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Senior Highway Designer

  1. Atlanta
  1. Transportation

Senior Highway Designer

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 office in Atlanta, GA as a Senior Highway Designer
Major Function/Role:
Provides design, production and coordination of construction plans and drawings in support of Highway and Roadway project(s).
Selects and recommends design procedures. Checks and reviews the design work of less experienced junior professionals and designers.
Note: The Sr Designer classifications are reserved for very experienced and capable designers who, lacking the official education requirements, are unable to obtain professional registration, but whose contribution to the firm is highly regarded and valuable.
Job Duties:
  • Typical duties may involve, depending on service, conceptual and final design of Highway and Rodway projects.
  • Researches, recommends and presents alternate design approaches based upon client request, governmental code requirements and other needs.
  • Performs and supervises designs utilizing CAD.
  • Coordinates, monitors and oversees design completion, permit applications, material quantities and cost estimates performed by junior designers and technicians.
  • Assists junior professionals in making design decisions.
  • Checks and reviews the design work of less experienced junior professionals and designers.
  • May write specifications, feasibility studies, plans and preliminary reports.
  • Organizes or directs field visits to collect data or resolve design conflicts.
  • May train less experienced junior professionals, designers and CAD technicians as required.
  • Performs such other duties as the Supervisor may from time to time deem necessary.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Architecture or equivalent technical discipline plus fifteen years' experience, or Associate's degree plus a minimum of twenty years' progressive drafting and design experience, including at least twelve as a Designer, or HS diploma (or equivalent) plus a minimum of twenty five years progressive drafting and design experience, including at least fifteen as a Designer.
Special Skills:
  • Proficiency in CAD, MicroStation and Open Roads strongly desired; good technical writing and communication skills.
  • Proficient in AutoCAD Civil 3D is preferred, but not required
  • Design build experience as a lead designer / modeler is a plus.
  • Proficient in CDOT plans and specifications is a plus.


Professional Registrations:
  • No professional registration is required; however, incumbent should be seeking applicable registration if movement onto the Engineering or Architecture career path is contemplated.


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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