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Technical Modeling Technician

By January 12, 2022

Indiana Department of Transportation

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Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

About Indiana Department of Transportation:
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) provides a dynamic workplace that serves Indiana citizens, improves our state’s quality of life, and enhances its economic opportunity. INDOT has a number of innovative programs and projects, including Public-Private Partnerships, Green Initiatives, and cutting-edge uses of materials and assets. As part of the State of Indiana, INDOT offers a competitive total compensation package, as well as outstanding work/life balance. Whether you are an established professional in the transportation field or just starting your career, INDOT has exciting and challenging opportunities for you.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

The salary for this position is commensurate based upon education and/or work experience.

About the Job:
As a Technical Modeling Technician, you will acts as a statewide model and forecast specialist responsible for analyzing capacity enhancement projects and statewide current and future travel patterns.

A Day in the Life:
Acts as staff specialist for various traffic analysis and transportation planning tools: TransModeler Simulation Model, TransCAD Indiana Statewide Travel Demand Model, Freight Model, and emissions modeling.
Under the direction of Senior Modelers, Division Engineers, and Section Supervisor, use specialized software applications to perform systems level transportation analysis; subarea model analysis, economic, and simulation analysis for: major corridor concepts/alternatives; the generation of technical analysis reports and maps; and performing MOVES emission analysis for rural areas of the state.
Assist with model calibrating/validating activities relative to critical updates and maintenance of technical models. Employee will be responsible for reviewing model scripts/code, assisting with model troubleshooting efforts, interpreting errors, and maintaining model input data/parameters.
Coordinates with Regional Planning Organization’s and Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) performing various travel demand model activities including analysis of MPO model, model output and documentation for technical soundness and accuracy as needed.
Participate and facilitate online seminars, webinars, user groups, peer exchanges, continuing education opportunities, and research studies as assigned or required to meet professional development/continuing education requirement.
Research technical manuals, journals, and documents to assist in model development activities, tests and evaluates new/existing technology, and make recommendation for the use of up-to-date modeling methodologies.
Provides technical modeling support to INDOT sections, districts, consultants, planning, and federal partners.
Perform transportation planning and asset management support functions assisting and participating in public and stakeholder meetings; federal planning document review and development activities; community audits and environmental investigation analysis; and participating in asset team project selection/ranking activities.
Performs other duties as assigned.

What You’ll Need for Success:
Bachelor of Science in urban or transportation planning, computer science, geography, engineering, engineering technology, GIS, or equivalent field of study; or 4-years of travel demand modeling experience. Ability to interpret computer programming codes and scripts is a plus.
Demonstrated knowledge or experience in applying US EPA MOVES emissions model, transportation conformity, and 4-step travel demand model theory. If no emissions modeling experience, employee must be willing to take appropriate training courses to develop critical knowledge within 1-year of employment.
Must be extremely computer literate with demonstrated abilities working with large databases, Excel spreadsheets, performing queries, building applications, and applying formulas to data
Must possess strong analytical, organizational, and oral/written communication skills. Employee will work with very diverse groups of transportation professionals (engineers, planners, geographers, economists, agency executives, consultants, environmentalist, and others). Employee must be comfortable communicating complex technical information and defending results to the various professionals. Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment;
Must be willing to participate in training, workshops, online seminars, and users group meetings to enhance current knowledge and remain up to date on technology, general principles, procedures, and new counting needs.
Must be highly creative in applying problem solving techniques, possess strong conceptual, analytical skills to recognize and resolve the root causes of problems. Employee must be able to thoroughly analyze facts and develop sound comprehensive solutions.
Preferred experience working with GIS applications (TransCAD, ArcGIS, or Maptitude): routine spatial analysis, data mapping, map editing, geo-referencing, performing queries, importing/exporting data, and development of map displays.
Must be willing to work flexible hours (nights and weekends on rare occasions) as needed to complete time intensive tasks and deadlines.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan)
Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
Group life insurance
Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
New Parent Leave
Free Parking
Free LinkedIn Learning

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


To apply for this job email your details to RNunnally@indot.in.gov

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