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Become A Highway Engineer

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Working As A Highway Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $67,561

    Average Salary

What Does A Highway Engineer Do At Parsons Corporation

* Independently develops and/or supervises the **creation ofroadway plansthat** **meet NCDOT requirements** .
* Typical products may include detailed calculations, drawings, procurement documents.
* Provides support for other engineering activities as required.
* May supervise one or more subordinates and provide input regarding performance.
* May be assigned to a project or organizational team, or as a lead engineer for a specific discipline on a small to intermediate-size project.
* Provides input and technical guidance to CAD Designer/Drafters, Designers, and lower-level Engineers working on the same project.
* Performs other responsibilities associated with this position as may be appropriate

What Does A Highway Engineer Do At Gannett Fleming, Inc.

* In this role you will have the opportunity to work with experienced transportation project managers and engineers responsible for providing design services for a wide variety of projects, including roadway and intersection improvements, drainage and grading improvements, transit facilities, highways and interchanges.
* Under close supervision, you will perform the following duties:
* Engineering analysis and design/checking design calculations
* Perform/checking drainage design
* Technical report writing
* Preparation of drawings using Microstation software
* Preparation of project modelling using InRoads
* Checking of drawings
* Minimum Qualifications
* Must be a recent or upcoming graduate of a 4-year Civil Engineering degree program
* EIT preferred
* A focus or coursework related to roadway, transportation, or drainage preferred
* Prior engineering related internships or similar experience is preferred; will consider up to 4 years of experience
* Hands on experience with engineering software such as Microstation/InRoads and/or AutoCAD is desirable
* Strong written and verbal communications skills required
* Life at Gannett Fleming
* At Gannett Fleming, we believe in improving the lives of the people we serve.
* We believe in innovation and social responsibility.
* We believe in the diversity of our team and the creative solutions they provide.
* We believe in embracing change and emerging technologies while maintaining an unmatched standard of quality.
* We believe in creating an environment where employees can thrive at home and at work.
* We believe in engaging our employees, building lasting relationships with our clients, and, in turn, making a difference in the world.
* Gannett Fleming is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer, including veterans and disability status.
* Gannett Fleming Inc. will not sponsor an employment visa (e.g., H
* B visa), including any visa renewal during employment, for any candidate for this position.
* No relocation assistance will be provided for this position.
* Local residents will be given preference.
* NO AGENCIES PLEASE: Unsolicited resumes from third party agencies will not be accepted.
* Location: Pittsburgh, PA
* Working Hours: 8 AM – 5 PM
* Employment Status: Full
* Time
* Internal Requisition ID: 2017

What Does A Highway Engineer Do At WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff

* Work on all aspects of transportation design projects from conceptual and preliminary engineering to final design
* Coordinate the planning and execution of project tasks, coordinate with project staff, schedule production and work efficiently
* Work on a Design/Build projects
* Work with project team to produce plans, specifications, and estimate (PS&E) bid packages;
* Maintain positive team and client relationships
* Assist and develop design with key transportation staff
* Assist with strategic planning efforts
* Other duties as assigned
* 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.
* At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base.
* Your daily contributions to your team will be a key piece in our meeting client objectives, goals and challenges, you ready to get started?
* WSP is an Equal Opportunity Employer EOE / Veteran/ Disability/ Gender (M
* F)/Gender Identity/ Sexual Orientation
* WSP will not sponsor an employment visa (e.g., H
* B visa, etc) to fill this position

What Does A Highway Engineer Do At Kiewit Corporation

* Manage multiple technical teams working on pursuit and final design projects
* Perform technical review of design deliverables ensuring them meet project requirements
* Mentor junior staff with technical and professional development
* Design quality management plan champion for the civil design team
* Develop project budgets, schedules and staffing plans for KIE final design projects
* Assist senior management team in project selection and, technical risk assessment

What Does A Highway Engineer Do At S&B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd.

May provide coordination or some technical guidance to less experienced designers, specialists and engineers

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How To Become A Highway 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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Highway Engineer Demographics


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  • Hispanic or Latino

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Languages Spoken

  • Uyghur

  • Chinese

  • Dari

  • Persian

  • Spanish

  • Dakota

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Real Highway Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Highway Engineer The Louis Berger Group, Inc. Morristown, NJ May 11, 2015 $103,834
Lead Highway Engineer Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. Tempe, AZ Dec 29, 2012 $94,099
Highway Engineer Hardesty & Hanover, LLP New York, NY Mar 07, 2011 $92,820
Highway Engineer PB Americas, Inc. Newark, NJ Sep 23, 2010 $85,974
Highway Engineer PB Americas, Inc. Dallas, TX Nov 01, 2009 $79,456
Highway Engineer PB Americas, Inc. (A Division of Parsons Brinkerho Dallas, TX Sep 14, 2009 $79,456
Highway Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Dallas, TX Dec 01, 2016 $77,750
Transportation Highway Engineer In Training Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Dallas, TX Apr 01, 2016 $73,254
Highway Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 23, 2013 $73,000
Highway Engineer Sabra, Wang & Associates, Inc. Baltimore, MD Mar 01, 2011 $70,720
Highway Engineer URS Corporation Dallas, TX Nov 08, 2016 $70,648 -
Highway Engineer URS Corporation Dallas, TX Aug 11, 2016 $70,648 -
Hmld On Highway CPE Engineer Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Jul 28, 2015 $70,400 -
Hmld ATI On Highway Engineer-Senior Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Aug 18, 2015 $70,400 -
Civil/Highway Engineer Tuhin Basu & Associates, Inc. Baltimore, MD Jan 10, 2011 $68,000
Hmld ATI Off-Highway Engineer Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Oct 01, 2014 $67,122 -
Hmld ATI On-Highway Engineer Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Mar 24, 2014 $67,122 -
Highway Engineer Sabra, Wang & Associates, Inc. Baltimore, MD Jan 02, 2012 $64,875
Highway Engineer Gannett Fleming New York, NY Nov 02, 2014 $61,526 -
Highway Engineer In Training (EIT) HDR Engineering, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 10, 2015 $61,360
Highway Engineer Gannett Fleming, Inc. New York, NY Nov 12, 2012 $61,298 -
Hmld ATI On-Highway Engineer Cummins Inc. Columbus, IN Sep 03, 2014 $61,000 -
Highway Engineer In Training (EIT) HDR Engineering, Inc. Dallas, TX Oct 01, 2013 $61,000

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Top Skills for A Highway Engineer


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Top Highway Engineer Skills

  1. Drainage Design
  2. Roadway Alignment
  3. Construction Cost Estimates
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Determined appropriate application for technical methodologies and verified jurisdiction requirements for highway and drainage design projects.
  • Profiled roadway alignments, calculation of quantities for engineering estimates.
  • Provided bid documents preparation such as specifications and construction cost estimates.
  • Prepared price and technical proposals for highway design projects.
  • Undertake roadside safety analysis, geometric design, and drainage design quantity calculations.

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