Bridge Engineer

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Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Waukesha, WI, United States

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Bridge Engineer


Superior, WI 

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Come make a difference in Northwest Wisconsin by serving as the primary Bridge Engineer (Civil Engineer Transportation - Senior or Advanced) in the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) Superior Office!

This exciting role will train with and be mentored by experience structural/bridge engineering staff and will have the opportunity to attend the Bridge certification course (Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges) held in November 2021.  This position will also have the opportunity to use special bridge inspection machines known as a "Snooper" and a "Reach-All" to conduct inspections.

WisDOT is a great place to work! We offer amazing benefits such as a casual office atmosphere, flexible work schedules, ample vacation time, excellent health benefits, and an exceptional employee assistance program that offers a variety of programs and tools to help promote an employee’s wellness and health. 

In addition to these amazing benefits, we strive for inclusivity and celebrate different religious holidays and cultural observances, and provide flexibility for utilizing paid time off for such celebrations.  For more information on WisDOT you can visit our website by clicking here.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is an organization dedicated to creating transportation solutions through innovation and exceptional service. We are committed to fostering an environment rooted in Integrity, Diversity, Excellence, and Accountability. The WisDOT IDEA continues to drive us forward in our mission to provide leadership in the development and operation of a safe and efficient transportation system.  We operate with integrity as we build trust and confidence in all our relationships through honesty, commitment, and the courage to do what is right in all of our efforts. We strive for diversity in creating an environment, including all people and opinions, which cultivates opportunities to bring varied perspectives to the work being done and decisions being made. We believe in leading by excellence by providing quality products and services that exceed our customers’ expectations by being professional and the best in all we do. We are committed to maintaining accountability, both individually and collectively, for the impact of our actions on resources, the people we serve, and each other.

Position Summary


This Bridge Engineer position manages and coordinates the State Bridge Structure Inspection Program and the Maintenance Program for State Owned Bridges in assigned regional counties.  Work performed includes inspection of state-owned bridges and ancillary structures per state and federal guidelines; development of the six-year improvement program for structure needs; and prioritization of repair needs and development of work orders. Position also oversees the repair work completed by county staff and/or consultants.

Special Requirements of this position include:

  • This position requires daily independent travel throughout geographically assigned counties within the region.  Occasional travel outside the region can also be expected.
  • Ability to work outdoors in conditions of heat, cold, humidity, dust, and to walk over rough terrain.
  • Ability to lift and carry objects such as tools or material samples. 
  • Ability to work outside of normal working hours.
  • Ability to work in, over or near water, including safely working from a boat. 

Bridge inspection requires a level of physical agility and strength plus the ability to work at heights up to several hundred feet above ground level safely.  Access to inspection areas is gained by entering small access hatches and climbing or descending ladders and also requires crawling on beams and piers.  Safety equipment including harnesses and special self-contained breathing equipment may be required.  Some inspections require entering and riding in a special bucket suspended underneath the structure from a hydraulic boom on special bridge inspection machines known as a "Snooper" and "Reach-All".

NOTE: Work assigned to this position includes being able to serve in a standby basis as a member of the Region’s Statewide Incident Management/Notification Team on a rotational basis.

Salary Information


This position is in schedule-range 14-13. Starting salary for the senior level is between $63,960 and $83,512. The starting salary for the advanced level is between $71,760 and $83,512 depending on qualifications plus excellent benefits.

Pay for current state employees will be set in accordance with the Wisconsin State Compensation Plan. A 12-month probationary period is required.

Job Details


WisDOT does not sponsor work visas.  Any appointment made will be contingent on the applicant being able to prove valid status to work in the United States.

Prior to any appointments for position(s) filled from this announcement, candidates may be subject to a comprehensive criminal background check which may include FBI fingerprinting.

Certain positions within this Department may allow remote/work from home flexibility for a portion of their work schedule, depending on the needs of the position and the work unit. This topic and any remote work flexibility that may be available will be discussed in more detail in the interview process. For positions that do allow remote work flexibility, although residency in the State of WI is not required for permanent positions, it is not anticipated that working outside of WI or bordering cities will be allowed as positions may at times need to report to office locations in WI on short notice.

All state employees are required to report their COVID vaccination status, whether vaccinated or not, and must provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment.



A minimally qualified applicant for this position must have:

  • Candidate must have 4-year degree in Civil Engineer or a related field from an ABET accredited University, EIT Credential, or Professional Engineer (PE) credential.
  • At least 4 years of experience in design, construction or maintenance of transportation structures (structures are defined as bridges, culverts, sound walls, retaining walls or sign bridges)

To be eligible at the Advanced level, candidates must hold a valid Professional Engineer license upon application. (Hired candidates must obtain a PE from the State of Wisconsin within three months of employment in the position.)

How To Apply


Apply online! To apply, click “Apply for Job” to start the application process.  Then, you will access your existing account or to create a new account if you don’t have an account. Once you are logged in, click “Apply for Job.” Follow the steps outlined in the application process and submit your application.

Your application materials are very important parts of your application and are used during our evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job. For instructions on how to develop and what should be included in these materials, click hereFor more information on the basics of the selection process and how the State of WI ensures fair and equitable treatment of all applicants, click here.

Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer or voluntary demotion) should complete the application process as described above by the stated deadline.

Submitted materials will be evaluated by a panel of job experts and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Questions can be directed to Sonam Lhanze at or 608-264-7230.

Deadline to Apply


Deadline to Apply is October 18th 2021 at 11:59pm.