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Construction Area Engineer

Date Posted:  Jun 19, 2024
Requisition ID:  445483

Lebanon, IN, US, 46052


Work for Indiana


Begin a fulfilling career with the State of Indiana by joining one of the largest employers in the state, offering a diverse range of opportunities across 60+ agencies. At the state, you'll find competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a commitment to work-life balance. Most importantly, you'll have the chance to make a real and measurable impact on the lives of Hoosiers across Indiana.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion—we make it our goal to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace with a workforce that is representative of Indiana's 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.



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. 


Role Overview:

The Area Engineers directs and supervises Project Engineers, Project Managers, and Project Supervisors and assigns them to projects. You will process all change orders, have approval authority at appropriate levels, and make recommendations. Responsibilities include providing engineering direction on all projects assigned, including decisions on non-routine matters and providing input in preliminary and final field checks. Additionally, you will conduct inspections of projects to ensure compliance with plans, policies, special provisions, and specifications. You will also train and evaluate assigned personnel and set contract timelines on all projects. The Construction Area Engineer oversees the annual INDOT construction program in their assigned area; typically, their area's construction program value varies between $25,000,000 and $150,000,000 annually. The area engineer serves as the construction program manager and the direct-support technical expert for his/her staff. He/she directly supervises assigned INDOT construction support engineers, project engineers, project manager and project supervisors (for approx. 5-10 (+/-) inspection teams) along with between 5 and 15 consultant project teams (depending on the assigned construction program load).


The Construction Division at The Indiana Department of Transportation is primarily responsible for managing and executing the agency’s multimillion-dollar contracts for preventative maintenance and new construction of INDOT’s facilities (i.e. roadways, bridges, culverts, and traffic signals). Our mission-driven, service-led team accomplishes this by overseeing all phases of the construction contract and progress to ensure contractors deliver a quality product that conforms to plans and specifications. Indiana has recently been ranked #1 in the infrastructure category of CNBC’s “Top States for Business” report and offers opportunities for advancement in construction as well as other departments related to infrastructure.



Salary Statement

The salary for this position traditionally starts at $85,020/year but may be commensurate with education or work experience.




This position is located in INDOT's Crawfordsville District, specifically the Lebanon/Frankfort area.


A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Develop engineering policies and plans projects concerned with unique or controversial problems which have a significant impact on major organizational programs.
  • Provide budgetary information, researches and makes recommendations to assist with long range planning.
  • Evaluate engineering policies, recommends revisions, and approves and implements policies.
  • Evaluate the impact of changes to engineering policies, procedures and standards having statewide implications, makes recommendations to supervisor, integrates changes in existing programs, and directs research and evaluation efforts.

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:

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment:

  • Civil Engineer with B.S. Degree.
  • Licensed as registered professional engineer in Indiana.
  • Two (2) years’ experience as a group or project leader providing work direction and training to engineering technicians and/or lower-level engineers, or two (2) years’ experience in conducting engineering-related research.
  • Must possess valid Indiana driver’s license.
  • Broad knowledge of civil/transportation disciplines. Understanding of department design standards, policies, and practices. Understanding of the NEPA and NHPA processes. Knowledge of various computer applications such as CAD, spreadsheets, databases, and scheduling. Knowledge of various forms of traffic operations analysis such as capacity analysis and crash analysis. Knowledge of alternatives development, decision-making, and engineering economic analysis.
  • Must be able to read and interpret engineering plans and specifications, define problems, collect appropriate data, establish facts, define, and communicate with stakeholders and draw valid engineering solutions. Must be able to handle routine and sensitive contacts with government officials, consulting firms/contractors and the public.
  • Ability to identify problems; determine accuracy and relevance of information; use sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives and to make recommendations.
  • Ability to plan and develop engineering projects with unique or controversial problems and/or novel engineering related concepts and approaches.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may provide 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 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 recruiting, selecting, developing, and promoting 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 accommodations to complete 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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