Bridge Engineer (Engineer-Bridge)

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 9/19/2022

The City of Portland is hiring a Bridge Engineer within the Portland Bureau of Transportation! Bridge Engineers perform advanced professional engineering assignments. Work is completed by using individual creativity and initiative, while also collaborating and problem solving with planning, engineering, and maintenance team members on unusual or complex projects. The core of the work is design and inspection of bridges and retaining walls, and reviews of public works and private development structures.

About the Bureau:
The Portland Bureau of Transportation is a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage, and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides people and businesses access and mobility. We keep Portland moving. For more information about the Portland Bureau of Transportation, please visit Transportation | The Portland Bureau of Transportation embraces diversity, models inclusivity, and promotes equity through its service delivery, internal operations, organizational culture, and in its work with partners and the community.

What you’ll get to do:
  • Perform engineering for major capital construction and/or maintenance programs.
  • Design review of engineering plans and drawings.
  • Collaborate with drafting staff in preparing complete sets of final plans and details.
  • Serve as project engineer and perform construction management work on various engineering and construction projects.
  • Build relationships and communicate in a positive and effective way with professional engineers, design professionals, contractors, members of the public as well as other design, review, maintenance and construction groups within the City of Portland.
  • Investigate customer requests and complaints and explains findings to customers.
  • Coordinate major construction projects with other bureaus and agencies and represents the bureau on multi-jurisdictional projects.
  • Attend public meetings to present project plans and develop consensus.
Who you are:
  • Problem Solver: You can identify problems early and value collaboration. You utilize active listening and effective communication and facilitation skills in working with others to find resolutions.
  • Excellent Communicator: You are a strong communicator to both technical and non-technical individuals, and proficient verbally and in writing.
  • Innovative: You have an aptitude for continuous improvement and can excel in change management. You’ve demonstrated the ability to remain flexible, agile, and calm in a high paced environment that relies on quick and stable decision making.
  • Relationship Builder: An outgoing professional who values building trust, partnerships, and relationships to support an inclusive culture and accomplish objectives more effectively.

To assist you in understanding this position and the recruitment process, we have recorded an Optional Information Session that will provide you with details about the position and about the application process.



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City of Portland Core Values:
Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility
These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, all City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is required for all positions at the City of Portland. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required by date of hire. You may request an exception, for health or religious reasons, from getting the COVID-19 vaccine at the time a position is offered.

Work Location
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed as a remote/onsite mix. In the future, these positions: 1) may remain as a remote/onsite mix or 2) revert to full-time at a city work location.The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
  1. Experience applying the principles of bridge and structural engineering to the design, construction, maintenance, and/or inspections of structures in the right-of-way.
  2. Knowledge of principles and practices of earthquake engineering.
  3. Experience designing, reviewing, and evaluating bridge, retaining wall, foundation and/or shoring construction documents for accuracy and compliance with state and local laws and regulations Such As: the AASHTO Design Codes.
  4. Experience inspecting the construction of bridges and/or retaining walls.
  5. Ability to communicate scientific and technical matters, both orally and in writing, to non-technical individuals, including policy makers and the public.
  6. Ability to engage in problem solving and conflict resolution; to represent the City; and to partner effectively with citizens and construction professionals.
Applicant Must Also Possess:
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.
  • A valid state driver's license and acceptable driving record at time of hire.
  • A certification of registration as a Professional Civil or Structural Engineer. If certification is from a state other than Oregon, must obtain a State of Oregon registration as a Professional Civil or Structural Engineer within 6 months of the date of hire.

An evaluation of each applicant’s training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and cover letter, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

**PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

Recruitment Timeline
Job Posting closes: Monday, October 10, 2022
Applications Reviewed: Week of October 10, 2022
Eligible List / Notices Generated: Week of October 17, 2022
1st Round of Interviews: Early November
Job Offer: Late November
*Timeline is approximate and subject to change

Applicants must submit a professional resume and responses to the supplemental questions online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

  • Your résumé and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the “To Qualify” section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.
  • Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis: Please note per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law your salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.
Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted. Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Language Pay Differential
City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a “language pay differential.” This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skill to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.

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Contact Information:
TroyLynn Craft
Senior Recruiter

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Listing Type
Engineering | Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Full Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$108,992.00 - $132,475.20 Annually
Salary Type

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