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Senior Coastal Engineer

  • Job reference: NA-002552
  • Sector: Environment, Marine & Coastal, Water
  • Location: Houston
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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 3rd largest global design firm by ENR in 2018 with nearly 55,000 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.

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Houston, Texas Coastal Team as a Senior Coastal Engineer.


Under direction, applies full competency in conventional engineering work and broad knowledge of precedents in specialty area. On design assignments, understands how to clearly convey the design intent to engineering drawings and specifications. On assignments involving engineering investigations and planning work, has a firm grasp of the fundamentals of engineering processes and their application to operating systems. 

The successful candidate will have a P.E. and 7 to 10 years’ experience with coastal, marine and dredging projects with an understanding of coastal environmental issues. Candidates should have a M.S. degree in Coastal, Civil or Environmental Engineering. Responsibilities for the position includes providing the expertise of a seasoned coastal engineer to all conventional aspects of coastal engineering projects and applies advanced concepts and techniques to engineering problems. 

  • Performs project design, sketching design concepts to be developed by junior engineers
  • Plans and reviews production of plans and specifications, investigations and studies
  • Develops and evaluates plans and criteria for new projects, weighing alternatives and selecting the most cost-effective solution
  • Analyze technical problems, asses feasibility and devises new approaches and alternative solutions
  • Analyze project dimension and scope
  • Prepares cost and manpower estimates, schedules and budgets
  • Coordinates work with project manager and guides junior staff and technical personnel
  • Responsible for maintaining quality standards and quality control


  • B.S. or M.S. in Coastal or Ocean Engineering, M.S. is preferred. 
  • This level may be achieved by Engineers with four years' experience since B.S.; three years experience since M.S. Incumbents typically have six to ten years' experience since Bachelor's degree.
  • The ideal candidate would have 7-10 years’ experience in execution of coastal engineering/ restoration project planning, design, permitting, construction and monitoring. 
  • Experience with inlet maintenance, sand bypassing and port and harbor engineering a plus. 


  • P.E. license is required.


  • Excellent interpersonal, technical writing and communications skills with a proven track record in successful execution of all phases of coastal engineering/restoration projects including, planning, design, permitting, construction and monitoring. Understanding of client relationships and project funding mechanisms, policies and local approval processes a plus. 
  • May be eligible to receive project management training.

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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