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Senior CAD Designer Civil 3D-Aviation

  • Job reference: NA-001256
  • Sector: Aviation
  • Location: Atlanta
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 Atlanta, GA office as a Senior CAD Designer Civil 3D. The Atkins Atlanta Aviation group is seeking an experience Civil 3D designer to help with our airport design, plan and production workload. In addition to managing plan production for Aviation projects, this person will conduct independent design work on Civil 3D.


Performs varied and highly complex Civil 3D and AutoCAD drafting, drawing production and independent Civil 3D design work.

Incumbents at this level regularly exercise judgment and exhibit a high degree of sophistication and expertise both in design work and equipment knowledge and utilization.

Work involves analytical ability for handling technical details, such a using mathematical formulas, interpreting semi-complex ordinances and specifications, and analyzing design requirements.

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.


College degree in related technical field.

CAD training required.

Generally requires minimum eight years of related experience in a combination of technician and/or CAD technician or designer positions.

May also require experience in the particular discipline supported.

Strong knowledge of sat and local codes and ordinances, design inputs codes and standards.

Good interpersonal skills and capable of developing technical writing, and communications skills.

AutoCAD skills are desired for this position.

Other CAD platforms may provide useful background, however, the majority of the work to be completed will be in AutoCAD.

Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite preferred.

Work with Google Earth, GIS, and other software pertaining to maps and design are considered beneficial.

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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