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Laboratory Technician - Engineering Specialist 2

Laboratory Technician - Engineering Specialist 2 (ODOT17-1918oc)

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Announcement: ODOT17-1918oc
Laboratory Technician – Engineering Specialist 2
Highway Division – Technical Services


ODOT's Central Materials Laboratory is responsible for providing statewide support to the construction and maintenance programs.  Our laboratory performs specialized testing on asphalt and asphalt oil, aggregate, soil, and structural materials as well as supporting the Statewide Quality Assurance Program.

We are recruiting for one full-time permanent and one full-time limited duration laboratory technician to join our Central Materials Laboratory in Salem. These positions test a variety of materials for compliance such as concrete cylinders, metals, paints, chemicals, and soils. Come join us in keeping Oregon's roadways safe!

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:
  • Under-fill: The goal of this recruitment is to fill these positions at an engineering specialist 2 level. However, we encourage candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for an engineering specialist 1 ($2575 - $3803) to apply, as we may consider under-filling the position until the selected candidate meets the minimum qualifications for an engineering specialist 2. Under-fill training will not exceed three years.
  • Multiple Vacancies: We may use this recruitment to fill two (2) vacancies. We are recruiting for one limited duration and one permanent position.
  • Limited Duration: The limited duration appointment is scheduled to last until 06/30/2019, though the duration can change at any time due to business needs. Limited duration appointments are benefits eligible with a designated maximum length of service.
  • Representation: These positions are represented by the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon (AEE).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform laboratory duties in routine, specialized, and complex physical testing in one or more of the following areas: aggregates, bituminous mixtures, petroleum, physical testing, soil, and/or receiving.
  • Process and prepare samples for testing.
  • Perform routine and chemical tests of samples.
  • Load and unload sample bags, screen decks, batching samples, and other materials.
  • Set up the layout of equipment and qualified materials.
  • Assist the crew leader in evaluating test data and determining compliance to specifications.
  • Verify correct documentation and correct products are being tested.
  • Consult with crew leader about special testing parameters.
  • Maintain and clean equipment and work areas.
  • Certify and/or calibrate testing equipment.
  • Report test results through the Laboratory Information System or a Microsoft database.
  • Provide technical assistance to internal and external customers.
  • Recommend acceptance or rejection of construction materials.
  • Train lab technicians and field quality assurance specialists and technicians.
  • Produce reports for statistical analysis from computer data.

Engineering Specialist 1 Minimum Qualifications (Under-fill option):
An associate's degree in engineering technology from a community college or technical school;
Eighteen months of experience directly related to engineering;
An equivalent combination of education and experience.
Engineering Specialist 2 Minimum Qualifications
An associate's degree in engineering technology from a community college or technical school of engineering and two years of experience directly related to engineering.
Three and one-half years (42 months) of sub-professional engineering experience.
An equivalent combination of education and experience.
Note: If you are currently a transportation maintenance specialist 2 (TMS 2) or have been one in the past, in addition to your completed application, please attach section three of your TMS 2 position description to receive full credit for your related work. If your experience includes work in multiple maintenance disciplines (e.g. highway, sign, bridge, striping or landscape) please attach section three of the position description for each of the relevant disciplines.
Please upload this documentation to your online application, or fax it to the number listed in this announcement. This must be received in our office before the listed close date and time on the announcement and contain the recruitment announcement number.
Desired Attributes/Application Scoring Criteria: In addition to your related work experience and education, we will use the attributes below to determine whom to interview. You are not required to have all of these attributes, but please make sure that the ones you do have are clearly demonstrated in your application materials. Your application materials may be graded on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and presentation.

  • Experience and/or formal training performing materials testing.
  • Experience working in a lab environment.
  • Experience using test results to complete a task at work or in school.
  • Formal education in civil engineering or a related field.

Working Conditions:

  • Laboratory office environment using computer equipment.
  • Laboratory environment includes daily contact with dust, noise, hot materials, chemicals, and solvent fumes.
  • Repeated lifting of testing equipment or material samples weighing 20 to 60 pounds required.
  • Potential exposure to nuclear radiation through the asphalt nuclear gauge.
  • Occasional in-state travel required to construction projects or field labs.

Learn More and Apply!

This recruitment closes at 11:59 PM on January 23, 2018. Apply today! Click here to learn more or to apply.

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

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Posted on: Thursday, January 11, 2018
This listing expires on: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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