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Sr. Utility Engineer

  • Job reference: NA-001831
  • Sector: Construction, Infrastructure, Power, Urban Development
  • 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 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.

The Atkins Consulting Services Group is seeking a highly motivated, detail oriented, self-starter to join our Houston, TX office as a Sr Utility Engineer.

The (Senior Engineer II) Senior Utility Coordination Project Manager in the Houston area will provide Utility Coordination, Subsurface Utility Engineering, and Project Management services to our clients. Responsibilities will include all aspects of Utility Coordination, Subsurface Utility Engineering, and Project Management services as well as Managing and developing personnel, Assist in developing uniform processes, procedures, systems, methods, and standards for project delivery, Marketing existing and potential clients, Developing and maintaining relationships with internal and external clients, Contribute and engage in the utility industry including participation in relevant conferences and technical committees

Typical Utility Coordination duties will include:
  • Identification of existing utilities
  • Establishing contact and rapport with the utility companies
  • Conducting utility coordination meetings
  • Preparing Reimbursable Utility Agreement packages
  • Managing Non-reimbursable utility adjustments for TxDOT projects
  • Overseeing staff in the preparation of Reimbursable Utility Agreement packages
  • Reviewing plans and estimates to evaluate compliance with guidelines, rules and regulations
  • Determining eligibility and betterment ratios; preparing documents required by 23 CFR Section 645
  • Conducting meetings with individual utility companies
  • Conducting on-site field visits
  • Working with major utility companies
  • Working with state agencies and municipalities
Typical Subsurface Utility Engineering duties will include:
  • Direct the collection and depiction of all levels SUE information in accordance with CI/ASCE 38-02
  • Interface with designers and various stakeholders to determine needs and provide expert recommendations
  • Identify utility owners and facilities
  • Obtaining existing utility information from various sources
  • Direct technical, field personnel, and subcontractors in the appropriate surface geophysical methods to designate subsurface utilities
  • Resolve differences between QL-A, QL-B, QL-C, and QL- D information
  • Develop conflict matrixes showing all possible utility conflicts
  • Organize and facilitate meetings with utility companies to discuss possible conflicts
  • Direct and oversee the development of QL-A test holes and data sheets
  • Oversee the production of deliverables for utility information including, CADD files, GIS files, Signed and Sealed Plan and Profile sheets, Signed and Sealed Test Hole Data Sheets
  • Collect and store information in asset management databases
Typical Project Management duties will include:
  • Coordinate and participates in contract negotiations with clients and subcontractors
  • Draft very complex professional service agreements, arranging for their review and execution by senior management
  • Conduct QCAP reviews of less complicated professional services agreements.
  • Direct project team compliance with contract terms
  • Monitor subcontractors' progress, performance and compliance with contractual commitments
  • Participate in contract dispute resolution and litigation concerning project performance, administration and other liability issues
  • Review and approve subconsultant and vendor invoices, and resolve payment disputes.
  • Develop, communicate and manage project quality assurance, administrative procedures, communication guidelines, project deliverable formats and specifications, and progress reporting requirements.
  • Monitor schedules, billings and reports;
  • Identify new business opportunities for the firm
  • Coordinate and participates in project presentations to clients and other external groups, and promotes firm's capabilities, marketing its services among existing and prospective clients.
  • Participate in project opportunity evaluation, consultant selection, and in the preparation of firm's qualification/experience statements.
  • Coordinate communications between internal and external associates and client, and between firm and regulatory agencies.
  • Maintain frequent contact with clients and regulatory agency personnel to determine their respective needs and
  • requirements, and serves as expert witness at project hearings and judicial proceedings if necessary.
  • Supervise other project managers, technical professionals and other design staff including managing project workload and manpower forecasting.
  • Conduct project management training workshops and serves as mentor to associate project managers and project managers.
  • Monitor and reports financial status of projects to technical managers.

  • B.S. or M.S. in Engineering. M.S. or graduate level technical coursework preferred. This level may be achieved by Engineers with seven years of experience since B.S. or 6 years since M.S. Typical incumbent has ten to fourteen years of experience.
  • Strong Communication and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to work in a safe and efficient manner at all times.
  • Knowledge of 3-D Modeling and MicroStation preferred
  • Public Utility Experience preferred
  • P.E. license is required.
  • TxDOT and Municipal Utility Coordination experience.
  • Be pre-certified or have the ability to become pre-certified within 3 months with TxDOT to perform SUE services.

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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