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Bridge Inspection Supervisor

Date Posted:  Nov 26, 2022
Requisition ID:  396291

La Porte, IN, US, 46350


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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.


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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: This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $75,010.00. Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.


Location: The position is located in INDOT’s LaPorte District.


Role Overview: The Bridge Inspection Supervisor leads the LaPorte District Bridge Inspection Team in conducting inspections of bridges and large culverts in accordance with FHWA National Bridge Inspection Standards and the INDOT Bridge Inspection Manual. Bridges are inspected at a minimum biennially, and inspectors assign condition ratings and report findings in accordance with the coding guidance developed by FHWA and INDOT. Bridge inspectors also inspect large culverts at a maximum frequency of six years, evaluating material deterioration and reporting findings in accordance with the guidelines developed by INDOT. This position is responsible for the supervision, training, and performance of the LaPorte District Bridge Inspectors. This position requires a Professional Engineer license with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering Degree from an ABET accredited school. It is preferable that the candidate be a certified Bridge Inspection Team Leader or have several years of experience with bridge inspection, design, and/or construction. This position directly impacts the maintenance of Indiana’s infrastructure and the public’s safety. All training, equipment, and tools will be provided to be successful in this position, including a take-home vehicle.


Bridge Inspection Supervisor Duties:

  • Manages the LaPorte Bridge Inspection Team’s ongoing operations and continually develops and implements improvements to the team’s work processes
  • Performs inspections on INDOT bridges and large culverts
  • Bridge inspections include Fracture Critical, Special, Post-Construction, In-Depth, and Damage inspections
  • Perform inspections with the use of access equipment
  • Prepares, submits, and reviews inspection reports for bridges and large culverts
  • Determines specialized inspection needs
  • Stays on-call to perform emergency damage inspection (collision, high water, etc.)
  • Determines and recommends work needed to repair, rehabilitate, or replace bridges and culverts
  • Other duties as assigned


This position is classified as a Highway Engineer 2 at INDOT and below describes this classification.

About the Job:

As the Highway Engineer, you will be responsible for performing specialized transportation engineering work in one or more multiple areas such as planning, project development and design, construction, transportation/traffic operations and maintenance. You will ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws, policies, procedures, standards, and guidelines.  You will work independently and serve as an engineer in charge of mid-size projects responsible for ensuring compliance with contract specifications, providing guidance and technical direction to lower-level project staff. 

A Day in the Life:

The essential elements of the job duties: 

  • Planning & Project Management:  Serve as a resource for proposal development and research process. Ensure milestones, deliverables, and implementation strategies, are established accurately. Coordinate development of strategic planning and resource utilization.  Allocate resources to meet development schedules. Provide 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: Develop and assist programs, research development & technology plans (road maps), to improve product quality. Review research proposals for their accuracy, effectiveness, and potential for implementation. 
  • Inspection: Organize, conduct, and review engineering investigations, field observations, which have a defined scope.
  • Technical & Data Analysis: Analyze engineering data to develop technical guidelines, technology initiatives, training course materials and other technical documents.
  • Subject Matter Expert: Provide technical guidance on pavement systems, bridge design, roadway design, construction, and related areas. Possess an extensive understanding of the interrelationship of the various components and their effects on one another.
  • Testing: Provide guidance 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. 


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.
  • At least four (4) years of experience in civil engineering (civil engineering is preferred), transportation research or related area.
  • Must have valid Indiana Driver's License.
  • Broad knowledge of and ability to apply civil engineering theories, principles, methods, and procedures to the engineering specialty.
  • Thorough 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. 
  • Thorough 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 use initiative and creativity when making technical recommendations and decisions.
  • Ability to prepare and review complex design plans and reports relating to the functional area of specialization.
  • Ability to organize, plan, formulate and carry out programs and policies.
  • Ability to perform the algebraic, trigonometric, and higher mathematical computations applied to design operations.
  • 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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