Local Program Structures Engineer (Project Permanent Position)

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Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Waukesha, WI, United States

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Local Program Structures Engineer (Project Permanent Position)


Madison, WI 

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Are you interested in making a positive impact on Wisconsin's infrastructure by functioning as the lead for local program structures activities, working with bureau and regional staff on improvement projects for structures throughout the state of Wisconsin?

The WI Department of Transportation (WisDOT), Division of Transportation System Development (DTSD) is seeking an interested and qualified individual to fill a Local Program Structures Engineer (Structural Engineer Transportation Senior or Advanced) vacancy in the Bureau of Structures!

This full-time project-permanent position can be headquartered in the following locations:

  • Central Office (Madison)
  • North Central Region (Wisconsin Rapids or Rhinelander)
  • Northeast Region (Green Bay)
  • Northwest Region (Superior or Eau Claire)
  • Southeast Region (Waukesha)
  • Southwest Region (La Crosse)

    WisDOT is a great place to work! In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, we offer a competitive benefits package featuring:
  • Substantial leave time including at least 3.5 weeks of vacation to start, 9 paid holidays, and 130 hours of sick time that roll over each year.
  • Excellent and affordable health, vision, and dental benefits (health plan options start at just $35/month for single plans and $87/month for family plans after two months of employment)
  • A casual office atmosphere, flexible work schedules, and telework options depending on the position’s requirements
  • An exceptional pension plan with employer match and lifetime retirement payment, plus an optional tax advantaged 457 retirement savings plan
  • Well Wisconsin Wellness Program
  • A free and confidential employee assistance program that offers employees and their immediate family dependents a variety of tools, resources, and professional consultation services to support their health, goals, and overall well-being.
In addition to our generous employee 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.

Every day, WisDOT’s Division of Transportation System Development plays the leading role in the upkeep and improvement of nearly 12,000 miles of state highways and bridges used by millions of people. You’ll find that behind every barrel is a dedicated team from a wide array of backgrounds including engineering, planning, environmental services, public outreach, real estate, finance and many more. It can be a challenging job, but we think you’ll find it’s an awfully rewarding one, too.

We’re looking for detail-oriented critical thinkers to help deliver a quality program to build, improve and maintain transportation infrastructure throughout the state. We encourage anyone at any point in any career to take a look at WisDOT opportunities and give some thought to how your skills and resume line up. Having a good attitude, a willingness to learn and a passion for creating lasting, impactful work will go a long way here. It’s a big system with lots of opportunity and responsibilities.

Are you up for it? At WisDOT, you can Build the Future – NOW.

Position Summary

This position functions as the lead for local program structures activities within the Bureau of Structures (BOS). The primary function of this position is to facilitate the inclusion of structures asset management recommendations into improvement projects. This position will work most closely with: BOS asset management staff, rating staff, and inspection and maintenance engineers to understand and refine the recommendations for structures work that are developed using BOS asset management tools; Regional local program staff to discuss and coordinate structures improvement recommendations and programs; Local structure owners to guide and assist them in compliance with inspection requirements, rating, and structure asset management; Division of Transportation Investment Management (DTIM) staff to implement funding for local program structures work.

Some key work activities for the position include: Working with asset management staff to provide recommended work actions for local program structures, working with inspection staff and local owners to ensure that inspection data for local system bridges is complete and in compliance with federal requirements, working with DTIM to promote structures asset management recommendations for the local program, working with local movable bridge owners to manage their bridges and work with other local owners to better manage their assets, and working with rating staff to complete bridge ratings for local structures.

Salary Information

The Senior level is in schedule-range 14-13 with an annual salary of $81,203 to $99,424 plus excellent benefits.

The Advanced level is in schedule-range 14-13 with an annual salary of $94,494 to $106,808, plus excellent benefits.

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

Job Details
Wisconsin residency is required for project positions.

The project/permanent position has been authorized until May 2026. Project/permanent positions are eligible for all benefits (including paid time off) as well as civil service status.  After successful completion of the 12 month probationary period (if applicable), employees in these positions will attain permanent status and will be eligible to transfer to other permanent positions similar to other permanent employees in state service. This allows employees to be considered for other similar positions when the project position approaches its expiration date.

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 permanent positions that allow remote work flexibility, Wisconsin residency is not required. However, it is not anticipated that working outside of Wisconsin (or bordering cities) will be allowed because positions may at times need to report to office locations in Wisconsin on short notice.

Minimum requirement: Upon hire, candidate must have graduated, or will be graduating by December 2023, from an ABET accredited college or university with a 4-year degree in Civil Engineering or a related engineering field, OR possess an Engineer in Training (EIT) credential, OR possess a Professional Engineer (PE) credential.

A minimally qualified candidate will also have at least 3.5 years of professional experience post-graduation in design, construction, or maintenance of transportation structures (structures are defined as bridges, culverts, sound walls, retaining walls or sign bridges).

In addition to the above:

To be eligible at the Advanced level, candidates must have a valid Professional Engineering (PE) registration and the ability to obtain a Wisconsin PE registration within 3 months if PE registration is from another state.

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 here. For 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. The vast majority of applicants are able to outline their background and experience in their resume in 1-3 pages. Any resumes submitted with more than 10 pages will not be considered after page 10. If this job posting requires a letter of qualifications, the same limit applies.

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 allison.strullmyer@dot.wi.gov or (608) 267-7946.

Deadline to Apply
Applications will be reviewed on a bi-weekly basis until the position is filled. The first application review deadline is Monday, November 27th at 11:59pm.