Civil Engineer
Nashville, TN  / Louisville, KY  / Paducah, KY 
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description

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

HDR is looking for a Civil Engineer to join our team of Renewable Energy professionals. Candidates interested in this industry will perform engineering tasks with varying levels of complexity, which are assigned by a Project Engineer or Project Manager. Primary duties will include preparation of engineering drawings, calculations, analyses, reports and civil design in support of photovoltaic plants of varying sizes and substation systems under the direction and supervision of more senior engineers and designers. They will also be responsible for the execution of technical aspects and deliverables for projects assigned and must be able to complete all technical requirements of projects ranging from basic to moderate complexity. This individual must have experience in site planning and layout, grading and drainage design, access & erosion control plans, limit of disturbance calculations, site due diligence, permitting, specifications, and construction administration of site infrastructure components.

The Civil Engineer will also be expected to:

Perform site planning and layout

Review of geotechnical and geologic reports

Evaluate hydrology and hydraulics for site drainage improvements

Evaluate water and wastewater flows for site utility improvements

Perform site grading and earthwork analysis

Coordinate with other project disciplines including structural, electrical and environmental

Experience handling multiple projects, understands client standards, and works independently on smaller projects or assists senior engineers on larger projects

Communicate effectively with Project Manager(s), Project Engineer(s) and most importantly our Client(s)

Work under the direction of the Project Manager(s) and Project Engineer(s) and handle basic to moderately complex tasks using their own discretion

Work with experienced personnel and Senior Engineers to identify and develop specific technical expertise and attend training and seminars focused on further development and understanding of complex concepts related to their discipline

Work with Designers and CADD Technicians to develop drawings in accordance with national design standards, safety codes and project specifications and requirements

Assign tasks, provides guidance, and/or review work performed by Designers and CADD Technicians and coordinate QC reviews from other teams on an as needed basis

Support new business opportunities, and to renew existing client engagement



Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering or related discipline required
  • PE highly preferred; or ability to obtain within a year
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in general site/civil engineering required
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite of software. Familiarity with AutoCAD and Civil3D required.
  • Must be capable of communicating effectively (verbal and written), work in a team-oriented manner and possess analytical and organizational skills
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must
  • Some travel may be required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Local candidates are preferred
  • Previous experience with an architectural/engineering or engineering consulting firm or utility desired
  • Experience in design of photovoltaic plants or substation highly desired


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.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville
Other Locations: United States-Kentucky-Louisville, United States-Kentucky-Paducah, United States-Tennessee-Chattanooga, United States-Kentucky-Lexington
Industry: Power
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular
BusinessClass: Substation Engineering
Job Posting: Jun 22, 2022

At HDR, we are committed to the principles of employment equity.

USA: We are a Federal Contractor, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider all qualified candidates regardless of minority, veteran, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or any other status protected by law.

CANADA: We welcome applications from all qualified individuals.

AUSTRALIA: We consider all qualified candidates regardless of gender, ethnicity, country of birth, political or religious affiliation, health status, or any other status protected by law.

At HDR, health and safety matters.

For some positions, you may be required to provide drug and alcohol testing, before or during employment, based on our Drug Testing and Drug Free Workplace Policy.

If you are required to drive for us, we require a valid driver's license and compliance with our vehicle policy.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5+ years
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