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Principal Engineer, Drainage at Parsons Corporation

Principal Engineer, Drainage

Parsons Corporation Centreville, VA Full-Time

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Job Description:


For over 75 years, Parsons has been providing advanced mobility solutions for our transportation clients. From transportation planning to light rail corridor design and design-build services for large transportation projects and signature bridges, Parsons mobilizes local, national, and international expertise to deliver some of the most complex infrastructure projects in the world. Our teams are energized by collaboration; it motivates us as individuals and strengthens our performance as a group. We encourage an entrepreneurial spirit and creativity in the pursuit of accomplishing our goals. We are looking for people who will share our view. If that spirit of collaboration, innovation, and excellence is part of your makeup, youll fit right into our group!

Parsons is adding a Principal Level Drainage Engineer within the Mobility Solutions sector of the Desert/Mountain West Region. If youre looking to grow your career, we have the right project opportunities along with local and regional staff to support your success. This position will be based out of the Denver, Colorado office though telecommuting will be considered as needed. The role will be focused on the delivery of timely, innovative, and efficient designs and coordinating Drainage designs with all other engineering and design disciplines.

Parsons extensive experience with transportation Drainage Engineering, combined with your engineering knowledge, will propel your career forward with opportunity for advancement with high performance. We need our Principal Engineers to be versatile and enthusiastic to work in a highly flexible, team oriented environment and have exceptional communication, analytical, and management skills.

Position Overview:

The successful candidate will determine methods and solutions for complex hydrologic and hydraulic problems and select the most efficient and economical methodology in meeting Project objectives. Applies advanced engineering techniques and analyses within the Drainage Engineering discipline. This level of engineer is a fully qualified professional, proficient in the utilization of current Drainage Engineering theories and practices. May serve as a technical consultant in Drainage Engineering for management or the client. Many assignments involve CAE (computer aided engineering)/CAD (computer aided design) applications. Project Management activities, including managing direct reports with respect to Project scope, schedule, and budget and interfacing with clients is expected as required. Willingness to travel to supplier, client, or construction site locations, as required.


  • May function as discipline Project Engineer on medium to large projects, assuming responsibility for the work of the group.

  • May plan, direct, and supervise the work of a major engineering unit or project requiring a large-scale expenditure of manpower and financial investment.

  • May perform typical transportation Drainage design activities as required, including but not limited to:

  • Drainage area peak flow/volumetric (hydrograph) runoff calculations.

  • Inlet and roadway spread calculations.

  • Storm drain design calculations.

  • Detention/retention pond design.

  • Water quality calculations/site design.

  • River modeling (1D and 2D) for bridge replacement Projects.

  • Construction plan production.

  • Quality control checks of sheets and calculations.

  • Leads other engineers and design personnel in technical excellence and growth in the Quality Improvement Process.

  • Provides Drainage review for interdisciplinary design reviews and analytical studies/analyses.

  • Ensures compliance of Drainage design with all applicable contracts, codes, and regulations, providing the seal and signature of the Professional Engineer when required by statute or contract.

  • Conducts surveys, studies, and site investigations.

  • Maintains affiliation with professional societies to keep abreast of current technologies.

  • Helps determine budget estimates and staffing requirements for the defined scope and schedule.

  • Recommends and prepares technical papers.

  • Performs other responsibilities associated with this position as appropriate.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (or related field) and 10+ years of related work experience.

  • Professional Engineer (P.E.) registration.

  • Potential to perform in a lead capacity.

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.

  • Familiarity with industry best practices.

  • Thorough knowledge of current Drainage Engineering software.

  • Able to select and apply appropriate Drainage Engineering software for use on a project.

  • Experience with Microstation, InRoads/OpenRoads Designer, and/or AutoCAD Civil3D.

Minimum Clearance Required to Start:

Not Applicable/None

This position is part of our Critical Infrastructure team.

A full-service engineering and construction firm, we work in diverse, collaborative teams, both within the company and with our partners and customers, to plan, design, build, and modernize infrastructure. We take special pride in projects and solutions that improve communities as well as peoples quality of life by promoting economic growth, enhancing mobility, and increasing sustainability and resiliency. Powered by our people, we provide the imagination necessary to support our customers visionsand to help them see new possibilities.

Salary Range: $92,200.00 - $161,400.00

We value our employees and want our employees to take care of their overall wellbeing, which is why we offer best-in-class benefits such as medical, dental, vision, paid time off, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), 401(k), life insurance, flexible work schedules, and holidays to fit your busy lifestyle!

The position may require a COVID vaccination or an approved accommodation/exemption for a disability/medical condition or religious belief as required by federal, state, provincial or local mandates or customer requirements.

Parsons is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace. Diversity is ingrained in who we are, how we do business, and is one of our companys core values. Parsons equally employs representation at all job levels for minority, female, disabled, protected veteran and LGBTQ+.

We truly invest and care about our employees wellbeing and provide endless growth opportunities as the sky is the limit, so aim for the stars! Imagine next and join the Parsons questAPPLY TODAY!About Us

Parsons is a digitally enabled solutions provider focused on the defense, security, and infrastructure markets. With nearly 75 years of experience, Parsons is uniquely qualified to deliver cyber/converged security, technology-based intellectual property, and other innovative services to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide.

Parsons is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran/LGBTQ+.

For more about Parsons, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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