Bridge Technical Design Lead - Structures

Job Locations US-NY-New York City | US-NJ-Newark
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Bridge Technical Design Lead - Structures | New York, NY | Newark, NJ


VHB is seeking a Bridge Technical Design Lead to expand our structural practice/capabilities across NY/NJ. In this position, you would serve in a lead technical role in the planning, analysis, design, and detailing of bridge and other transportation related structural projects, from railroad to highway, as well as mentor our structural team. The ideal candidate should possess a “can-do” attitude, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and an ability to work independently as well as with a team in a dynamic, fast-paced, and fun environment. The position includes significant opportunities for personal and professional development and growth within VHB’s transportation design practice. Learn more about our Structures practice at VHB: Bridge and Structures Engineering | VHB



  • Oversees the technical design of structural engineering projects
  • Project management/task management
  • Prepares proposals and/or contracts; Participates in project decisions regarding technical approach, costs, and scheduling
  • Directs and mentors team members in the development of design plans, technical oversight, specifications, design calculations, load ratings, cost estimates, reports, final bid packages, etc.
  • Performs quality reviews of team members work for accuracy and to ensure that the production of plans, specifications, reports, and analyses meet scope, schedule, cost, and quality requirements
  • Manages, develops, organizes, and implements structural planning, analysis, preliminary and final design document preparation for bridge-focused transportation projects

Skills and Attributes

  • Strong project management skills
  • Motivated to coach and mentor team members
  • Extensive knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures in structural engineering
  • Demonstrated excellence in verbal presentations and technical writing
  • Team oriented with strong capability to work independently
  • Robust technical and critical thinking skills
  • Detail oriented and quality focused
  • Knowledge of structural engineering software (AASHTOWare, Midas Civil, MDX, SP Column, MerlinDASH, Mathcad)
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D, Bentley OpenBridge, MicroStation v8 and Connect experience is a strong plus


  • 11-15 years of professional experience in structural bridge design, construction phasing, and complex bridge projects required (1 year of experience may be substituted for a Master’s degree)
  • 15+ years of experience in structural bridge design preferred
  • PE license required
  • BS in Civil Engineering required (structural emphasis preferred)
  • Master’s degree with structural emphasis a plus
  • Experience completing transportation studies, design reports, final design documents and developing contract plans, in conformity with accepted engineering standards and procedures
  • Independent experience developing bridge design and detailing (steel, concrete, prestressed concrete), and seismic analysis

Our best estimate of the salary range for this position located in New York City is $140,000-200,000. The final compensation will be based on a variety of factors such as individual qualifications, education, and experience.

Job Description Banner (June 2023) 

We are VHB! We’re an inspired and innovative team of engineers, scientists, planners, and designers who partner with clients in the transportation, real estate, institutional, and energy industries, as well as federal, state, and local governments. Our work helps improve mobility, enhance communities, and contribute to economic vitality. We do this while balancing development and infrastructure needs with stewardship of our environment. 


Our people make us great! VHB provides a differentiating employee experience, which includes: 

  • Diverse and inclusive culture of collaboration and innovation
  • Opportunity to work on complex, transformational projects
  • Community and social responsibility as sustainable stewards
  • Focus on learning, development, and career growth
  • Best-in-class benefits, including flexible, hybrid workplace  

We are consistently rated one of the top AEC firms to work for across our 30+ offices on the East Coast. We’re growing, and we hope you’ll join us! 


VHB is a proud Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. Since our founding, we have intentionally fostered a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion—supported by deep-rooted core values, one of which is diversity. All individuals receive consideration for employment based on their qualifications without discrimination for race/ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, pregnancy, marital status, or any other basis protected by law.




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