The Federal-aid Engineer manages Federal-aid design projects and contracts. The position assists Local Highway Jurisdictions (LHJs) in selecting and managing project consultants. This position reports to the Federal-aid Manager but has some discretion to carry out the functions of the job. This position is working as part of a team of Federal-aid Engineers overseeing multiple projects for local jurisdictions. The Federal-aid Engineer will manage engineering consultants through the development of project plans, specifications, and estimates to federal standards.
• Assists LHJ’s in preparing projects and contracts for submission for federal funding participation in accordance with Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) design standards;
• Reviews and scores LHJ project applications being proposed for federal funding;
• Assists Federal-aid team and LHJ’s in selecting and managing project design consultants;
• Reviews and recommends approval of various project submittals including Charter/Concept, Design Study Report, hydraulic, and geotechnical reports;
• Reviews and approves property acquisition and right-of-way documents to ensure compliance with federal funding requirements;
• Reviews project plans, specifications, and cost estimates;
• Attends plan review meetings with sponsors, consultants, and other LHTAC staff at different phases of design;
• Attends and oversees pre-design meetings with consultants, local agencies, federal, state, and the public;
• Initiates project contracts and consultant agreements, coordinating between LHJ and ITD ensuring agreements are complete;
• Negotiates man-hours and fees with design consultants and sub-consultants;
• Reviews design consultant invoices and recommends approval;
• Prepares supplemental agreement documents and negotiations;
• Prepares ITD forms that accompany all agreements;
• Assist in the review of RFI’s, RFP’s, scope of work, and consultant submittals;
• Prepares letters and memos;
• Acts as liaison between the consultants, sponsors, and state and federal agencies;
• Assists in interpreting standards and project specifications for the consultant;
• Analyze and create engineering documents giving direction to the consultant;
• Applies project management skills by creating and maintaining records, logs, documents, and a database of project progress through completion;
• Processes project design closeouts;
• Educates LHJs on federal and state highway design processes;
• Provide technical assistance to local highway jurisdictions.
• Assists LHTAC Federal-aid Manager in reviewing consultants and making recommendations on future contracts;
• Attends trainings to maintain knowledge of industry standards, new technologies, and updated procedures;
• Supports other LHTAC co-workers with design information to ensure funding, constructability, and standards are met on all projects;
• Reviews project files held by design consultants to ensure that all federal-aid standards are being met.
• Support design consultants in interpretations of state and federal requirements;
• Other duties as assigned;
• Performs all duties according to LHTAC policies and procedures.
Education & Experience
Bachelors’ degree in engineering with a Bachelors’ degree in civil engineering required from an ABET accredited institution;
Idaho driver’s license;
Licensed as a Professional Engineer by the State of Idaho in good standing required;
At least three to four (3-4) years of project management experience is preferred;
An equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities to successfully perform the essential functions of the position may be considered.
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) local assistance funding policies, procedures, and requirements as applied in Idaho;
ITD project development and funding policies, procedures, requirements, and the ITD/LHTAC Stewardship Agreement;
Roadway and bridge design and construction methods, techniques, and materials in accordance with ITD design standards;
Methods, techniques, and objectives of project management, with emphasis on compliance with applicable federal, state, and local specifications, standards, regulations, and policies and procedures;
Project management issues and procedures including, but not limited to, environmental, geotechnical, structural, survey, public involvement, contract administration, schedules, supplements, and related issues;
State, federal, and other applicable environmental laws, statutes, and regulations and their application to road, highway, and bridge construction and maintenance;
State and federal agencies with regulatory governance of roadway, highway, and bridge projects;
Methods, techniques, and objectives of interpersonal communications, including making group presentations.
About Local Highway Technical Assistance Council, Boise Idaho
The Local Highway Technical Assistance Council connects Local Highway Jurisdictions in Idaho with available resources for maintenance and construction of Idaho’s Local Highway System in the most efficient and effective manner possible. It is our mission to advocate, support and train. We work hard to always represent Local Highway Jurisdictions’ best interest, deliver the highest quality assistance, and provide information and educational courses to every Local Highway Jurisdiction in Idaho. Federal-aid for local transportation systems is administered through LHTAC for the local highway jurisdiction.