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Transportation Engineer Specialist

Iowa Department of Transportation
Ames, Iowa
$75,774.40 - $116,542.40 Annually
Closing date
May 29, 2024

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$75,774.40 - $116,542.40 Annually


Ames - 50010 - Story County, IA

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645 Iowa Department of Transportation

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5/29/2024 11:59 PM Central

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Michael Nop -

  • Job Description

    Iowa DOT’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 DOT’s five CORE values: Safety First, People Matter, Customer Focused, Servant Leadership, and Integrity Without Exception.
    Location:  Ames, Iowa 
    Work Hours: Days, M-F; Flex Available with teleworking opportunities.
    Travel: Occasional travel (overnight possible) may be required to national conferences, research workshops.
    As a BSB Methods Engineer (Transportation Engineer Specialist) you will work in a variety of civil engineering capacities within the Bureau, including:

    • Developing and maintaining of design standards used by the Iowa DOT for preparation of structural plans.
    • Coordinating design standard activities with other engineers in the bureau.
    • Assisting in the development and maintenance of the Bridge Bureau Design Manual.  
    • Coordinating technical training for design staff.
    • Participating on various teams making decisions that balance safety, mobility, environmental impacts, cost and long-term maintenance. In addition, will serve as a contact for industry representatives to maintain workable and efficient design procedures and specifications.  
    • Coordinating with other bureaus to integrate design procedures and construction details into standard practices. 
    A Transportation Engineer Specialist must demonstrate:
    • Knowledge of the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications as well as the Iowa DOT Standard Specifications for Highway and Bridge Construction. 
    • Knowledge of current design concepts and principles involving structural analysis of all types of complex highway structures.
    Preferred Characteristics of Candidate:
    • Analyzes challenges, defines successful solution alternatives, and proactively solves problems.
    • Passion and commitment to excellence in our highway structures and bridges.
    • 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.
    Licensure:    Applicant must have a Professional Engineering license in Iowa at the time of appointment and is responsible for maintaining the license by meeting continuing education requirements and all other professional obligations required by the State of Iowa.
    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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