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HNTB Inspection Team Leader in Chelmsford, Massachusetts

What We're Looking For

The time is right to join HNTB as Engineer III at our Chelmsford, MA office. This position will provide the opportunity to join a top caliber inspection team that currently works on several high-profile inspection contracts within MA; the Complex Bridge Inspection, MassDOT Tunnel Inspection/Rating, MBTA Bridge Inspection/Rating and MBTA Tunnel Inspection/Rating.

Candidates should be an experienced structural/bridge/tunnel engineer who meets the qualifications for a NBIS and NTIS inspection team leader. The primary responsibilities of this position are to lead and perform field inspections for complex bridges and tunnels and develop subsequent inspection reports based on the findings. Additional tasks may include performing structural analysis and design, load ratings, design/repair plan and specification development, and cost/quantity estimates. Candidates should be comfortable overseeing the work of junior staff members and have the ability to effectively communicate with internal and external colleagues at all levels.

Primary Focus Will Include:

  • Lead and perform field inspections of complex bridges and tunnels according to FHWA’s NBIS and NTIS as well as other state and federal standards.

  • Assist in the planning and scheduling of inspections including collaboration with local, state, and private agencies

  • Actively perform and oversee all aspects of the field activities and confirm the inspection is conducted in a highly detailed manner.

  • Identify and properly document critical findings during inspections.

  • Develop high quality and detailed inspection reports accurately depicting existing conditions and critical findings.

  • Develop condition quantities and repair costs for National Bridge Element Level and National Tunnel Element Level reporting.

  • Perform and review structural analysis, design and plans as needed.

  • Perform and review load rating analysis, calculation and report development as needed.

  • Assist in construction phase services such as submittal review and field support.

  • Provide technical guidance and oversight for staff throughout the project/task life.

  • Mentor junior staff in their development, particularly inspection team members.

  • Monitors quality and budget on all assigned tasks.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil or Structural Engineering from a 4-year accredited college/university.

  • 5 years minimum experience in bridge/tunnel inspection and/or load rating.

  • Active licensed Professional Engineer.

  • Successful completion of FHWA-NHI’s Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges course including 5-year refresher training as needed.

  • Successful completion of FHWA-NHI’s Tunnel Safety Inspection course including 5-year refresher training as needed.

  • Comfortable and physically capable working continuously on-site at heights, within confined spaces, over water, in adverse weather conditions and alongside active roadways/railways. Ability to operate specialized inspection access equipment and carry ladders and gear.

  • Experienced using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.) and engineering drafting software such as AutoCAD.

  • Strong technical writing skills.

  • Ability to travel throughout New England as needed.

  • Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bridge and tunnel inspection experience with local agencies such as MassDOT, MBTA, RIDOT, and CTDOT

  • Successful completion of FHWA-NHI’s Fracture Critical Inspection Techniques for Steel Bridges course.

  • Experience with MassDOT’s Bridge & Tunnel Management System (4D) database and other local/federal inspection reporting databases such as Bentley’s AssetWise.

  • Working knowledge of analysis, design and load rating software such as AASHTOWare’s BrR, Bentley’s STAAD Pro and/or SAP’s CSiBridge.

  • OSHA 10-hour construction safety certification.


  • Ensures accountability by holding oneself and others accountable to meet commitments.

  • Exhibits action orientation by calling upon prior experiences to take on new challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.

  • Communicates effectively by developing and delivering information that conveys a clear understanding of the project needs to external audiences.

  • Exhibits courage by stepping up to address difficult issues by saying what needs to be said.

  • Displays sound decision quality for processes and making timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward with consideration of how decisions affect other disciplines.

  • Directs work and provide technical oversight by delegating, guiding, and recommending solutions to remove obstacles.

  • Understands the impacts of decisions on technical production and work planning.

  • Prepares high quality deliverables that are on time, and within budget and scope.

What You'll Need

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Completes assigned work within the schedule and number of hours provided.

  • Assist in the development of project specifications.

  • Responsible for development of discipline specific engineering project elements/deliverables such as reports, designs, and plans.

  • Aids in the coordination and productivity of project team members.

  • Provides technical guidance to less experienced engineering project team members.

  • Works closely with other disciplines and on multi-discipline projects.

  • Performs quality control reviews of discipline - specific engineering project elements/deliverables.

  • Assists with coordination and planning of schedules, hours, and distribution of work within discipline.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and 4 years of relevant experience

  • Master’s degree in Engineering and 3 year of relevant experience

  • PhD in Engineering and 2 years of relevant experience


  • Enhances action orientation by taking on tough challenges in experienced areas with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.

  • Able to function in an independent fashion with infrequent oversight.

  • Collaborates to build partnerships and working with other departments to meet shared objectives.

  • Communicates effectively by developing and delivering communications that convey a clear understanding of the project need to other disciplines.

  • Displays sound decision quality for processes and making timely decisions that keep the project moving forward; applying sound engineering judgement.

  • Develops the technical skills of lower-level technical staff to meet both their career goals and the organization’s goals.

  • Directs work for self and others by planning, delegating, and providing direction. Seeks help when experiencing obstacles. Provides technical oversight to lower job classifications.

  • Demonstrates nimble learning through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning opportunities.

  • Uses resourcefulness in securing and deploying resources effectively and efficiently with support.

  • Drives self-development by actively seeking new ways to grow and be challenged both technically and in task leadership using both formal (courses) and informal (feedback) development channels.

  • Being tech savvy by showing proficiency in using and customizing tools for design efficiency on the job, understanding what software applications are needed to accomplish tasks, and knowing which software to use for various applications and its limitations. Comfortable learning new software and hardware.

  • Optimizes work processes by using knowledge of the most effective and efficient ways to get things done with a focus on continuous improvement.

  • Understands and is able to coordinate interdisciplinary efforts.

  • Independently progresses the majority of designs and tasks required of the discipline.

  • Exhibits experience with Microsoft Office Suite, and MicroStation and/or AutoCad.

  • Exhibits a thorough understanding of the application related to engineering, geometric and algebraic principles.

  • Manages time, proactively forecasting, and communicating project development needs.

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Job Type: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full time

Job Category: Engineering Group

ReqID: R-07798