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Foundation Engineer

By May 22, 2023
  • Full Time
  • Pierre, SD
  • June 13, 2023

South Dakota Department of Transportation

ob ID: 23068
Agency: Department of Transportation / Planning & Engineering
Location: Pierre
Salary: $28.40
Pay Grade: E1
Closing Date: 06/13/2023

This is a full-time position with the Department of Transportation. For more information about the Department of Transportation, please visit http://dot.sd.gov.

The SD DOT is seeking a motivated individual of junior, senior, or graduate level status working towards a B.S. in Civil or Geological Engineering that is interested in an opportunity for an educational scholarship and intern position that would transition into permanent employment with the SD DOT following graduation.

Join a dedicated team of professionals working in a diverse, challenging field. South Dakota is one of the most geologic diverse states in the nation. As a foundation engineer with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, you will provide geotechnical recommendations to develop safe, cost-effective designs for South Dakota’s transportation facilities.

In the role of intern, you will learn from the Department’s geotechnical staff how geology affects foundation designs and what information is required for the design of all highway structures.

If you are a junior, you will work as an intern prior to your senior year. Upon completion of the internship, and after transitioning to a full-time Foundation Engineer, you will be responsible for providing geotechnical recommendations for projects throughout the entire state. Responsibilities will include foundation design information for bridges, buildings, retaining walls, traffic signals, and roadway lighting. This position also provides technical assistance to field engineers during construction of driven piling, drilled shafts, spread footings, and retaining walls.

A typical 40-hour work week, Monday through Friday, can be expected; although, hours may vary depending on workload. Work activity will predominately be an office environment with travel for site inspections and construction support periodically. Statewide overnight travel with drill crews will occasionally be required to obtain a working knowledge of subsurface exploration methods and techniques.

Licenses and Certifications:
This internship and the subsequent full-time employment will provide a great opportunity and experience for the individual to work towards obtaining Engineering In Training (FE) Status and Professional Engineer License.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Applicants in their junior, senior, or graduate level status pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil or Geological Engineering with an emphasis in geotechnical engineering are preferred. Coursework in geotechnical engineering, physical geology, and groundwater would be beneficial. Applicants who have intern experience with the SDDOT will be given preference.

For Full-time Entry-Level Civil or Geological Engineer w/Scholarship (up to $16,000) details, click here: https://dot.sd.gov/media/SDDOT-Scholarships.pdf

Knowledge of:

geotechnical engineering principles (soil mechanics, groundwater, etc.);
South Dakota geology.
Skill to:

communicate effectively both verbally and in writing;
manage multiple projects concurrently.
Ability to:

effectively plan, prioritize, and organize work to meet schedules and deadlines;
prepare, interpret, and use engineering plans, maps, specifications, and technical reports;
read and interpret state and federal laws and rules and department standards, policies, and procedures;
organize, analyze, calculate, and evaluate available information and draw upon reasonable conclusions;
provide work direction.
Additional Requirements: Please attach a resume to your application.

FOR DETAILS REGARDING THE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY, CLICK HERE: https://dot.sd.gov/media/documents/Scholarship-SDDOT.pdf

Join the South Dakota Department of Transportation! View more about this opportunity here: https://youtu.be/4Bwxxkb3oZo.

This position is eligible for Veterans’ Preference per ARSD 55:10:02:08.

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.

The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus eleven paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/work-for-state-government/. This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.




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You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email: careers@state.sd.us
“An Equal Opportunity Employer”

To apply for this job email your details to sdcareers@state.sd.us

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