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Geotechnical Engineering Program Leader - Professional Engineer 2 (ODOT17-1574oc)

Geotechnical Engineering Program Leader - Professional Engineer 2 (ODOT17-1574oc)

Announcement: ODOT17-1574oc

Geotechnical Engineering Program Leader – Professional Engineer 2
Highway Division – Technical Services


ODOT's Geo-Environmental Section is committed to the protection and preservation of our state's unique environment and to the safety of our highway system. Our employees provide statewide technical expertise, continuous improvement, and asset management for each technical specialty area.
We are recruiting for a geotechnical engineering program leader to join our Geo-Environmental Section in Salem. This person will be a primary agency resource for a variety of geotechnical engineering topics.

We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.

Additional Details:
Representation: This position is represented by the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon (AEE).
Open until Filled: This recruitment will remain open until filled. Our first application screening is scheduled for Monday, 08/28/2017 at 8:00 a.m., but we may close the announcement at any time when we have received an adequate number of applications. We cannot guarantee that we will consider applications received after the first screening date. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop standards for geotechnical design and construction for pre-approval processes, drawings, specifications, design, and construction procedures.
  • Serve as technical owner of several sections in the ODOT Standard Specifications and responsible for updating several ODOT Standard Drawings.
  • Coordinate geotechnical design standards with other technical disciplines, manuals, and standards.
  • Administer Geotechnical Engineering Program on behalf of the Geo-Environmental Section for internal and external customers.
  • Chair and participate on technical committees related to geotechnical issues.
  • Regularly contact ODOT Region Technical Center staff to assure initiatives and/or procedures in development and meeting region needs.
  • Serve as first point of contact for geotechnical engineering issues with regulatory and statewide agencies.
  • Represent the agency on professional committees and task forces with other states and public agencies.
  • Coordinate, develop, and deliver technical training.
  • Respond to inquiries from other agencies, the public, and consultants.
  • Provide advice and recommendations regarding geotechnical design to designers working on ODOT projects.
  • Conduct quality control and quality assurance reviews of project plans, specifications, and geotechnical designs.

Minimum Qualifications:
A valid Professional Engineer's (PE) license in civil, structural, or transportation-related engineering AND three (3) years of journey level professional engineer experience.
Note: If registered in another state, successful applicants will be required to obtain comity within six months of hire.
This position also requires a master's degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in geotechnical engineering or a master's degree in geological engineering AND experience in the geotechnical engineering specialty field.
Preferred Attributes: We may show preference to candidates whose application materials demonstrate the following. We will use the items on this list along with our essay-style supplemental questions to determine who to interview.  

  • Experience providing guidance to a group to achieve goals.
  • Lead work experience or demonstrated experience assisting with developing, updating, and implementing design standards for use by others.
  • Experience resolving issues when project constraints conflict with established standards and practices.
  • Extensive knowledge in the geotechnical engineering specialty field.

Working Conditions:

  • Primarily in an office environment with occasional field work required.
  • Field work environment may include walking on uneven ground or steep terrain or exposure to inclement weather.

For questions about the job announcement or online application, call 503-986-7146.

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Posted on: Tuesday, August 08, 2017
This listing expires on: Monday, August 28, 2017

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