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ODOT Graduate Program – Graduate Associate in Engineering

By November 23, 2022
  • Full Time
  • Portland Oregon
  • December 14, 2022

Oregon Department of Transportation

ODOT Graduate Program – Graduate Associate in Engineering

Oregon Department of Transportation
Delivery and Operations Division

Region 1 – Technical Center, Traffic


Salary Range: $4,306 – $6,680

The role: 

The ODOT Graduate Program is designed to help recent college graduates transition from student to full-time professional. For up to 24 months, participants are provided rotational assignments within ODOT engineering disciplines. They are recognized as full-time, permanent employees, receiving a salary, a full benefits package and mentorship from a registered professional engineer (PE). This can provide up to two years’ qualifying time toward obtaining PE licensure. Following successful completion of the 24-month program, participants will transition into a full-time regular position in the discipline and crew of original hire. The program is open to all qualified applicants including current, qualified ODOT employees.

We are recruiting for a Graduate Program candidate in Portland to join our Region 1 Technical Center, Traffic Unit team.  This important work will require the incumbent to train on-the-job in the following duties:

·         Performing simple to moderately complex traffic engineering analysis to determine vehicular capacity and level-of-service for freeway interchanges, highway intersections, and various roadway sections in both urban and rural settings throughout Region 1.

·         Conducting and/or reviewing traffic signal warrant analyses, traffic control related engineering studies and preparing reports for transportation projects as necessary. Developing and review traffic signal timing and monitoring intelligent transportation system (ITS) operations under the direction of the Signal Timing/ITS Engineer. Installing signal timing and participate in field operations associated with activating new/modified traffic signals.

·         Reviewing and analyzing traffic related reports prepared by other agencies or consultants for accuracy and impacts on the transportation system.  Preparing written comments for inclusion in official ODOT findings.

·         This position is part of the Graduate Program and will include a total of three to four rotations working with other technical disciplines within the Division.

Applications will be considered from those who have graduated with an applicable degree within the last two years or are scheduled to graduate by June 2023.

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for our positions and hope you will join us on our path to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are an agency that embraces social equity through our values, strategic planning, and actions. Leaning into our equity priorities means we continually examine what we do, the impact we have, and our progress toward weaving social equity into who we are. To learn more about our social equity commitments, visit our Social Equity website.

A day in the life:

·         You will embark on an 18 to 24 month rotational program of on-the-job training, and will work with a mentor for the duration of the program. The workload will be customized to meet your needs as well as the unique needs of the hiring region or technical center.

·         Rotations will include core training in safety, work culture and on technical topics. You will complete a minimum of three rotations through the design, construction and/or maintenance disciplines. Specific areas may include Traffic, Construction, Roadway, Bridge, Survey, Hydraulics or Geo-Environmental.

·         Position requires both office work and outdoor work. Outdoor work may be necessary in inclement weather and under hazardous conditions. Position requires working long hours, nights and weekends outdoors during construction season. Employee is expected to be able to travel region-wide when necessary. Statewide travel may be required for training.

·         To request a copy of the position description, which includes all duties and working conditions, please email ODOTRecruitmentWH@odot.oregon.gov.


What’s in it for you:

·         Work/life balance, 11 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules, competitive benefits packages and so much more. Click here to learn about working at the Oregon Department of Transportation.

·         Live, work and play in Portland, Oregon!


What we need:

·         Either a bachelor’s degree in civil or transportation-related engineering (or degree expected by June 2023) OR the completion and passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. Please Note: Applications will be considered from those who have graduated with an applicable degree or who have completed and received a passing score on the FE exam, within the past two years.

·         Driving is an essential function of this position. You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s). Your license does not have to be issued in Oregon to be considered.


What we’d like to see:

If you have these qualities, let us know! It’s how we will choose whom to move forward!

Note: You do not need to have all of these qualities to be eligible for this position.

·         Experience with design software and computer programs which analyze engineering data or produce designs.

·         Experience in communicating verbally and in writing with a variety of people to answer questions, prepare technical reports, and explain technical information, regulations and decisions.

·         Experience working collaboratively and successfully with a team.

·         Experience learning new duties, so you were quickly able to work independently.

·         Ability to obtain and evaluate survey data, horizontal and vertical alignments, traffic and crash data to rectify problems and develop solutions.

Need help?

For questions, call 503.509.4493 or email ODOTRecruitmentWH@odot.oregon.gov.

ODOT Graduate Program – Graduate Associate in Engineering

To apply for this job email your details to ODOTRecruitment@odot.oregon.gov

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