Ayres Associates – Bridge Inspection Engineer – Fort Collins, CO

November 22, 2022

Job Description

Job title: Bridge Inspection Engineer

Company: Ayres Associates

Job description: Ayres is seeking to fill a key position in our growing Bridge Inspection team. To date, we have inspected more than 18,000 bridges and have performed more than 3,000 underwater inspections nationwide and there is much more to accomplish. We are looking to strengthen our team with the right individual to reside in the Western U.S. and support our plan to expand our Bridge Inspection practice.

While this posting is listed for our Fort Collins, Colorado office location – we have flexibility for remote work with the expectation that the individual can adequately fulfill the needs of the role in the Western U.S.

Finding the right fit:
You could find yourself atop some of the nation s highest bridges – or you might find yourself diving under one or alongside them, assessing their condition on ground level. Take pride in the fact that you ll be performing critical, essential work that few others are capable of. And we won t sugar coat it. You ll be tested physically and mentally. Assessing what bridges need repairing, and when, is an essential component to keeping the traveling public safe – and that s where the rewarding part of the work comes in. Here are some other qualities we re looking for in our bridge inspection engineers:

  • Problem-solvers. You ll be challenged to use sight, sounds, and touch to provide fundamental inspection. Be ready for anything.
  • Lovers of the great outdoors. Your work will inherently take you outside. We find that to be a plus, but it s important to know from the get-go that you ll be seeing different areas of the country in a variety of settings.
  • Not afraid to get dirty – literally. This work is physical, requiring you to occasionally lift up to 50 pounds, and your clothes will need a good wash at the end of the day. Picture a construction zone or similar type environment – the conditions you ll be working in are a lot like that.
  • Don t be afraid to challenge both sides of your brain. The accuracy and detail of our reports is just as important as discovering deficiencies. Submitting thorough reports is a crucial component of our quest toward ensuring public safety.
  • As someone who knows the business and appreciates the industry, we expect you to mentor, empower, and guide fellow staff. We encourage career growth.

Where will I travel to?
Where the work is, which is mostly throughout the western US, and a few other states. We sometimes mobilize for up to two weeks at a time. Your travel expenses are covered, and you can expect about 65% of your time to be spent in the field, with the remaining 35% in the office.

What will I be expected to do?

  • Function as part of a team to complete initial, routine, in-depth, and fracture-critical inspections of fixed, movable, and signature bridges; dams; hydraulic structures; and other miscellaneous structures for Agencies (federal, state, local) and private owners using National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) and other relevant standards.
  • Use various access techniques including under bridge inspection equipment, industrial rope access techniques, or other access methods to complete structural field inspections.
  • Lead or assist with team planning and coordination to complete inspections.
  • Develop bridge inspection reports summarizing outcomes and condition assessments completed during inspections.
  • Complete structural load ratings as needed.
  • Lead or assist with business development efforts with new and existing clients

What do I need to come to the table with?

  • A bachelor s degree in civil or structural engineering.
  • Registered professional engineer (PE) or ability to achieve within one year.
  • Minimum 5 years of applicable bridge inspection, load rating, and/or design experience.
  • Successful completion of FHWA-NHI approved comprehensive training to become a certified Bridge Inspection Team Leader.
  • Successful completion of the following courses:
  • FHWA-NHI approved bridge inspector refresher training course to maintain certified Bridge Inspection Team Leader status
  • FHWA-NHI approved fracture-critical techniques for steel bridges training course
  • Proficiency with MS Suite, specifically Word and Excel.
  • Physical ability to swim, climb, negotiate work areas, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Flexibility and willingness to work within the United States to inspect sites for up to two weeks at a time.
  • Valid driver s license and good driving record required.

Desired skills and experiences:

  • Commercial diving Certification.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, communication skills, and ability to work with various teams.
  • Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) Level III Certification.
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture.


  • Health/dental/vision insurance offering affordable plans with flexible coverage options
  • Term life insurance
  • Voluntary additional life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment [AD&D] insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability


  • Opportunity to improve your public speaking, communication, and leadership skills through on-site Toastmasters International meetings
  • Paid membership dues to professional organizations
  • Paid licensing exam/prep course for professional certification
  • Encourage/reimburse for professional registrations and certifications

Work Life Balance:

  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid holidays [including two floating holidays]
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Telecommuting
  • Employee Assistance Program offering 24/7 support, resources, and legal guidance


  • Encouraged (not required) employee participation in our wellness program, providing an opportunity to qualify for HSA contributions
  • Sit/stand workstations [where applicable]


  • Flexible spending plans and Health Savings Account (HSA) options
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)


  • Peer recognition program and mentor programs
  • Young Professionals [YP] networking group
  • Sporting events, dragon boat races, annual parties, summer picnics, and more!

Please note, benefits vary depending on job status.

Our good-faith compensation approach is fair and equitable, and takes into consideration only permissible factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, training, skills, and experience, and geographic location where the work is performed. A salary range for this posting is $90,000-$120,000. The foregoing salary range represents what the company believes, in good-faith, it will pay for the posted opportunity. The individual selected for this role will be evaluated with the compensation factors in mind and placed appropriately.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities, Women, Veterans, People with Disabilities

Expected salary: $90000 – 120000 per year

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Job date: Tue, 22 Nov 2022 04:59:55 GMT


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