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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 22-00608

Closing 9/23/2021 11:59 PM Central

Point of Contact James Muetzel,

Job Description

Only applicants who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meet all selective requirements (listed below) will be placed on the eligible list. Our MissionThe 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. Looking for a challenging engineer trainee position? Then the Iowa DOT is for you! The Bridges and Structures Bureau is seeking to hire a Transportation Engineer Associate that will be an essential part of a Design team. This position requires an individual capable of applying engineering principles in the design of highway structures and transportation improvement projects of a broad scope with simple to moderate complexity. This position will perform progressively responsible introductory engineering work assignments to become eligible for licensing as a professional engineer. Responsibilities of the position:

  • Performing structural analysis and design of simple to moderately complex highway structures utilizing steel, aluminum, reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, and wood. Simple to moderately complex highway structures include standard and non-standard bridges, culverts, retaining walls, sign trusses, other miscellaneous structures, and routine to unique overlay and repair projects. Design of this categorical complexity are expected for most of the time.

  • Reviewing plans for simple to moderately complex structures submitted by outside sources for approval.

  • Assists in the performance of inspections, analyzes any deficiencies of structures, and writes reports containing recommendations and cost estimates for structures needing repair.

  • Draws or directs technicians in drawing the ideas conceived in the design of the proposed structure. Directs and consults with design technicians to ensure that all necessary details, dimensions, notes, and specifications are shown on the completed design plan and the plan clearly reflects the intent of the design.

  • 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.


    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

    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.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.