National Operations Center
Location: Denver, CO
Start Date: June 3, 2018
End Date: August 18, 2018
Related Degrees: BS Civil Engineering
Position Description: The BLM’s National Operations Center, Branch of Architecture and Engineering seeks one Civil Engineering Intern to assist in the Dams/Bridge Inspection Services Program. The Branch has two engineers which perform annual site condition assessments / inspections of approximately 100 Bridges and about 50 Dam safety Inspections (Bureau wide). The performance of these duties requires One – Certified Bridge/Dam Inspector and One – Engineering Assistant to assist with:
- Inspection Preparation; including coordination with Field Office staff, travel logistics, review of past inspection records, maps, and design drawings.
- Field Work: includes performing visual evaluations of site work, evaluation of steel/concrete/ wood/ and earthen structures, evaluation of scour and erosion of river channels/spillways, standardized condition rating for the structures, photographing structures, and recording the findings of each inspection. Each inspection entails a thorough evaluation of each component of the structure; deck, superstructure and substructure for bridges and the spillway and embankment of each dam.
- Formal Reports; this work includes transcribing field notes and photographs into formal reports which provide a Bridge/Dam structural Condition Rating, a list of structural deficiencies, recommended repairs, and cost estimates. Reports include many data fields pertinent to national programs including the National Bridge Inventory and the National Inventory of Dams. These reports will be sent to the applicable BLM State Engineer and Field Office Manager. All Bridge Inspection Reports will include a stream cross section profile which will give the interns the opportunity to work in civil drafting software-AutoCAD.
- Data Records: this work includes posting the Formal reports into a SharePoint Document Library and entering data from the inspections into the BLM Facility Asset Management System (FAMS) database.
With over 115 scheduled inspections in 1 field season adding a Civil Engineering Intern to assist in each of these programs would greatly enhance our capacity and allow the NOC to complete this work during a single season. Work as an engineering assistant is highly consistent with the skill level of a sophomore/junior in the engineering curriculum and this intern program.