Bridge Inspector

NMSU Civil Engineering   Las Cruces, NM   Full-time     Other
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Posted on September 4, 2020

New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. NMSU is home to the state’s Bridge Inspection Program, a one-of-a-kind program that employs engineering students to inspect highway bridges in New Mexico. The students are directly supervised and mentored by NMSU engineers in the visual inspection and condition assessment of bridge structures for the New Mexico Department of Transportation. NMSU is a Minority-Serving and Hispanic-Serving institution, and the University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.

Job Duties and Responsibilities
Coordinate and direct the work and also serve as the team leader of a field crew in performing inspections of existing highway and railroad bridges (including culverts) using visual and non-destructive testing techniques. Coordinate the activities of and lead the inspection of major bridges in New Mexico using under-bridge access units. Coordinate and direct the reporting/processing/review of bridge inspection data.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:
Supervise, direct, delegate, and evaluate work of engineering interns.
Instruct inspection team about tasks, answer questions about procedures and policies, distribute and balance the workload, review inspection findings for accuracy and completeness

Provide on-the-job training for engineering interns involved in bridge inspection activities

Plan, schedule, and manage bridge inspections based on the structure condition and the frequency required by the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS)

Perform hands-on inspection of fracture-critical members in non-redundant bridges

Oversee and participate in the measurement of the bridge layout and geometry using survey equipment and other devices

Evaluate the condition of various bridge elements using visual techniques and mechanical and electronic devices including non-destructive testing equipment

Oversee and participate in the recording of bridge inspection data including the preparation of sketches/photographs to illustrate the observed conditions and deficiencies

Prepare inspection reports describing the observed bridge conditions and deficiencies in accordance with federal guidelines

Submit requisitions for materials, supplies, and services needed for the inspection team and maintain inventory records

Provide support to the NMDOT Bridge Management Unit in their quality assurance review and processing of bridge inspection data provided by the field crew

Perform related duties as required

Classification Summary
Under general direction, performs an assortment of complex engineering duties such as the planning of manufacturing, and the installation, operation, and maintenance of complex apparatus. Provides existing support to activities in the use of devices and energy for commercial, domestic, and industrial use. Works directly with engineers in other disciplines to augment production size and value. May provide work leadership and training to lower level professional and technical staff.

Classification Standard Duties
Carries out feasibility studies for new technical innovations. Draws up plans and specifications for moderately complex projects, using computer-assisted engineering and design software. Estimates material, construction, and labor costs, and project timescales. May coordinate the work of other engineers, technicians and craftspeople. Tests installations and systems, and analyzes data making sure projects meet applicable safety regulations. Oversees inspection and maintenance programs. Attends meetings, writes reports and gives presentations to managers and clients.

Knowledge and understanding of principles, procedures, regulations, and standards applicable to the job. A comprehensive understanding of electrical health and safety regulations. Understanding of the University’s mission, vision and goals.

Excellent communication skills. Excellent math, science, technology and IT skills. Excellent team-working and people skills. Good budgetary skills. Strong decision-making skills.

The ability to analyze complex problems and assess possible solutions. The ability to explain design ideas clearly. The ability to prioritize and plan effectively.

Required Education
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.

Required Experience
Five (5) years of professional experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined.

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NMSU Civil Engineering

Las Cruces , NM