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Laboratory Technician - Engineering Specialist 2 (ODOT17-1586oc)

Laboratory Technician - Engineering Specialist 2 (ODOT17-1586oc)

Announcement: ODOT17-1586oc
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 a laboratory technician to join our Central Materials Laboratory in Salem. This person tests 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:
This position is 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.
  • Drive ODOT vehicle to field plant or construction sites to perform inspections, pick up, or deliver materials samples.

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 (TMS2) or have been one in the past, in addition to your completed application, please attach section three of your TMS2 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.
Special Qualifications:
Driving is an essential function of this position. A valid driver license and an acceptable driving record are required for this position. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s).
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 whom to interview.  

  • Experience and/or formal training performing materials testing.
  • Experience working in a lab environment.
  • Ability to understand testing results.
  • Formal education in civil engineering or a related field.

Working Conditions:

  • 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.
  • Daily contact with supplies, ODOT engineering staff, other lab units, and private laboratories. 


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

This opportunity closes at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Posted on: Friday, September 01, 2017
This listing expires on: Sunday, September 24, 2017

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