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Iowa Department of Transportation Transportation Engineer Associate in Ames, Iowa

Salary $59,883.20 - $92,747.20 Annually

Location Ames - 50010 - Story County, IA

Job Type Full-time

Agency 645 Iowa Department of Transportation

Job Number 23-01636

Closing 11/27/2022 11:59 PM Central

Point of Contact Paul Flattery,

Job Description

Our MissionThe mission of the Iowa DOT is Making Lives Better Through Transportation. 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.This position will demonstrate actions and behaviors guided by the DOT’s five CORE values: Safety First, Integrity Without Exception, Customer Focused, Servant Leadership, and People Matter. Shift: Days, Monday through Friday. Flexible schedule available.Location: Office of DesignThe Office of Design is looking to hire a full-time Transportation Engineer Associate that will be part of a team developing projects that enhance the state and national transportation systems in Iowa. This individual will be an essential member of a highway design team that collaborates with numerous stakeholders to develop innovative transportation improvement plans. Typical Responsibilities:

  • Participates in engineering studies of transportation system improvements and develops alternatives for meeting the goals of the identified improvement.

  • Analyzes transportation engineering data to determine the optimal operating characteristics for the proposed highway improvement project.

  • Produces highway designs that are engineered in harmony with national (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) and Iowa DOT design guidance.

  • Participates in a team to produce decisions that balance safety, mobility, environmental impacts, property impacts, cost, and long-term maintenance.

  • Performs design and engineering analysis for small to large highly complex highway improvement projects using advanced civil engineering software applications in 3D modeling and visualizations.

  • Prepares roadway construction plans that clearly and accurately convey all aspects of the project.

    Preferred Characteristics:

  • Ability to successfully utilize advanced software applications and work in a 3D design environment that produces cutting-edge 3D machine guidance data for automated construction equipment.

  • 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.

  • Ability to successfully utilize advanced software applications.

  • Motivated, friendly, inclusive, and a 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.

  • Students graduating in Dec. 2022 are eligible and encouraged to apply would be

    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 designed by our staff providing a wide breadth of experiences.

  • Excellent pay and benefits package including health, dental, flexible spending, and life insurance. For more detailed information regarding our benefits, please check out the “Benefits beyond the Paycheck” brochure under the benefits tab.

  • Monthly insurance premiums:

  • Single: $54/mo. HMO and $180/mo. PPO

  • Family: $180/mo. HMO and $342/mo. PPO

  • website:

  • Project schedules are based on 40-hour workweeks.

  • Flexible work schedules.

  • Annual pay and cost of living increases are typical.

  • An environment where teamwork, customer service, and a positive attitude are valued.

    If you require a reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to the following email: Reasonable accommodation such as: interpreter, translator, written materials, modified equipment / devices, ADA access, etc. This does not include scheduling needs.

    Minimum Qualification Requirements

Applicants must meet at least one of the following minimum requirements to qualify for positions in this job classification:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in chemical, civil, construction, environmental, materials, mechanics, structural, or transportation engineering or in engineering management.

  • Possession of a verification of graduation with major course work in chemical, civil, construction, environmental, materials, mechanics, structural, or transportation engineering or in engineering management.

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    Additional Qualification Requirements

Applicants hired with verification of graduation will be required to graduate with a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university within 10 months of hire.Within a period of time after hire, as determined by the appointing authority, employees in this class may be required to obtain one or more of the following certificates, licenses, or endorsements:

  • Certification as an engineer intern by the Iowa Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Board

  • Licensure as a professional engineer by the Iowa Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Board is required within 9 years for continued employment; temporary training assignments will terminate within six months following a second attempt to obtain a professional engineer license or nine years from date of hire.