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Bridge Inspection Engineer

Date Posted:  Jun 9, 2022
Requisition ID:  361281

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. 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.

Salary: The salary for this position is commensurate based upon education and/or work experience.

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

Location: This position is located in the La Porte District. 

About the Job:

You will conduct inspections of bridges and large culverts for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to maintain public safety and confidence and to protect public investment.  As a Bridge Inspector, you must conform to the National Bridge Inspection Standards by inspecting each bridge at a minimum biennially, assigning ratings to bridge elements and reporting findings in accordance with the coding guidance developed by the Federal Highway Administration and INDOT.  You also inspect large culverts at a minimum of every six years, evaluating material deterioration and member distress and reporting findings in accordance with the Large Culvert inspection guidelines developed by INDOT.  An engineer-in-training could have two raises (based on a progression table) by the time you become a Professional Engineer.

A Day in the Life:

• Performs routine inspections for INDOT bridges.
• Performs inspections of large culverts (defined as all structures 4’ to 20’ in span).
• Reviews some bridge inspection reports.
• Determines specialized bridge inspection needs.
• Quality Control Officer – performs some QC office & field reviews.
• Stays on-call to perform emergency damage inspections (i.e., collision, high water).
• Performs fracture critical & in-depth inspections using access equipment.
• Performs special inspections for bridges with specific concerns.
• Performs post-construction inspections for large culverts and bridges.
• Prepares and submits reports for completed inspections.
• Reports deficiencies to asset management (or through customer service) for corrective action.
• Submits bridges recommended to be rehabilitated/replaced.
• Determines work needed to repair damaged bridges and coordinates the repairs.
• Other duties as assigned.

What We're Looking For:

Preferred Experience/Qualifications includes, but not limited to:

  • Engineer-in-Training (EIT) or Registered Professional Engineer in Indiana (PE).
  • Bridge Inspection “Team Leader” designation or ability to obtain in two years (after completion of required training and field experience).

What You'll Need for Success:

• Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from an ABET Accredited school. Working towards an Indiana P.E. if not already licensed in Indiana.
• Understanding of how large culverts and bridge members function, and to recognize the impact a defect may have on the load carrying capability of a bridge component or element.
• Broad knowledge of civil engineering principles, practices, techniques, and the ability to apply these principles and procedures as required.
• Ability to read and interpret technical documents including but not limited to bridge and large culvert design and rehabilitation plans, roadway plans, inspection reports, maintenance records, geotechnical data, hydraulic data, and maps.
• Knowledge of bridge maintenance principles, practices, methods, and techniques related to maintenance of bridges and large culverts.
• Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing, and to follow verbal and written instructions.
• Basic computer skills and the ability to become proficient in new programs and databases.
• Must have or be able to obtain a valid Indiana driver’s license.
• Physical Requirements include but are not limited to standing, walking, crouching, climbing, balancing, kneeling, reaching, lifting, sensing potential hazardous fumes, hearing, and talking (including using a cell phone).
• Vision Requirements including peripheral, close, distant, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
• Ability to use tools including but not limited to pen and clipboard, digital camera, chipping hammer, range pole, measuring tape, handheld spotlight.
• Ability to remain calm during emergencies.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.


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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