Entry-Level Engineer/Planner

Find your career here as an entry-level transportation engineer/planner. See below for highlights of our offices with immediate needs, however, we’re always accepting applications for each of our locations. Let us know your location preferences when you apply.

Entry-Level Engineer Planner

 We are a diverse group of individuals with one thing in common – a passion for transportation. That passion is one thing we value highly in candidates for our team. Our Entry-Level Engineers and Planners may expect to build a career foundation through a wide variety of experiences. An emphasis is placed on early development of project management and technical skills. You’ll maximize opportunities for personal and professional growth through experience in both planning and engineering project work by being exposed to a multitude of project types and tasks, including the following:

  • Transportation impact studies
  • Bicycle and pedestrian planning
  • Access, circulation, and parking studies
  • Multimodal operations assessment
  • Complete Streets planning, operations, and design
  • Preparation of cost estimates and project specifications
  • Transit forecasting and operations
  • Travel behavior forecasting
  • Vehicle miles of travel (VMT) assessment
  • Systemic safety studies
  • Highway interchange/corridor studies
  • Climate Action Plans
  • Freight planning
  • Transportation Demand Management plans
  • Preparation of design drawings from the conceptual stage all the way to construction-ready documents, including the following:
    • Bikeways/Complete Streets
    • Signing and striping
    • Traffic signals/ITS
    • Street lighting
    • Roundabouts
    • Temporary traffic control

Career Process

You will apply your local knowledge and skills to the following:

  • Transportation analysis and report writing
  • Meeting participation, including preparation of presentations and public outreach materials
  • Project management
  • Participation in professional organizations
  • Site visits and field data collection
  • The Fehr & Peers internal Research and Development program

On Day 1…

  • Be ready to ask many questions.

By the end of the first month you will have…

  • On-the-job training and mentoring.
  • Worked on a few different projects.
  • Started seeking your own work from project managers.

By the end of six months you will have…

  • Worked on a variety of projects, and with most staff in the office.
  • Used several technical software programs.
  • Prepared deliverables, including memos, reports, and presentations.

By the end of the first year you will have…

  • Attended client meetings.
  • Increased responsibility with managing small projects.

Qualifications

We look for the following qualifications, and encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet all qualifications, as long as you demonstrate an ability and willingness to learn:

  • An entrepreneurial spirit and a proactive approach to communication and getting work done
  • Genuine curiosity for the work and familiarity with the challenges of day-to-day travel within your community
  • A completed or in-process Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in transportation, civil or electrical engineering, urban and regional planning, or a related major (e.g. geography, math, statistics, economics)
  • Coursework in transportation, engineering, urban and regional planning, geography, math, statistics, economics, or other related courses (An EIT for engineering candidates is preferred)
  • Experience or exposure related to the following topic areas and the corresponding relevant software, but experience in all these areas and software is not required:
    • Topic Areas: Field work, traffic operations analysis, signal design, transportation planning (e.g. bicycle or transit plans, infrastructure finance, transportation and land use policy, and/or travel demand modeling).
    • Software:
      • General: Excel, GIS (ArcGIS, QGIS), CAD (AutoCAD, Microstation)
      • Traffic Operations Analysis: HCS, Synchro/SimTraffic, Vistro, VISSIM, Sidra
      • Travel Demand Modeling: Cube/Voyager, TransCAD, VISUM, Emme
      • Programming: Python, R
    • Previous work experience in an office setting related to an area listed above
    • Experience with technical writing and public speaking through school and/or work
    • Interpersonal skills, a desire to collaborate, and a creative approach to problem-solving
    • Organizational skills and the ability to balance priorities between multiple tasks within a defined timeline
    • Experience with Microsoft Excel, GIS, or CAD (desirable)

 

Browse Our Immediate Needs

Entry-Level Positions

Denver Engineer

Denver staff have worked on many notable projects, including the River Mile (Elitch Gardens Redevelopment) Transportation Impact Assessment, South Broadway Multimodal Design, Denver Intersection Safety Study, and the University of Colorado, Boulder Transportation Master Plan. An interest in bikeway design, signal design, and signing and striping design is encouraged in this role. Denver’s team of ten operates in a supportive, collaborative environment. We plan office events monthly, which included volunteering, happy hours, pizza and bowling, ski trips, cookouts, and parties prior to the pandemic. During the pandemic, we adjusted our events and found unique ways to stay in touch and have fun virtually. Located in downtown, our office is within close proximity of our clients via light rail, bus, biking, or walking. Bring your skills and enthusiasm to our office, and enjoy all the Denver area and our firm have to offer. Apply here!

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Seattle Engineer / Planner

Our Pacific Northwest team seeks an Entry-Level Transportation Planner or Engineer to serve in our Seattle office and become part of the Fehr & Peers culture of innovation. An interest in travel demand forecasting and traffic operations analysis is encouraged in this role. We work with a variety of clients, including state DOTs, public transit agencies, counties, cities, and teaming partners. Our planners and engineers collaborate on project work with a great mix of seasoned professionals and junior-level staff that thrive in a positive working environment. We are committed to investing in our staff through training and professional development. Fehr & Peers project managers are supported by senior staff and have opportunities to explore career tracks and skill development options while pursuing projects fitting their interests. Our team members enjoy all the benefits of the Pacific Northwest lifestyle while working on many notable projects, including the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Seattle Center Arena (Key Arena) renovation, West Seattle and Ballard Link Light Rail Extensions, and numerous multimodal corridor, subarea, citywide, and regional studies throughout the Puget Sound. In addition to partnering with some of the most interesting clients on our project work, we also enjoy team activities, such as volunteering, happy hours, boating, sports games, and parties.

Oakland Office Team Gathering

Oakland Engineer / Planner

Our Oakland office focuses on helping cities and communities plan for growth and change in land use. While we are always looking for exceptional candidates regardless of need, our highest entry-level recruiting priority is for transportation planners/engineers with a desire to focus on the built environment: site and/or street design, site-wide or area-wide land use planning, environmental review (CEQA), and multimodal transportation operations analysis (e.g., Synchro, Simtraffic, VISSIM). We’ve partnered with clients such as the Oakland Athletics, the City of Oakland, UC Berkeley, and a variety of developers on a broad range of projects, offering our engineers and planners exposure to a variety of project specialties and both large and small projects. In Oakland, we are a team of collaborative, entrepreneurial, and humble people passionate about increasing opportunity in the Inner East Bay and beyond by expanding accessibility and improving mobility. With our supportive company culture, we offer career development and project management opportunities, even to staff early in their careers. We also enjoy monthly happy hours, organized bike rides, and friendly competition at our ping-pong table. Come join us! 

Fehr & Peers is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment in the workplace. We welcome applicants of diverse backgrounds, and hire without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or any other characteristic protected by law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.