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Transportation Engineer Specialist

Iowa Department of Transportation
Fairfield, Iowa
$75,774.40 - $116,542.40 Annually
Closing date
Mar 22, 2024

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$75,774.40 - $116,542.40 Annually


Fairfield - 52556 - Jefferson County, IA

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645 Iowa Department of Transportation

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3/24/2024 11:59 PM Central

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Steven McElmeel -

  • Job Description

    Iowa Department of Transportation’s Mission is Making Lives Better Through Transportation. To accomplish our Mission, the person selected for this position will demonstrate actions and behaviors guided by the Iowa Department of Transportation’s five CORE values: Safety First, People Matter, Customer Focused, Servant Leadership, and Integrity Without Exception.
    Location: 205 East 227th Street Fairfield, Iowa 52556 
    Shift Requirements: Day shift, Frequent travel with some overnight
    As a Transportation Engineer Specialist, you will serve in a critical, professional leadership role as a District Project Manager overseeing and/or coordinating the preliminary and final design of highway and bridge improvement projects being designed by staff within District 5, by any of the various DOT project development offices, or by consultants working on behalf of the DOT. 
    With your fortitude, impeccable leadership, and problem-solving skills you will serve as the lead staff in the absence of the Assistant District Engineer. As the lead designer and Engineer-of-Record for projects designed by District staff you will manage project schedules, lead, and direct the work of others, develop project concepts, apply design criteria, prepare project estimates, and represent the DOT in discussions with internal and external customers and other government agencies.
    You will be using the latest technology, such as Project Management System, Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD/MicroStation), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), asset management systems (budgets, pavement, equipment, etc.) and internally developed databases, to make the most efficient and effective use of agency resources and continually increase customer services and safety.
    Additional duties will include, but are not limited to:
     - Serve as District member of Project Management Teams (PMT) during the planning phase of projects,
    and potentially lead the PMT during the design phase of projects.
    -Serve as lead designer on assigned 3R, 4R, ER and MP project development and other projects as assigned. The Staff Engineer will have primary responsibility for the development of concepts, conducting field exams, and certifying final project plans.
    -Maintain the project schedule with needed tasks documented on the Project Management Software (currently PPMS "Masterworks").
    -Make recommendations and help prepares 3R funding programs for management review/approval.
    -Assist District Planners in evaluating RISE and other funding applications that will impact the primary highway system.
    -Identify impacts on the primary highway system from local government projects, including RISE, TSF, Parks and Institutional, and U-STEP/C-STEP.
    -Provide engineering support to District Maintenance and other Departmental agencies in the selection, design, and construction of projects within the district.
    Special Requirements:
    -Maintain a valid Iowa Driver’s License.
    -Must possess and maintain licensure as an Iowa Professional Engineer in Active status.
    The Iowa Department of Transportation is proud to be a partner with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Through this partnership, DOT engineers are granted membership at a largely discounted price, as well as discounts for conferences and continuing education through the ASCE. We are excited to offer this benefit and to have you join this partnership with us! If you're interested in learning more about this benefit, please visit
    What we offer YOU:
     - Competitive pay and benefits package including health, dental, flexible spending, and life insurance
     - Insurance benefits start first of the month following 30 days of employment. 2024 health and dental insurance premiums can be found here.
     - Opportunities for professional growth and development.
     - Paid time off effective immediately - biweekly vacation, separate sick leave, accruals rollover on a yearly basis, and 9 paid holidays per year.
     - Iowa Public Employee Retirement System (IPERS) Retirement Package with employer match
     - Optional 401A plan with employer contributions.
     - Employee Discount Programs from variety of vendors (vision, cellular, fitness, recreation, season passes, travel, counseling; legal, financial).
    We encourage you to view more about the State of Iowa Employee benefits and costs at the State of Iowa Employee Benefits Website!
    You have the freedom to flourish in Iowa – Apply today!
    If you require a reasonable accommodation in completing any screening, interviewing, pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection process, please direct your request to the Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunity (AA/EEO) Officer at:

    Reasonable accommodation such as: interpreter, translator, written materials, modified equipment / devices, ADA access, etc. This does not include scheduling needs.

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    Minimum Qualification Requirements

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

    1) All of the following (a and b):
    a. Licensure as a professional engineer; and
    b. Two years of full-time professional work experience in transportation engineering or civil engineering.
    2) All of the following (a, b, and c):
    a. Licensure as a professional engineer; and
    b. One year of full-time professional work experience in transportation engineering or civil engineering; and
    c. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in chemical, civil, construction, environmental, materials, structural, or transportation engineering; engineering management; or a field closely related to transportation engineering.
    3) Current, continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes one year of full-time work as a Transportation Engineer.

    For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description (Download PDF reader).

    Additional Qualification Requirements

    Prior to appointment, applicants must possess active licensure as a professional engineer by the Iowa Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Board.


The Iowa Department of Transportation advocates for and delivers a modern transportation system that provides pathways for the social and economic vitality of Iowa, getting our customer’s where they need to go safely, efficiently, and conveniently.

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