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Engineer-in-Training or Professional Engineer – Engineering & Safety Design Operation

By March 16, 2023
  • Full Time
  • Denver, CO
  • March 29, 2023

Colorado Department of Transportation

This position at the Engineer-in-Training III level is only open to Colorado state residents.

This position at the Professional Engineer I level is open to Colorado residents and non-residents applicants.

This position is covered by the Partnership Agreement between the State of Colorado and Colorado Workers for Innovative and New Solutions (COWins).

New employees to the State will be paid biweekly. There are 26 biweekly pay periods in a year.

About CDOT

Do you want to make a difference in Coloradans’ lives?  Do you have a passion for helping people and keeping them safe? At the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), you’ll have the opportunity to do just that. The work our people do contributes to keeping Coloradans and visitors safe and provides freedom, connection, and experience through travel. Please visit our careers page to learn about CDOT and how we are making Colorado a great place to live, work and play, now and for the future! Also, check out our excellent benefits package!

CDOT for All

CDOT’s strength is our people, and our commitment to our people is to shape, support, and sustain the employee experience, and ultimately, create a supportive workplace where everyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, education, disability, socio-economic status, or any other identity, has the opportunity to thrive.

Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service?

The eligible list created from this announcement may be used to fill one or more positions.



Description of Job

About the Work Unit

The Metro Denver Traffic Design/Operations Unit for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) develops project plans, specifications, and estimates for construction projects. This Unit analyzes and implements traffic engineering and traffic operations functions, provides program support, designs and manages traffic engineering and safety design projects within Metro Denver.

About the Position
This position is responsible for applying current state and federal regulations, design specifications, and standards to develop and operate safe, economical, efficient transportation project designs.  Analyze traffic design plans, research and collect appropriate data, update traffic signal timing plans, and provide guidance to local agency transportation project grant recipients.

There is one position that will be filled at either the Engineer-in-Training III or Professional Engineer I level, depending upon the candidate’s qualifications.

Your duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

Perform highway capacity analysis for traffic volumes in order to determine geometric requirements to design intersections and/or other safety type improvements.
Attend Scoping, Field Inspection Review (FIR), and Final Office Review (FOR) meetings.
Develop traffic related specifications and plans sheets including but not limited to: round-about geometry, traffic control, signing, pavement, signal, ITS, and detour routes.
Apply for and manage various funds and grants in all phases; write grant applications and manage grants; collaborate with Local Agencies and DRCOG to determine project scopes; provide guidance to Local Agencies on FHWA requirements and Local Agency Stewardship.
Assist Region Traffic Representative with development of Safety and Operations assessment reports.
Request field survey, environmental study, traffic data, right-of-way information, hydrology/hydrology design, structural design, utility locations/relocations, and other information as required.
Compute material pay item quantities and calculations utilizing the latest design software.
Generate and maintain accurate and detailed estimates for the construction costs of assigned projects; this includes such tasks as learning to set up and manage project information, input quantities and pay items into AASHTOware (Transport) during design.
Conduct roadway safety investigations and traffic control reviews.  Analyze signal timing and pedestrian/bicycle safety.  Perform field site investigations (pictures, etc.) as needed in reviewing traffic impact studies submitted through permit review.
Utilize traffic engineering fundamentals, Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), Highway Capacity Manual (HCM), Highway Safety Manual (HSM), CDOT M&S Standards and other industry accepted standards and procedures to support the planning, design and implementation of engineering projects and operation of traffic control systems.
Other job duties as assigned.

Work Environment:

Primarily 8:00 am – 5:00 pm work hours, Monday-Friday, potential for flex time
Opportunity to work from home 1-2 days a week after training and depending upon assigned projects
Travel required during work hours throughout the Denver Metro area

Occasional overnight travel 1-3 times a year throughout Colorado
Required to operate CDOT vehicles
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Engineer-in-Training III Pay Range: $72,744 – $91,500/annual


Professional Engineer I Pay Range: $78,924 – $99,276/annual

Engineer-in-Training III Minimum Qualifications:

Current enrollment as an Engineer Intern by the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors; you must include your Colorado EIT number on your online application as verification of your registration.
AND at least one (1) year of professional civil engineering work experience related to transportation.


Engineer-in-Training III Substitutions:

Registration as a Professional Engineer issued by the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors may be substituted for the required registration as an Engineer Intern.  You must include your Colorado PE License number on your online application as verification of your registration.

Professional Engineer I Minimum QualificationsRegistration as a Professional Engineer issued by the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors;
OR current, valid licensure as a Professional Engineer from another U.S. state.
You must include your PE License number on your online application as verification of your registration.

Please Note: The required experience must be substantiated within the work experience section of your application. “See Resume” statements on the application or resumes in lieu of a complete application may not be accepted. Additional information submitted after the closing date of this announcement will not be considered in the review of your application. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.

Conditions of Employment

Applicants being considered for the Engineer-in-Training III classification must obtain their registration as a licensed Professional Engineer from the Colorado State Board or Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors within eight years of hire.
Applicants being considered for the Professional Engineer I classification who do not have a current, valid licensure as a Professional Engineer from the Colorado State Board or Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors will be required to obtain this license within six months of hire.
Must pass a pre-employment screening which may include social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records check, educational records, and driving records checks. More information in the supplemental information section.
A current valid driver license is required for all Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) positions which require operating a state or personal motor vehicle to perform one or more essential functions of the position.

