Assistant Resident Engineer

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Oregon Department of Transportation
OR, United States

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Assistant Resident Engineer


The Dalles, OR 


$6,060 - $9,402

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Professional Engineer 1 – Assistant Resident Engineer (Underfill Option)
Oregon Department of Transportation
Delivery & Operations Division – Region 4
Construction Office
The Dalles

The role: 
Apply today to be an assistant resident engineer in The Dalles! In this role, you will assist the resident engineer in leading the construction crew to ensure daily contract compliance with plans and specifications on all construction projects. This includes overseeing administrative functions of the office and directing the daily activities of 6 or more field construction staff in the performance of inspection, field engineering, surveying, quality and quantity documentation, contract change order negotiations and preparation and other related work. You will also support project development by participating in scoping and project development teams.
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 ($4,750- $7,366 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 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:
  • Administer field construction contracts, including highways, major interchanges, buildings, traffic signals, bikeways, bridges, rail and airport facilities.
  • Establish and maintain responsible and effective relations with contractors and their representatives assigned to the projects through frequent communication over the phone, email and in person.
  • Assure that contractors adhere to plans and specifications by monitoring inspectors and survey crews and by conducting inspections and ordering and observing tests and samples.
  • Assign work to staff and adjust assignments to meet contractor schedules and staffing levels.
  • Direct and review contract administration functions in the office including preparing weekly and monthly reports, monthly progress estimates for payments to contractors, quantity and quality test summary reviews and semifinal estimates.
  • Initiate, negotiate and review proposed contract changes such as time extensions, claims, change orders and extra work orders.
  • Review contractor generated project schedules for accuracy and achievability and create construction schedules for projects in the development process.
  • Assist the resident engineer in training staff, counseling employees, resolving complaints, recommending commendations and implementing established personnel policies.
  • Works with local authorities, city, county, state and federal agencies in planning, developing and coordinating construction projects.
  • Monitor contractor Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), on the job training and subcontractor compliance. This includes assuring meaningful commercial useful function reviews are completed on all DBE's.
  • Work is performed in an office and in the field and requires periodic travel and working near traffic and construction equipment.
  • To request a copy of the position description, which includes all duties and working conditions, please email
What’s in it for you:
  • Work/life balance, 11 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules, competitive benefits packages and so much more. Learn more about working at the Oregon Department of Transportation.
  • Live, work and play in The Dalles, Oregon!

What we need for a professional engineer 1:
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 Oregon within six months of hire.
What we need for an associate in engineering 2 (underfill):
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 must have their valid professional engineer's license (the ability to stamp) within six months of hire. 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 need for both:
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 these qualities to be eligible for this position.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience reading and interpreting construction contract plans and specifications.
  • Experience leading through mentoring, training, motivating or coaching and managing conflict.
  • Ability to use engineering judgment and apply engineering principles in highly complex and controversial contract management situations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional and collaborative working relationships.
Learn more and apply:
Our first application screening is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Friday, June 30, 2023. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.
Please note that we can only accept applications through our website.
Questions? Call 503-910-6372 or email
ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer