Resident Engineer

PG 16 · Seattle, Washington
Department PG 16
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Who We Are
At OAC, we do what we love in the service of people who love what we do. This means that we have many different disciplines with one common goal: to serve our clients and communities as trusted partners while focusing on how design and construction can improve all aspects of the built environment. To accomplish this, we focus on hiring professionals who are proficient in their fields, inspire others, enjoy sharing knowledge, and see collaboration as not only an asset, but a necessity. If you are passionate about your work and would like to work in a positive, energized environment, then you’ll find a home with us!


Who You Are

The role of Resident Engineer requires strong communication and organizational skills, self-directed and able to inspire and lead a team, strong field background, experience performing and managing QA/QC and inspections, and highly adept serving and managing Owner requirements and expectations. 


The Resident Engineer is responsible for working to ensure scope, schedule and budget information is available for tracking. This individual should demonstrate strong construction management skills; successful past experience managing construction contracts; successful day to day management of construction projects; field staff oversight; project inspection controls; review and approval of contractor progress payments; timely notice and documentation of changes; drafting of correspondence for the owner; strong communications skills and implementation of QA/QC processes; technical support and/or making recommendations as to entitlement for changes in the work; ability to work closely with design consultant and owner; and coordinating project activities. It is strongly preferred that the Resident Engineer have up to date Certification of Erosion/Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) Training. The Resident Engineer may oversee work of independent inspectors.


Strong preference for transit facility experience for clients such as Sound Transit, King County Metro, Pierce Transit, Port of Seattle, and Community Transit including work on maintenance and operations facilities, administrative support offices, parking garages, and other vertical construction types.


Responsibilities May Include

  • Manage the day-to day activities of construction field staff
  • Coordinate and manage, review and approval of submittals and Requests for Information (RFIs)
  • Resolve construction project issues, conflicts and claims
  • Preparation, estimating, determination of entitlement, negotiation, documentation and oversight of contract change orders
  • Review, negotiate and process contract pay requests for construction contracts
  • Monitor/review/provide oversight of the contractor’s work for compliance with plans, specifications and schedules
  • Review and accept/reject contractor submittals for contract compliance and ensure all stakeholder responses are coordinated prior to issuing final disposition
  • Represent the client and their interests in negotiations with outside agencies in matters relating to the construction project
  • Primary liaison to project designer, Authorities Have Jurisdiction (AHJs) and contractor during construction
  • Oversee client acceptance testing, environmental and hazardous materials testing and Special Inspections; evaluate consultant invoices and provide recommendation for payment
  • Provide management and analysis of contractor claims
  • Track and report on project status/lessons learned
  • Oversee maintenance of construction photographs, logs and other monitoring/tracking records
  • Monitor quality control requirements; issue Non-Conformance Reports (NCRs) and reports for compliance documentation
  • Conduct planning, preconstruction, coordination, progress, scheduling and field project team meetings
  • Review plans and specifications to update appropriate RFIs, trends, submittals and change order logs, make field measurements and maintain as-built and red-lined drawing records
  • Review and monitor contractor’s construction baseline schedule, subsequent progress, recovery and as-built schedules
  • Review and negotiate schedule and cost modifications based on time impacts
  • Prepare and initiate construction bulletins, field directive change notices and unit quantity adjustments
  • Coordinate between stakeholders including various departments, contractors and tenants to ensure proper documentation and execution of utility shutdowns, Construction Advisory Forms (CAFs), site access and key requests; and resolution of associated field issues
  • Generate project correspondence and construction documents including serial letters, commission memos, meeting notes and other contract documents
  • Review and provide feedback on plans and specification for constructability
  • Value engineering
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Utilize mobile technology
  • Continuous Process Improvement/LEAN
  • Development of front-end specifications
  • Participate in development and review of alternative delivery method documents including, but not limited to, Request for Proposal (RFP), Request for Qualification (RFQ), and associated proposals
  • Provide technical and contractual oversight of the alternative project delivery including, but not limited to, General Contractor/Construction Manager, Design Build, and Progressive Design Build
  • Review contractor bids
  • Constructability review
  • Manage, coordinate efforts and review paperwork necessary for contractors to obtain a Notice to Proceed (NTP)
  • Coordinate with agencies to obtain sign off on project permits
  • Manage project closeout processes including punchlist, beneficial occupancy and substantial completion; prepare Resident Engineer (RE) Closeout Memo
  • Attend meetings, participate in site walks, help develop and manage a safe site with project safety team
  • Process contractor pay requests and manage pay estimate tracking processes
  • Provide leadership, mentoring and coaching of developing staff members

Desirable Qualifications and Education

  • BS in Construction Management, Civil Engineering or related field from an accredited university* 
  • Knowledge of Bluebeam, Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Project, P6 or other scheduling software
  • Demonstrated understanding of green and sustainable building practices, LEED Accredited
  • Experience with web-based project management tools
  • Demonstrated experience in management of professional staff
  • CESCL Training
  • OSHA 10

*Foreign degree equivalent is acceptable

About the Firm

Founded in 1955, OAC provides public and private multi-disciplinary, building consulting services. OAC delivers comprehensive program management, applying proven management techniques to the planning, design, and construction of a project from inception to completion. OAC's building enclosure team designs efficient, complete, and sustainable building enclosure systems. The Forensic Architecture and Engineering practice at OAC provide investigation, repair design, and expert witness consulting on construction litigation and insurance claims.


For over six decades, OAC has been widely recognized as one of the best in our industry. For the 4th year in a row, we made "The top 10 Best Workplaces in Washington", and continues to earn "Washington's Best Companies to Work For" – Seattle Business Magazine and Washington's Best Workplaces – Puget Sound Business Journal. We are a growing company, with locations in Seattle, Spokane, Olympia, Everett, San Diego, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Dallas. 


The future is bright as we continue to expand - check out our website for more: 


OAC is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Description above provided from a recent public agency request for proposal.

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  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Department
    PG 16
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience