Resident Engineer

HNTB Job Title
Resident Engineer
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Engineering-Rail Transit
Job ID

Why Choose HNTB?

For more than a century, HNTB has helped deliver infrastructure solutions that best meet the unique needs of our clients. With client relationships spanning decades, we understand infrastructure life cycles and have the perspective to solve technical challenges with clarity and imagination. We are far more than a design firm. We see and help address far-reaching issues of financing, legislation, design, construction, community outreach and ongoing operations. As employee-owners committed to the highest levels of performance, we enable clients to achieve their goals and inspiring visions.

At HNTB, we’re encouraged to go beyond discovering mere solutions that will impact our very landscape. We are encouraged to ask, “What if?” Our HNTB family fosters an inventive and resourceful commitment to finding unique answers to complex problems. We believe that the act of wondering sparks creativity. We will work to foster your creativity, career and personal growth. Come join HNTB and unleash your spark of imagination.

For you, “together” can mean the chance to put together an exciting career. At HNTB “together” also means collaborating across geographies and disciplines within the firm. And “together” means that we are partners with our clients. Our goals are linked, and their success is our success. “Together” means that we are engaged in the communities we serve — we live there — and are committed to their growth and development.


The time is right to join HNTB! We are currently seeking Resident Engineers in our Chicago, Illinois office.


Each Resident Engineer will be responsible for overall field management of HNTB’s construction management services provided on trackwork, station, structure, or other facility projects that support rail operations of a diverse and complex nature. Monitors activities of assigned staff for conformance with contractual requirements, provides technical leadership for field engineers and other direct reports, and reviews constructability of project drawings and specifications to mitigate installation issues.

Job Summary

  • Read and Interpret complex contract documents – plans and specifications
  • Read and interpret construction contract language
  • Monitor Contractor progress and compare with reviewed Progress Schedule
  • Provides guidance, training and leadership to inspection, quality, and project controls staff.
  • Administer Construction Budget
  • Monitors HNTB’s CM Quality Plan and assist Project Quality Representative to ensure required procedures are performed and documented through the construction phaseCollect data to brief Client on Project Issues and provide possible resolution
  • Review and draft responses to Contractor's correspondence as required
  • Review Inspector Daily Reports and Assemble Summary Report of Daily Activities
  • Proactively manage construction changes and claims and work with client to resolve
  • Monitors contractor progress against project schedule and identifies recovery opportunities
  • Oversees construction contracts in the $25-$500 Million  range
  • Actively manage client’s budget, schedule and scope of construction project; HNTB budget and schedule; project communications and documentation.

Essential Responsibility



  • 10 years of direct Resident Engineer construction management experience in rail rapid transit and/or public rail transit construction, including power and way renewal and facility renewal projects on an existing, operating rapid transit system
  • Design-Bid-Build or Design-Build Experience in construction of major heavy rail trackwork, stations or structures


  • BS in Engineering (Civil or Mechanical) or Construction Management
  • PE in Illinois or ability to obtain within six months
  • Experience on CTA projects
  • Experience in construction means and methods for elevated and ballasted, embedded and direct fixation track systems
  • Strong communications and leadership characteristics
  • Understanding of track interface and coordination with rail systems including traction power, OCS, Signals and Communications
  • Familiarity with electronic and web-based project management tools and file management systems



HNTB Corporation is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran. 

The HNTB Companies are an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, citizenship status, or other status protected by law.  In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, we will hire only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States (if the position is or will be one which is subject to U.S. law). We will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individual with a disability where appropriate.


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