Senior Engineer (#1440)

About Alta

Alta Planning + Design is an active transportation company dedicated to creating active, healthy communities through planning, landscape architecture, engineering, and education/encouragement programs. Alta was founded in 1996 when cities and communities were calling for safer streets for people walking and bicycling as the non-motorized transportation movement developed into a profession in the United States. We pioneered the field of active transportation, evolving our planning and design work into a visionary global practice that empowers people to live active, healthy lives and getting them to where they need to go.

Our core values and work bring about positive change by creating places that are geared toward moving people rather than cars, connecting community members to daily needs and human experience, and empowering every person to live an active healthy life. As a global leader in mobility innovation for over 24 years with 175 people on staff, we are dedicated to connecting people to places by working across disciplines and scale to address social justice, safety, and environmental resilience

Summary + Overview 

Alta  is seeking a full-time Senior Engineer to join our team in Toronto, ON. If you are looking for an innovative organization that is an industry leader in active transportation, and want to help us grow, apply with us today!

** Due to COVID-19, this position may start out as a work from home (remote) position but requires the employee to be in the Greater Toronto area for client meetings and site visits.  In-office attendance at a future downtown office space (at least once a week) will be required when it is safe to return to the office. **

Position Priorities

An understanding of the field of transportation engineering specially related to non-motorized transportation, the ability to collaborate across discipline boundaries to support the delivery of solutions that meet client expectations is required in order to successfully meet the requirements of this position.

The essential priorities of this exempt, salaried position are to:

  • Enhance Alta’s reputation as a trusted adviser and expert by educating clients and other relevant parties, supporting solutions that will meet their business objectives.
  • Produce high-quality, accurate, and complete design drawings, cost estimates and other project deliverables.

Responsibilities + Tasks

Additional responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Contributing to the development of proposals, statements of work, contract addenda, and scope changes.
  • Participating in the development of functional, preliminary and detailed design plans, specifications, cost estimates, and construction drawings for roadways and trail projects.
  • Conducting research and writing relevant reports including formatting documents and developing presentation materials.
  • Mentoring less senior staff in the development of their own professional technical proficiencies.
  • Contributing to research and enhancing professional staff knowledge.
  • Contributing to blogs and internal whitepapers.
  • May contribute to the hiring process.


This position requires a combination of skills, experience and education including, but limited to:

  • Passion for active living and non-motorized transportation
  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.
  • Licensed as Professional Engineer in Province of Ontario (or eligible for transfer from other province)
  • Five (5) or more years of experience as a Transportation Engineer in a consulting environment or public entity.
  • Knowledge of, and interest in, the field of active, non-motorized transportation.
  • Working knowledge of NACTO, MUTCD, AODA, and relevant  provincial and federal design requirements.
  • In-depth knowledge of engineering principles and techniques.
  • Exhibits strong initiative and the ability to work independently with little or no supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities and multiple simultaneous projects involving cross-functional project teams.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Strong professional ethics, leadership skills, accountability, and decision-making capabilities.
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication and analytic skills.
  • Exhibits accuracy, attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Proficient in MS Excel, Word, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Synchro/SimTraffic, or similar products.
  • Proficiency in an enterprise-wide resource planning and project management tool.

Preferred Skills + Certifications

There are a number of additional skills, experience and education that would be beneficial to this position including, but not limited to:

  • Advanced Degree in Civil Engineeringor a related field of study.
  • Marketing knowledge of the local market where the position is located.
  • Experience mentoring professional staff
  • Experience using Deltek Vision and/or MicroStation V8
  • Experience presenting white papers or other presentations at conferences and other events promoting the field of sustainable infrastructure and active, non-motorized transportation solutions.
  • Active participation in industry-relevant professional associations and committees.

Physical requirements

This is a mostly sedentary position that requires sitting for long periods of time.  Manual dexterity and visual acuity are required for computer work.

Responsibility level

Individual contributor.  May train more junior staff.

To apply, please upload your resume and a cover letter, telling us why you’re interested in Alta and why you’d be a good fit. Due to the high volume of applicants, we will not be able to respond to email or phone inquiries.

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