ODOT Graduate Program - Construction Inspector

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Oregon Department of Transportation
Salem, OR, United States

Phone: 5037799733
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ODOT Graduate Program - Construction Inspector


White City, OR 



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Job Description:

ODOT Graduate Program – Construction Inspector
Oregon Department of Transportation
Delivery and Operations Division – R3 Project Delivery
District 8 – Construction Office
White City


The role:  


The ODOT Graduate Program is designed to help recent engineering graduates transition from student to full-time engineer. 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 transition into a full-time regular assignment in the discipline and location of original hire.


Ideal candidates will have recently passed (or be prepared to take and pass) the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. Program training is provided through rotational assignments in various civil engineering disciplines such as construction, design or maintenance for a minimum of eighteen months and a maximum of two years. The program is open to all qualified applicants including current, qualified ODOT employees.


We are recruiting for a program candidate in White City to join our construction engineering team. This important work includes:

  • Interpreting contract plans and specifications and ensuring compliance.

  • Monitoring traffic control for public safety.

  • Inspecting and documenting contract work.

  • Conducting quality checks on materials.

  • Fostering positive relationships with other ODOT units, contractors, property owners and the public.


Applications will be considered from those who have graduated by June 2022.


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


If you are a current State of Oregon employee, you must apply through your employee Workday profile.


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 survey, roadway, construction, traffic, hydro, and environmental engineering.

  • 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 ODOTRecruitment@odot.state.or.us.


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 White City, Oregon!


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What we need:

  • A bachelor’s degree in civil or transportation-related engineering (or degree expected by June 2022) OR the completion and passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

  • A valid driver license and acceptable driving record. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s).


What we’d like to see from applicants:

Note: You do not need to have all of these qualities to be eligible for this position. Once the posting has closed, those who meet the minimum qualifications will be sent a set of questions to answer by the hiring manager. These will help him assess these qualities and decide whom to interview.

  • Experience working collaboratively and successfully with a team.

  • Good written communication skills.

  • Experience balancing multiple projects/assignments while being able to meet deadlines.

  • Demonstrated dependability in a work or school environment.

  • Completion and passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

  • Demonstrated commitment to our agency value of equity (We embrace diversity and foster a culture of inclusion.”)


How to apply:

  • Before applying, click here to visit our applicant information website to learn more about our process.

  • Complete the following required steps:

    • Attach a resume. Please contact the recruiter under the ‘Need help?’ section if you have any questions about how to attach a document.

    • Complete questionnaire. Answer the checkbox-style questions before submitting your application.

  • After you submit your application, please respond to the public records request authorization and gender identity questionnaire. This screen will come after you submit and will complete the process. If you are an employee, the tasks will come to your Workday inbox.

  • If you are a veteran, you may receive preference. Click here for more information about veterans’ preference. The task to claim preference will come after the public records request and gender identity questionnaire tasks. Click here for a guide on how to upload your documents. For privacy reasons, please do not attach your DD214/DD215/civil service preference letter to your application or combine it with any other required document attachments.


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The fine print:

  • We may also use other factors to help us decide who will move forward, such as transferable skills, experience, education, and alignment with ODOT values.

  • We do not offer visa sponsorship. If you are hired, you will be required to fill out the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming you are able to work in the US.

  • Don’t attach extra documents. We will only look at documents that we ask for.

  • We may use this recruitment to fill multiple or future vacancies.

  • We will conduct name-based criminal background checks on final candidates, not including current ODOT employees. All applicants may be subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as driver license, LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System), and/or education verification as required for the position.

  • You will be represented by the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon (AEE).


Human Resources/Recruitment, MS12

355 Capitol St NE

Salem OR 97301-3871

Fax 503-986-3895


ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by state or federal laws in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices. Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation during the application process. For questions, concerns, or complaints regarding EEO/AA/ADA, contact 1-877-336-6368 (1-877-EEO-ODOT). This information can be made available in an alternative format by contacting ODOT Recruitment at 503-986-3700. Oregon Relay Service can be reached by calling 7-1-1.