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Quality Engineer - Rail

  1. Seattle
  1. Transportation

Quality Engineer - Rail

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. Atkins has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.

Atkins has the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

Atkins seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Rail & Transit team as a Quality Engineer in Federal Way, Washington.


Conduct audits of Design-Build project and construction quality control/assurance activities of contractors. Trains/educates staff on quality expectations, and quality fundamentals. Provides subject matter expertise to assist program and construction management staff in improving the project quality program efforts.

  • Achieve quality assurance operational objectives by managing projects and teams delivering: validation of information and analysis on strategic audits and reviews; reviewing and approving Gap analysis and audit plans; identifying and resolving problems; completing audits when required; and training program management staff. 
  • Prepare, conduct, report and follow up on audits. 
  • Validate subconsultant quality management systems utilizing established audit procedures; documenting evidence; determining operational and performance qualification; writing and updating quality assurance procedures. 
  • Perform quality compliance assessments on Design-Builder Contractor, and Program/Construction staff interviews; subconsultant assessments; collaborating with other members of the quality team to develop new means and methods and training procedures. 
  • Plan and conduct Construction surveillances/inspections to various field, offsite, subconsultant, and office locations. This may include night hours, weekends, and inclement weather.
  • Involved in developments in quality management and compliance standards within the industry; participates in educational opportunities; maintaining professional networks and participating in professional organizations. 
  • Other responsibilities include monitoring the overall Quality Management System for effectiveness and compliance to all system and procedures as well as Client requirements.
  • Preparing and revising internal system procedures to meet organizational needs and requirements. 
  • May perform such other duties as the supervisor may from time to time deem necessary.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or science related program (Process Management, Construction Management) required plus a minimum of seven years’ experience in the field of quality control. Master’s degree preferred. Without a degree, twelve years of related experience in the field of quality control. 
  • Must possess experience in construction quality, design-build projects, quality assurance/control, auditing design projects, developing QMS, and inspection/testing/product conformity.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analysis skills and knowledge of Project Management (IT/IS) systems required.
  • Prefer experience in transit whether light, heavy or commuter rail.

  • Strong networking, interpersonal, teamwork, collaboration skills required. Possess an ability to effectively conduct different types of audits in a professional, ethical and objective manner using and interpreting applicable standards/requirements. Ability to manage and execute an audit and teams of auditors within a defined scope, including resource scheduling, conducting necessary meetings in performance of the audit and using appropriate auditing techniques. Expert understanding of how quality principles relate to business protocols and possess the ability to explain the importance of aligning QMS functions to the organization. Possess interpersonal skills to resolve conflict, conduct interviews and make presentations effectively. Strong process and analytical skills with the ability to interpret data and determine course of action. Strong ability to collaborate with clients. Strong organizational and time management skill with ability to perform under pressure and to adjust to changing priorities. Requires strong PC skills and ability to work in Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio and Project. Knowledge of SharePoint and ProjectWise preferred.

Must have at least one of the following certifications:
  • Certified Quality Auditor (CQA)
  • Certified Quality engineer (CQE)
  • Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence (CMQOE)
  • ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor Training

  • Prior quality assurance experience required, preferably construction quality.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

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