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Highway Designer

  • Job reference: NA-002456
  • Sector: Roads & Bridges, Transportation
  • Location: Denver
SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business was ranked as the world’s 11th largest global design firm by ENR in 2016 with nearly 18,000 employees worldwide. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

Atkins seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Highway Group in our Denver, CO office as a Highway Designer.


Come be a part of a dynamic design group that is involved with the largest and highest profile CDOT and local agency projects and programs in Colorado. We work with CDOT, Central Federal Lands, City & County of Denver, Longmont, Commerce City, Louisville, Arvada, Douglas County, Parker, City of Boulder, Boulder County, Greeley, and Ft. Collins and many Federal agencies and Armed Forces.

Provide design, production and coordination of construction plans and drawings in support of engineering or architectural project(s). Selects and recommends design procedures.


Typical duties may involve, depending on service, conceptual and final design of utilities, grading, pavement and drainage, electrical diagrams or mechanical details for structures or bridges, roadway alignment, architectural details, sanitary sewer pump station or water & sewer systems/treatment plant design, etc.

Reads and interprets survey data, legal description, government standards and codes, and applies to design.

Performs calculations, utilizing knowledge of algebra, geometry and trigonometry as required.

Develops and lays out conceptual designs for proposals to be reviewed by senior technical professional or project manager for conformance with specifications and client requirements.

Develops and lays out final plan designs on assigned project or portions of projects.

Performs designs utilizing CAD.

Develops sections of projects or details for construction projects.

May prepare plans, specifications, cost estimates and permit applications.

Maintains good knowledge of governmental regulations, codes and ordinances and applies them to plans, as needed.

May prepare CAD working drawings for interiors.

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


Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Architecture or equivalent technical discipline plus five years' experience, or Associate's degree plus a minimum of twelve years' progressive drafting and design experience, including at least four as a Designer, or HS diploma (or equivalent) plus a minimum of fifteen years progressive drafting and design experience, including at least seven as a Designer.


No registration required; however, incumbent should be seeking applicable registration if movement onto the Engineering or Architecture career path is contemplated.


Microstation SS4 required. AutoCAD Civil 3D preferred, but not required.

Organized and self motivated.

Experience with CDOT standards and able to adapt to multiple local agency standards.

Good technical writing and communication skills.

Job requires ability to process paper/electronic documents and operate computer equipment. Ability to communicate effectvely and work under the pressure of multiple deadlines. Ability to interpret data, conceptualize ideas, and prepare designs.

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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