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American International Contractors, Inc. (AICI ) has established itself as one of the leading American construction firms in the Middle East, Northern Africa and Europe. Our major clients include U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State and US Agency for International Development (USAID. We continue to win important contracts and projects throughout the region and require quality personnel to meet our corporate goals. We have a culture of innovation where our employees can make a difference and are looking for dynamic individuals to come and join our team. Our employees are our most valuable resource, and we strive to ensure that every one of them is treated as such. In keeping with this philosophy we offer a competitive benefits package including: Health insurance (medical, dental, vision), paid federal holidays, long- and short- term disability, life insurance, paid vacation, and a 401K matching program.

AICI is looking for a Project Engineer for an overseas opportunity initially in Qatar.

Candidate must be willing to work in other countries in the Middle East (e.g. Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, etc.) for an extended period of time overseas.


The Project Engineer is responsible for the budget, site supervision, and engineering of a design-build or design bid build project.  Will plan and manage project construction engineering effort, as it relates to all technical activities on assigned project, by consultation to project teams, government agencies and clients.


  • Plan, develop and manage the project construction engineering activities and schedule to include the coordination of procurement items to the project site.
  • Manage the submittals and obtain approval of all shop drawings to the client
  • Lead project engineering meetings to collect and disseminate information pertaining to projects
  • Review and monitor progress of engineering effort to assure quality and adherence to requirements of contract documents
  • Supervise technical testing, survey or field engineering teams
  • Coordinate the collection and dissemination of technical information between/within the company and customer
  • Prepare quotations utilizing supplier information, cost standards, technical information from quality, manufacturing engineering, and design
  • Maintain organized and detailed project records
  • Perform work which involves conventional methods and types of plans, investigations, surveys, structures, or equipment with relatively few complex features
  • Assignments involve activities requiring knowledge of standard principles and techniques
  • Assist in mentoring of Engineering Associates
  • Assist in the coordination of pricing, estimating, scoping strategies and in the development and preparation of technical specifications
  • Review designs, drawings, plans and specifications for projects, engineered systems, technical equipment or components
  • Assist in client contact and communication
  • Assist in the preparation of construction cost estimates
  • Assist in the analysis of reports, maps, drawings, blueprints, tests and aerial photographs on soil composition, terrain, hydrological characteristics, and other topographic and geologic data to plan and design project
  • Prepare design computations and quantity estimates
  • Assist in the preparation or modification of reports, specifications, plans, construction schedules, environmental impact studies, permits and designs
  • Instruct technicians to reduce designs to working drawings as necessary
  • Responsible for control of work-in-progress
  • Receive/solicit guidance on unusual and/or complex problems and supervisory approval on work plans
  • Train, coach, and mentor personnel by enforcing company policies and procedures
  • Develop and foster lasting relationships with the client by implementing, following through, and keeping lines of communication open
  • Other duties as assigned by the Project Manager or Program Manager


  • Must be authorized to work in the United States
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or Architecture from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional employment as an engineer or architect managing comparable work
  • Experience as Project Engineer on horizontal or vertical projects valued at $20Million or higher
  • Experience in all aspects of design/build contract execution
  • Knowledge of scheduling and organization techniques
  • Experience working as the General Contractor on a project from start to completion
  • Previous experience working with U.S. Government as client and full knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) is a plus
  • Possess strong leadership, communication and negotiation skills
  • Must be willing to work overseas for an extended period of time
  • Excellent planning, organizational, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Independent; little supervision needed
  • Courteous, professional, diplomatic
  • High level of confidentiality



  • International construction industry experience interacting with various diverse cultures
  • Previous experience with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and/or U.S. Government overseas contracts is preferred
  • Experience working on firm fixed price projects



The demands described here are not exhaustive, but are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions in accordance with applicable law, provided that the individual does not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others when performing such essential functions.  

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to, among other things, use hands to grasp and reach up with arms overhead, including manual dexterity to operate office equipment, filing, and perform specialized skills. The employee must have the ability to   stoop, squat, stand, walk, twist, balance, climb (ladder and stairs of high-rise building), kneel, crouch, speak, carry, and hear. The employee must have the ability to lift, carry, push or pull and move up to 15 pounds of weight without assistance. The job imposes a demand for physical agility and mobility, including the ability to maneuver safely throughout the work site. This position will require the use of personal protective equipment during various tasks and activities. The employee must be able to hear warning sounds and alarms, communicate effectively with coworkers and follow spoken directions.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Mental Demands:

The position requires a high degree of concentration in a busy environment.   There is a substantial demand for analyzing, perceiving, comprehending, rapid decision making and exercising sound judgment to ensure individual and coworker safety in a potentially dangerous environment.  Ability to follow directions and meet deadlines is critical.  

Environmental Demands:

The position entails working on a busy construction site overseas, generally away from the employee’s family, and in countries whose laws and social norms may be much more restrictive than in the United States, with the potential for occasional periods of social unrest, military action, interruption of normal services such as electricity and water, natural disasters, and the like.

Work involves a 60-hour workweek, 6 days a week/ 10 hours per day. Flexibility with hours/days is required. Individuals must have comfort working in a high-stress environment and be able to perform the above activities in extreme hot, cold, humid, and wet conditions depending on location and season. Frequent exposure to construction equipment and sharp tools, including power tools, and materials.  May involve frequent repetitive motions.  Some exposure to toxic/caustic chemicals, potential electric shock, significant heights and high noise level, including high-pitched noises.  Some potential exposure to dust, fumes, smoke and airborne particles.  

NOTE:                  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by individuals assigned this position.  They are not exhaustive lists of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities, physical job demands and working conditions associated with the position.

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