Senior Hydraulic Structures Engineer at HDR (Sacramento, CA)

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About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

Primary Responsibilities

In the role of Senior Structural Engineer, we'll count on you to:
  • Supervise or conduct structural analyses, evaluations and designs; develop design options or recommendations
  • Lead, assist with, or provide oversight for preparation of contract documents including drawings, specifications, design documentation and criteria, and cost estimates
  • Lead design of various new and/or rehabilitation of hydraulic structures, including dams, spillways, gates, outlet works, diversion structures, retaining walls, cofferdams, floodwalls, water conveyance structures, foundations
  • Prepare design documentation including critical reports
  • Perform engineering assignments that may require critical thinking and creativity to address unique structural elements that have limited or no specific code based guidance
  • Coordinate structural design with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Work independently as project manager and provide oversight and mentorship of project and junior staff. This role may include leadership and expansion of HDR's structural engineering services including client and strategic project development with Federal and State government agencies, water agencies and utilities, and power utilities
  • Review tasks undertaken by others in the group such that each design receives a complete check of design assumptions, calculations, criteria, load cases, code review and compliance with design standards
  • Perform inspections and structural assessments of existing structures and structures under construction
  • Position location is intended for Northern CA (Folsom/Sacramento), however will consider alternate locations
  • Perform other duties as needed


Required Qualifications
  • Bachelors degree in Civil or Structural Engineering
  • Requires a minimum of 10 years experience in structural and seismic analyses
  • Demonstrable experience with leading structural design projects, including analysis, reporting, drawing specification, production, and engineering during construction support
  • Field experience related to hydraulic structure construction, inspection, or related instrumentation
  • California PE or SE licensure
  • Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, Mathcad, SAP2000, or similar analytical software, advanced finite element software (LS-DYNA, ANSYS, Abaqus)
  • Must possess strong interpersonal, speaking, and writing skills and an attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Civil or Structural Engineering, Structural emphasis preferred
  • Experience with designing for alternate delivery methods, including Design-Build, Design-Bid-Build
  • Demonstrated knowledge of structural, seismic, risk assessment, risk informed decision making involved in dam safety design, inspection, remediation, and construction
  • Strong background in finite element modeling and knowledge of computer-based design tools (such as CAD, SAP2000, LPILE, or equivalent). Use of commercially available programs that can be used for advanced analysis such as dynamic response spectrum or seismic time history analysis


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for; it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.
More Information on HDR
HDR operates in the Greentech industry. The company is located in Omaha, NE, Anchorage, AK, Phoenix, AZ, Tuscon, AZ, Irvine, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Sacramento, CA, San Diego, CA, San Francisco, CA, Walnut Creek, CA, Colorado Springs, CO, Denver, CO, Englewood, CO, Washington, DC, Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, FL, Tallahassee, FL, Tampa, FL, Atlanta, GA, Honolulu, HI, Boise, ID, Chicago, IL, Des Moines, IA, Lexington, KY, Louisville, KY, Baton Rouge, LA, Boston, MA, Portland, ME, Fulton, MD, Ann Arbor, MI, Minneapolis, MN, Kansas City, MO, St Louis, MO, Lincoln, NE, Las Vegas, NV, Reno, NV, Albuquerque, NM, New York, NY, Charlotte, NC, Raleigh, NC, Cleveland, OH, Columbus, OH, Portland, OR, Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, North Charleston, SC, Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, Fort Worth, TX, Houston, TX, San Antonio, TX, Salt Lake City, UT, Bellevue, WA, Seattle, WA, Spokane, WA and Virginia Beach, VA. HDR was founded in 2022. It has 11170 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 161 open jobs at HDR, click here.
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