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Olsson Senior Civil Engineer - Bridge Structural in Des Moines, Iowa

Company Description

We are Olsson, a team-based, purpose-driven engineering and design firm. Our solutions improve communities and our people make it possible.

Our most meaningful asset is our people, and we are dedicated to providing an environment where they can continue to learn, grow, and thrive. Our entrepreneurial spirit is what has allowed us — and will continue to allow us — to grow. The result? Inspired people, amazing designs, and projects with purpose.

Job Description

Olsson is looking for a motivated senior-level structural bridge engineer to join our Bridge team as a Senior Engineer. Our Bridge group works on a wide range of projects including bridge and retaining walls, dams, storm and traffic structures, inspections, rehabilitations, load ratings, and assisting with construction engineering services. We facilitate designs on transportation projects that include grade separations, interchanges, and stream crossings for public and private clients throughout the Midwest. You will be able to collaborate with roadway, traffic, geotechnical, and hydraulic engineers on projects that make a positive impact in our community while simultaneously offering you the ability to grow and develop a wide array of skills.

In this influential role, you will lead technical excellence, serving as the lead engineer and trusted advisor on intricate projects. Your responsibilities will extend to providing high-level technical design, overseeing quality assurance/control, and managing projects with a keen eye on scope, schedule, and budget. You will not only review contracts and champion efficiency in producing top-notch work but will also curate technical resources, fostering an environment of continuous improvement. There will also be opportunity to provide guidance to less experienced staff, contribute to team building, and engage in client relations.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provides high-level project design and review of project documents and design quality for complex projects.

  • Serves as a technical specialist, applying advanced engineering concepts and developing approaches to solve for complexities.

  • Performs QA/QC and ensures delivery of completed designs meets quality standards and project objectives.

  • Conducts research in areas of considerable scope and complexity.

  • Advises and directs staff on design approaches to fulfill project requirements.

  • Works collaboratively to promote efficiencies and produce high quality work.

  • Contributes to the development of standards and/or guidelines for engineering activities within the team.

  • Supervises, mentors, and reviews technical assignments of less experienced staff.

We have one current opening and will consider candidates interested in being located out of our Des Moines, IA or Lincoln, NE or Omaha, NE office location.


You are passionate about:

  • Working collaboratively with others.

  • Having ownership in the work you do.

  • Using your talents to positively affect communities.

You bring to the team:


  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal.

  • Ability to contribute and work well on a team.

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with a structural emphasis or closely related field.

  • 8+ years of relevant engineering experience.

  • Must be a registered Professional Engineer (PE).

  • Experience designing prestressed concrete and steel girder bridges.

  • Experience managing project scope, schedule, and budget.

  • Valid driver's license with a good driving history.


  • Experience with AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design.

  • Experience with bridge analysis and design programs (LARSA, LEAP Bridge Expertise, Lpile, SPColumn, or MDX).

  • Experience with Iowa DOT or other state DOT Bridge Projects.

  • Experience with MicroStation design software.

Additional Information

Olsson is a nationally recognized, employee-owned firm specializing in planning and design, engineering, field services, environmental, and technology. Founded in 1956 on the very mindset that drives us today, we’re here to improve communities by making them more sustainable, better connected, and more efficient. Simply put, we work to leave the world better than we found it.

As an Olsson employee, you’ll receive our traditional benefits package (health care, vision, dental, paid time off, etc.), plus you’ll:

  • Become an owner in the company after your first year through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

  • Engage in work that has a positive impact in communities

  • Receive an excellent 401(k) match

  • Participate in a wellness program promoting balanced lifestyles

  • Benefit from a bonus system that rewards performance

  • Have the possibility for flexible work arrangements

Olsson is an EEO employer. We encourage qualified minority, female, veteran and disabled candidates to apply and be considered for open positions. We do not discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, disability, age, or military status.