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Pape-Dawson Engineers Overview

San Antonio, TX
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc, is an innovative civil engineering firm dedicated to developing solutions to best serve our clients and the public. We offer a full range of services in land development, hydrology/hydraulics, water resources, transportation/traffic, surveying ... Read more

Mission: To be the most respected engineering firm in our geographic and technical areas of practice.

Company Updates

  • The Real Estate Council of San Antonio showed appreciation to Cara Tackett, PE, LEED AP for serving as president in 2019. Cara’s leadership and experience continue to trail blaze the way for women in engineering. Congratulations, Cara, on your continued success in #CivilEngineering. #WomenEngineers #PapeDawsonLeadership

  • Pape-Dawson's Austin team spearheaded an event for the Texas Section ASCE (Austin Branch) where 420 students learned about what it takes to become an engineer. As part of the program, they participated in civil-themed activities. We are proud that this group of individuals took time to inspire young minds. #PapeDawsonLeadership #CivilEngineers

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Pape-Dawson Engineers – Why Work With Us?

Pape-Dawson Teams

Pape-Dawson Engineers in San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Fort Worth, and Dallas are qualified to handle civil engineering, transportation, water resources, environmental, and surveying projects. The powerful combination of several decades of experience, a broad range of service capabilities, and key relationships within the community are what makes us a valuable contributor to our clients’ teams.

Whether the need is for a comprehensive engineering plan for a multi-use development or a survey, our goal is to work with the client from the very beginning. Pape-Dawson has the expertise and the attention to detail to handle the most important project of all — yours.

We believe that the formula to building strong, close-knit departmental teams in the workplace is fostering unity outside the workplace. Pape-Dawson hosts fun activities throughout the year for our employees, including:

•Family picnics
•Christmas parties
•Tickets to sporting events, rodeo, and theater
•Company-sponsored sports teams
•Golf tournaments
•Community Service Projects
•Team lunches
•Movie and bowling outings

What makes life at Pape-Dawson better? Our people.

We value an enlightened, professional work environment, and we believe that every employee directly contributes to our success. Inside our walls is a community, where employees are not just an anonymous face in a crowd. They are a valued part of a unified, collaborative team.

Pape-Dawson ensures that our employees have the best resources available at their fingertips to help them complete their work as accurately and as completely as possible. Whether it is state-of-the-art technology or access to team members with decades of engineering experience, Pape-Dawson employees have the information and resources necessary to succeed.

Our training programs include safety orientation, professional development, and various technical presentations and discussions led by clients, consultants, our own Executive leadership team, and industry experts. We offer paid internships to high school and college students allowing them to work side by side with professional engineers to learn and acquire valuable, practical hands-on engineering experience. In addition, our quarterly project site visits provide our Engineers-in-Training (EITs) with the opportunity to gain insight about specific Pape-Dawson projects, services, and other technical aspects of the industry.

A huge part of our success and the reason we believe we have many long-term employees is because of our collaborative work environment. Projects are completed by teams of employees who value each other’s contributions. Through mutual respect and a shared sense of responsibility, our teams work cohesively with a passion to provide the best service and product possible for our clients.

Endowed Scholarships and Nonprofits

Education is an important focus for Pape-Dawson. We are proud to fund endowed scholarships at the University of Texas – San Antonio, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M Kingsville, the University of Texas, and Texas Tech University. Pape-Dawson employees also volunteer their time for our mentorship program at a local elementary school where young engineers provide students with homework help, modeling for career success, and listening/learning skills.

In addition to substantial financial support from the company to a variety of nonprofit organizations, Pape-Dawson employees volunteer their time to over 100 different charitable, civic, and professional organizations.

Pape-Dawson Engineers Charitable Foundation

In 2015, The Pape-Dawson Engineers Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, was created in honor of Pape-Dawson’s 50th anniversary to provide employees the opportunity to make a tangible, significant impact on employee-selected, local nonprofit organizations. In 2015, employees across all five offices raised a total of $158,199 toward The Foundation through payroll deduction and fundraising activities. These funds were donated to Any Baby Can, Family Violence Prevention Services, Fisher House Foundation, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, The Beacon,  Lone Star Veterans, and Christ’s Haven for Children.


Are you close to graduation or a recent graduate? Pape-Dawson may be the place for you.

You’ll find that people at Pape-Dawson have a lot in common: they’re intelligent and resourceful, and they value excellence in themselves, others, and their work. They thrive on challenge, learning, and accountability for what they do.

Does that sound like you? At Pape-Dawson, we strive to provide an environment where recent graduates can build on their education and establish a sound foundation for their career. We offer some of the best on-the-job training among Texas engineering firms. As one of the leading engineering firms in Texas, Pape-Dawson provides numerous opportunities to gain experience  working on high-profile projects.

Pape-Dawson gives you the chance to work with and learn from some of the very best and most respected engineers in the industry. There is no better way to grow your career than by working alongside a colleague with a wealth of experience to share.

E-mail your resume to our online database to find out more about entry level positions.


As an intern at Pape-Dawson, you get to do real work, with real responsibility and with real opportunities to jumpstart your career. And you’ll get paid too!

Pape-Dawson interns get the chance to work on challenging projects from residential developments and shopping centers to resorts, corporate expansions and complex roadway systems, as well as hydrology/hydraulics, environmental and geological studies. You will be mentored by experienced professionals and will gain hands-on experience to put you ahead of your peers.

We encourage you to submit your resume and inquire about our year-round internship program.

Please e-mail your resume to our online database to apply or request more information about an internship.

2018 Upcoming Career Fair Days:

Texas A&M SEC Spring Career Fair 
College Station, TX
January 24-25, 2018
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UT Austin Spring Engineering Expo
Austin, TX 
February 1, 2018
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UTSA STEM Career Fair
San Antonio, TX 
February 8, 2018
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Texas Tech University Engineering Job Fair
Lubbock, TX 
February 14, 2018
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Pape-Dawson Engineers Reviews

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    Awesome learning experience, great people


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Pape-Dawson Engineers Photos

Pape-Dawson Engineers photo of: The Pape-Dawson Austin office was pleased to present the Big Brothers Big Sisters with a check for $10,000 from the Pape-Dawson Engineers Charitable Foundation!
Pape-Dawson Engineers photo of: San Antonio team members participated in ChildSafe's 2016 Cardboard Kids campaign.
Pape-Dawson Engineers photo of: Collge T-Shirt Day!
Pape-Dawson Engineers photo of: A special visit to our San Antonio Office.
Pape-Dawson Engineers photo of: Red Nose Day!
Pape-Dawson Engineers photo of: Street 2 Feed 5K!
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Pape-Dawson Engineers Interviews



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Getting an Interview





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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Pape-Dawson Engineers (San Antonio, TX) in March 2020.


    The recruiter broke the ice by asking simple questions and getting you ready for the interview. Then the CEO did a 1v1 interview and asked more about your personal life than actual engineer questions. Then got a tour of the building.

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Pape-Dawson Engineers Awards & Accolades

  • 2017 PSMJ Circle of Excellence, PSMJ Resources, 2017
  • 2016 ABJ's Best Places to Work, Austin Business Journal, 2016
  • 2016 PSMJ Circle of Excellence, PSMJ, 2016
  • PSMJ Circle of Excellence, PSMJ Resources, 2018
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