Assistant Pavement Quality Engineer (Underfill Option)

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Oregon Department of Transportation
OR, United States

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Assistant Pavement Quality Engineer (Underfill Option)


Salem, OR 



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Professional Engineer 1 – Assistant Pavement Quality Engineer
Oregon Department of Transportation
Delivery and Operations Division – Statewide Project Delivery Branch
Construction Section / Pavement Services Unit

ODOT is following the direction of the Governor's Office to help slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are recruiting for agency critical positions at this time using virtual tools and processes such as video and phone interviewing to support social or physical distancing. We are also continuing to evaluate the situation and may extend or place recruitments on hold as appropriate. Current applicants for affected positions will be notified. Visit our COVID-19 web page for more information. For information about the statewide response, visit the Governor's COVID-19 web page.

The role:  

Do you have experience in pavement design or construction? Are you familiar with asphalt, concrete, aggregate and soil material properties? Apply now to join us in keeping Oregon’s roads safe as our assistant pavement quality engineer! In this role, you will assist the pavement services engineer and pavement quality and materials engineer by providing technical expertise related to our pavement construction program statewide to ensure we are properly interpreting plans and specifications, handling and installing materials properly, and that we maintain uniformity in our construction activity.

The goal of this recruitment is to fill this position at a professional engineer 1 level. However, we encourage candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for an associate in engineering 2 ($4,364 - $6,708 monthly) to apply, as we may consider underfilling the position until the selected candidate acquires a professional engineer's license. Underfilling will not exceed six months.

We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.

 A day in the life:

  • Determine solutions for engineering problems encountered during pavement construction.
  • Guide and instruct project staff when problems develop in the production, placement, and finishing activities of pavements.
  • Guide and instruct project staff when problems develop in asphalt concrete and cement concrete pavement construction phases.
  • Review and inspect projects for compliance to specifications on projects and recommend improvements in requirements.
  • Assemble and analyze data gathered from paving projects and prepare reports recommending changes or improvements in construction process, design and/or specifications.
  • Assist in and/or conduct training of field staff in pavement placing construction techniques.
  • Perform special assignments related to inspection, testing and contract performance.
  • Research and investigate new methods or equipment used in pavement construction.
  • Prepare pavement designs.
  • Specify and evaluate field and laboratory testing and make recommendations for alternatives.
  • Work is performed in both office and field environments.
  • The following working conditions occur daily during construction season:
    • Must work day and/or night shifts at construction sites around heavy construction equipment and at paving plants.
    • May be required to lift 50 to 70 pound samples of paving materials and aggregates.
    • Extensive statewide driving trips in all weather conditions required including on weekends as needed.

What’s in it for you:

  • Rewarding work in a fast-paced, creative environment.
  • Colleagues who are passionate about public service.
  • Work/life balance and 10 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules and competitive benefits packages. Click here to visit our full benefits website.
  • Multimodal ride sharing! Get There is Oregon’s easy-to-use carpool matching tool and trip planner that will get you where you need to go.
  • Live, work and play in Salem, Oregon

What we need:

A valid professional engineer's (PE) license in civil, structural, or transportation-related engineering.
Note: If registered in another state, successful applicants will be required to obtain professional registration in the state of Oregon within six months of hire.

Additionally, driving is an essential function of this position. A valid driver license and an acceptable driving record are required for this position, including the underfill option.

What we need for the associate in engineering 2 underfill option:

Completion of and passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and one year of experience applying professional engineering theory, principles and methods.

To be eligible for the associate in engineering 2 underfill option, a candidate must have passed the professional engineer (PE) exam at time of application and the candidate must have their valid professional engineer's license (the ability to stamp) within six months of hire. As the PE exam is offered twice a year, in most cases, this will mean applicants must have already met all PE licensing requirements (e.g. completed required education and training, passed the FE and PE exams, etc.) and submitted their complete PE license application to the PE licensing body.

What we’d like to see:

If you have these desired attributes, let us know by ensuring your resume and cover letter show us how you specifically have these skills. It’s how we will choose whom to move forward!

  • Pavement design or construction-related experience.
  • Familiarity with asphalt, concrete, aggregate and soil material properties.
  • Experience with construction contractual language, including specification language and construction inspection.
  • Experience or ability in training and mentoring inspectors and other construction personnel.

Learn more and apply:

This recruitment is open until filled. The next screening date is scheduled for Thursday, August 6, 2020, at 7:00 a.m. We encourage you to not delay in applying.

Click here to learn more and to apply! Please note that we can only accept applications and/or resumes through our website.

For questions about the job announcement or online application, please call 971-273-8687 or email

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer