Naval Architect - Kiewit Infrastructure Engineers


Federal Way, WA, US

Requisition ID: 171644 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Home District/Group: Kiewit Infrastructure Engineers 

Department: Design Engineering 

Market: Marine 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Kiewit Infrastructure Engineering has an opening for a dynamic Experienced Naval Architect/Engineer in our Temporary Works Group, to support our fleet of over 55 large construction vessels. The ideal candidate will be a part of a growing team that supports all aspects of the construction process by performing innovative design engineering through brainstorming conceptual designs, performing and/or reviewing structural calculations, developing plans, scheduling tasks to meet client needs, as well as mitigating risk to keep our construction crews safe. Kiewit has the premier marine construction fleet in North America and intends to keep it that way through modernization or our existing vessels, and construction of new vessels.  This is an opportunity to be a major part of that effort, working directly with the construction teams.

Our Temporary Works Group consists of innovative design engineers whose expertise in designing and building temporary structures adds value to the success of our clients’ projects. Additionally, Temp Works provides on-site engineering and coordination support through leading and collaborating with Kiewit’s construction teams.  


This group supports design-build tasks that include: Bridge erection & demolition, Cofferdam design, Critical crane lifts, Erection sequencing & staged construction analysis, Hoisting and jacking, Deep foundations and dewatering, Excavation support, Marine engineering, Pile drive analysis, Ductwork analysis, Falsework design, Temporary bridge & trestle, mooring and berthing facility design, estimate support, Working surface design, marine fleet & equipment maintenance and modernization, and On-site engineering support.

District Overview

Kiewit Infrastructure Engineering's Design Build Management team are driving clients to turn to Kiewit during all stages of design-build projects to manage their multi-disciplined design teams to improve schedule, control costs, and minimize risk. Our construction-driven engineers analyze root causes and resolve design issues before they impact schedule and budget. Particularly on large design-build projects, 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 design best practices for all projects that we support.


Our participation leads to safe, cost effective, and innovative designs that achieve client expectations and further Kiewit’s legacy of excellence.


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 401k plan, and unbeatable growth opportunities, by joining Kiewit, you’re ensuring a lifetime of success.


This position is based out of our Federal Way, WA offices, with regular travel to our Seattle marine yard. 


  • Perform design reviews and evaluate constructability. Independently performs work that requires conventional engineering but may also perform more complex engineering work with higher level technical supervision. Conduct technical evaluations of structural analysis and load calculations to ensure the sound design and compliance meeting requirements. 
  • Plans, schedules, conducts, or coordinates detailed phases of the engineering work in a part of a major project or in a total project of moderate scope. 
  • Performs work that involves conventional engineering practice but may include a variety of complex features such as conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of conventional materials, and difficult coordination requirements. 
  • Design and prepare engineering reports and related documentation, and devise charts and graphs to record results.
  • Utilize computers including the Microsoft Office Suite for reviewing and compiling information for data entry and transferring files and electronic/digital scans. Experience in maintaining, organizing, tracking the status, and prioritizing engineering documents (both physical and electronic records). 
  • Resolve technical issues and manage information generated through the design and construction phases of multiple and concurrent projects. Work requires a broad knowledge of precedents in the specialty area and a good knowledge of and practices of related specialties carried out by others. 
  • Work closely with junior and senior engineers to create vessel and vessel system designs and research compliance specifications and technical design issues including, but not limited to, ship’s structures, hydrostatics, hydrodynamics, stability, and seakeeping, to report findings and to recommend possible solutions.
  • Interface with classification societies and USCG to attain and maintain class and load line certificates for various typed of barges and other vessels in the marine construction fleet.
  • Manage weight control during vessel modifications and perform deadweight surveys and inclining experiments when required
  • Survey existing vessels to determine scope of repair and maintenance activities
  • Perform and/or oversee vessel hull structure design for hull repair, modification, new or increased equipment loading, and new construction
  • Analyze vessel stability for cargo, construction machinery loading, and crane operations; develop load capacity charts for derrick barge cranes and mobile cranes on barges
  • Provide engineering support for hull outfitting and marine equipment, including cranes and other material handling equipment, winches, mooring systems, electrical and hydraulic powering systems, piping and ventilation, etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture or related field is required.
  • Marine background and experience is required. 
  • Professional Engineer licensure or eligibility within the United States
  • 3+ years marine/naval engineering experience. More is preferred.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret hydraulic, electrical, mechanical, system control logic, and other technical drawings, industry journals, documents & regulations such as ABS, Lloyds, DNV, USCG etc.
  • Experience working directly with Class and USCG to ensure vessel compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Knowledge and aptitude for structural, mechanical and electrical products in marine systems is required. 
  • Strong all-around academic knowledge of structural engineering
  • Experience with engineering design software will be an advantage; this includes AutoCAD, BlueBeam, MathCAD, Navisworks, RISA-3D, MOSES, etc.
  • Experience with working in a team setting
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Strong inter-personal skills and an ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Ability to organize and handle multiple project assignments
  • Ability to travel/TDY assignments and/or relocate based on business needs
  • Ability to freely access all points of a construction site in wide-ranging climates and environment.


Other Requirements:
•    Regular, reliable attendance
•    Work productively and meet deadlines timely
•    Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment
•    Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
•    Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.
•    May work at various different locations and conditions may vary


Base Compensation: $89,874 - $120,841

(Actual compensation is subject to variation due to such factors as education, experience, skillset, and/or location)

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.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue

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