The Rope Access Team Leader will manage the planning, inspection and safety evaluations of state and locally owned bridges and assist in preparing inspection reports. The team leader should possess NBIS certification with 5+ years of bridge safety inspection experience including complex, major river bridge crossing inspections as a SPRAT/IRATA Level 2 or 3. As part of the Rope Access Team and under supervision of the Rope Access Program Manager and National Inspection Manager the Team Leader is responsible for mobilization, site supervision and safety, and inspection reports.

The Rope Access Team Leader will also perform general civil/structural engineering dutiesand project management. Under general to limited supervision, analyzes engineering data, produces computations and construction plans for civil engineering projects such as roads, airports, bridges, pipelines, tunnels and water/wastewater systems.

This position is not geographically specific as travel may occur across the country and internationally. Candidates will be assigned to an office based on their home location.

Essential Duties

Rope Access Team Leader Duties:

  • Leads rope access bridge inspections as a SPRAT or IRATA Level 2 or 3 team leader.
  • Work closely with the rope access team to coordinate and perform inspections, evaluate bridge conditions and write reports, identify maintenance needs, properly code the structure inspections in database forms, load rating analysis, meet with clients to advise of priority maintenance items, and to ensure timely submission of inspection documents.
  • Assist, or perform, Project Manager tasks, attend client meetings, and provide technical leadership.
  • Oversee inspection assistants, coordinate traffic control sub-contractors, schedule man-lifts and under-bridge cranes for inspections, as needed.
  • Use hand tools, ladders, rope access, under-bridge cranes and other equipment necessary for proper evaluation of bridges.
  • Mentor and onboard rope access team members.
  • Traveling a minimum of 15-25% of the year or more is anticipated.
Design and Load Rating Duties (may vary depending on experience but generally include):

  • Prepares moderately complex studies, construction documents, maps, basic reports and other supporting documentation to support structural evaluation and design.
  • Preparesor supervises routine and complex load ratings of structures.
  • Prepares quantities, cost estimates and project technical specifications.
  • Interprets data and prepares drawings for highways, structures, and water/wastewater projects.
  • Demonstrates proficient skills using various CAD and Microsoft Office programs to produce high quality design documents, exhibits, computations and reports.
  • Communicates with Senior Engineers and Project Managers, schedules and attends internal meetings as necessary and documents important action items for the next meeting.
  • Reviews shop drawing for conformance with contract plans.
  • Assists with defining scope of work and man-hour requirements.
  • Assists with proposal production and implementing marketing initiatives.
  • Assists Project Managers and other Engineers in ensuring that project/task schedules and budgets are met.
  • Coordinates with design technicians to ensure timely and accurate deliverables.
  • Prepares documents for regulatory agencies to obtain required permits.
  • Responsible for maintaining technical knowledge through completion of various training initiatives: attending seminars, reviewing professional publications, attending in-house systems/management training.
  • Responsible for maintaining professional licensure.
  • Occasionally visits project sites, reporting and documenting findings to Project Managers.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Essential Duties

  • 5+ years of experience performing rope access bridge inspections and related engineering functions.
  • Four-year degree in Civil Engineering or related field
  • Professional Engineer (PE) - Preferred
  • SPRAT or IRATA Level 2 or 3 - Required
  • NBIS Qualified bridge inspection team leader


Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting has been partnering with communities since 1940 to solve their most complex infrastructure challenges with a legacy of expertise, experience, innovation and integrity.

Supported by more than 6,000 employees in 90 offices worldwide, we provide a full continuum of life-cycle engineering consulting, specialized global construction, base operations, security management, systems integration and intelligence solutions. Our clients include federal, state, and municipal governments; foreign allied governments; and a wide range of private development and other commercial partners.


When Michael Baker Jr. first established his engineering firm in 1940, he envisioned a company that would serve as a property surveyor or designer of roads, bridges, buildings and sewage systems, and also as a trusted, long-term partner with local communities and distant nations. His employees strove to transform communities, companies, states and even nations, adopting dual roles as both caring neighbors and innovative nation builders. Baker instilled in his employees the drive to deliver improved quality of life and the desire to make a difference.


Baker built a lasting legacy that today forms the foundation on which we continue to serve and grow. Today, we continue to leverage our collective expertise and experience to make the communities we serve better. We strive to make them safer, more accessible, more environmentally sustainable and more livable. We facilitate their transformation supported by differentiating innovation, technologies and dedicated employees. We are change agents, leading our partners around the world into the future.


Our greatest differentiator, though, is our employees who demonstrate a world-class ability to solve complex problems. That’s why we engage our people, educate and train them, develop their careers, and invest in their futures. We give them opportunities around the world to exercise and expand their skills and expertise. We reward innovation and collaboration that lead to the best solutions for our clients. As a company, We Make a Difference.


To most effectively serve our clients, Michael Baker International is organized into three distinct business units: Engineering & Consulting; Sallyport Global Holdings; and SC3, which are described below.




The Engineering, Planning and Consulting business unit encompasses the complete life-cycle of planning, environmental assessment, engineering design, construction management, and facilities maintenance for projects in more than 38 countries on five continents. We provide a full continuum of solutions for a broad range of markets, including highways, bridges, airports, rail and mass transit systems, domestic and overseas government and commercial facilities, water and wastewater infrastructure, energy infrastructure and urban planning and development.


Professional Services – As part of Engineering, Planning and Consulting, this business unit provides high-value, differentiated engineering and professional services around the globe, including specialized construction services, cost management support and engineering support.

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