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Director, Facility Engineering

Director, Facility Engineering

Job Description

Global reach. Local results.

Ports America is proud to be the largest terminal operator and stevedore in the United States, operating in more than 42 ports and 80 locations.

We provide clients with a distinct competitive advantage, combining the flexibility of global connection with the efficiency of local expertise.


The Director of Facility Engineering will oversee and direct planning, design, permitting, contracting, and construction related to all new terminal facility improvements and development, and will support the operating arms with comprehensive engineering expertise as needed. 


  • Prepare working plans for terminal improvements, modifications, and developments.
  • Prepare operating capacity models for storage, traffic, and equipment utilization.
  • Prepare Requests for Proposals for engineering services covering all aspects of marine terminal improvement, at all levels of execution.
  • Prepare Requests for Bids for construction services covering any aspect of marine terminal improvement.
  • Negotiate contracts for design and construction services using Ports America’s standardized tools.
  • Oversee all aspects of design by consultants, and support communication between consultants and internal management.
  • Oversee all aspects of construction, ensure integration between construction and operational activities, assure quality in the constructed product, and ensure that all regulatory and permitting requirements are being met.
  • Engage with Port Authority Engineering staff, acting as an informed communication bridge for facility management.
  • Engage with Port Authority Environmental personnel, to assure that all permits are properly prepared, enacted, and enforced.
  • Engage with customer engineering and management staff, to communicate potential engineering solutions to operational problems, and to garner support for necessary engineering projects.
  • Engage with Business Development staff to conduct due diligence and operational analysis on potential new investments, domestically and abroad.
  • Engage with the larger maritime engineering community, bringing new development, equipment, and operational improvements to the attention of appropriate internal management.
  • Other duties as assigned.
The above duties and responsibilities are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Job Requirements

  • 4 year ABET or equal college degree in Civil Engineering.
  • Professional Engineering registration from one of the United States.
  • 10+ years of demonstrated expertise in directing engineering planning and design in the maritime facility sector, focused on upland operational improvements.
  • ASCE Level IX experience and professional engagement.
  • Must have excellent management, written communication, and professional presentation skills to provide site managers and corporate executives with balanced, informed engineering judgment as to capital cost, durability, risk, and operational performance.
  • Must be a self-sustaining, able to produce quality technical information, in clear and concise format, without reliance on a “production” engineering staff.
  • Must have a working knowledge of waterfront labor relationships.
  • Must be familiar with operational and facility engineering parameters for all common types of container handling equipment.
  • Must have a working knowledge of the design parameters for heavy wharves, dredged channels, heavy marine operating pavements, terminal operating buildings, and dock gantry cranes.
  • Must have a working knowledge of factors influencing marine terminal operating capacity and productivity, and be able to model these factors against real-world data.
  • Must have a working knowledge of essential environmental permitting practices and procedures in the major port areas of the United States, and be able to communicate the effects of those practices for operational and executive management.
  • Deep understanding of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project, Visio, AutoCAD is highly preferred.

Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Engineering
Education Not Specified
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Transportation
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID 269
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Director, Facility Engineering

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