Jon Edwards

Technical Director


  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of IL, #062.033396
  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of MI, #62101070379


  • BSCE – University of Illinois
  • Master of Science, Civil Engineering (Structural) – University of Illinois

Lifetime Achievements

  • Edited presentation papers for the Transportation Research Board and pre-publication reviews of engineering texts. Presented or moderated sessions at annual TRB meeting in 2006,2008 & 2009.
  • American Assn. of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) representative on Subcommittee D1J (Bridge Welding Code). AWS D-1 Structural Welding Committee, 1994-2007. Currently advisor to D1J committee.
  • Transportation Research Board Committee Member – Committee on General Structures (AFF10) and Committee on Fabrication and Inspection of Metal Structures (AFH70)
  • American Assn. of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) representative on Subcommittee D1J (Bridge Welding Code). AWS D-1 Structural Welding Committee, 1994-2007. Currently advisor to D1J committee.
  • Nat’l Cooperative Highway Research Project (NCHRP) Panel 10-36 (“Evaluation of Weldments Incorporating Backing Material”)
  • NCHRP Panel 20-7, Task 149 (“Evaluation of 3D Computer Modeling and Electronic Information Transfer”
  • NCHRP Panel 10-63 (“Heat Straightening Repairs of Damaged Steel Bridges”)
  • Project review committee for FHWA Report No. SA-96-052 (“Operation Guide for Narrow Gap Improved Electro-Slag Welding”)
  • AASHTO/National Steel Bridge Alliance since 1996, involved with task groups for shop drawings/design plan preparation and review, fabrication, erection, repair database, painting and constructability. Co-chaired Constructability Task Group.
  • Voting Member – AWS D1TG4 Inspection Standing Task Group

Jon Edwards joined Atema with over 40 years of rich, intensive DOT experience. His role includes the technical review of reports for the DOT Quality Services sister certification body for Supplier Qualification Programs for DOTs and transportation agencies. He is an Atema liaison with top level industry groups and organizations representing Atema through correspondence, committee membership, and attendance at strategic functions.

Mr. Edwards previous role was with ILDOT Bureau of Bridges and Structures, Shop Plans and Steel Fabrication Unit. He provided engineering expertise and administrative oversight for quality assurance and employee development in steel and aluminum fabrication inspection. He also provided shop drawing review of steel, aluminum, and prestressed concrete products, and approval of welding procedures. He provided design and review of traffic structures (overhead sign supports, mast arms, high mast light towers), and review of design plans for fabrication, constructability, and serviceability issues. His staff ensured contractor and product compliance for complex designs and materials, requiring frequent interpretation of specifications and acceptance of criteria. His experience with movable bridges includes involvement in the fabrication and reconstruction of primary elements for the Cass St., Jefferson St., and McDonough St. Scherzer rolling bascules and the Ruby St. and Brandon Road trunnion bascules in Joliet, IL. Those entailed new rolling tracks, deck support systems, and machinery for the Scherzers and new pivot shafts and bearings for the trunnions. He was also involved in the fabrication and subsequent investigation of field problems during replacement of the trunnions, shafts, and cables for the vertical lift bridge at Hardin, IL.

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