Construction Engineer

Jun 27 2024
City and County of Honolulu |Honolulu|Full Time
Job Description

$68,556.00 – $83,388.00/Year

Job Type:     Full-Time Temporary
Location:     1099 Alakea Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Department:     Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation
Apply Before:     Continuous


The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), a semi-autonomous agency of the City and County of Honolulu, is responsible for the design and construction of Hawaii’s largest infrastructure project and the nation’s first fully-automated rail transit system. Considerable work is in progress to extend the system past the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport and into downtown Honolulu, representing an 18.9-mile fixed-guideway rail system with 19 stations. It is an exciting time to be at HART, as the first segment of the rail system recently opened to the public. 


Under the general supervision of the Construction Claims Manager, the Construction Engineer will perform duties related to construction claims, including: identification, analysis, evaluation, strategy, documentation, monitoring, and litigation support.


Job Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Review contracts, project documentation, related correspondence, and other documents to identify potential claims issues.
  • Analyze contractor claims to determine the validity of claims and draft clear and concise reports of findings and recommendations.
  • Interpret terms and conditions in proposals, awards, and contracts.
  • Monitor HART’s claims budget and raise awareness to the proper level, as appropriate.
  • Provide guidance on Federal procurement regulations, specifically as they apply to construction claims.
  • Communicate with HART project managers and other staff to acquire project documentation and pertinent facts relative to claims.
  • Interface with HART’s construction management staff and appropriate experts to assist with the evaluation and monitoring of claims and to insure all parties have updated and relevant information.
  • Prepare correspondence, task orders, and other claims-related documents; develop reports in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or other software as required.
  • Organize claims materials and files and insure appropriate access to all parties concerned.
  • Strategize with HART project managers, Corporation Counsel, or others involved to provide analysis and litigation support for claims.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Engineering degree from an accredited college or university is preferred. A degree in another related discipline that demonstrates knowledge and skills equivalent to those acquired in a course of study towards an engineering degree may also be acceptable. Or, in lieu of a degree, a minimum of 10 years work experience in the construction management field.
  • Experience on a major public transit construction project or in an in-house legal department or law firm is preferred but not required.
  • Minimum 3 years of work experience that demonstrates substantive knowledge and understanding of contract management, change orders, and/or construction field experience.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.




This position is entitled to a comprehensive benefits package as provided by the City and County of Honolulu, including:


  • Vacation: Employees may earn up to 21 days per year.
  • Sick Leave: Employees may earn up to 21 days per year.
  • Holidays: 13 days a year; 14 days during an election year.
  • Training and Development: Computer, career, and personal enhancement courses are offered; curriculum designed for employee, supervisory, and management development.
  • Medical, Dental, Prescription Drug and Vision Care: Various health plans are available. Premiums are subsidized by the City and deductible from pre-tax income for participants of the Premium Conversion Plan (PCP).
  • Group Life Insurance: No cost for eligible employees.
  • Deferred Compensation Plan: Invest in your future…choose to defer part of your pre-tax income for retirement.
  • Retirement Plan: The Employee Retirement System (ERS) of the State of Hawaii administers retirement benefits for State and County employees. Employee contribution required.
  • Commuter Choice Pre-Tax Benefits: Employees may designate certain transportation expenses (TheBus, LOTMA, Vanpool Hawaii, etc.) as pre-tax item.
  • Parking: Some job locations offer parking on-site; others may have access to parking at low monthly rates.
  • Direct Deposit: Direct deposit of paychecks to designated financial institution is available.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Confidential, professional counseling and resource referral.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program: A federal program forgiving the balance of federal student loans for individuals working in public service.


All benefits as stated above, are subject to eligibility requirements and to legislative and/or negotiated changes. Individuals are responsible for any related fees or charges that may apply.


Schedule and Location:

  • The work of this position is conducted in the HART offices (no telecommuting allowed) during typical 8-hour shifts.
  • HART does not cover a:ny relocation costs. Must be able to reliably commute or relocate by first day of employment.