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Entry-Level Civil Engineer-Aviation

  • Job reference: NA-001160
  • Sector: Aviation
  • Location: Nashville
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It's about the experience.

The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.
Bill Gates
The same can be said of the airports in which they land. Because no matter what happens between here, there and everywhere, it’s about the experience.

It’s our job to understand the pressures and challenges that airlines and airports face.

Passenger experience–Passengers’ travel habits are changing, along with security procedures. Passengers need to feel they’re valued and not shepherded through a process. Airports and airlines need to update aging facilities to provide access to technology, i.e., wireless access, charging areas, increased amenities post-security, and improve wayfinding for smoother passenger flow. The ability to create spaces and systems that are functional, easy to use and pleasing to passengers is essential.

Technology–As technologies evolve, airports are constantly making changes to security systems, baggage handling, and ticketing systems. We’re on top of the latest technologies, and their impact on existing infrastructure, i.e. power, cooling, structure.

Sustainability–Airports are increasingly striving to be “green” in construction and operations. We understand how designs can impact “green” operations.

A combination of left and right-brain thinking drives our holistic approach.

From strategic planning through to concept and detailed design, our portfolio features marquis projects at significant airports in the U.S. and around the world. We’re known for architectural design excellence on projects which are also highly functional and maintainable, and successfully integrate complex infrastructure. Our portfolio includes LEED® certified projects, an increasing focus at airports world-wide. We’re recognized for leading-edge use of BIM technology.

Successful and compelling aviation architecture balances efficient, secure, and safe airport operations with an excellent passenger experience, sustainability, and revenue generation. Our architects and engineers are passionately committed to providing creative, functional, and efficient designs.

Making a positive impact on the built and natural environment takes more than just skill - it takes heart. If you put your heart into everything you do, come join our team.

Atkins seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Aviation East team as a Entry-Level Aviation Civil Engineer working out of either our Nashville, TN office. The Tennessee Aviation teams are looking for a candidate willing to work under the supervision of senior engineering staff to deliver design drawings for aviation related projects. Our team manages a diverse range of airside and landside projects through design and construction. Under supervision, performs routine engineering work while developing professional proficiency for various airport related projects. On design assignments, works to learn how to clearly convey the design intent through engineering drawings and specifications. On assignments involving investigations and planning, works to learn the fundamentals of engineering processes and to apply them successfully to operating systems. On assignments involving construction activities, works to develop an understanding of construction methods and the translation of engineering drawings and specifications into the constructed product. Upholds engineering ethics and standards of conduct.


Performs work which involves conventional types of aviation engineering plans, investigations, surveys, structures or equipment, to carry out diversified aviation engineering projects or phases of a single project with relatively few complex features and requiring the use of analysis, interpretation, and deductive reasoning.

Applying Civil Engineering design standards and techniques to general civil, transportation and aviation projects on airports.

We are heavy Autodesk Civil 3D users and the applicant should expect to spend a majority of their time designing projects in Civil 3D.

Assists in the planning, design, and production of engineering drawings. May supervise the production of these drawings. Carries out specific assignments in preparing and assembling specifications.

Participates in conducting engineering investigations and planning work by completing well-defined tasks. These tasks may include collection and analysis of data using established procedures, performance of routine calculations, and participation in evaluating the feasibility of alternate solutions.

Prepares assigned sections of reports working under the close review of a more experienced professional.

Participates on projects involving construction activities by reviewing shop drawings for conformance with easily interpreted specifications; assists in recordkeeping and in generating progress reports; observes relatively simple construction procedures, and collects samples for quality control testing.

Performs data acquisition and analysis, researching the feasibility of alternative design approaches, site conditions, and/or regulatory agency specifications or regulations.

Prepares material for reports and permit applications, gathering information, writing rough outline, and/or preparing work progression documents and graphic presentations.

Performs engineering calculations.

Performs field observations of construction where appropriate.

Performs such other duties as the supervisor may from time to time deem necessary.


B.S. in Engineering. Minimal experience is required of incumbents with a Bachelor's Degree in a branch of Engineering directly related to hiring discipline; no experience required with a Master's degree.

Technical writing, computer and communications skills required.

AutoCAD and Civil 3D skills are preferred.

E.I. or EIT desired.

Ability to work in a large interdisciplinary team.

Ability and/or willingness to do short-term travel assignments a plus.

Candidates should have an interest in aviation and be willing to learn aviation codes and standards.



Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

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