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Bridge Management Engineer

State of Montana - Department of Transportation
Situated roughly halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, Helena is the capital of MT
$97,313 per year + benefits.
Closing date
Apr 19, 2023

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Structural Engineering
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The Montana Department of Transportation is recruiting for a Bridge Management Engineer. This position serves as the Bridge Management Engineer and Section Supervisor and is responsible for administering all aspects of the Bridge Inspection and Operations programs for over 5000 bridges and other transportation structures in-service statewide.  This includes bridge and tunnel safety and condition inspection, load rating, load posting, documentation of critical findings, local agency notifications, bridge scour evaluation, overweight vehicle permitting, and bridge maintenance.  This position is responsible for ensuring program compliance with FHWA’s National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS), maintaining structure inventory records, and submitting bridge condition data to FHWA annually.  This position is responsible for ensuring public safety; maintaining program compliance with State and Federal laws, policies and guidelines; developing and maintaining Department standards, guidelines and policies for bridge inspection and operations; developing program budgets and monitoring program expenditures; supervising staff work and quality; and promoting efficient and cost-effective use of Department resources and funds. This work directly affects public safety and commerce, and an advanced level of professional engineering experience and judgement is needed to meet program requirements. This position reports to the Bridge Engineer.

For a full job description, please contact Tiffany Thornton at

Benefits of working for the Montana Department of Transportation and the State of Montana include:

  • Culture of public service and a commitment to work/life balance
  • Potential hybrid remote work arrangement available (if applicable)
  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
    • Benefits apply on first day of employment
    • Access to Montana Health Centers, low-cost clinics for state employees and their families
  • State Retirement plan and additional savings opportunities (deferred compensation)
  • Paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Eligibility for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness
  • Relocation assistance may be offered to the successful candidate at the time of offer (if applicable to position)

About Helena: Situated roughly halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, Helena is the capital of Montana. Famous for its historic downtown that abuts miles of hiking and biking trails in its South Hills, it is an excellent place to live, work, and recreate.

For information on the Montana Department of Transportation’s mission, vision, and values, please visit our website:


A bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited Engineering program that includes civil structural engineering courses in structural analysis, steel design, and reinforced concrete design.  Graduate degrees with concentrations in structural analysis and design will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) in Montana.  Incumbents with PE registration in another State that are eligible for PE registration in Montana through Comity will be considered. 

At least 8 years of bridge related load rating, condition inspection, engineering analysis and design, or bridge construction experience.

This position requires a minimum of 4 years of supervision or team lead experience. 

Proof of successful completion of a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved comprehensive bridge inspection training course, or successful completion within 6 months of hire.

Alternative qualifications include: Any combination of additional related work experience and education equivalent to the minimum qualifications.

This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable.)
  • Copy of Professional Engineer License
  • Copy of certificate from FHWA approved comprehensive bridge inspection course (preferred)

Your online application and all required additional materials must be submitted before midnight on the closing date. Ensure all materials submitted are selected as “Relevant.”

If you need an accommodation with the application process, please contact the HR representative listed below.

Other Information

Driver’s record will be verified. Successful applicants will be required to sign a release form which authorizes the Department to obtain the applicant’s permanent driving records. Compliance with Mont. Admin. R. 2.6.201, "State Vehicle Use," and MDT Policy #6.03.001, "State Vehicle Use Policy" are conditions of employment. (If applicable)

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is committed to continuous improvement of our employee safety program and our safety and health processes, and to achieving an injury-free workplace.

The Montana Department of Transportation is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply. People with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Human Resources and Occupational Safety Division, at 406.444.6054.

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