Engineering Intern (New Orleans, LA)

Potential starting salary is $23.07/hr. to $44.53/hr. The actual starting salary depends on qualifications of the applicant. 

As part of a Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled from this recruitment as an (Engineer Intern 1, Engineer Intern 2, Engineer 3, Engineer 4 or Engineer 5) depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant(s). Please refer to the ‘Job Specifications’ tab located at the top of the LA Careers ‘Current Job Opportunities’ page of the Civil Service website for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualifications and job concepts for each level.

Port NOLA offers competitive benefits that prioritize safety, health and wellness for our employees. Employees have access to the following benefits:

  • Medical / Dental / Vision Insurance
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Medical and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Life Insurance options
  • Long Term Disability Plan
  • State of Louisiana LASERS state pension program
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 plan) with employer match
  • Paid Louisiana State Holidays; and paid Annual and Sick Leave
  • Wellness Center located in the Port Administration Building
  • Ship Shape Wellness Program

No Civil Service test score is required in order to be considered for this vacancy.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the “Apply” link above and complete an electronic application, which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities. Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process. Further status message information is located under the Information section of the Current Job Opportunities page.

*Resumes WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of completed education and experience sections on your application. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.*

For further information about this vacancy contact:
April McKnight
Port of New Orleans / Human Resources
P.O. Box 60046
New Orleans, LA 70160

Possession of a current Louisiana Engineer Intern Certificate.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted from persons who possess a current Engineer Intern Certificate in states other than Louisiana. However, the applicant will be required to obtain a Louisiana Engineer Intern Certificate prior to appointment. The hiring agency will verify that all requirements are met.

NOTE: Louisiana Engineer Intern Certificates are issued by the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board. Licensing requirements may be viewed at

Job Concepts
To apply scholastic theory and elementary engineering skills to a variety of tasks involving standard procedures and practices in the field, office, or laboratory in order to acquire practical experience for licensure.


Direct from a higher-level engineer.

Functional supervision may be exercised over Engineering Technicians.

May be used by all state agencies.

Differs from Engineer Intern Applicant by the presence of a Louisiana Engineer Intern certificate. Differs from Engineer Intern 2 by the absence of independence when completing basic assignments.

Examples of Work
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
30%     GENERAL:

  • Serves in Engineering Department, which performs project management, engineering, and technical functions.
  • Advises other port teams such as construction, general operations, cruise and tourism, facility services, fendering, and berthing on engineering and technical matters.
  • Reports directly to Department Manager.
  • Responsibilities require knowledge of engineering design and construction principles, construction cost estimating, contract administration, construction and public bid law, managerial skills, conflict resolution skills, basic knowledge of surveying, material testing, oral and written communication skills.
  • Required to have current Louisiana registration as a Professional Civil Engineer. This registration requires 15 professional development hours per calendar year in engineering related activities.
  • Indirect supervision over consulting engineers and architects providing contract engineering and architectural services to the Board. Includes personnel issues, budget, performance, productivity, and approving invoices for payment.
  • Manages or completes in-house all projects requiring civil engineering expertise due to his/her unique qualification in this field.
  • Responsible for the preparation of estimates, plans, and specifications for all in-house demolition projects.
  • Review and approve contract project shop drawings.
  • Responsible for investigating all marine (ship, barges, tugs) damages and preparation of repair plans and specifications.
  • Assists with maintaining and updating of specifications templates to reflect changes to public bid law or address other issues as the need arises.


  • Attend all pre-construction conferences with contractors, affected tenants, design engineers, outside agencies, other Port staff, team members, and any other interested parties to discuss all aspects of the upcoming change.
  • Attend all monthly progress meetings to resolve issues related to overall coordination, scheduling, changes in work, disputes, and conflicts that affect contract time, price, or the project in any way.
  • Periodically visit construction sites to review progress and quality of the work and monitor impact construction activities may have on Port operations.
  • Attend substantial completion inspections. Using engineering and construction knowledge, issue Substantial Completion Certificate if warranted.
  • Use engineering and construction knowledge to review plans and specifications for constructability and impact on Port operations for future projects prior to public bid. Analyze and clarify construction details to preclude conflicts and change orders during construction.
  • Assist in defense of dispute litigation between Port and contractors by using engineering and construction knowledge to assemble contract administration information and assist Port counsel, appear for deposition, and testify at trial.


  • Provides training and instruction to other Port engineers in complicated engineering processes for Port projects.
  • Represent the Port on various committees, to local, state, and federal agencies and other groups.
  • Serves as technical expert in the design and construction of Port facilities


  • Assist VP of Planning and Facilities and Director of Engineering with financial analysis, grant applications, payment requests, and planning reports.
  • Assist Construction Manager with coordination of engineering and construction activities.
  • Prepare construction change orders and consultant contract amendments.
  • Coordinate efforts of contractor with tenant requirements during construction.
  • Negotiate cost overruns with consultants and contractors.
  • Resolve conflicts regarding contractor’s scope of work.
  • Works as directed.

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