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Design Engineering Manager - Hydro & Dams - Kiewit Infrastructure Engineers


Laval, Quebec, CA Oakville, ON, CA Burnaby, British Columbia, CA

Requisition ID: 150879 

Job Level: Senior Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit Infrastructure Engineers 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: Water/Wastewater 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Kiewit has an immediate opening for a Water Resources Design Engineering Manager with experience in the design and construction of dams, hydroelectric facilities, and other hydraulic structures to support Kiewit Corporation’s Hydroelectric, Dams, and Water Resources business across North America.

The successful candidate will bring energy, enthusiasm and a focus on collaboration while providing technical, quality, and safety leadership on projects and pursuits.

The Water Resources Design Engineering Manager will work with an interdisciplinary team that includes civil, structural, geotechnical, mechanical, and electrical engineers, as well as estimators, schedulers, construction project managers, and other construction professionals.

In this role you will have the opportunity leverage and manage our Kiewit Engineering staff and subconsultants to deliver design-build, EPC, PPP, and other alternative-delivery water resources projects across North America.

District Overview

Kiewit Infrastructure Engineering's Design-Build team is driving clients to turn to Kiewit during all stages of design-build projects.  Through our integrated design and construction approach, our multi-disciplinary team works together to improve schedule, control costs and minimize risk.

Our construction-focused engineers work collaboratively with our estimators and builders to design solutions that are innovative, constructible, and designed with a focus on safety. Clients benefit from the proven processes and tools used by Kiewit to minimize project risk. We are an in-house resource that supports projects throughout the company. Our staff shares experiences gained, innovative concepts, and best practices for all projects that we support.

On our team, you’ll have the opportunity to see more, touch more, and do more than you ever imagined. Working hard will not only bring you satisfaction from a job well done, but it will help propel your career forward faster than you might expect. We will train you, develop your skills, and allow you to take on projects that impact millions across North America.

With top-notch health benefits, a wealth-building RRSP plan, and unbeatable growth opportunities, by joining Kiewit, you’re ensuring a lifetime of success.


This position will be based out of Kiewit major hub locations across Canada (Laval, QC; Oakville, ON; Burnaby, BC) with travel as business necessitates to project sites and other offices.


Pre-award work: 

  • Manage staff and activities for projects of varying size and complexity; develop staffing plans and schedules to meet the delivery schedule and task requirements. 
  • Lead teams of Kiewit design engineers, estimators, and subconsultants and ensure they are prepared to execute and deliver pre-award work products. 
  • Implement Company’s Design-Build estimating procedures with interdisciplinary pursuit teams to develop innovative and cost-effective bid phase designs, identify key project risks, and develop plans to mitigate those risks.
  • Work closely with Business Line Management staff to leverage relationships with subconsultants and owners to help position Kiewit for success. 
  • Participate in development and negotiation of teaming agreements between subconsultants, ensuring that Kiewit protocols and standards for commercial and risk terms are achieved. 
  • Ensure that project controls measures are implemented. Conduct periodic project reviews to oversee and facilitate successful project delivery performance. 
  • Lead transition from pre-award to post-award work planning and resource scheduling. 


Post-award work: 

  • Lead and manage a team of Kiewit design engineers and subconsultants; support the design engineering team so they are prepared to execute and deliver. 
  • Manage the design team to ensure work scopes are met while producing quality deliverables within the required schedule; lead risk and change management; balance needs of Engineering and Construction to deliver best outcomes for Kiewit. 
  • Plan, direct, and supervise the activities of assigned personnel; provide and enforce proper delegation of management authority, responsibility, and accountability.   
  • Make certain the project team complies with contractual requirements while also exercising cost/schedule control to implement the approved design; ensure designs are completed with consistent application of design standards, regulatory requirements, technical approaches, and in accordance with the design quality management program.
  • Ensure Company’s Design-Build standard operating procedures for integrated project delivery are implemented by project teams; ensure Company’s project controls procedures are followed on projects to monitor and control design; monitor/control progress project management reviews. 
  • Develop action plans with timelines to implement strategies; collaborate with others to incorporate best ideas into plans and gain buy-in through effective communication. 
  • Interface and maintain relationships with Owners, Regulatory Agencies, other Kiewit operating districts, and design partners. 
  • Foster an environment that emphasizes collaboration and coordination; provide feedback and encourage learning to create growth opportunities; mentor and develop technical capabilities of team members.
  • Lead by example with respect to safety, quality, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement.


  • Minimum 15 years of progressive design management experience, with a strong focus on design-build or EPC delivery of dam, hydropower, pumped storage, and water resources projects.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a Design Manager position with project management responsibility on complex, multidisciplinary projects required; direct experience on at least one EPC/design-build/alternative delivery project, preferred.
  • Professional engineering registration, required.
  • Bachelor’s degree or greater in Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, or Geotechnical Engineering, or closely related field, required. 
  • Demonstrated broad technical knowledge and application of technical solutions to the rehabilitation of existing and design and construction of new dam, hydroelectric, and other water resources projects, including ability to develop and evaluate innovative and cost-effective design solutions to problems and challenges.
  • Knowledge of state/provincial and federal/national dam and levee guidance and regulations, including USACE design standards, US Bureau of Reclamation design standards, FERC guidelines, CDA guidance documents, etc.
  • Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills, with a focus on interdisciplinary design management and working in team environments. 
  • Strong work ethic and demonstrated ability to foster collaboration between technical and management teams working from other locations; demonstrated experience building, developing, and aligning high performance teams to meet organizational goals. 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong client relationships; enthusiastic and resilient attitude with drive to achieve and maximize opportunities. 
  • This position requires travel to project offices and work sites. Ability to travel based on business needs and requirements (at least 35%), including the physical ability to freely access all points of a construction site in wide-ranging climates and environmental conditions.
  • Very good English communication, French is an asset 


Additional Requirements:

  • Absent an approved exemption, due to federal, state, local, provincial and/or client-requirements, this position may require an individual to be fully vaccinated by a Health Canada-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly testing upon hire and as a condition of continued employment.

We believe in equal opportunity in employment practices without discrimination and comply with all laws regarding human rights in the provinces where we operate.

There’s no limit to what you’ll work on at Kiewit. With contracts in different markets and geographic areas, you’ll tackle new challenges all the time. Whether you’re building a facility that can turn water into power or engineering safer infrastructure networks, you’re bound to push the limits of innovation in new and exciting ways.

With Kiewit, you’ll have the potential to work on a variety of projects in seven major markets. From railroads to tunnels, renewable energy to biofuels, you’ll be part of a mission that’s bigger than you can imagine. 

Here, you’ll team up with market experts and gain cross-functional experience — all while helping people across the globe live better.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

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