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Iowa Department of Transportation Transportation Engineer Associate in Ames, Iowa

Salary $57,491.20 - $89,024.00 Annually

Location Ames - 50010 - Story County, IA

Job Type Full-time

Agency 645 Iowa Department of Transportation

Job Number 21-02974

Closing 6/23/2021 11:59 PM Central

Point of Contact David Mulholland,

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. The Bridges and Structures Bureau is seeking to hire two Transportation Engineer Associates that will be an essential part of the Bridge Project Development team in our Preliminary Design Unit. These positions require individuals capable of applying engineering principles in the design of highway structures and transportation improvement projects of a broad scope and complexity. These positions will perform progressively responsible introductory engineering work assignments to become eligible for licensing as a professional engineer. Typical Responsibilities of the position:

  • Assists licensed engineer to develop preliminary bridge and culvert plans in the preliminary section of the Bridges and Structures Bureau. This includes performing hydrologic and hydraulic design and analysis of various types of less complex highway structures. These highway structures include bridges and culverts.

  • Make inspections and write reports containing recommendations and estimates on structures that must be repaired or reconstructed to maintain serviceability of the highway system.

  • Provide support to the supervising engineer for timely solutions to construction and maintenance problems involving hydraulic design, stream instability and drainage issues.

  • Review plans that are submitted by consulting engineers and outside agencies for approval to insure projects meet hydraulic and design guidelines and regulatory requirements.

  • Professional Development – May work on special projects and/or for other offices/districts across the Department as assigned to gain experience beneficial to become eligible to sit for the Professional Engineer exam and gain Professional Engineering licensure.

    Preferred Characteristics:

  • Analyzes challenges, defines successful solution alternatives and proactively solves problems.

  • Passion and commitment to excellence in our highway design products.

  • Effectively communicates with all levels of management and a wide variety of individuals involved in our development process.

  • 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:

  • Interesting and complex projects are regularly designed by our staff providing a wide breadth of experiences.

  • Excellent Benefits Package. Web link:

  • Project schedules are based on 40-hour work weeks.

  • Flexible work schedules.

  • Continuing education to aid in meeting professional engineering requirements.

  • Annual pay and cost of living increases are typical.

  • An environment where team work, customer service, and a positive attitude are valued.

    Shift: Days, Monday through Friday. Flex available. Applicants hired with verification of graduation will be required to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university within 10 months of hire.


    097 Civil Engineering 6 months’ experience, 12 semester hours, or a combination of both in one or more of the following:

  • Survey crew

  • Construction inspector

  • Professional civil engineer

    Must be able to read blueprints, plans, and/or specifications.

    Minimum Qualification Requirements

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

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in chemical, civil, construction, environmental, materials, mechanics, structural, or transportation engineering or in engineering management.

  • Possession of a verification of graduation with major course work in chemical, civil, construction, environmental, materials, mechanics, structural, or transportation engineering or in engineering management.

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    Additional Qualification Requirements

    Within a period of time after hire, as determined by the appointing authority, employees in this class may be required to obtain one or more of the following certificates, licenses, or endorsements:

  • Certification as an engineer intern by the Iowa Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Board

  • Licensure as a professional engineer by the Iowa Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Board is required within 9 years for continued employment; temporary training assignments will terminate within six months following a second attempt to obtain a professional engineer license or nine years from date of hire.