Field Engineer


Pleasanton, CA
  • Full-time
  • Founded in 1937, Hensel Phelps specializes in building development, construction and facility services in markets ranging from aviation to government, commercial, transportation, critical facilities, healthcare and transportation. Ranked #1 in aviation and #12 overall general contractor in 2021 by ENR, Hensel Phelps is one of the largest employee-owned general contractors in the country. Driven to deliver EXCELLENCE in all we do and supported by our core values of Ownership, Integrity, Builder, Diversity and Community—Hensel Phelps brings our clients’ visions to life with a comprehensive approach that begins with innovative planning and extends throughout the life of the property.


    The Field Engineer (FE) works directly for the Superintendent and is expected to exercise judgment and discretion in making recommendations, implementing policies and procedures and handling a wide variety of matters in the field. The position is normally, but not necessarily preparatory to becoming an Office Engineer or Project Engineer. The primary purpose of the position is to proactively aid the Superintendent in front-line field management. In addition, the position requires a considerable amount of work, responsibility, persistence, problem solving ability and good attitude, because the FE is responsible for the majority of the layout on a project, supervision of trade workers and subcontractor employees, as well as lift drawings, safety, and quality control responsibilities. Although the majority of a Field Engineer’s time will be spent in the field, there are some duties which will require work in the field office.

    Essential Duties

    • Layout (surveying) work.
    • Assist in gathering quantities of work in place and reporting same for the weekly and monthly Cost Control reports; on small projects, the FE may also do the time keeping.
    • Check concrete forms for accuracy and adequacy of construction, including all embedded items before placement of concrete.
    • Assist with quality control, safety program, and coordination of subcontractors as delegated by the Project Superintendent.
    • Coordinate material deliveries by checking material requirements in advance and comparing with the delivery status. Additionally, verify materials delivered to the job for quantity, quality, and condition, and check for missing and/or damaged items.
    • Assist Foremen with interpretation of plans and specifications.
    • Work closely with the Project Superintendent to avoid duplication of effort, as well as to report individual progress and activities so they can be continually evaluated and corrected, if necessary.
    • Direct work forces (e.g., a labor crew) of employees and subcontractor employees.
    • Where necessary in the interests of safety, issue stop work directives.
    • Working knowledge of how the VDC Scope of Work, VDC Execution Plan, and VDC deliverables align to the project planning strategies related to field operations (i.e., schedule, model coordination for submittals, constructability review, installation validation, BIM to Field Layout, Field Layout to BIM). Ability to review and navigate within the current 3D model viewing and scheduling software and collaborate with the VDC team.

    Position Qualifications

    • A 4 -year degree in Civil, Structural, Architecture or Construction Management.
    • Valid Driver’s License.
    • Strong communication skills.
    • Computer software – Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel based templates, Prolog, Primavera and AutoDesk Suite.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Past internships in the construction industry are preferred, but not required.

    Any Employment Offers are Contingent Upon Successful Completion of the Following:

    • Verification of Work Authorization and Employment Eligibility
    • Substance Abuse Screening
    • Physical Exam (if applicable)
    • Background Checks for Badging/Security Clearances (if applicable)

    Compensation Range (San Francisco Bay And Sacramento Areas)

    • Salary Range: $70,800 – $74,340
    • Cost of Living Adjustment: $7,800 (Sacramento) – $29,400 (Bay Area) (COLA)
    • Total Compensation Range: $78,600 – $82,140 (Sacramento) – $100, 200 – $103,740 (Bay Area) (Salary + COLA)

    Hensel Phelps provides generous benefits for our salaried employees. This position is eligible for company paid medical insurance, life insurance, accidental death & dismemberment, long-term disability, 401(K) retirement plan, health savings account (HSA) (HSA not available in Hawaii), and our employee assistance program (EAP). It also is eligible for employee paid enrollment in vision and dental insurance. Hensel Phelps also believes in the importance of taking time to recharge. As a result, salaried employees are eligible for paid time off beginning upon hire. Salaried positions (project engineers and above) participate in an annual bonus plan, subject to company and employee performance. Salaried employees (this is all salaried employees) are also eligible for a company cell phone or cell phone allowance in accordance with company policy. Further, salaried employees (project engineers and above) also receive either a vehicle or vehicle allowance in accordance with Hensel Phelps’ policies. Based on position location, a cost of living adjustment (COLA) may also be included (subject to periodic review and adjustment).


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