Junior Freight Rail Engineer - Civil Engineer

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Civil Engineering - Railroad
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At David Evans and Associates (DEA) our philosophy is “To find outstanding professionals and give them the freedom and support to do what they do best.”  Since its founding in 1976 in Portland, OR, DEA has become a recognized leader for progressive and sustainable design and management solutions for complex transportation, land development, energy, and water resources projects nationwide. DEA’s multi-disciplinary teams partner with clients to tailor sustainable solutions to meet the unique needs of each project. The firm has over 15 offices in seven states and employs approximately 650 people firm wide.  DEA is an employee-owned corporation and consistently ranks among ENR’s Top 100 Pure Design firms in the US. 


DEA is currently seeking a Junior Level Freight Rail Engineer for our Rail Group in our Tacoma, WA office.  The role of the Junior Freight Rail Engineer is to provide engineering, design, and observation activities related to freight rail projects. These activities will occur both in the office and on project sites.  Because we serve freight railroad clients on projects across the western United States, some travel may be required.  Additional duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Design of track and railroad facilities.
  • Design of grading, drainage, utilities, access roads and at-grade crossings, including related permitting.
  • Preparation of design details, schematics, and engineering specifications.
  • Coordination with other project disciplines including structural, architectural, geotechnical, surveying, and other aspects of a project.
  • Preparation of quantity and cost estimates.
  • Limited field observation on project sites before, during, and after construction.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.
  • 1-4 years of civil engineering experience, with freight rail design experience required.
  • Experience with freight railroad design standards, methods and practices required.
  • Licensed Engineer-in-Training (EIT)
  • Experience using Microstation CAD software and INROADS or GEOPAK design software.
  • Must be able to work both independently and in a team setting.  Must also have the ability to work on fast-paced, dynamic projects
  • Ability to travel on a limited basis, up to 25% of the time at intervals during a project duration.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance
  • Vacation/Sick/Holiday Pay
  • 401k and Employee Stock Owner Ship Program (ESOP)
  • Flexible 9/80 (every other Friday off) work schedule

Railroad Planning and Engineering Jobs with DEA


DEA provides our railroad clients with proven experience in planning, design and engineering, surveying, 3-D scanning, and construction oversight for a wide range of railroad projects. Our railroad professionals have the technical expertise to develop successful system-wide rail projects for both freight and passenger rail systems. We work directly with Class I railroads, short line railroads, industrial clients, ports, and public agencies to assist with the ongoing and ever-increasing demand to move freight, people, and cargo safely and more efficiently. Our in-house structural engineers, civil engineers, transportation planners and engineers, environmental specialists, and surveyors work together to develop cost-effective and constructible design solutions for our clients.


DEA is proud to be  an AA/EEO employer and all qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to characteristics protected by applicable local, state or federal law, such as race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, marital status, veteran or military status, genetic information or sexual orientation.