Rail Engineer
Minneapolis, MN  / Madison, WI 
Posted 21 days ago
Job Description

About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

Primary Responsibilities

HDR is seeking a Rail Engineer that is looking to join one of the leading rail and transit design teams in the industry, with an opportunity to design and support multi-disciplinary transit projects that may include: Light Rail, Streetcar, Commuter Rail, High Speed Rail, or Freight Rail projects. The primary duties of the Rail Engineer are to work with project managers and engineers to develop civil design plans, specifications, and cost estimates for design projects across North America. Civil and track assignments include ADA design, station layouts, alignments and profiles, quantity tabulations, 2D/3D CADD support, and project/task management. In this role you will support or lead the development of design criteria, project guides, and project controls. This individual should be a self-starter that can work independently on small tasks or collaborate as part of the team on larger projects. This candidate may also support projects in the field or other duties as needed.

In the role of Rail Engineer, we'll count on you to:

  • Provide engineering, technical, and design support to the Rail Transit Group.
  • Design track and railway infrastructure in accordance with the quality objectives and regulations, laws, and standards.
  • Collaborate with design team staff in meeting goals and deadlines.
  • Design track alignments and special track work with a general knowledge of grading and drainage, utility protection and relocations, roads and parking lots.
  • Prepare drawings, quantity take-offs and estimate support.
  • Evaluate technical alternatives, resolve technical issues and interface with other disciplines.
  • Participate or manage the planning, design, and construction stages of the project.
  • Provide some field support or construction oversight duties as may be required.



Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors and/or master's degree in Civil Engineering or a related field
  • PE
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in transit, rail, civil, or highway engineering
  • Hands-on experience with MicroStation, InRoads or Auto Cadd Civil 3-D design
  • Ability to communicate independently with large teams and clients
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in Transit or Rail infrastructure design
  • Experience with Metro Transit, MnDOT, CP, BNSF or similar
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team on rail-based corridor projects
  • Preference given to local candidates


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for; it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

Primary Location: United States-Minnesota-Minneapolis
Other Locations: United States-Wisconsin-Madison
Industry: Transit
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular
BusinessClass: Transit Engineering
Job Posting: Aug 10, 2022

At HDR, we are committed to the principles of employment equity.

USA: We are a Federal Contractor, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider all qualified candidates regardless of minority, veteran, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or any other status protected by law.

CANADA: We welcome applications from all qualified individuals.

AUSTRALIA: We consider all qualified candidates regardless of gender, ethnicity, country of birth, political or religious affiliation, health status, or any other status protected by law.

At HDR, health and safety matters.

For some positions, you may be required to provide drug and alcohol testing, before or during employment, based on our Drug Testing and Drug Free Workplace Policy.

If you are required to drive for us, we require a valid driver's license and compliance with our vehicle policy.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5+ years
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