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Work Zone Safety Engineer

Date Posted:  Sep 20, 2022
Requisition ID:  391961

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46219


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 interview and to 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: The salary for this position traditionally starts at $62,322.00 per year but may be commensurate with education and/or experience.


Location: The location of this position is INDOT Indianapolis.


Role Overview: The purpose of this position is to provide broad technical support, guidance and expertise in the area of temporary traffic control to work zone stakeholders so that safety and mobility are enhanced through the reduction or prevention of crashes, queues and delays.  
Work Zone Safety (WZS) Engineers are a part of INDOT's Traffic Management operations program focusing on improving safety and mobility in work zones to help advance agency goals to deliver Next Level Roads through well-engineered temporary traffic control that prioritizes the safety of workers, motorists and other work zone safety stakeholders.  
WZS Engineers assist the agency in accomplishing this by: 
● Training and education efforts internally and externally on topics relating to work zone safety in design and in the field,
● Managing Indiana's Interstate Highways Congestion Policy (IHCP) and its exception process to minimize delays and queuing to prevent crashes while maintaining appropriate speeds and mobility through work zones,
● Performing field reviews of work zones to identify safety and mobility problems and to recommend corrections to address their resolution,
● Performing reviews of incidents involving work zones to determine crash causation,
● Bringing innovative technologies and best practices to enhance safety and mobility in work zones,
● Participating in the agency's research efforts relating to work zone technologies and best practices, 
● Assisting in the improvement of our work zone safety related design policies and standards through participation in related committees, and
● Acting as a subject matter resource to internal and external work zone safety stakeholders through activities that include plan reviews, TMP involvement, and project work zone planning and coordination.
WZS Engineers assist INDOT in being fully compliant with FHWA work zone standards, policy and requirements as mandated in FHWA CFR Part 630 Paragraph 1008.  WZS Engineers are an integral, core operation within Traffic Management and have been designated Group 3 Employees during the COVID-19 response.
This position reports to the Supervisor of the Work Zone Safety Section within the Traffic Management Division of Operations.


About the Job:

As the Highway Engineer, you will be responsible for applying theories, principles, and processes to one or more multiple areas such as planning, project management, design, construction, transportation/traffic operations and maintenance. You will ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws, policies, and guidelines. You will assist the supervisor in designing projects; project management, technical/data analysis and producing quality results. 

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Planning & Project Management: Serve as a resource for proposal development and research process. Ensure milestones, deliverables, and implementation strategies, are established accurately. Assist supervisor in the development of strategic planning and resource utilization.  You will participate in providing project reviews in accordance with the Agency’s established performance standards. Ensure that all plans reflect the scope of services, existing field conditions, appropriate design standards, and sound engineering judgment. 
  • Program Management: Coordinate programs and plans for the division/department; interpret laws, regulations, and guidelines within area of assignment; review program plans for completeness, economic and technical feasibility. 
  • Design and Research: Assist in the development of programs, research development & technology plans (road maps) to improve product quality. Review research proposals and report to ensure their accuracy, effectiveness, and potential for implementation. 
  • Inspection: Organize, conduct, and review engineering investigations, field observations, which have a defined scope.
  • Technical & Data Analysis: Assist in analyzing engineering data and developing technical guidelines, technology initiatives, training course materials and other technical documents.
  • Testing: Assist in laboratory testing with “research grade equipment” related to materials/bridge/traffic research
  • Quality Control: Participate in Quality Control / Quality Assurance programs to ensure policy and best practices are actively deployed, analyze field data, and review plans for conformance to design criteria. 

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 of Science degree in engineering (civil engineering is preferred) and other related fields from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited school.
  • Registered Professional Engineers license in Indiana required; exception may be made for individuals with an Engineer in Training (EIT) Certification working towards becoming a licensed Professional Engineer in Indiana in a lower-level classification.
  • At least two (2) years of experience in engineering (civil engineering is preferred), transportation research or related area.
  • Must have valid Indiana Driver's License.
  • Extensive knowledge of and ability to apply civil engineering theories, principles, methods, and procedures to the engineering specialty.
  • Broad knowledge of planning, design, or construction of highway or transportation project features (such as roads, bridges, pavement, or traffic structures) in accordance with engineering design and construction standards, principles and methods. 
  • Extensive knowledge of and ability to apply federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and procedures governing incumbents filed of specialization.
  • Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply computer aided design and drafting functions to field of specialization.
  • Ability to prepare and review complex design plans and reports relating to the functional area of specialization.
  • Ability to perform the algebraic, trigonometric, and higher mathematical computations applied to design operations.
  • Extensive knowledge of and ability to apply the provisions of American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Design Specifications, AASHTO Standard Specifications and Tests, ASTM Standards.
  • Working knowledge of Indiana Design Manual (IDM), Indiana Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (IMUTCD), INDOT standard specifications and standard drawings. 
  • Knowledge of department systems not limited to Scheduling Project Management System (SPMS), Deighton Transportation Information Management System (dTIMS), ArcGIS, and Work Management System (WMS).

May need additional requirements depending on the assigned specialty:

  • Bridge: Ability to use bridge design software such as CONSPAN, RC-Pier, GEOMATH, and Merlin Dash. Required to complete every 10 years, National Highway Institute course "Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges", “Fracture Critical Inspection Techniques for Steel Bridges”, “Bridge Inspection Refresher Training “. Attend INDOT Bridge Inspection training classes, Annual Local Transportation Assistance Program (LTAP) County Bridge Conference at Purdue and Annual State Border bridge inspections - if in their District every year.

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) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • 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.


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