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    Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has Civil Engineer (Construction) positions available in the Western Federal Lands Highway Division (WFLHD). Projects occur primarily on Federal Lands managed by other Federal agencies (e.g., National Park Service & U.S. Forest Service) & include multi-state areas.

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    As a Civil Engineer (Highway) Construction at the mid-level, you will:

    • Provides on-site administration of construction contracts. Ensures projects are constructed according to plans and specifications. Administers projects by providing engineering guidance to the contractor, the client agency, and other project personnel.
    • Ensures engineering and technical specification requirements are met and work is accomplished according to the contract documents. Determines the need for and issues directives to the contractor as provided for in the contract and in conformance with Division policies and procedures. Foresees possible problems and takes appropriate action.
    • Oversees a range of assigned activities such as materials testing, project schedule, progress estimates, surveys, traffic control, environmental controls, and construction methods. Makes recommendations to the project engineer if construction methods and safety measures do not comply with the contract. Determines the acceptability and quality of the day-to-day work. Documents daily activities and ensures project files are kept up-to-date and complete.
    • Identifies possible changes needed and obtains field data as needed. Prepares contract modifications and, as approved by the project engineer, issues directives and contract modifications. Develops independent government estimates and drafts contract modification documents, including pre-negotiation memorandums and negotiation memorandums. Prepares on-site correspondence.
    • Carries out the day-to-day project activity and coordinates with contractor staff, co-workers, partner or cooperating agency representatives, State and county officials, local municipalities, property owners, local utilities, and other interested parties, and resolves issues and problems that arise. Maintains public relations through contacts at the local level.

    The ideal candidate for this position is an engineer with experience serving as a project engineer responsible for ensuring compliance with contract specifications, providing guidance and technical direction, and providing construction operations input.

    Projects involve critical engineering constraints, strong public interest, environmental or other constraints, and many specialty design items and/or critical time frames.  The employee applies technical expertise in highway design to address context-sensitivity, sustainability, and livability issues, including safety, economics, environmental issues, and impacts to local landowners.  At the senior level, mentors, trains, and assists in the distribution of project work tasks to other designers on the team and assists in quality control on design work products. As assigned, may be a Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) responsible for managing Architect-Engineer (A/E) Consultant task orders or reimbursable agreements.


    This establishes an open continuous not to exceed (NTE) 5 months vacancy announcement for Civil Engineer (Highway Construction) and we will review applications on as needed basis. This announcement may close earlier. 

    Travel Required

    75% or less - Travel is required for this position

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0810 Civil Engineering

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/592508100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.