Principal Engineer-NR

Job Announcement
Principal Engineer-NR
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Salary: See Position Description

OPENING DATE: 07/23/19

CLOSING DATE: 08/06/19 11:59 PM

LOCATION: Heywood Office and Operations Facility, Minneapolis


We are the Metropolitan Council, the regional government for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. We plan 30 years ahead for the future of the metropolitan area and provide regional transportation, wastewater, and housing services. More information about us on our website.

We are committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. 

Metro Transit is one of the country’s largest transit systems, employs more than 3,000 people, and provides more than 80 million rides a year through an integrated network of buses, light rail, and commuter trains, as well as resources for those who carpool, vanpool, walk, or bike in the Twin Cities.

Metro Transit’s Engineering Department is responsible for the development and construction of Metro Transit’s public and support facilities. In the public facility area, they plan, design, and construct improvements to the rail and bus network including, for example, bus and rail stations, maintenance facilities, park and rides, and other passenger facilities. Engineering and Facilities has built and maintains over 2 million square feet of office and industrial space.

How your work would contribute to our organization and the Twin Cities region: Engineers within Transit’s Engineering and Facilities group oversee a capital budget program of $50-$80 million dollars annually and lead the effort to develop, design, and construct transit infrastructure and systems. We will be filling one position, either as a Senior Engineer or Principal Engineer. Both positions require a diverse facility engineering/project management background.


Senior Engineer, Exempt, Non-Represented, Salary Range (Grade H – $72,259 – $102,523)

General Position Summary:  To perform professional engineering responsibilities in the planning, design and implementation of capital improvement projects. The Senior Engineer will contribute as project engineer and project team member on projects that vary in size and complexity and may manage several projects concurrently. Responsibilities include developing project plans required to implement assigned capital operations projects, developing budgets and project schedules, coordinating projects with regulatory agencies, managing consultants in the preparation of designs and other duties as assigned or apparent. Receive occasional assistance from principal engineers in the performance of duties.

Principal Engineer, Exempt, Non-Represented, Salary Range (Grade I – $78,125 – $110,802)

General Position Summary: To perform professional engineering responsibilities in the planning, design and implementation of complex capital improvement projects. The Principal Engineer performs all duties inherent in the planning and execution of assigned projects from an owner’s or government agency’s perspective. Develops project execution plans, confirms funding, administers and controls design, construction and startup of completed facilities/systems. Recommends approaches to matters of policy, precedent, and substantial public impact to management. Provides internal consultation in specialized field and assists in the review of consultant prepared designs (drawings and specifications), and monitors projects during installation/construction and commissioning phases.



Senior Engineer – Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, or related discipline); four (4) years of experience in project management of capital facility projects; and experience in the design and construction of engineering projects for industry or municipalities.

Principal Engineer – Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in the related area of discipline.

  • Registered as a Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Minnesota or a state with reciprocity.

Seven (7) years of related experience as an Engineer OR two (2) years’ experience as a Registered Professional Engineer.

Licensure Requirements:

  • Senior and Principal Engineer levels must have a Professional Engineer (PE) License in the State of Minnesota. PE licenses from other states must be transferred to Minnesota within six months of date of hire.
  • Valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record required for all levels.

What additional skills and experience would be helpful in this job (desired qualifications):

  • Experience in the design and construction of one or more of the following:
    • Rail Transit Facilities experience including: Operations and Maintenance Facilities, Track Infrastructure, and Rail Stations.
  • Experience in project management and coordination of multiple disciplines.
  • Experience and technical knowledge in the preparation of plans and specifications.
  • Experience in leading and facilitating meetings with very complex and detailed materials.

What knowledge, skills, and abilities you should have within the first six months on the job.

  • Knowledge of project management methods/techniques.
  • Knowledge of engineering theories and principles of design and construction.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft word, excel, email and various database programs, and project tracking software packages.  Computer applications related to the work, including basic GIS and Auto CAD concepts and applications.
  • Skilled at communicating well orally, in writing and interpersonally.
  • Skilled in project management: including developing effective project teams, problem solving, scheduling, budgeting, presenting reports, cost estimating and contract administration.
  • Skilled in researching engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations and preparing and presenting effective staff reports.
  • Ability to interpret and apply advanced mathematical and quantitative methods and procedures typically acquired through advanced professional training.
  • Ability to provide basic client services to interagency stakeholders, the public and other agencies.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical procedures and government regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedures and government regulations.

What you can expect from us:

  • We offer the opportunity to make a difference and positively influence the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
  • We encourage our employees to develop their skills through on-site training and tuition reimbursement.
  • We provide a competitive salary, excellent benefits and a good work/life balance. More about why you should join us!


Union/Grade: Non-Represented Plan/Grade H or I
FLSA Status: Exempt
Safety Sensitive: No

What your work environment will be:

You would perform your work in a standard office setting. Work may sometimes require travel between your primary work site and other sites. Paid overtime may be required pending departmental needs which may include occasional weekends and evenings.

What steps the recruitment process involves:

1.    We review your minimum qualifications.

2.    We rate your education and experience.

3.    We conduct a structured panel interview.

4.    We conduct a selection interview.

Once you have successfully completed the steps above, then:

If you are new to the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test, physical, and a background check, which verifies education and employment, covers driving record (if applicable to the job) and any criminal record. If you have a criminal conviction, you do not automatically fail. The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis, based on whether they are related to the job and whether the candidate has demonstrated adequate rehabilitation.

If you are already an employee of the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a criminal background check if the job you’re applying for is safety sensitive, is a supervisory or management job, is in the Finance, Information Services or Human Resources departments, or has access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers or transit fare cards.

IMPORTANT: If you make a false statement or withhold information, you may be barred from job consideration.

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please call Human Resources at 612.349.7071.