Metropolitan Council

Engineering Lead - BRT/Small Starts Proj...

Various in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota
$4,955.50 - $8,200.00 Monthly
Dec 25, 2012
Jan 24, 2013
Employment Status
Full Time
Recruitment Type:  Open Competitive (internal and external candidates)

Depending upon experience and qualifications, selected candidate would be hired as either a Senior Engineer level with an expected starting salary between $59,466 - $91,020 or a Principal Engineer level with an expected starting salary between $64,287 - $98,400. 

 NOTE:  In order to be considered for the position, you must complete the application to its entirety.  Your experience and qualifications must be described in detail in the work history section of the application. You must also possess a Professional Engineer License AND meet the minimum qualifications. 
Metro Transit is the largest provider of transit service in the Minneapolis-St. Paul seven-county metropolitan area and one of the country's largest transit systems. We operate bus and rail service, essential to the region's mobility, and provide resources for carpooling, vanpooling and bike commuting. Metro Transit helps people get where they're going, makes a dent in the region's ever-growing congestion and promotes a cleaner environment.

We are currently recruiting for an exciting opportunity as an Engineering Lead!  This position leads design activities for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)/Small Starts Project Office. The Office is responsible for design and implementation of transitway capital improvements on highway and arterial corridors. BRT Corridor design involves complex, novel, and creative solutions to allow successful project implementation in densely developed communities. Solutions must be designed to fit neighborhood context, stakeholder interests, and community needs.

Example Duties

·          Leads design and engineering activities during the development and design of BRT/Small Start capital improvement projects. Working with project leads, manages consultant design work activity and contracts led by BRT/Small Starts Project Office.

·         Supports stakeholder engagement (e.g., FTA, FHWA, Counties, MnDOT, Corridor Cities, Engineering & Facilities, etc.) and public meetings.  Builds strong working relationships and trust with stakeholders including businesses, property owners, and residents on engineering issues. Identifies, communicates, and resolves project design issues with these stakeholders and groups to support project needs and desired BRT outcomes.

·         Prepares and reviews/modifies contract scope, schedule, and budget. Reviews proposals, recommends contract execution and administer contracts on behalf of Metro Transit.  Provides Q/A and Q/C oversight on contracts directly managed.

·         Contribute toward engineering aspects of BRT corridor processes led by other departments (e.g. Design of 35W/Lake, 35W/American Blvd stations).

·         Refines and implements technical policies, procedures and standards for Metro Transit's project activities.

·         Performs other duties directly related to this position as assigned.


Education/Experience Requirements for Senior Engineer level:

•  Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited university/college in Engineering.

•  5 years of related professional level engineering experience.

•  Professional Engineer registration from the State of Minnesota or a state with reciprocity.

Education/Experience Requirements for Principal Engineer level:

•  Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited university/college in Engineering.

•  8 years of related professional level engineering experience.

•  Professional Engineer registration from the State of Minnesota or a state with reciprocity.

Desired Qualifications:

·         Transit design and construction experience.

·         Experience with environmental documentation including writing documents and incorporating mitigations in design and construction scope.

·         Management of scope, schedule, and budget for roadway, structural, and technology projects.


 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Knowledge of design principles and practices associated with the development of capital improvement projects.
  • Knowledge of tools and techniques to develop plans and specifications for capital improvement projects.
  • Ability to effectively work with minimal supervision, and effectively work and communicate with project staff, consultants, the public and others across department and agency lines.
  • Ability to effectively work simultaneously on, and complete, multiple assignments and delegate tasks.
  • Ability to effectively manage complex problems independently.
  • Skilled in verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Skilled in project management and leadership skills.
  • Skilled in using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated skill in creative thinking and problem solving.

Supplemental Information

Union: Non-Represented  Pay Grade: H (Senior Engineer) and I (Principal Engineer) 
FLSA Status: Exempt  Safety Sensitive: No

Work Environment: Work is performed in facilities, buildings and outdoors.  May require working outdoors in all weather conditions.  Some travel may be required.

Selection Process:
Candidates will be referred to the hiring supervisor for consideration based on the results of the following assessment process:

·  Education and experience rating  

·  Meeting license requirements

·  Oral exam interview

 Candidates will be notified of their application status through e-mail only.

Conditional Offers:  All job offers are contingent upon passing a pre-employment background check which includes verification of education, a criminal background check and a pre-employment drug screen.  Some positions also require a pre-employment or pre-transfer physical.

Convictions are not an automatic disqualification from the selection process.  The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case by case basis.  Convictions are reviewed based upon the relatedness of the conviction to duties of the position as well as a candidates' ability to demonstrate adequate rehabilitation.

Metropolitan Council employees who are applying for positions which are, safety sensitive, supervisory/managerial; are located in Finance, Information Services (IS), Human Resources; or have access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers, transit fare cards will be required to pass a criminal background check.
Please note:  Making false statement or withholding information (misrepresentation) may cause an applicant to be barred from consideration for the position.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. If you have a disability that requires an accommodation during the selection process, please notify human resources at 612.349.7558.

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