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Iowa Department of Transportation District Materials Engineer in Fairfield, Iowa

Salary $73,569.60 - $113,152.00 Annually

Location Fairfield - 52556- Jefferson County, IA

Job Type Full-time

Agency 645 Iowa Department of Transportation

Job Number 23-00411

Closing 8/22/2022 11:59 PM Central

Point of Contact Jim Webb,

Job Description

Location: Fairfield District Office, intermittent telework optionAre you seeking to diversify your skills while making a difference? The Iowa DOT’s Mission is Making Lives Better Through Transportation. As our newest District Materials Engineer, you will have the opportunity to contribute your strengths and expertise towards fulfilling Iowa DOT’s five CORE values: Safety First, People Matter, Customer Focused, Servant Leadership, and Integrity Without Exception.: Even with nearly 2,300 employees, we’re all one team at the Iowa DOT. Our main goal is to keep people and goods moving on Iowa’s transportation system. As a member of our team, you’ll play a vital role by acting as a lead worker in the District Materials Office; responsible for all technical aspects of materials inspection, sampling and testing activities within the district on all State and Federal funded projects on primary, secondary, park, institutional and urban systems.This position is eligible for a hiring incentive of over $3,600.00District Materials Engineer (Transportation Engineer Specialist) Opportunity: This position serves as the Iowa Department of Transportation's District 5 Materials Engineer who is responsible for materials-related oversight of Iowa DOT highway and bridge projects within a 20-county area in southeast and south central Iowa. The District Materials Engineer is responsible for leading the inspection, sampling, and testing of project materials, running the district materials testing laboratory, monitoring production from highway material sources, overseeing material documentation-related portions of project audits, and providing technical consultation. This position serves as a team leader for the District 5 Materials Office which includes 9 permanent employees. As the District 5 Materials Engineer you will:

  • Oversee all materials inspection, sampling and testing activities by District Materials Office staff

  • Inspect and monitor oversight of project-specific portable pavement recycling plants, PCC plants and HMA plants, and aggregate production facilities

  • Provide highway materials technical assistance through consultation to a variety of customers, including Iowa DOT staff, County/City/Consultant staff, contractors, and materials producers

  • Oversee project materials audit process

  • Oversee the Independent Assurance Program (IAP) for materials testing in the District

  • Oversee the District's Technical Training and certification program, including some direct training duties as needed

  • Oversee and manage of the District Materials Office operating budget

  • Participate in technical committees and work groups to improve Department specifications, processes and policies

    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 - Monthly insurance premium (Iowa Choice*):

  • Single: $54/mo. employee share; $715/mo. state share

  • Family: $180/mo. employee share; $1,624.00/mo. state share

  • *Other insurance options available. Please review HERE ( (Download PDF reader) ( (Download PDF reader) (

  • Opportunities for professional growth and development

  • Paid time off effective immediately - Biweekly vacation, separate sick leave, accruals rollover on a yearly basis, and 10 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)

    Additional Requirements:

  • Understanding of engineering principles in many areas including knowledge to evaluate and monitor sources of highway materials to ensure they meet Specification and Materials Instructional Memorandum requirements

  • Specific knowledge of highway construction methods, inspection, and materials sources

  • Successfully utilizes electronic tools (computers, tablets, smart phones, other technologies) to perform engineering tasks


  • A valid Drivers’ License must be possessed and maintained.

  • Licensure by the Iowa Board of Engineering Examiners as a Professional Engineer. This licensure must be valid and in good standing at the time of hire and be maintained for employment.

    Work hours: Monday through Friday, 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM. Hours may vary, and some overtime may be required. Some overnight travel required. Excited to pursue the next step in your career? Apply today!

    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.