What does a Bridge Engineer do?

Bridge engineers design bridge projects and oversee the construction, inspection, and repair of bridges and related structures. They work in conjunction with planners, construction managers, inspectors, local officials, and other parties to ensure the project meets all safety standards while also accommodating deadlines, budget guidelines, and other considerations. They design structural plans, coordinate changes, and provide expert guidance throughout the building process.

Bridge engineers must have at least a bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline, with a master’s degree often preferred. They must abide by licensing laws and requirements, which vary by state. This role requires advanced knowledge of all applicable safety protocol and safe building standards. Bridge engineers must be comfortable using industry standard design programs, and have the ability to devote meticulous attention to detail.

What responsibilities are common for Bridge Engineer jobs?
  • Prepare and review design computations, plan designs, and drawings.
  • Conduct research and preparation of reports, and presenting findings and results to clients.
  • Perform bridge inspections, write and review inspection reports, and train other bridge inspectors.
  • Prepare or modify reports, specifications, plans, construction schedules, impact studies, permits, and designs for projects.
  • Prepare inspection reports completely for final review by project manager.
  • Inspect bridges as required for structural integrity, general safety and continued conformance to specifications and codes.
  • Review and interpret construction plans and blueprints for use in bridge inspections.
  • Prepare (design) temporary and permanent repair schemes for critical deficiencies identified during inspections.
What are the typical qualifications for Bridge Engineer jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering.
  • Ability to climb ladders, and work at heights using various bridge inspection access equipment
  • Skilled in using common CAD programs.
  • Advanced expertise in bridge engineering, design, and inspection.
  • Demonstrated careful attention to detail.
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Bridge Engineer make?

$88,180 /yr
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