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Field Based Research Technician

Date Posted:  Aug 13, 2019
Requisition ID:  12859

West Lafayette, IN, US, 47906

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.


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.


Research Technicians calibrate, operate and analyze data from multiple specialized test systems in the collecting and analyzing data related to the programming of pavement and bridge projects. Technicians also conduct tests in the R&D Laboratories, perform construction testing in the field and serve as Senior Technicans on research projects.

About the Job

The Research and Testing Technician calibrates, operates and analyzes data from multiple specialized test systems collecting and analyzing data throughout the state for data driven decision-making by departmental leaders.

A Day in the Life

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Operate, calibrate, and maintain multiple computer driven specialized testing systems (e.g. Falling Weight Deflectometers (FWD), 3D Laser, Ground Penetrating Radar, Inertial Profilometer, Friction Systems, Impact Echo, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), and new/innovative technologies);

  • Obtain/maintain annual Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) certification administered by  AMRL (third party certification) to operate, calibrate and maintain FWD;

  • Operate, calibrate, and maintain Friction Systems as part of the Skid Accident Reduction Program to prescribed federal/state specifications and demonstrate testing proficiency;

  • Obtain/maintain annual Friction System certification administered by R&D Engineering Technician Supervisor and Friction Engineer to operate, calibrate and maintain Friction System;

  • Obtain/maintain Inertial Profiler (IRI) certification administered by Ohio DOT (third party certification) and R&D Engineering Technican and IRI Engineer to operate, calibrate and maintain IRI profilometer.

    • Reduces data and generate summaries as requested by Research and Development Office Research Engineers;

  • Performs maintenance, diagonostics, repair and system upgrades to complex electro/mechanical test systems;

  • Performs construction, materials, and bridge testing on field projects for QA/QC compliance, forensic investigations and research projects.

  • Follows all related safety standards and conducts/participates in safety briefing;

  • Assists with Facilities and B&G repair and maintenance;

  • Provides training and present testing equipment and concepts for staff, visitors, university students and federal highway staff;

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 We're Looking For
  • Must possess a valid commercial driver's license (CDL) or must obtain within 90 days of employment.
  • Extensive knowledge of surveying and inspection techniques that are common to construction;
  • Extensive knowledge of accepted construction practices, procedures and precedents;
  • Extensive knowledge of federal, state and local guidelines, manuals, permit laws and regulations as they apply to construction standards;
  • Considerable knowledge of highway statutory, departmental, and administrative laws, rules and regulations;
  • Considerable knowledge of highway construction practices in the field of civil engineering;
  • Basic knowledge of the various methods that are utilized in the acquisition of land and associated properties;
  • Ability to direct, coordinate, and review the overall work at multiple project sites and advise assistant project supervisors on technical and production tasks;
  • Ability to analyze data and prepare concise and informative reports from such data;
  • Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to read, interpret and evaluate a wide variety of construction plans.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted 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


Equal Employment Opportunity

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Nearest Major Market: Lafayette

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