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Highway Engineering Asst

Date Posted:  Jan 12, 2023
Requisition ID:  418405

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.


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: This position traditionally starts at an hourly rate of $24.26 an hour. Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.


CDL Positions: Candidates with a current CDL will earn an additional $1 per hour for this position. Candidates without a CDL will be given 90 days to obtain their CDL, with training provided by INDOT, and will then earn an additional $1 per hour upon successfully obtaining their CDL.


Location: This position is located in INDOT West Lafayette.

About the Job:

The technician of this position calibrates, operates and analyzes data from multiple specialized test systems in the collecting and analyzing data throughout the state on Indiana’s infrastructure for data driven decision-making. Data results are used by Central Office Divisions and all six Districts in programming 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.  Technicans may also be required to provide training in various areas such as testing, construction, bridges, research principles, data collection techniques, calibration of testing equipment, etc.  Technicans are required to be certified annually and maintain certification in FWD and Friction operation and calibration as a condition of employment.  Technicians work with a wide variety of testing equipment with offices/districts in collecting and analyzing field/research data, assisting in forensic investigations, and conducting research project data collection.  Technicains also are required to obtain CDL licenses to assist district forces in snow removal in the winter and to operate the R&D Core Rig.

A Day in the Life:

  • Calibrates, operates, and evaluates data from multiple specialize test systems throughout the state (e.g. pavement deflection system (FWD), Friction System, GPR, IRI, 3D Laser Condition Rating System, Core Rig, etc.) to collect and analyze data for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Research and Development Office, other INDOT Offices, Divisions and Districts, Attorney General’s office and various research study committees for data-driven decision-making and programming bridge and pavement projects;
  • Becomes certified and maintains certification for the FWD and Friction Test Systems;
  • Obtain CDL licence to operate R&D Core Rig and assist in District snow removal operations;
  • Follows all related safety standards and conducts/participates in safety briefing; 
  • Performs research, preliminary data analysis and collects quality data on multiple specialized testing systems;
  • Performs and maintains calibration of test systems to prescribed federal and state specifications;
  • Performs maintenance, repair and system upgrades to complex electro/mechanical test systems;
  • Reduces data and generate summaries as requested by Research and Development Office Research Engineers;
  • Performs construction, materials, and bridge testing on field projects for QA/QC compliance;
  • Assists R&D Laboratory Managers in conducting multiple laboratory tests and data analysis;
  • Assist with Facilities and B&G repair and maintenance;
  • Provides training and present testing equipment and concepts for visitors, university students and federal highway staff.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • An associate degree in a related area is preferred or 2 years of related job experience;
  • Test system technicians require approximately one year formal and hands on training to become a competent system technician.  Training includes electro/mechanical theory and practical application, computer literacy, various regulatory standards such as the American Association for State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO),  the American Society for Testing and Materials, American Society of Test Methods (ASTM), that apply to operational principles of testing, calibration and maintenance.
  • Certification or ability to become certified in FWD and Friction calibration and testing systems within one year;
  • Knowledge of the Uniform Traffic Safety Manual and all related safety standards before operating equipment on Indiana Highways;
  • Experience or working knowledge of computer programs such as Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint;  
  • Must be able to travel and stay overnight throughout the entire state for approximately 32 weeks per year.
  • Knowledge and experience in construction, materials, bridge deck and laboratory testing
  • Must have Commercial Drivers License or ability to gain 90 days after employment;
  • Must be able to work independently.
  • Drug and Alcohol screening is required before employment.

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 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.


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