Rail Engineer
Kansas City, MO 
Posted 4 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:

The primary duties of the Rail Engineer are to support the development of track and civil design plans, specifications, and cost estimates for a variety of mainline, industrial, yard and terminal projects with Class I railroads, transit agencies, shortline railroads, and industrial clients. Civil and track engineering assignments may include geometrics, drainage and utilities tasks and coordination with other disciplines. Project management support or task lead responsibilities may include managing scope, budget and schedule as well as development of design criteria, project guides, project meeting notes, and project controls. Candidate must be able to direct and mentor staff, and assist a lead engineer on larger projects as part of a multi-disciplinary/multi-office team. Position may require periodic client and stakeholder visits, site visits, field assessments, and construction inspection, as needed.

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

  • Serve in a technical role, under the direction of a Project Manager.
  • Oversee the work of EITs and Junior Project Engineers.
  • Prepare detailed engineering designs for rail projects.
  • Take responsibility for project involvement, ranging from site feasibility analysis to final design and through the construction phase.
  • Perform other duties as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering
  • PE
  • 5 years experience
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience using MicroStation (version SS10), InRoads and/or InRail (version SS2 or later)
  • Must be able to work both independently and in a team setting
  • MS Office software experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication and project management skills
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2+ years experience in transportation design - railroad projects
  • Experience with Bentley OpenRoads (and/or OpenRail) Designer
  • Experience working with railroad and/or transit clients


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-Missouri-Kansas City
Industry: Freight Rail
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular
BusinessClass: Railway Design
Job Posting: Apr 28, 2023

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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