Senior Highway Drainage Engineer
Irvine, CA  / Los Angeles, CA  / Long Beach, CA 
Posted 8 days 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.

HDR has several exciting projects that we are currently working on and several more on the horizon that all involved significant transportation drainage designs. If you were looking to take on more of a leadership role in drainage designs or if you want to work on some of the most exciting and regional impacting projects in SoCal then consider joining the HDR team. HDR currently has an opening for a senior highway drainage engineer to join our team in Southern California.

Primary Responsibilities

The primary duties of the Senior Highway Drainage Engineer include leading the drainage engineering on large scale highway and multi-modal projects for public transportation clients throughout the Southern California Region, assisting in preparation of proposals for marketing pursuits, preparing scope and fees for drainage tasks, supervising and mentoring younger engineers.

Anticipated work tasks may include:

  • Leading the development of hydraulic and hydrologic modeling
  • Stormwater collection systems modeling and design
  • Collect, assimilate, and present data in reports, memos and public forums
  • Production of design calculations and technical reports
  • Lead preparation of engineering plans and specifications for design of detention facilities, storm drains, flood control facilities, and other hydraulic structures.

Will work independently as well as lead groups of medium to large teams of professionals and technicians to deliver project deliverables dependent on project/task. Will be primarily involved in highway drainage design, plans production, drainage analysis and documentation, water quality BMP sizing, and stormwater management design & permitting for Caltrans, Metro, OCTA, SBCTA, Municipal clients and agencies throughout Southern California, but there will be opportunities to lead the drainage design on railroad, aviation and maritime projects as well.


Keyword(s): Senior Highway Drainage Engineer, Drainage engineer, engineer, storm water, roadway, railroad, hydrology, hydraulic modeling.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Water Resources, or related is required.
  • California PE license or ability to obtain within 12 months is required. Candidates who do not have a California P.E. license will be called EIT
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must.
  • A minimum of 2 years of Caltrans PS&E Drainage Experience is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • 10 years of experience in roadway drainage engineering projects is preferred.
  • Experience with MicroStation, InRoads, AutoCAD and Civil 3D storm drain system analysis preferred.
  • Experience with leading a team of drainage engineers to deliver larger drainage projects is preferred
  • Experience with supervising and mentoring younger engineers is preferred


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.

We provide a comprehensive benefits package that promotes employee ownership, employee health, performance, and success, which includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, an employee assistance program, paid time off, parental leave, paid holidays, 401(k) retirement savings plan with employer match, employee referral bonuses and tuition reimbursement. The expected compensation range for this position is $113,103.00 - $161,575.00 annually depending upon skills, experience, education and geographical location.

Primary Location: United States-California-Irvine
Other Locations: United States-California-Los Angeles, United States-California-Long Beach, United States-California-San Diego, United States-California-Riverside
Industry: Highway + Road
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular
BusinessClass: Transportation Hydraulics
Job Posting: Mar 22, 2023

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
2+ years
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