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AECOM Hydrologic and Hydraulic Dam Engineering Project Manager/Technical Lead in Germantown, Maryland

Company Description

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At AECOM, our work in providing access to clean water enables communities to thrive and ecosystems to flourish, contributing to a resilient future. As a global leader in infrastructure consulting, we are at the forefront of significant water projects, with over 6,000 of the industry’s best minds driving innovation and technical excellence. Together, we develop solutions that are not only best in the world, but best for the world.

With an acceleration in infrastructure investment, your bold ideas and global expertise have never been more crucial. Join our dynamic team, where innovation, career growth, and collaboration are celebrated. Enjoy the freedom to grow with customizable career paths, water-specific technical and professional development and the potential to contribute to transformational projects worldwide. Discover your #H2Opportunity

Job Description

Job Summary:

We seek an enthusiastic Dam Engineering Project Manager/Technical Lead with expertise in Hydrology and Hydraulics to play a key role in a growing dedicated Dams Engineering practice in our U.S. East Region. The successful candidate is an experienced engineer that supports and grows our dams practice in the core discipline of Hydrologic and Hydraulic engineering. This position will support a variety dam engineering analysis and design projects across the region.


  • Lead the technical execution of projects including inspection, analysis, design, construction observation, and regulatory compliance activities associated with a variety of dams, spillways, and other appurtenant hydraulic structures. Specific tasks:

  • Hydrologic analyses including flood frequency estimates and statistical hydrology, model preparation, calibration, and verification.

  • Hydraulic structure modeling including weirs, orifices, spillways, and complex pipe systems, using one- and two-dimensional modeling approaches as well as spreadsheet calculations.

  • Dam breach analyses using one- and two-dimensional hydraulic modeling approaches and preparation of inundation maps.

  • Support other dam engineering activities such as visual inspections, potential failure modes and risk analyses, and emergency action planning.

  • Prepare technical reports, graphics including construction drawings, maps, figures, and exhibits, and supporting calculations.

  • Engage with AECOM’s Quality Management System by performing detailed reviews of technical deliverables prepared by others.

  • Communicate with multi-disciplinary teams, clients, and other stakeholders.

  • Plan, direct, supervise and manage small to large scale projects that include 5 or more members, often representing multiple business lines. Specific tasks:

  • Maintain positive productive client relationships

  • Coordinate contracting

  • Plan and execute approved scopes of work

  • Procure and coordinate subcontractors

  • Manage project finances

  • Implement quality management system

  • Control and manage changes to project

  • Develop and grow business by collaborating directly with clients and subcontractors to build trusted relationships and by developing proposals including technical approaches, project budgets, and schedules.

  • Lead and mentor junior staff.

  • Perform assignments designed to develop professional knowledge and abilities, requiring application of standard engineering techniques, procedures, and codes.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Hydrologic, Hydraulic, and/or Water Resources Engineering.

  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in at least one US state.

  • Due to the nature of work that will be required in this position U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status is required.

  • Minimum of 10 years of direct experience working on hydrologic and hydraulic aspects of civil works projects with a minimum of 5 years working on hydrologic and hydraulic aspects of dam projects.

  • Proven experience with Inspecting dams and preparing inspection reports.

  • Demonstrated experience with developing emergency action plans and planning and facilitating exercises of those plans.

  • Minimum of 5 years of direct experience managing projects or completing project management activities such as maintain project budgets, schedule, staffing, quality control, and/or client relations.

  • Minimum 2 years of experience developing proposals including preparing technical approaches and scopes of work, budgeting, and scheduling.

  • Occasional travel for project work as required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master of Science or Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Hydrologic, Hydraulic, and/or Water Resources Engineering.

  • Master of Business Administration degree

  • 15 years of direct experience working on hydrologic and hydraulic aspects of civil works

  • Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling skills and software application experience, preferably with FLOW-3D

  • Developing design documents related to dams and hydraulic structures including drawings and plans, specifications, and basis of design reports.

  • Approved FERC Independent Consultant (IC) or the ability to receive FERC approval to perform Part 12D Inspections.

  • Experience performing risk assessments and Potential Failure Mode Analyses (PFMAs) related to dam design, construction, and operation.

  • 8-Hour Confined Space Training (either General Industry, Construction Industry, or both).

  • Experience and ability with the following software applications:


  • HEC-RAS (one- and two-dimensional modeling environments)

  • HEC-MetVUE


  • ESRI ArcMap or ArcPro (preferred)

  • AutoDesk AutoCAD Civil 3D

  • MS Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

  • MS Project or Primavera P6

  • Desire and ability to complete the AECOM Project Manager training and certification. The successful candidate will be expected to start the training program within 6 months of hire.

  • Passion for mentoring junior staff and leadership – guiding our growing team of engineers to produce quality work and excellent client service.

  • Strong desire to continually learn along with professional drive.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Additional Information

This position does not offer relocation assistance.

This position does not provide sponsorship


Offered compensation will be based on location and individual qualifications. The expected range is $150,000.00 - $175,000.00.


AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, voluntary benefits, perks, U.S. and global well-being programs, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan.

AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10090400

Business Line: Water

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: East

Career Area: Engineering

Work Location Model: Hybrid