Engineering Principal Associate I

Role: Engineering Principal Associate I
Office: Houston
Position Summary

Principal Associates at TEI are key team members who are expected to demonstrate leadership in projects, for clients, and within TEI in the following ways:

  • Project Leadership entails managing, directing, and executing overall project work underneath a Principal-in-Charge and developing project scopes, fees, and schedules. This position requires developing comprehensive project management skills to maintain deadlines and project deliverables.
  • Client Leadership involves working directly with clients for projects, developing relationships with clients, and maintaining them beyond the life of a project.
  • Team Leadership at TEI recognizes there is great value in continual learning, from experts in our fields and from each other. As a Principal Associate you are encouraged to build your knowledge and skillset while helping grow the team members around you through mentorship and training
Examples of Projects & Responsibilities

As a Principal Associate in TEI’s engineering team, the following are examples of the types of projects, deliverables, and responsibilities you may expect, depending on the project and your particular skills:

  • Preparing intersection and corridor traffic analyses
  • Microsimulation of isolated intersections, corridors, and area networks
  • Development of roadway cross-sections, schematic design, and PS&E production
  • Reviewing site development plans and preparing Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) reports
  • Optimizing traffic signal timing plans, including use of priority and pre-emption
  • Identifying and analyzing safety improvements, including use of the Highway Safety Manual
  • Detailed design of traffic signals, on-street and off-street bikeways, sidewalk and pedestrian facilities, transit stops, and intersections focused on system safety
  • Identify and follow project management standards and best practices
  • Collaborate as a part of a team to appropriately staff projects and manage client work

TEI requires a comprehensive and practical knowledge of transportation design elements including use of analytical judgment and decision-making abilities appropriate to the project. A successful candidate will have previous work in some or many of the following areas:

  • Traffic signal timing plans and phasing optimization
  • Trip Generation for mixed-use facilities
  • Microsimulation of transportation facilities
  • Intersection design (e.g. signalized intersections, innovative intersections, roundabouts)
  • Applying best practices from industry standards and guides such as:
    • Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
    • Highway Capacity Manual
    • AASHTO Green Book
    • NACTO Design Guides

Candidates should meet most of the following qualifications: :

  • Professional Engineer in Texas (or the ability to obtain Texas reciprocity within six months)
  • 6+ years of experience, with at least 1 year of project management experience
  • Excellent written, verbal, and other communication skills
  • Organizational skills and the ability to manage time and multiple tasks
  • Demonstrated analytic and problem-solving ability
  • Demonstrated skills with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Demonstrated skills in MicroStation and/or other CAD software
  • Demonstrated skills in traffic modeling software (e.g. Synchro and/or VISTRO)
  • Experience with VISSIM is a plus
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