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Highway Engineer Senior - Statewide

Nature of Work
The Highway Engineer Senior will serve as Regional Maintenance Engineer for multiple districts located in southern West Virginia to provide professional engineering services in planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operations of highway and their attendant facilities and structures. Will provide professional engineering services and assistance to District Maintenance Engineers, Maintenance Assistants, and Supervisors in the accomplishment of statewide maintenance activities. Will review and analyze maintenance practices and standards for change and/or improvement as indicated. Will prepare and provide reports for upper management. Will develop and implement working policies and procedures in areas including Building and Grounds. Pavement Management, Maintenance Management, Disaster Response, materials and services contracts, new programs and any other special projects. May investigate and respond to citizen’s complaints and requests. Assist in administration of the Snow Removal and Ice Control (SRIC) program and Core Maintenance Plans and review, Herbicide Program, Adopt A Highway Program, Operation Wildflower Program, Make It Shine Program, wvOASIS TOM Team, and property management requests. Knowledge of modern design, construction, maintenance, planning, and management methods is required with the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, Experience in highway maintenance operations is preferred. Close coordination and maintain effective working relationships with other Division of Highways (DOH) divisions and districts, and outside agencies is required. Field work and frequent travel are required, including overnight stays. 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 towards many statewide programs. Perform related duties as required. Ability to work in inclement weather and adverse conditions will be required.

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 of the laws, policies and regulations governing the area of assignment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of internal policies, procedures, and practices of the Department.
  • Knowledge of the accumulated findings in the area of assignment.
  • 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.
  • Seven (7) 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 professional highway 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.