Highway Engineer - Statewide
Nature of Work
The Highway Engineer performs professional engineering work in the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of highways and their attendant facilities and structures. Work is performed within a defined framework of policy, but the incumbent independently makes engineering decisions within that framework and may make or assist in making broad decisions in setting objectives and goals.
This incumbent will serve as Section Head of the Pavement Management Section in Operations Division, as well as State Pavement Engineer. This position will be responsible for maintaining the state Pavement Management System (PMS), developing and implementing working policies and procedures in pavement management, pavement preservation, new programs, and any special projects as assigned. The incumbent will be responsible for collecting, processing, and maintaining data for use in the Pavement Management System as per the Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP). The incumbents will also assist in: analyzing pavement data and creating management reports from said data, creating web based applications, collecting field asset data, and other duties as may be assigned.
This position is assigned to the Operations Division located in Charleston, West Virginia, but the reporting location can be accommodated in an office location outside of Charleston.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
• Supervises section activities and personnel in engineering and non-engineering areas
• Visits projects and makes on-site engineering decisions
• Trains and evaluates personnel to ensure quality work
• Plans, schedules, and coordinates the activities of subordinate personnel
• Reviews on-going work at major decision points with regard to problems or alternatives under consideration at that time
• Investigates and responds to citizen complaints or requests
• Represents the Department at internal and external meetings
• Serves as a senior level professional with recognized expertise which may include papers and/or credits published in nationally recognized transportation literature; presentations to national, regional or State professional groups, active membership in recognized national organizations or professional groups dealing with transportation engineering or other demonstrated expertise in a transportation engineering specialty such as concrete, steel, bituminous materials, environmental measurements, geotechnical evaluations, instrumental analysis, computer application, structural analysis, electronics, metallography, corrosion, welding and mathematical analysis, transportation systems analysis, route location, project evaluation, transportation planning, design, pavement, hydraulics, and other related fields
• Travel may be required, therefore; a valid driver’s license may be required
Required Skills and Knowledge
• Knowledge of the current principles, methods, and practices of civil engineering, including registration as a professional engineer
• Knowledge and understanding of internal policies, procedures and practices of the Department
• Knowledge of engineering research techniques.
• Ability to supervise and plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the activities of professional engineering staff
• Ability to establish effective working relationships with districts, divisions, industry, governmental units, public interest groups, and individuals
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
• Ability to conduct successful applied research in a specialized branch of transportation engineering
• Ability to write professional quality papers, reports, research studies, and projects
Required Education and Experience
- Current license as a registered professional engineer in West Virginia.
- Six (6) years of professional highway engineering experience involving the design, construction, or maintenance of highways.
- Substitution: Master of Science degree in civil engineering from a regionally accredited college or university may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.
- Substitution: Non-highway professional engineering experience may be substituted for the highway engineering experience at the rate of two (2) years of general experience for one (1) year of highway related experience.
Note: Experience must have been acquired after obtainment of bachelor’s degree but may have occurred before or after registration as a professional engineer.