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Working As A Drainage Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $82,220

    Average Salary

What Does A Drainage Engineer Do At WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff

* Management and conduct of drainage projects and tasks.
* Coach and mentor staff development of staff.
* Business development writing proposals and developing cost/man-hour proposals.
* May have direct staff supervision responsibility.
* Capable to lead and/or produce plan sets and construction bid/contract documents.
* Represents projects at meetings with client, stakeholders and contractors.
* Talent is the backbone of meeting our client’s objectives, goals and challenges, if this sounds like a fit for you, we’d love to have that first discussion of you joining our team

What Does A Drainage Engineer Do At Parsons Corporation

* project research, storm/drain collection and conveyance systems, storm-water management facilities, construction plans preparation and detail designs all using FDOT criteria.
* Apply knowledge of other transportation disciplines that influence the design of drainage features, such as: roadway, structures, signing and pavement marking, signalization and intelligent transportation systems.
* State Water Management District Permit packages and FDOT drainage design documentation reports.
* Manage a team of engineers/designers developing drainage plans, calculations and specifications.
* Coordinate plans, calculations and specifications amongst the different engineering disciplines.
* Perform Quality Control to ensure designs, plans and calculations are complete and accurate.
* Participate in business development activities, assisting in the creation of letters of response and technical proposals/presentations

What Does A Drainage Engineer Do At Stantec

* Assist in the design of stormwater management systems, storm drain systems, open channel conveyance, culvert analysis, bridge hydraulics and floodplain compensation.
* Assist in the production of contract roadway plans to be submitted to the FDOT, Florida’s Turnpike, and other municipalities.
* Assist in the compilation of permits and reports for approval by regulating agencies.
* Your Capabilities and Credentials
* Aminimum of 2 years of drainage design experience.
* Requires Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.
* Florida PE license a plus.
* Experience with FDOT drainage criteria preferred.
* Desirable candidate will have working knowledge of hydraulic modeling software such as HEC
* RAS, ICPR, ASAD and Geopak Drainage.
* Knowledge in Microstation/Geopak ideal.
* A working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel and Powerpoint

What Does A Drainage Engineer Do At Hanson Professional Services Inc.

* Prepare Phase 1 storm water management studies, including Location Drainage Studies, Hydraulic Reports, and conceptual drainage studies related to roadway improvements
* Responsible for design of permanent and temporary drainage (open and closed systems) on roadway projects
* Hydrologic and hydraulic analysis
* Storm water detention/retention design
* Erosion/sediment control and landscaping design
* Coordination of design with other disciplines on larger multi-disciplinary projects
* Utility coordination and permit development
* Quantity calculations, cost estimates, and special provision development
* Preparing and assembling plans and contract documents
* Managing technical tasks and design teams (including responsibilities for technical teams, budget, and schedule).
* This may include quality control reviews
* Estimating efforts for technical tasks
* Technical writing
* Construction observation
* Familiarity with green infrastructure research and design preferred, but not required
* Roadway design such as geometrics, roadside safety, sign and marking layout, and maintenance of traffic
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Drainage Engineer Do At Hatch

* Perform general civil engineering and design activities;
* Assist in the completion of assigned projects in areas of site drainage, municipal roads for infrastructure projects;
* Culvert and storm sewer system design and assessments;
* Preparation of drainage studies, drainage master plans, SWM reports, presentations, hydrology and hydraulic computer modeling;
* Preparation of reports, proposals, and other documentation for clients, review agencies, and the public; and
* Working collaboratively with the project managers and multi-discipline design teams;
* Assist technical staff with drainage designs, modeling and reports for public and private projects

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How To Become A Drainage 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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Drainage Engineer Demographics


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  • White

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  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese


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Real Drainage Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Transportation Drainage Engineer Ch2M Hill, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 25, 2016 $88,000
Drainage Engineer PB Americas, Inc. Tampa, FL Oct 01, 2010 $73,142
Drainage Engineer URS Corporation Tampa, FL Oct 22, 2008 $70,054
Drainage Engineer KFW Management, LLC San Antonio, TX Aug 30, 2014 $70,000
Civil/Drainage Engineer Sheladia Associates, Inc. Rockville, MD Jan 08, 2016 $65,000
Drainage Engineer T.Y. Lin International Tempe, AZ Oct 01, 2013 $65,000 -
Drainage Engineer T.Y. Lin International Tempe, AZ Mar 31, 2012 $65,000 -
Drainage Engineer Tylin International Tampa, FL Jan 23, 2010 $60,523
Drainage Engineer T.Y. Lin International Tampa, FL Jan 17, 2011 $60,320
Drainage Engineer T.Y. Lin International Tampa, FL Aug 13, 2011 $60,320
Drainage Engineer Tylin International Tempe, AZ Jul 26, 2010 $60,320

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Top Skills for A Drainage Engineer


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Top Drainage Engineer Skills

  1. Stormwater Calculations
  2. Highway Drainage Design
  3. Attenuation Pond Design
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Review and approval of shop drawings.
  • Performed pond design, storm sewer system layout, pond analysis and ICPR modeling.
  • Designed and permited stormwater management facilities in open and landlocked basins and the design of stormwater conveyance systems.
  • Review stormwater calculations for treatment, attenuation, TMDL loading and hydraulics.
  • Submit permit applications with water management districts and government agencies for review and approval.

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