Principal Engineer
State of Wyoming
Pinedale, WY

$5,800 - $7,400 a month

Description and Functions

Open Until Filled

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is seeking a Principal Engineer for our Construction Program located in Pinedale, Wyoming. This position is responsible for all aspects of highway construction and contract administration from design through construction and project record finalization including reconstruction and maintenance projects for bridges, interstate highways, state highways, county roads and city streets, public buildings; manage and train a crew of technicians and engineers assisting with the project design and contract administration; work closely with Federal, State, County and City personnel as well as various utility companies, landowners and the public through all phases of the projects; and apply professional engineering practices to end up with a quality project that is completed timely and within budget without claims or accidents.

Human Resources Contact: 307-352-3048 Elise Hartman

Responsible for documentation of project quantities and payment.
Responsible for negotiating and securing agreements with landowners, government agencies and consultants.
Responsible for meeting requirements of DEQ, BLM, USFS, and other agencies on projects.
Coordinate and develop consensus among representatives of city, county, federal, and the department, as well as general public and special interest groups to address project impacts and effects at the design and construction level.
Research, locate, and negotiate materials, survey, water, and plant site agreements with private landowners, businesses, and government agencies.
Generate special provisions for all projects to address issues unique to each project.
Initiate and monitor consultant agreements and progress to provide various surveying and engineering services.
Generate plans, summaries, and estimates for maintenance projects.
Resolve and recommend resolution of contractor disputes and claims.
Review, generate, and negotiate change orders.
Provide fundamental and supplemental training to subordinates.
Responsible for determining equipment, manpower needs, and budget requirements.
Manages, coordinates and organizes field inspections, surveys, laboratory testing, material analysis, and quality control to ensure the project is constructed in accordance with plans and specifications.
Prepares technical engineering studies and/or summaries for a variety of projects.
Responsible for the development of plans and documents.
Responsible for determining equipment & manpower needs & budget requirements.
Assures projects are completed in accordance with plans, specifications, and design criteria.
Responsible for engineering recommendations and summaries for a variety of projects.
Reviews and approves or rejects submittals.
Ensures the work activities of the engineering staff meet project technical and policy requirements, state statutes and federal regulations.
Performs feasibility analysis to ensure cost effective solutions.
Coordinates with other programs, agencies, or outside entities; participates in value engineering studies and public meetings.
Provides responses as the result of claims, lawsuits or other public record requests.
Prepares and coordinates budget recommendations.
Conducts performance appraisals, makes hiring and firing recommendations; conducts disciplinary actions.
Trains, develops and mentors staff.
Advises senior leaders regarding design and project budgets, design and schedules and contracts.
Develops and implements standard operating procedures (SOP's) for engineering section.
Participates in selection panels of architects, engineers, and contractors.
Confers with staffs of agencies in other states or other levels of government with regard to joint actions taken or to be taken, or in exchange of vital or useful information; develops, reviews and makes adjustments in a long-range plan for agency (or major program) goals.
Reviews blue prints, design plans and specification for technical merit and owner intent on all projects and for quality control, functionality, readability, sustainability, and construction flow.
Develops cost estimates for future projects to include design and construction costs; Advises senior leaders on acquisition of engineering specific software, hardware, equipment, and materials.
Affixes PE stamp to work completed.


Knowledge of engineering fundamentals relating to highway geometrics, hydraulic design, soils engineering, and construction practices.
Knowledge of legal aspects of supervision, hiring and firing.
Skilled in preparing and delivering technical training and presentations.
Able to communicate effectively through both verbal and written means to relate specific concepts and ideas to outside agencies, public partners, and direction to engineers and technicians.
Able to effectively plan, organize, oversee, and monitor work schedules and projects.
Able to give attention and work under pressure.

Bachelor's Degree (in Engineering)

2-4 years of progressive work experience (in Engineering) with acquired knowledge at the level of a Project Engineer

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Professional Engineer's (PE) License Required at time of hire - (Wyoming PE required within six months of hire date.)

Necessary Special Requirements

FLSA: Exempt
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Supplemental Information

045-Wyoming Department of Transportation - WYDOT-Chief Engineer - District Construction

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The State of Wyoming is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively supports the ADA and reasonably accommodates qualified applicants with disabilities.

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