Engineer Senior Structure & Bridge

Application ends: September 14, 2025
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Job Description

Title: Engineer Senior Structure & Bridge
State Role Title: Architect Engineer II
Hiring Range: $82,448- $133,978
Pay Band: 6
Agency: VA Dept of Transportation
Location: Salem District Office
Agency Website:
Recruitment Type: General Public – G
Job Duties
What Drives You? VDOT is driven by safety, service to the community, and commitment of excellence! If you are an experienced professional engineer driven by innovation and a passion to design complex bridges and structures, we want you to join our Salem District District Structure & Bridge Section team! As an Engineer Senior Structure & Bridge, you will serve as responsible-charge engineer in the evaluation, designing, checking, and drafting of complex bridges and ancillary structures for new construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation projects. Core responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to: Design, Analyze, & Check Structural Elements: Prepare preliminary and final bridge and structure designs for new construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation projects. Prepare bridge plans, sketches, and structural drawings. Ensure plans meet AASHTO and VDOT specifications. Investigate condition of existing structures. Analyze structures for safe load carrying capacity and perform structural calculations to ensure soundness and compliance of structural elements. Project Management: Serve as project manager for new bridge design and bridge rehabilitation projects. Ensure effective development of bridge projects by coordinating design activities with other sections, divisions, and consultants. Assist in the development of scopes of work, develop and manage project schedules, review proposals and manhours, assist with negotiations, and coordinate activities for advertisement. Attend project meetings. Project Team Participation: Lead or participate project teams as assigned. Ensure timely communications between project team members and stakeholders. Review and resolve challenges to enhance team performance. Technical Guidance & Support: Provide technical guidance and support related to bridge construction activities, issues, and problems. Develop effective and economical recommendations to respond to construction problems and other bridge-related inquiries. We are a “Virginia Values Veterans” (V3) official certified company and state agency that provides hiring preference to Veterans and Members of the Virginia National Guard in support of Executive Order 29, (2010). If you are a Veteran or Virginia National Guard Member, we urge you to respond accordingly on your state application. VDOT is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit “Information for VDOT Employees and Applicants” at: We have Shared Values and a Code of Ethics. Your success in our organization depends upon modelling these values, therefore visit to review them and, if in agreement, we welcome you to apply.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience applying civil engineering principles and practices related to structural engineering to include strength of materials, statics, and structural analysis
Experience in structural steel design, reinformed and prestressed concrete design and soil mechanics
Knowledge of specifications, codes and regulations related to structural design (e.g. AASHTO and LRFD structural design standards)
Skill in the use of computers and software applications to include automated engineering and design software
Ability to manage projects and review and administer consultant design contracts
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with internal and external customers
Ability to estimate quantities and cost of materials
Ability to produce structural design plans and notes
Ability to interpret construction plans and design specifications
Degree in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, or related field
Valid Professional Engineer license
Valid driver’s license required.

Additional Considerations

Experience in the structural analysis and rating of existing bridges and sign/signal structures
Experience in the bridge design using AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications
Experience in bridge repair and rehabilitation
Demonstrated ability to independently plan, coordinate, design, review, or supervise the design of complex bridge structures and manage consultant contracts
Strong project management skills and familiarity with database management and/or macros.

Special Instructions
You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your account to check the status of your application for this position.
Fingerprint based background check, references, work history, and DMV records will be verified prior to employment. Must possess a valid Driver’s License. Will be required to work to support emergency operations outside of normal work schedule. Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. H1B VISA Sponsorship is not available. Once on board, this position may be eligible for telework opportunities; availability, hours, and duration of telework shall be approved as outlined in the Commonwealth telework policy. VDOT utilizes a market-based pay program, which has been approved by DHRM. Therefore, advertised rates of pay may or may not align with the Commonwealth pay bands.

****This position is eligible for an employee referral bonus. This is for internal VDOT employees only. Bonus of $1500.00 over the span of one year and the employee’s name must be on the application in order to be eligible.

Contact Information
Name: Donna Fizer
Phone: 540-494-9465

In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their AHP Letter (formerly COD) provided by the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Service-Connected Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their AHP Letter. Requesting an AHP Letter can be found at AHP Letter or by calling DARS at 800-552-5019.
Note: Applicants who received a Certificate of Disability from DARS or DBVI dated between April 1, 2022- February 29, 2024, can still use that COD as applicable documentation for the Alternative Hiring Process.

Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer