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Transportation Construction/Project Engineer

By October 27, 2021

Colo Dept of Transportation

About the Position

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has a vacancy for a licensed professional engineer with experience in civil or transportation engineering construction in our Colorado Springs location.

At CDOT, our Construction/Project Engineers are the Chief Engineer’s duly authorized representative in direct charge of the work and responsible for the entire construction process.  We supervise the project inspections as well as the materials tests and documentation, interpret the engineering plans and specifications, and negotiate any change orders.  We ensure that the completed project complies with the contracts, plans and specifications, engineering standards, and maximizes the use of state and federal resources.

As a CDOT employee, you represent the owner of the State’s transportation infrastructure and have the ability to identify safety concerns, change in transportation needs, areas for improvement, and then determine a project’s criteria.  Our mission is to provide the best multi-modal transportation system for Colorado that most effectively and safely moves people, goods, and information.

The types of projects that you might work on will depend upon the geography, population density, traffic volume, and transportation needs.  Projects can range in cost from $150,000 to $100 million.  Periodically, we will have $400-500 million projects, such as reconstructing Floyd Hill, and the C470 and Kipling intersection.

•    Smaller routine and emergency maintenance repairs, such as culvert issues, collapsing retainer walls, sink holes
•    Roadway resurfacing projects, traffic improvements, signal replacements, utility coordination/relocations
•    Reconstructing intersections, such as changing the configuration, adding a new leg, corridor widening, installing a roundabout, ensuring ADA compliance
•    Bridge rehabilitation, fiber wrapping girders and columns, replacing bridge deck components
•    New interchange and/or alignment construction
•    Rockfall mitigation
•    Tunnel renovations and improvements
•    Integrate wildlife crossings and bike/pedestrian access into the transportation system

Delivering a successful transportation project requires coordination with a wide variety of groups.  Our Project Engineers work with and provide expertise to CDOT specialty groups (e.g. utilities, right-of-way, survey, environmental, materials, traffic, geotechnical, planning), Federal Highway Administration, US Forest Service, US Geological Survey, Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife, Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Motor Carriers Association, local government, elected officials, drainage basin controlling agencies, public utilities, railroads, businesses, consultants, contractors, local community groups, and so much more.

Our employees also participate and provide expertise on local, statewide, or national committees, task forces, and steering groups.  We are invested in identifying and implementing improvements in all aspects of our work.

CDOT offers many free training opportunities offered during work time.  We offer a robust Transportation Engineering Training Program that consist of courses specifically designed to meet CDOT’s specialized needs as well as ones offered by the National Highway Institute.  CDOT offers everything from brown bag seminars, to leadership courses, and very technical training.

To be successful at CDOT, our employees should be highly organized, excellent project management skills, comfortable engaging with internal and external stakeholders, able to build consensus with diverse groups, strong communicator, maintain a project’s momentum, knowledgeable about CDOT’s standards and specifications, able to proactively identify and resolve potential engineering problems.

Our employees are passionate about improving safety for everyone who uses our infrastructure.  We take pride in what we do and get a thrill when we see a completed project that we were involved in.

At CDOT, we do more than build and maintain roads as the decisions our employees make directly affect the communities that we live in.  CDOT’s mission is to provide the best multi-modal transportation system for Colorado that most effectively and safely moves people, goods, and information.

Work Environment:

  • Primarily 8:00 am – 5:00 pm work hours, Monday-Friday
  • Average work week 40-50 hours
  • Approximately 60% spent in the field, 40% spent in the office
  • Travel required during work hours throughout assigned area
  • Occasional overnight travel 1-3 times a year throughout Colorado
  • Occasional attendance at night meetings
  • Required to work in proximity to heavy traffic, in variable weather, and over variable terrain
  • Required to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Required to operate CDOT vehicles


Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, valid licensure as a Professional Engineer
  • Required to obtain a Colorado Professional Engineer license within 6 months of hire

For more information about the position and instructions on how to apply, please see our full announcement at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/3095876/transportation-construction-project-engineer-colorado-springs.  Applications will be considered as they are received.

To apply for this job email your details to amanda.parkhurst-strout@state.co.us

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