Preferred Qualifications

The exceptional applicant will possess the proven ability or accomplishment in the following:

Demonstrated success with the duties listed in the Description of the Job section.
Years of State service experience related to the duties of this position.
Highest work/personal ethics and integrity.
Knowledge of traffic signal design, traffic signal timing and coordination, traffic signal communications systems, and traffic signal control systems.
Experience using traffic analysis and modeling tools such as Synchro and Highway Capacity Software.
Awareness of state and federal regulations governing the use of public funding for transportation projects.
Comprehensive knowledge and experience with the MUTCD, AASHTO Highway Safety Manual, AASHTO Roadside Design Guide, CDOT Project Development Manual, CDOT Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction, and CDOT M&S Standard Plans.

Ability to mentor, train, and lead non-professional staff.
Ability to oversee consultants and contractors.
Experience managing budgets to ensure cost effectiveness of projects or programs;
Passion for traffic engineering.
Ability to work under tight deadlines and be adaptable to changing assignments.
Ability to take initiative to solve problems in an innovative manner.
Ability to work with a variety of stakeholders with sensitivity to their needs, priorities, promises made and commitments.
Effective interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
Strong time and project management skills, including prioritization and multi-tasking ability.
Excellent reasoning, investigative, analytical, and problem-solving ability.
Excellent facilitation, presentation, and communication skills, both written and oral.
Strong attention to technical detail and accuracy.
Passion for safety.
Ability to work effectively in both independent and team situations.
Fluency in MSWord, MS Excel, Gmail and Google Applications, SAP, computer-aided drafting (CAD) software, project scheduling software, and the ability to quickly learn other software systems.
Supplemental Information

Applicant Checklist

Complete Applications must include the following documents:

A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online using the green ‘APPLY’ button at the top of this announcement)
A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (The questionnaire is part of the online application. You will be prompted to answer them as you are completing your online application.)
A cover letter that describes your interest in this position, how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Cover letters must be uploaded as an attachment to your online application. Cover letters will not be accepted after the closing date and time of the announcement.
A detailed chronological resume. Resumes must be uploaded as an attachment to your online application.
If you are a veteran, a copy of your DD214. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application.

Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. Every effort must be made to submit all application materials by the announcement close date. Where unusual circumstances prevent timely acquisition of transcripts, they must be submitted within five business days of the announcement close date. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement may result in your application being rejected.


All correspondence regarding your status in the selection/examination process will be via email. Include your current working email address on your application and check your email frequently as you could receive time sensitive correspondence regarding this position. We highly recommend that you set up your email to accept messages from “state.co.us” and “info@governmentjobs.com” addresses. It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email. Immediately after you submit your application you should receive an email that confirms that you successfully submitted an application for this position. If you do not, try submitting again until you receive the confirmation email. Be sure to also check your junk folder for email communications from the State of Colorado’s website.

The Hiring Process:

All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step.
Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
Part, or all, of the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications.
Be sure your application materials specifically address your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the Major Duties, Minimum Qualifications, and Preferred Qualifications sections as listed above.  Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion as a qualified candidate in any step of the selection process and placement on the eligible list.
A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.

Transfer, Non-Disciplinary Demotion or Reinstatement

If you believe that you are eligible to be considered as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion, or reinstatement to this vacancy, you must submit a completed application following the directions in this job announcement and you will be included in the selection process along with other qualified applicants.  If you are the finalist for this position after the selection process, Human Resources will confirm your eligibility to be appointed as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion, or reinstatement applicant.

Employment Screening

If an applicant reaches the finalist stage of the hiring process, the Colorado Department of Transportation may procure a consumer report and/or investigative consumer report on the applicant in connection with his/her application for employment purposes, as defined under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  These reports may be obtained at any time after receipt of the applicant’s authorization.  As part of the employment screening an applicant will be requested to disclose any deferred judgments and convictions as well as an explanation of the circumstances around any arrest or conviction.  In the event that a screening returns information that the applicant believes is not accurate, he or she will have an opportunity to dispute the information with “Info Cubic”.

Info Cubic, a consumer reporting agency, will obtain the report for CDOT.  Further information regarding Info Cubic, LLC, including its privacy policy, may be found online at www.InfoCubic.com.  Info Cubic is located at 116 Inverness Drive East, Suite 206, Englewood, CO 80112, and can be reached at 877.360.4636.

The report may contain information bearing on the applicant’s character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living.  The information that may be included in the report includes: social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records checks, educational records, and driving records checks.  CDOT will only request credit reports insofar as they relate to the position for which the applicant is applying.  The information contained in the report will be obtained from private and/or public record sources.  The applicant will have the right, upon written request made within a reasonable time after receipt of a notice, to request disclosure of the nature and scope of any investigative consumer report.

Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director. An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email (dpa_state.personnelboard@state.co.us), postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action. For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board go to spb.colorado.gov; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at 303.866.3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at spb.colorado.gov under Rules.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

Discrimination and/or harassment against any person is prohibited because of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, political affiliation, veteran’s status, marital status, gender identity or any other protected class recognized under the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA). This applies to all employment decisions.

ADAAA Accommodations

CDOT is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to Amanda Parkhurst-Strout at Amanda.Parkhurst-Strout@state.co.us or call 303-757-9685.

Former State Employees

Former employees of the Colorado Department of Transportation System or any other State of Colorado Department or Agency, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information on his/her application.

To apply for this job email your details to dot_cdot_recruiting@state.co.us

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