Michael Baker International is a leading provider of architectural, engineering and consulting services, including design, planning, environmental, construction and program management. The company provides its comprehensive range of services and solutions to support U.S. federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. Michael Baker's more than 3,000 employees across nearly 100 locations are committed to a culture of innovation, collaboration, and technological advancement to help solve challenges for clients and communities throughout the country. To learn more, visit https://mbakerintl.com/ .


Whether moving people or freight, future rail and transit solutions will be determined by energy prices, a shift toward urban living and growing environmental concerns. Michael Baker helps freight, authority and state Department of Transportation clients meet these modern challenges by providing services that address key industry issues such as state of good repair, capacity, safety, community livability, asset management and maintenance, planning and development for new projects, and the promotion of environmental stewardship and sustainability.

We provide value by first understanding our clients' needs, then working with them as a partner to identify innovative and cost-effective solutions that optimize their opportunities for success.


Michael Baker is seeking a talented Project Manager with a specialization in railroad bridges, to help make a difference in our Rail and Transit Specialty Practice. The candidate will report to our Chicago, IL or Cleveland, OH office. Consideration will be given to full-time remote work for exceptional candidates.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate significant experience on railroad projects for Class I railroads and be able to support projects and offices across the country for railroads, transit agencies, and DOTs. Responsibilities include:

  • Reviews project proposal or plan to determine scope, time frame, funding limitations, procedures for accomplishing project, staffing requirements, and allotment of available resources to various phases of project.
  • Establishes work plan and staffing for each phase of project and arranges for recruitment or assignment of project personnel.
  • Develops/implements project plans/methodologies for complex projects, varying between single and multi-discipline practices.
  • Confers with project staff to outline workplan and to assign duties, responsibilities, and scope of authority; manages the resources of the project.
  • Directs and coordinates activities of project personnel to ensure project progresses on schedule and within prescribed budget.
  • Perform analysis of project management development and success to align with company goals and strategies.
  • Reviews status reports prepared by project personnel and modifies schedules or plans as required.
  • Prepares project reports for management, client, or others, and perform cost management analysis.
  • Develops and maintains client engagement to ensure satisfaction.
  • Leverages project successes to win future projects.
  • Confers with project personnel to provide technical advice and to resolve problems.
  • Coordinates project activities with other railroad departments and projects
  • Coordinates project activities with government agencies as required.
  • Conducts safety meetings and training programs to ensure safety requirements are met.
  • Generates and/or approves purchase orders, rebills, credits; reviews timesheets.
  • Collects, compiles, and analyzes project files. Organizes and maintains file system and files correspondence and other records for inclusion in reports or presentation materials and memorialization.
  • Builds intimate familiarity with railroad standards, manuals, and policies
  • Reviews project design and contract plans and specifications for conformance with client technical requirements
  • Attends on site or virtual meetings with railroad representatives as required
  • Train and assist others in rail bridge design
  • Provides detailed monthly and on demand project accounting and status reporting
  • Obtains all required railroad safety certifications and trainings and support safety initiatives
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Occasional to moderate travel may be required.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil/Structural Engineering required
  • Master's Degree in Structural Engineering strongly preferred
  • 10-15 years of demonstrated experience in bridge design, rehabilitation, and construction with a railroad specialization
  • PE license required; NCEES record a plus
  • SE license desired
  • Project experience with Class I Railroads and familiarity with AREMA standards required. Knowledge of CSX, NS, and/or other Class I standards desired.
  • Project experience with local transit agencies and their standards desired.
  • Ability to travel to other office and job site locations in the region
  • Experience preparing and reviewing rail structure design plans and specifications
  • Experience in construction phase services
  • Experience in working on multiple projects concurrently, managing project deadlines and on-time submittals
  • Experience with office software and structural design/analysis software
  • Possess client management skills and ability to develop and enhance solid client relationships
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal skills and problem-solving ability
  • Strong work ethic and integrity

The salary range has been determined to be $98,963 and $179,605 for this position, with consideration for licensure and experience.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical, dental, vision insurance
  • 401k Retirement Plan
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Life, AD&D, short-term, and long-term disability
  • Professional and personal development
  • Generous paid time off
  • Commuter and wellness benefits

Michael Baker International is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Michael Baker International provides equal employment opportunity for all persons, in all facets of employment. Michael Baker International maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for any open position for which they feel they are qualified and all will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

EEO is the Law. Applicants to and employees of Michael Baker International are protected under Federal law from discrimination.


  • Proven rail bridge and retaining wall technical experience
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks or projects concurrently
  • Previous use of advanced bridge analysis/design software including LEAP Products, MDX, MIDAS, as well as Mathcad and excel spreadsheets
  • Possess strong initiative and demonstrate a proactive, collaborative approach to project development and communication with project team members, clients, and contractors
  • Strong relationships with Class I Railroad(s) and local transit agencies and understanding of coordination requirements and preferences
  • Experience with construction management and document control for rail bridge construction
  • Willingness and ability to mentor and advise young staff on rail projects, operations, and engineering best practices


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.