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Engineering Design Assistant

Date Posted:  Sep 20, 2022
Requisition ID:  381988

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.


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 starts at $21.32 hour/$22.32 hour with CDL.


Location: This position is located in INDOT La Porte.

About the Job:

Applicant is a highway design-engineering assistant within INDOT’s District Capital Program Management division. Incumbent generates standard detailed drawings using Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) software, including MicroStation, confers with higher level engineers and technicians to perform standard engineering design of various in-house design projects, such as culverts, traffic maintenance, traffic control, and general roadway plans. Under supervision, incumbent assists in the development of plans, specifications, and engineering estimates for various partial 3R and maintenance plans. Incumbent may design minor projects and maintenance projects and completes the associated plans from start to finish with little or no engineer assistance. Projects require broad technical knowledge in the planning and execution of detailed drawings from engineers’ notes and rough sketches. Must be able to become a proficient user of INDOT’s CADD software and possess a solid understanding of design policy and standards. Communicates regularly with engineers, technicians, Project Managers, and other stakeholders. Reports to the Design Manager or Lead Design Engineer.

A Day in the Life:

  • Generates detailed drawings based on engineering standards using Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) software and manual drafting techniques (these drawings may involve drainage, traffic maintenance, traffic control, general roadway, structures, right-of-way, signals, landscaping, or lighting). 
  • Collects field data for INDOT in-house designed projects using manual and other data collection methods; coordinates activities with other departments to gather necessary field data; organizes and keeps data in electronic format; provides information to Design Engineer as requested.
  • Calculates and summarizes plan and project quantities including calculations for pavement, concrete, earthwork, and seeding quantities, and other quantities as necessary.
  • Develops a design project from start to finish with minimal guidance; completes tasks and works independently on a variety of project types.
  • Creates drawings based on complicated details and creates any sheet necessary for production of plans using drafting principles and INDOT standards.
  • Render directions and explanations of various plans and specifications for use by contractors. 
  • Interprets and plots base site topography, profiles, and cross sections from downloads of electronic field survey information.
  • Consults with P.E. level designers regarding special design situations.
  • Assists with special projects and other departments by applying good drafting techniques to other aspects of agency work.
  • Keeps up to date on current computer technology and design practices by participating in peer groups, reviewing trade publications, reading reports, attending conferences, and participating in training seminars.
  • Assists with other projects as assigned, specifically those requiring non-standard solutions or involve vendor specific drawings.
  • Coordinates and communicates with all project team members and stakeholders, which may include other divisions within the agency, regulatory agencies, consultants, and the public on project specific information such as interpretations of project plan drawings, schedules, and various project needs.
  • Coordinates and conducts field checks.
  • Participates in winter operations (e.g., snow and ice removal) as necessary.
  • Performs related duties as needed.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • High School diploma or equivalent required.
  • Degree preferred in Computer-Aided Design, Architectural Drafting, Civil, Construction, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering or related area; or equivalent relevant work experience and education may substitute.
  • Knowledge of drafting/design techniques, practices, and principles.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

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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