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Civil Engineer
Company: Otak
Location: Portland, US
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 12/06/2021
Expire Date: 01/05/2022
Job Categories: Architectural Services, Computers, Software, Construction, Mining and Trades, Engineering, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Insurance, Transportation, Research & Development, Medical, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services, Energy / Utilities
Job Description
Civil Engineer


If you are out of the area and interested in relocating to the beautiful Pacific NW for this opportunity, relocation assistance is provided!

Otak is hiring for experienced Civil Engineers!  Come join our diverse, thriving civil engineering practice and use your expertise in successfully undertaking land development and/or public transportation infrastructure projects throughout the Metro area. This position will work on multi-disciplinary projects where you will use your engineering judgment to transform design concepts into construction drawings and technical specifications. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated with an enthusiastic, team-oriented attitude!

This position can be based in our Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA office. Occasional travel between offices may be necessary for team collaboration and/or client meetings.

Because Otak is an integrated multi-disciplinary design firm, you will have the opportunity to partner with our architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, surveyors and support staff, who all share a desire to blend an innovative approach to creating mindful designs.  As a part of the team, you will have the opportunity to use your engineering judgement to progress design concepts into construction drawings and technical specifications.  

What you'll do:

  • Perform civil design tasks related to site layout, grading, drainage, utilities, and erosion control or;
  • Perform transportation infrastructure tasks related to roadway design, water and sanitary sewer design, active transportation, pedestrian and bike access, and Safe Routes to Schools.
  • Prepare construction plans using AutoCAD/Civil 3D.
  • Prepare specifications and cost estimates.
  • Provide construction support services.

 What you'll bring:

  • Must have minimum five (5) years of professional related work experience.
  • Bachelor's in Civil Engineering from an accredited college or university or equivalent education is required.
  • Professional Engineer (PE) license in good standing is required.
  • Demonstrated experience with latest AutoCAD and Civil 3D software.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

While Otak does not currently have a mandatory COVID vaccination policy, we do work with public agencies and private clients who do require all contractors and subcontractors be vaccinated.


At our core, we believe that supporting our communities begins with supporting our employees. No matter what stage you're at in your career, we have a comprehensive total rewards program to enhance your quality of life, help support your family, and assist you in achieving your personal and professional goals. Otak employees enjoy competitive salaries; no-cost medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; a 401(k)-retirement match that is 100% vested immediately; ; Paid Time Off (PTO) accrual based on your industry experience rather than your seniority plus 9 paid holidays per year; a commuter allowance (based on your office location); support for your professional registration and/or certification fees; and much more!

Why work at Otak?

We're not just looking for skills and experience, having shared values is just as important! When you work at Otak, you aren't just joining a firm -- you're joining a community. We believe our best work happens in a culture of collaboration and inclusion, where the expertise of diverse individuals can thrive in a foundation of teamwork. The work environment we create is built on a simple concept: working on interesting projects with interesting people. However, we don't just believe in cultivating our own community; we're also committed to enriching the communities around us with smart, creative solutions. We know our employees make an investment in us, so we're committed to making an investment in them. Seasoned experts and young professionals work together to encourage personal growth and skill development at all experience levels. Plus, we're expanding -- and we're dedicated to developing an internal infrastructure with the strength and talent to support that growth. 

What is it really like to work at Otak?  Watch this short video: Our Why

Otak employees have a progressive mindset and sustainable community perspective. We encourage our staff to volunteer in their communities by giving them an option to earn extra vacation time for their volunteer hours. Otak combines the best of a small firm mentality with strong collaboration across disciplines with the plentiful opportunities to work on exciting projects offered by a growing firm. We also encourage life balance and foster a fun work environment. Our Northwest sensibilities are reflected in our commitment to sustainability and diversity.  And believing that diversity fosters innovation and strengthens our skills, we embrace a culture of inclusion and equity in our company and in our communities.

Otak is proud to be an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

For us, diversity isn't a box to check, it is woven into our key values. Diversity is the deep, running vein that fosters innovation, strengthens our team, and opens doors.  This is why we're determined to build a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our team embraces each other's unique perspectives and strives to promote a culture where we all feel a sense of belonging.  We understand that when we are able to courageously show up as our fully evolved selves, there is more collaboration, more creative ideas and an increase in capitalizing on our team's natural talents. If you are a minority, veteran, person with a disability, or a member of the LGBTQA Community, we strongly encourage and welcome you to apply to any open position of interest.


Contact Information
Contact Name: Susan Dull
Company Name: Otak
Contact Email: susan.dull@otak.com
Website: https://boards.greenhouse.io/otak/j...
Company Description:
The impact we make in our clients' communities begins at home with the strong kinship we cultivate here at Otak. As a multidisciplinary design, planning, and project management firm, we bring together a diverse group of specialists. But it is our passion for the work we do that unites us. We are not just looking for the most qualified or experienced candidates. We are looking for talented people who embody the Otak spirit. We embrace a culture of inclusion and equity in both our company and our communities, because we have seen firsthand how diversity fosters innovation and strengthens our skills. Are you someone who gets excited by projects that do not just fulfill a need, but also transform a community for the better? If that is the case, you belong with us.
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