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Graduate Engineer Development Program

Date Posted:  Nov 18, 2021
Requisition ID:  270885

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. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About 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.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.


This position can be underfilled as a Highway Engineer 4, Highway Engineer 5 or Highway Engineer Trainee. 



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:

  • Participate in trainee meetings to exchange information, share unique experiences, and provide ongoing assessment of the development program;
  • Complete assignments in each rotation;
  • 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.

What You'll Need for Success:

•    Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (or equivalent) from an ABET accredited school;
•    Less than two years experience;
•    Engineer-in-Training license preferred, but not required.
•    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.
•    All engineers without a PE will underfill into a lower classification.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.


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) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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