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Engineering Manager I (Operations Maintenance Engineer)

South Dakota Department of Transportation
Pierre, South Dakota
$84,260.23 - $99,129.68 annually
Closing date
Jun 5, 2024

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Transportation Engineering
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Engineering Manager I (Operations Maintenance Engineer)(Job Id 26809)  
Pierre, SD 04/18/2024
Transportation 06/03/2024
Permanent Employee    
84,260.23-99,129.68 US



Job ID: 26809
Agency: Department of Transportation / Operations Support Office
Location: Pierre, SD
Salary: $84,260.23 - $99,129.68 annually
Pay Grade: EM1
Closing Date: 06/03/2024

This is a full-time position with the Department of Transportation. For more information about the Department of Transportation, please visit

This is the Operations Maintenance Engineer position, supervising vocational and professional staff to provide technical guidance and maintenance engineering support to field maintenance personnel across the state.

This position coordinates and directs activities for and offers guidance and coaching to maintenance support staff. Assists in interviewing and hiring, conducts performance reviews, and provides input on personnel actions. Hires, trains, and directs the activities of summer interns to carry out guardrail inspections statewide.

Serves as an engineering technical reference for the maintenance support team, field maintenance personnel, central office staff, and DOT Region and Area offices. Manages questions from staff and suggestions for improvements and innovations; facilitates decision-making; and proposes solutions to maintenance issues throughout the state. Educates maintenance support, field maintenance, and other DOT staff on new developments and communicates critical information to the department on advancements in maintenance methods and techniques.

This position manages maintenance contracts for QC/QA bridge inspections, underwater bridge inspections, pollinator plot inspections, and SD-Nebraska and SD-Iowa border bridge maintenance. Work includes hiring consultants from retainer lists, putting out Requests for Proposals; coordinating with DOT Legal staff to create and renew contracts; reviewing consultant reports; monitoring progress and performance of contracted activities; and planning budgetary requirements for contracts annually.

Develops direction, goals, and objectives for the phases of Maintenance and Equipment Management System implementation addressing maintenance activities, time entry, planning, scheduling, budgeting, and level of service.

Chair of the Maintenance, Operations, and Safety Training group to identify maintenance training needs and to ensure training is made available to maintenance staff throughout the department. Chair of the DOT Maintenance Standards Panel working to identify gaps or improvement areas, and to initiate and develop policies and procedures for maintenance work functions.

This position represents the South Dakota DOT on the AASHTO Committee on Maintenance and the WASHTO Subcommittee on Maintenance. Also represents the department on the State's Weed and Pest Commission. These duties require networking with members of other agencies, states, and federal entities. This position also serves as the DOT's primary point of contact for placing amber alerts on 511 and the interstate dynamic message signs.

What we offer to you beyond the paycheck:

  • Health Insurance (Low & High Deductible Single and Family Plans)
    • Well-Being Program
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Health Savings Account
  • Basic Life Insurance Coverage (free to employee)
  • Membership in South Dakota Retirement System
  • Leave:
    • Vacation Leave (15 paid vacation days per year)
    • Sick Leave (14 paid sick days)
    • Paid Family Leave (40 hours per week for eight weeks for birth or adoption of a child)
    • Military Leave (15 paid days per calendar year)
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Longevity Pay
  • Semimonthly Pay Periods
  • Eligibility for Meal Per Diems
  • Flexible Scheduling

The total compensation of Hourly Wage + State/Federal Benefits for a typical year for entry level Operations Maintenance Engineer is approximately $109,391.00 annually.

Licenses and Certifications:
A Professional Engineer license in South Dakota is preferred.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Bachelor's degree in civil engineering or related engineering degree plus 6 months bridge inspection experience, 3-6 years engineering experience equivalent to a Level 3 on the professional track in the Engineer Career Family, and/or 1-3 years team lead experience equivalent to Management Level 1.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • engineering principles and practices as they are applied to highway construction and maintenance
  • DOT maintenance policies and procedures;
  • bridges, structures, and guardrail plus familiarity with the DOT Office of Bridge Design and Region Bridge staff;
  • Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Bluebeam Revu and Adobe PDF;
  • DOT Strategic Plan and current focus areas and key actions pertinent to maintenance engineering support.


  • analyze problems, recommend solutions, and act decisively;
  • develop, write, and define DOT standards and policies;
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships and to build strong alliances among all levels of department staff, consultants, other state agency representatives, and federal partners;
  • communicate powerfully;
  • interpret and implement policies, regulations, and contract language;
  • review and monitor work activities and results for accuracy, compliance, and quality.


  • establish goals and expectations for team members;
  • motivate on an individual and team level to ensure consistency of work and achievement of goals;
  • effectively plan, organize, and prioritize work activities for self and the team to meet schedules and deadlines;
  • conduct meetings in-person and virtually to oversee development of standards and resolve conflicts;
  • display integrity and commitment;
  • create a positive work environment.
  • focus on customer needs.

Join the South Dakota Department of Transportation! View more about this opportunity here:

Additional Requirements: To be considered, please attach your resume.

This position is eligible for Veterans’ Preference per ARSD 55:10:02:08.

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.

The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus eleven paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.


Must apply online:
You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email:
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"


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