Transportation Engineer Manager

Ames, Iowa
Jun 21, 2021
Jul 22, 2021
Position Type
Contract Type
Organization Type
Salary $73,299.20 - $112,361.60 Annually
Location Ames - 50010 - Story County, IA
Job Type Full-time
Agency 645 Iowa Department of Transportation
Job Number 21-03211
Point of Contact David Claman -
Job Description

Our Mission
The mission of the Iowa DOT is safest, smartest, made to last.  We need talented, passionate people working together to make this happen. We are looking to grow our teams with people who share our energy and enthusiasm for making that mission a reality every single day.
This position will demonstrate actions and behaviors guided by the DOT’s five CORE values: Safety First, Integrity Without Exception, Customer Focused, Servant Leadership, and People Matter. 
Are you an ambitious engineer with managerial or lead experience? The Bridges and Structures Bureau is seeking to hire an experienced civil/hydraulic engineer to lead our Preliminary Design Unit in an office which prepares approximately 200 design plans annually with an estimated construction cost over $150 million.  
This position requires an individual capable of leading 6 engineers and 2 technicians in the development of preliminary structure designs for the highway program.  Experience with applying advanced hydraulic and engineering design principles of a broad scope and complexity is necessary.  This position requires an engineer licensed to practice civil engineering in the State of Iowa.
Typical Responsibilities:

  • Manage, supervise, and direct the technical phase of preliminary plan production in the Preliminary Unit of the Bridges and Structures Bureau.  This includes performing hydrologic and hydraulic design of various types of complex highway structures. 
  • Manage the administrative phase of the preliminary design unit in planning, organizing, coordinating, and scheduling of assigned work on the primary and interstate road system so that the goals of the production schedule are met.
  • Administer the personnel of the Preliminary Design Unit to assure that all personnel matters are effectively handled.
  • Review the implement improvements to current hydraulic and drainage policy and procedures. Implement changes to hydraulic and drainage design procedure based on new research, design methodologies, and feedback from construction and maintenance personnel.
  • Provide support to the Construction Bureau and Iowa Transportation Districts for timely solutions to construction and maintenance problems involving hydraulic and drainage issues.
  • Supervise the review of plans that are submitted by outside agencies for approval.
Preferred Characteristics:
  • Analyzes challenges, defines successful solution alternatives and proactively solves problems.
  • Passion and commitment to excellence in our bridge design products.
  • Effectively communicates with all levels of management and a wide variety of individuals involved in our development process.
  • Ability to lead others and to objectively interact and discuss work related issues with employees to improve performance, counsel, or provide career enrichment for the individual involved.
  • Motivated, friendly, inclusive and 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.
Office Culture and Benefits:
  • A 50+ person team with a wide variety of experiences working collaboratively to deliver exceptional transportation improvement projects.
  • Interesting and complex projects are regularly designed by our staff providing a wide breadth of experiences.
  • Excellent benefits package, web site: <>
  • Project schedules are based on 40-hour work weeks.
  • Flexible work schedules.
  • Annual pay and cost of living increases are typical.
  • An environment where teamwork, customer service, and a positive attitude are valued.
Shift: Days, Monday through Friday. Flex available.
Location: Ames, IA –  Bridges and Structures Bureau



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. Three years of full-time professional work experience in transportation engineering or civil engineering, one year of which must have included project management or lead work responsibilities.
2) All of the following (a, b, and c):
a. Licensure as a professional engineer; and
b. Two years of full-time professional work experience in transportation engineering or civil engineering, one year of which must have included project management or lead work responsibilities; 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 two years of full-time work as a Transportation Engineer.

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