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Iowa Department of Transportation Design Technician Specialist in Ames, Iowa

Salary $52,291.20 - $79,622.40 Annually

Location Ames - 50010 - Story County, IA

Job Type Full-time

Agency 645 Iowa Department of Transportation

Job Number 21-02565

Closing 5/11/2021 11:59 PM Central

Point of Contact Yanxiao Jia,

Job Description

Our mission The mission of the Iowa DOT is safest, smartest, made to last. We need talented, passionate people working together to make this happen. We are looking to grow our teams with people who share our energy and enthusiasm for making that mission a reality every single day. Location: Design Project Section, Office of Design in Ames Shift: Days, Monday through Friday The Office of Design is looking to hire a Design Technician Specialist that will be part of a team designing highway improvement projects and construction plans that will be used to enhance the state and national transportation systems in Iowa. This position is an essential member of a highway design team developing innovative transportation improvement projects. The Design Technician Specialist will assist leading the develop of highway plans under immediate supervision of the principal engineer of a project. Shift: Days, Monday through Friday. Typical Responsibilities:

  • Participates on a team that makes decisions that effectively balance mobility, environmental impacts, property impacts, cost and long term maintenance.

  • Produces highway project plans that are consistent with Iowa DOT design guidance.

  • Calculates roadway geometric features including vertical and horizontal highway alignments.

  • Designs roadway intersections, drainage systems and traffic control plans.

  • Develops 3-dimensional computer models that represent the proposed roadway.

  • Calculates material quantities that will be needed to build the proposed roadway project.

  • Prepares final details needed to clearly communicate the intention of plans to a road contractor.

  • Uses advanced computer applications and processes in all aspects of the photogrammetric process.

    Preferred Characteristics:

  • Ability to successfully utilize advanced software applications.

  • Analyzes challenges, defines successful solution alternatives and proactively solves problems.

  • Passion and commitment to excellence in our highway design products.

  • Effectively communicates with all levels of management and a wide variety of individuals involved in our development process.

  • Motivated, friendly, inclusive and get-it-done attitude.

  • Embraces and encourages a culture that thrives on innovative ideas and leading changes that result in effective process and project improvements.

  • Brings a professional positive attitude to our team every day.

    Office of Design Culture and Benefits:

  • A 100+ person team with a wide variety of experiences working collaboratively to deliver exceptional transportation improvement projects.

  • Interesting and complex projects are regularly developed by our staff providing varied experiences.

  • Excellent benefits package, web site:

  • Project schedules are based on 40-hour work weeks.

  • Flexible work schedules.

  • Annual pay and cost of living increases are typical.

  • An environment where team work, customer service, and a positive attitude

    Minimum Qualification Requirements

    Graduation from high school or GED and eight years of full-time experience in design drafting, cartography, photogrammetry or right of way;


    an equivalent combination of one year experience in engineering survey, soils survey, land survey or construction inspection for each year of the required design drafting experience to a maximum substitution of two years;


    an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting thirty semester hours of post high school education for each year of the required experience to a maximum substitution of two years;


    an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting thirty semester hours of vocational technical school in engineering technology, design drafting, or cartography for two years of the required experience to a maximum substitution of two years;


    employees with current continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes experience equal to one year of full time work as a Design Technician.For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description ( (Download PDF reader) ( .