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ARA is seeking civil engineers, with emphasis in pavements, materials, and/or geotechnical engineering, to work full-time in our Transportation Research & Technology Deployment Group in Champaign, Illinois.
ARA is an employee-owned scientific research and engineering company dedicated to solving critical national problems to improve our safety, security, and way of life. In transportation, this translates to providing innovative technologies and services in the areas of asset management, pavement management, pavement evaluation, pavement design, and related research studies. Our expertise in these areas allows our clients to better address the challenges they face in cost-effectively designing, building, maintaining, and preserving roadway and airfield networks. Our mission is to provide in-depth and diversified engineering, research, and technical support services.
We are looking for engineers who are dynamic, crave and are comfortable with autonomy, and enjoy solving complex problems; someone who wants a job that offers challenges that go beyond routine, repetitive tasks.
Working for the ARA Transportation Research & Technology Deployment Group is a unique experience because our engineers are actively involved in all aspects of the profession, which includes problem solving, using subject matter knowledge and innovation to offer high-quality solutions to our clients, marketing to bring in new business, and writing high quality proposals in response to request for proposals (RFPs). With this position comes a high level of freedom to be innovative and self-directed along with an ability to pursue projects and tasks that are truly interesting and meaningful.
While most work will be performed independently with supervision and guidance, the candidate we are seeking is one who is also able to work as a member of an integrated team, and who exhibits a collegial and professional demeanor towards colleagues and external stakeholders.
The Staff Civil Engineer is expected to:
Perform Project Work
Be a subject matter expert in one or more area(s) within pavements, materials, and/or geotechnical engineering.
Serve in a variety of project roles with varying degrees of leadership and responsibility that will increase over time, ranging from project engineer to task leader to subject matter expert to project manager and/or principal investigator.
Exhibit a willingness and ability to engage in a wide variety of project activities, including completing comprehensive literature reviews, leading client meetings and conference calls, teaching training courses, organizing and analyzing data, generating reports, managing tasks or projects, generating dynamic solutions to address challenges—whatever is needed to keep our clients satisfied and our teams productive.
Possess a high degree of intellectual curiosity that fuels motivation to be innovative, see the bigger picture, and persevere on long tasks.
Possess a high attention to detail and an ability to formulate independent research questions, models, and solutions, to deliver top quality work.
Work independently and take ownership of all aspects of assigned tasks and projects. Exhibit a high level of autonomy and ability to do what it takes to complete projects on time, on budget, and to interface with others to resolve any challenges.
Be flexible, willing and able to adapt to the demands of the project/task.
Participate in Business Development
Write proposals in response to RFPs for existing and new lines of business.
Engage in marketing and networking activities at conferences and other industry gatherings.
Present project information at training courses, industry meetings, department meetings, client meetings, etc.
Engage in company activities that support continuous improvement, such as attending: webinars and meetings outside of one’s subject area, meetings about the organization’s strategic vision and direction, and other division and group activities.
Be pleasant and enjoyable to work with and work as an integrated member of a team and collaborate effectively with others – a true team player.
Exhibit a high degree of professionalism and accountability across all activities.
Thrive in an environment where day-to-day work hours are flexible, but some evenings and weekends may be required to ensure that projects are completed on time.
Be open to critical feedback from others, with a willingness to respond non-defensively, and to use the feedback to improve oneself and/or project deliverables.
Required Education and Skills:
Master’s degree or higher in Civil Engineering (PhD preferred).
Demonstrated understanding of pavement engineering, pavement materials, and geotechnical engineering as they relate to transportation infrastructure or related fields, with a strong emphasis and in-depth knowledge of Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design Guide procedures and use of AASHTOWare® Pavement ME Design.
Strong written and verbal communication skills and organizational skills. Publication in peer-reviewed journals and relevant conference presentations a plus.
Knowledge of statistics and data analysis. Experience with SAS, R, or any equivalent statistical software package a plus.
Computational skills such as finite element methods, numerical modeling, and/or programming experience. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated ability to review, comprehend, and write code.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)