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Research Engineer - Structural

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Department: Civil, Environ & Geospatial Engrg
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering

Department: Civil, Environmental, & Geospatial Engineering

Sub Department: Center for Technology & Training

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

This position serves as a technical expert in structural engineering of transportation infrastructure. This position will work as part of a team that provides training and customer support to bridge-owning-agency engineers and their consultants on the use of AASHTOWare Bridge Rating software and theory and policy regarding bridge load ratings. They will also engage with other structural engineers and computer programmers to provide interpretation of MDOT and AASHTO Bridge Design Specifications and review of software code (Fortran and Python) used in the design of bridge super and sub-structures. This position is also responsible for conducting small research projects in fields related to transportation infrastructure.
This position serves as an advocate and technical resource for Michigan’s local (city, village, county) transportation agencies and will provide technical support for activities underway at the Center for Technology & Training, which includes work with the Michigan Local Bridge Load Rating and Inspection Support program and the Michigan Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). The position requires a strong background in structural engineering (bridges) as well as knowledge of the relationship between Michigan’s road owning agencies at a state and local level.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

  • Create, design, and present structural/transportation related training materials at webinars, workshops, and conferences throughout Michigan and nationally
  • Organize, coordinate, facilitate and/or lead continuing education and outreach webinars, workshops, conferences (such as Michigan Bridge Week) throughout Michigan
  • Participate in research related activities awarded to the Center for Technology & Training (CTT) in conjunction with other staff and faculty, including proposal writing, conducting research, planning and management of research projects, report preparation, and presentation of findings on an as-needed basis
  • Provide engineering technical assistance to Michigan’s local agencies on transportation related issues on an as needed basis
  • Provide technical expertise for engineering related software development projects
  • Deliver program-related presentations to clients and related professional organizations
  • Participate on committees, councils, and task forces of related public and private entities
  • Functional supervision may be exercised over support staff and student assistants
  • Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

  • Bachelor’s degree from ABET accredited college in civil engineering with strong background in structural engineering
  • Michigan Professional Engineer License or ability to secure one through reciprocity

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

  • A minimum of three years of experience in bridge design, load rating, or inspection
  • Working knowledge of AASHTO Bridge Design Specifications
  • Professional experience using Microsoft Office products

Desirable Education and/or Experience

  • Advanced degree
  • Professional experience using AASHTOWare Bridge Rating software
  • Ability to read and interpret computer code (such as that written in modern Fortran or Python)
  • Experience developing and presenting training material for adult audiences as a subject matter expert
  • Experience organizing and coordinating webinars, workshops, and conferences.
  • Experience in writing proposals and/or technical research reports
  • Experience conducting research projects
  • Experience in project management
  • Experience with projects at the county, city, or state level

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

  • Excellent oral/written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, customer service, organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and take the initiative to solve problems
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work flexible hours
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to devote up to 15% of time to travel
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and meet Michigan Tech University’s vehicle use requirements
  • Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to speak before large and small groups of people
  • Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints. 

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without the need of an employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of your appointment, and maintain eligibility without sponsorship throughout your appointment.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable. No less than $75,000

Title of Position Supervisor

Associate Director, CTT

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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