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About David Evans and Associates, Inc.

At David Evans and Associates, Inc. (DEA) our philosophy is "To find outstanding professionals and give them the freedom and support to do what they do best."  Since its founding in 1976 in Portland, OR, DEA Inc. has become a recognized leader for progressive and sustainable design and management solutions for complex transportation, land development, energy, and water resources projects nationwide. DEA Inc.’s multi-disciplinary teams partner with clients to tailor solutions to meet the unique needs of each project. The firm has over 20 offices and employs approximately 1000 people firm wide. DEA is an employee-owned corporation and consistently ranks among ENR’s Top 100 Pure Design firms in the US.

Join our fun and growing team, and let DEA support you in your pursuit of success. Work in an environment that fosters teamwork and collaboration, where expectations are clearly defined through effective communication, where teams are accountable to the results and process, where trust in your team breeds shared success, and where initiative and creativity are rewarded.  Be part of what defines our future.

Mid-Level Civil Engineer

Job Code: 1610
Employment Type: REG
Location Search: Washington, Tacoma


DEA’s Tacoma, WA office is currently seeking a Mid-Level Civil Engineer for our Rail Group.  The role of the Mid-Level Civil Engineer is to provide engineering, design, and observation activities related to freight and transit rail projects. These activities will occur both in the office and on project sites.  Because we serve freight and transit rail clients on projects across the western United States, some travel may be required.  Additional duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Design of track and railroad/transit facilities.
  • Design of grading, drainage, utilities, access roads and at-grade crossings, including related permitting.
  • Preparation of design details, schematics, and engineering specifications.
  • Coordination with other project disciplines including structural, architectural, geotechnical, surveying, and other aspects of a project.
  • Preparation of quantity and cost estimates.
  • Limited field observation on project sites before, during, and after construction.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.
  • 7+ years of civil engineering experience, with freight railroad, passenger railroad or transit rail design experience required.
  • Experience with freight railroad or transit design standards, methods and practices required.
  • Experience using Microstation and/or AutoCAD software and INROADS, INRAIL, GEOPAK, or Civil 3D design softwares.
  • Must be able to work both independently and in a team setting.  Must also have the ability to work on fast-paced, dynamic projects
  • Ability to travel on a limited basis, up to 25% of the time at intervals during a project duration.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to pass a railroad security background check, and FRA Railway Work drug test.
  • A valid driver’s license.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional Engineering License

  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering



  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance

  • Vacation/Sick/Holiday Pay

  • 401k and Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP)

  • Flexible 9/80 (every other Friday off) work schedule


Rail Planning and Engineering Jobs with DEA

DEA provides our railroad and transit clients with proven experience in planning, design and engineering, surveying, 3-D scanning, and construction oversight for a wide range of rail projects. Our rail design professionals have the technical expertise to develop successful system-wide rail projects for both freight and passenger rail systems. We work directly with transit agencies, Class I railroads, short line railroads, industrial clients, ports, and highway agencies to assist with the ongoing and ever-increasing demand to move freight, people, and cargo safely and more efficiently. Our in-house structural engineers, civil engineers, transportation planners and engineers, environmental specialists, and surveyors work together to develop cost-effective and constructible design solutions for our clients.

DEA Inc. is proud to be an AA/EEO employer and all qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to characteristics protected by applicable local, state or federal law, such as race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, marital status, veteran or military status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

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