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Graduate Engineer Devel Prog

Date Posted:  Jan 24, 2023
Requisition ID:  419034

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


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. 


Salary: Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.


Location: This position is located in INDOT's Central Office, Indianapolis.


Role Overview: We're looking for entry-level civil engineers who aren't done learning, who want to start their career by contributing to the bigger picture. Does that sound like you? If so, we're looking for you!

INDOT's Graduate Engineer Development Program (GEDP) is a one-year Indianapolis-based rotational program that focuses on developing technical problem-solving and leadership skills. Engineers will spend time in each of INDOT's engineering departments and upon completion of the program, will transition into their choice of assignment at INDOT; based on availability of positions, supervisor assessments, and the engineer's preference. The goal of the GEDP is to support the engineer's ability to learn as much about on-the-job civil engineering as possible, as well as fostering professional development and connecting the engineer with 100s of people at INDOT. The GEDP is designed for INDOT's future leaders.

About the Job:

The Graduate Engineer Development Program (GEDP) is a one-year Indianapolis-based rotational program through the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to develop technical problem solving and leadership skills. Participants spend varying times in each department and upon completion of the program, will work with the GEDP supervisor to find a permanent assignment at INDOT; based on availability of positions, supervisor assessments, and the participant’s preference. The rotational areas include: construction, geotechnical, hydraulics, materials management, multi-modal, traffic engineering, traffic management, bridge inspection, pavement, construction management, design, bridge design/rehab and inspection, planning, real estate, construction, and design/survey. The program supports the participant’s professional growth with training, mentoring, and networking opportunities. This position reports directly to the Talent Development Manager.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Participate in trainee meetings to exchange information, share unique experiences, and provide ongoing assessment of the development program;
  • Complete assignments in each rotation;
  • Other duties may include: o Perform engineering calculations and analysis using specialized software;
  • Prepare construction progress reports, prepare special reports relating to problems and delays, and examine and approve daily field reports prepared by others;
  • Ensure that both INDOT and contractor employees are performing work in a safe manner in compliance with OSHA and other applicable standards, reporting deficiencies to appropriate office;
  • Collect samples and testing of aggregates, steel, asphalt, soils and other materials;
  • Assist in design function within departments;
  • Participate in quality control/quality assurance programs in materials and traffic engineering to ensure policy and best practices are in place;
  • Review construction contracts for compliance with and uniform enforcement of established policies, standards, and specifications;
  • Assist in performing geotechnical investigations (including field drilling, laboratory testing, and design engineering) to determine the properties of soil and rock and provide recommendations for the foundation of various INDOT projects, such as roads, bridges, culverts, pipes, retaining structures, and landslide corrections;
  • Assist in performing routine biennial bridge inspections;
  • Resolve conflicts and interpret problems with contractors.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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:

This person must have the following requirements to be considered for employment:

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (or equivalent) from an ABET accredited school;
  • Less than one year experience;
  • Engineer-in-Training license within 6 months of hire;
  • Maintain valid Driver’s License and have reliable transportation;
  • Willing to travel 40% of time to district offices;
  • Adapt readily to new situations and changes in workplace;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Ability to work with multi-functional teams;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills;
  • Ability to effectively prioritize a variety of projects/function;
  • Ability to work independently, accept responsibility, and excel under pressure of multiple deadlines;
  • General knowledge of technical writing.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

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 have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.


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