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Associate Project Engineer

Date Posted:  Nov 11, 2023
Requisition ID:  432510

Fort Wayne, IN, US, 46808

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion - Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to complete the application and interview process, as well as perform the essential functions of a role.


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Indiana Department of Transportation:

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) provides a dynamic workplace that serves Indiana citizens, improves our state’s quality of life, and enhances its economic opportunity. INDOT has a number of innovative programs and projects, including Public-Private Partnerships, Green Initiatives, and cutting-edge uses of materials and assets. As part of the State of Indiana, INDOT offers a competitive total compensation package, as well as outstanding work/life balance. Whether you are an established professional in the transportation field or just starting your career, INDOT has exciting and challenging opportunities for you. 


Location: This position is in INDOT's Fort Wayne District.


Role Overview: An Associate Construction Engineer is responsible for assisting with construction projects that range from preventative maintenance to new construction of INDOT’s facilities (e.g., roadways, bridges, and traffic signals). INDOT is seeking recent graduates interested in heavy highway construction who possess problem-solving skills needed to address issues encountered throughout all phases of construction. Individuals will gain experience interpreting contract documents to ensure contractors deliver a product that conforms to plans and specifications. In addition, you will be participating in on-site field checks, attending meetings, and being a part of construction decisions. There will be opportunity for on-the-job training and opportunity to advance your career when you achieve your PE license.


Engineer Trainee: A Professional engineering license is not required for this position. Candidates who have an Engineering degree but do not hold a professional license are eligible for promotional increases upon achieving milestones, including passing the EIT exam, years of experience, and obtaining their professional engineering license. Once a candidate or incumbent has passed the EIT exam the salary traditionally starts at an annual salary of $53,222 but may be commensurate with education or work experience. Candidates or incumbents who have obtained their Professional Engineer license, the salary traditionally starts at an annual salary of $67,314 but may be commensurate with education or work experience.


Salary: The salary for this position traditionally starts at $47,320.00 but may be commensurate with education or work experience.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Assist in maintaining daily project records and files, and coordinate the work of technicians /surveyors, including daily reports of materials placed, location of work, project interruptions, contractor workforce size and composition, test results, and any other related information.
  • Coordinate the sampling and testing of aggregates, steel, asphalt, soils and all other materials. 
  • Assist in examining and approving contractor requests for payment.
  • Participate in preconstruction and partnering meetings.
  • Meet with affected property owners in the project area and works to resolve access restriction issues, drainage problems and other issues that may arise during construction.
  • Prepare simple field drawings or sketches as necessary to implement and document minor changes to project specifications.
  • Coordinate with the Final Review Office, to submit documentation to ensure project closure process, answering questions and doing research as requested.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment:

  • Must possess a valid Indiana Driver’s License.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from ABET accredited institution.
  • Broad knowledge in construction materials sampling and testing standards, federal, state, and departmental established test procedure and standards pertaining to materials.
  • Considerable knowledge in computer software programs.
  • Skill in operation, calibration, and maintenance of materials testing/sampling equipment.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Specialized knowledge of and ability to apply a variety of federal, state, and local guidelines, manuals, and regulations for purposes of construction inspection for compliance with standards.
  • Ability to read and interpret highway and bridge plans and to identify errors and omissions.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Limited knowledge of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Indiana Traffic Management (ITM) and INDOT specifications.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Effective communication skills.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may be utilized in a supervisory capacity based on agency needs.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruit, select, develop, and promote employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws. 


If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at [email protected].


The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.


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Nearest Major Market: Fort Wayne