,000
Senior Bridge Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Denver, CO Jul 22, 2016 $116,480
Roadway/Bridge Engineer S2 Engineering, Inc. Rancho Cucamonga, CA Feb 02, 2015 $112,300
Senior Bridge Engineer ARUP North America Ltd. San Francisco, CA Apr 15, 2015 $103,000
Senior Bridge Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Denver, CO Jul 22, 2013 $102,500
Senior Bridge Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Denver, CO Jun 23, 2016 $101,733
Lead Bridge Engineer Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. Glastonbury, CT Oct 01, 2015 $101,483
Senior Bridge Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Denver, CO Sep 26, 2014 $97,594
Senior Bridge Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 24, 2014 $97,178
Bridge Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Round Rock, TX Sep 10, 2015 $95,680
Bridge Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Bellevue, WA Nov 09, 2016 $93,850
Bridge Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Tampa, FL Apr 26, 2016 $93,454
Bridge Engineer ARUP North America, Ltd. Los Angeles, CA Sep 04, 2015 $79,500
Bridge Engineer (Grade 4) ARUP North America Limited Los Angeles, CA Jun 29, 2015 $79,500
Bridge Engineer OVE ARUP & Partners PC New York, NY Aug 12, 2015 $79,248
Bridge Engineer II HNTB Corporation Boston, MA Sep 17, 2015 $79,040
Bridge Engineer Prime Engineering, Inc. Watertown Town, MA Jul 15, 2013 $79,000
Bridge Engineer Prime AE Group, Inc. Rocky Hill, CT Feb 24, 2015 $79,000
Bridge Engineer Prime AE Group, Inc. Rocky Hill, CT Mar 12, 2015 $79,000
Bridge Engineer ARUP North America, Ltd. San Francisco, CA Nov 14, 2016 $78,567
Bridge Engineer Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Aug 17, 2016 $70,262
Bridge Engineer Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Nov 29, 2016 $70,262
Engineer In Training (EIT) Bridge HDR Engineering, Inc. Round Rock, TX Sep 10, 2015 $70,200
Civil Bridge Engineer Aecom Technical Services, Inc. Conshohocken, PA Aug 31, 2016 $70,179 -
Bridge Engineer Transystems Corporation Orlando, FL Sep 19, 2016 $70,000
Civil-Bridge Engineer URS Corporation Fort Washington, PA Sep 01, 2013 $69,873
Graduate Bridge Engineer ARUP North America, Ltd. San Francisco, CA Feb 09, 2016 $69,672
Bridge Engineer Prime AE Group, Inc. Rocky Hill, CT Jan 15, 2015 $68,640

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Top Skills for A Bridge Engineer


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Top Bridge Engineer Skills

  1. 3-Span Bridge
  2. Superstructure
  3. Girder Bridge
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed superstructure, substructure, and foundation.
  • Performed superstructure members demand versus capacity analysis for one plate girder bridge, and two steel truss bridges.
  • Checked detailed structural design calculation for the lateral bracing, and the steel strut columns.
  • Conducted TS&L studies, recommended final span arrangement, developed bridge geometry and completed foundation submission per PENNDOT requirements.
  • Performed all calculations and quantity estimates for proposal.

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