Trainee-Graduate Engineer

MN Locations-Baxter, Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Mankato, Oakdale, Rochester, Roseville, & Willmar
Salary Range: $22.98 - $33.91/hourly; $47,982 - $70,804/annually
Sep 13, 2021
Oct 13, 2021
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The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) is excited to announce we are hiring 18 Trainee, Engineer positions in our Graduate Engineer & Land Surveyor Program. Trainee positions will be located throughout the state of Minnesota in locations like Baxter, Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Mankato, Oakdale (Bridge), Rochester, Roseville, and Willmar.

We are driven to find talented, innovative employees for Minnesota’s nationally recognized transportation system. We work to build the best team in the transportation industry to ensure that Minnesota thrives with a safe, sustainable and leading-edge transportation system. You will be surrounded by a diverse community of experts, each driven by challenging work and motivated by the greater good.  You will understand the impact of the work you are doing and be able to see the benefit you are providing to the citizens of Minnesota.  You can set your sights high and use your strengths to grow within the organization. MnDOT offers superior health and retirement benefits as well as a solid commitment to work-life balance, which provides you the tools to thrive both at work and outside of work.

We offer excellent employee benefits, such as low-cost health and dental insurance, and affordable dependent coverage. Other benefits include:

  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Earn up to 29 paid vacation days a year
  • Earn 13 days paid sick time
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Defined pension plan
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short & long-term disability available
  • Training opportunities
  • And more!

Trainees will participate in the Grad Program for up to two (2) years gaining professional engineer experience by completing a series of 3 – 6 months long rotations.  Trainees can rotate through functional areas like Bridge, Construction, Design, Materials, Project Management, Traffic, or Water Resources just to name a few. The goal of the Program is to give Trainees well-rounded, board exposure to as many areas of civil/transportation engineering as possible.  All Trainees are supported with structured mentorship, continuous training opportunities and a large support network of professional engineers who are engaged in the Trainee’s training and growth as an engineer. At the conclusion of the Program, Trainees will be assigned to a permanent position at MnDOT and be promoted to a Graduate Engineer 2 classification.

Job Requirements:

To be considered for a Trainee position a candidate must hold or be in their final year of completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil, Construction or GeoTechnical Engineering from an ABET accredited college or university or its equivalency. All offers of employment will be contingent upon successfully completing the degree.

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APPLY ONLINE BY 10/21/2021:

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