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Construction Engineer

Oregon Department of Transportation
Portland, Oregon | Vancouver, Washington
$7,981 - $12,339 per month
Closing date
May 12, 2024

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Construction Engineering, Transportation Engineering
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Professional Engineer 2 – Construction Engineer
Oregon Department of Transportation
Interstate Bridge Replacement Program
Portland, Oregon | Vancouver, Washington

Salary Range: $7,981 - $12,339

The role:

Apply today to join the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program (IBR) team as a construction engineer! In this role, you will direct all activities necessary in the development of outsourced contracts for complex construction projects and the administration of construction contracts using various delivery methods. To accomplish this, you will lead blended teams of consultant and agency staff.

IBR is a multimodal mega program jointly led by the State of Oregon and the State of Washington to address regional safety and mobility problems facing the I-5 highway system crossing over the Columbia River between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. We are working with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to develop solutions for seismic resiliency, safety improvements, congestion reduction, reliable transit, active transportation and reliable movement of freight.

The person in this position will be a State of Oregon employee. This position is based in Portland, Oregon, and the work location will be at our joint office in Vancouver, Washington.

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for our positions. We hope you’ll join us on our path to increasing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging through our values, commitments, strategies and actions.

A day in the life:

  • Support the IBR management team in all activities associated with the construction of the Interstate Bridge design.
  • Meet with and work collaboratively with the contractor/consultants regularly to plan and coordinate work, resolve project issues and discuss other contract topics.
  • Manage contract change issues.
  • Administer the contract in accordance with the contract plans and specifications.
  • Participate in the design development phase and development of the contract plans and specifications.
  • Monitor work in progress and adjust assignments or make workforce changes as needed to ensure the appropriate match of staff and projects.
  • Supervise preparation of monthly contractor/consultant progress payment estimates.
  • Manage construction authorizations and construction engineering budgets on each project.
  • Assign, schedule, direct, supervise, review and accept the work of ODOT construction and survey staff.
  • Represent management in the development of outsourcing contracts for highway construction projects.
  • Participate in vendor selection process and play a key role in evaluating and selecting proposals.
  • Provide expertise in evaluating and analyzing contract claims, including resolution recommendations.
  • Participate on various statewide teams and committees.
  • Work in both office and field environments with hybrid work options available – full-time in person work required once construction-related activities begin.
  • Be on call 24 hours/day, 7 days a week, including holidays.
  • Frequent travel required to visit construction sites; work at construction sites involves exposure to traffic and equipment hazards and working in all weather conditions.
  • To request a copy of the position description, which includes all duties and working conditions, please email

What’s in it for you:

  • Work/life balance, 11 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules, paid leave and so much more. Learn more about working at the Oregon Department of Transportation and the benefits we offer.
  • Competitive benefits packages which can be estimated using our compensation calculator.
  • Comprehensive and equitable base salary offer within the listed range based on your experience, skills and education. The salary range listed is the non-PERS participating rate. If you are already a participating PERS member or once you become PERS eligible, the salary range will increase by 6.95%. Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness opportunity!

Minimum qualifications:

A valid Professional Engineer's (PE) license in civil, structural, or transportation-related engineering and three (3) years of journey level professional engineer experience.


  • Three (3) years of journey level professional engineer experience is considered licensed experience only. If registered in another state, successful applicants will be required to obtain professional registration in Oregon within six months of hire.
  • PE licensure in Washington will be required after hire – this is not required at time of application.

Special qualifications:

Driving is an essential function of this position. You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s). Your license does not have to be issued in Oregon to be considered.

What we’d like to see:

If you have these attributes, let us know in your application materials! It's how we will choose whom to move forward! You do not need to have all these qualities to be eligible for this position. We may also use transferable skills, experience, education and alignment with ODOT values to help us decide who will move forward.

  • Experience in construction inspection and contract administration of design-bid-build, construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) and design-build projects for heavy highway work.
  • Experience working on and leading contracting and construction on transportation mega projects (more than $100M)
  • Experience leading blended, agency and consultant, teams in contract administration.
  • Experience interpreting design standards and standard specifications to ensure contract compliance.
  • Experience attending public meetings and communicating with partner agency representatives on behalf of the owner.

Learn more and apply:

Our first application screening is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Monday, May 13, 2024. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.

Please note that we can only accept applications through our website.

For questions, call 971-273-8687 or email

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer


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