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Associate Planning Engineer

Date Posted:  Feb 8, 2024
Requisition ID:  436057

La Porte, IN, US, 46350

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 LaPorte District Capital Program Management Division.


Role Overview: As the Associate Planning Engineer you will support the Utility and Railroad Coordinator within the Capital Program Management department for the Indiana Department of Transportation. You will learn how to determine when and if utilities and railroads may be impacted by INDOT's programmed projects and work with utility or railroad representatives to identify proper relocations or other impact mitigation in accordance with INDOT, Federal, State and local policy.  Supporting responsibilities include attending meetings with internal and external partners to lead the planning and review of projects as well as preconstruction conferences to relay pertinent information to stakeholders, participate in investigations to determine utility locations, and participate in diagnostic meetings with railroads to determine if improvements are necessary. This is a dynamic role, and the candidate should appreciate the value in developing relationships with various stakeholders both inside and outside INDOT.  Additionally, the candidate possesses the desire to learn. 


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:

  • Assists in overseeing the construction of highway road and bridge projects.
  • Assist in reviewing and interpreting plans, specifications and construction methods with contractors.
  • Assist in the preparation of simple and uncomplicated design plans or reviews similar plans designed by consultants for bridges, roads and related traffic projects.
  • Assist in plan development or oversees construction of simple field traffic features.
  • Assist in the review and inspection of bridges, as related to: maintenance, repair work or routine rehabilitation.
  • Provides limited engineering work in the engineering services and support fields, research geotechnical engineering, land surveying and special services.
  • Participates in field inspections.
  • Revises old working plans to meet new standards

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:

  • Knowledge of the engineering principles and practices typically developed through application of higher education to the highway industry and accumulating a level of experience that can be acknowledged through professional achievement.
  • Some knowledge of highway statutory, departmental, and administrative laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Ability to prepare components of working plans for the construction of assigned highway projects.
  • Ability to perform the algebraic, trigonometric, and higher mathematical computations applied to design operations.
  • Ability to communicate technical problems with other engineers.
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to apply computer functions to design work.

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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