Department of Transportation Bridge Conditions and Operations Enginee in Helena, Montana

Position Summary This position is a statewide technical lead for bridge condition, deterioration, serviceability, load rating, and condition inspection. It is an expert in one or more major types of bridges such as steel girders, trusses, timber, prestressed concrete, or others. This expertise and other engineering knowledge is used to provide leadership to the statewide bridge condition inspection program (NBIS). This position also administers the NBIS Quality Assurance (QA) program, coordinates bridge operations with Motor Carrier Services, and assists with the bridge maintenance and scour program. This position travels statewide approximately 20% of the time, to work with inspectors and review bridge inspections and repairs. Essential Duties and Responsibilities Coordinate NBIS Program Provides technical leadership and oversight to the NBIS bridge condition inspection program. Works with the District Bridge Inspection Coordinators to identify the underlying engineering issues on specific deficiencies identified during condition inspections, and evaluates these issues for corrective action on individual bridges and for their implication to the statewide inventory of similar bridges. Works with districts to determine the significance of changed conditions noted by the district. Determines need for, and performs, structural analysis to determine bridge capacity based on changed conditions. Administers the NBIS Quality Assurance program. Conducts Quality Assurance reviews both in the office and the field. Coordinates cross-district reviews. Administers and modifies the QA program to ensure bridge conditions are coded uniformly across the State and inspections are meeting standards. Uses QA review results to design program changes to ensure data integrity and bridge safety. Scope for change includes actual bridge inspection activities, district inspection coordination, quality control/assurance, and program policies. Reviews and sets standards for the NBIS Bridge Condition Inspection program. Ensures MDT program procedures comply with latest FHWA guidelines. Monitors trends in bridge inspection, both within the state and nationwide. Incorporates best practices into the program. Works with the District Bridge Inspection Coordinators on ideas identified in the districts. Evaluates changes and implements them statewide. Develops policy changes for the MDT Bridge Inspection and Load Rating manual. Provides leadership and coordination for statewide bridge inspector meetings. Uses results of various activities, such as engineering issues identified on individual bridges, QA reviews, and trends and changes in the NBIS inspection procedures, to help determine training needs and discussion topics for bridge condition inspector meetings. Coordinates and delegates topic presentation and provides technical oversight for all areas. Develops and provides expertise statewide on one or more areas of bridge condition, deterioration, or analysis. The areas may be items such as steel fatigue, timber deterioration and rehabilitation, concrete beam rehabilitation and repair, or others. Coordinates consultant selection processes with the Consultant Design Bureau for specialized bridge inspections. Manages consultant contracts for specialized bridge inspection services. Provides technical expertise to inspectors on data entry in the Structure Management System. Assesses training needs and develops procedures and policies for use of the Structure Management System. Bridge Operations Provides technical expertise on bridge load rating processes. Develops and implements guidance and policy on bridge load rating processes. Provides technical expertise to the automation of bridge rating using AASHTOWare BrDR software suite. Provides guidance and direction on data input issues to ensure bridge structural input is consistent and reasonable. Reviews analysis outputs and other methods and results to ensure technical accuracy and consistency. Provides fe