Structures Policy Engineer

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Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Waukesha, WI, United States

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Structures Policy Engineer


Madison, WI 

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Are you interested in making a positive impact on Wisconsin's infrastructure by completing development activities for the Bureau of Structures, impacting the design, analysis, drafting, construction, and cost of 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 Structures Policy Engineer (Structural Engineer Transportation Senior or Advanced) vacancy in the Bureau of Structures!

This full-time position will be headquartered in Madison, WI.
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.  Click here to learn more about how we apply these values in our work.

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 is responsible for working on all types of transportation structures and performing activities that significantly impact the design, analysis, drafting, construction, and cost of transportation structures throughout the State. The responsibility of this job involves professional and/or technical engineering judgments and discretion in completing projects and performing development activities.

This position works on projects and performs activities involving civil and structural engineering design systems; bridge design manuals and design standards; structural research and design projects; and performance of structural engineering services which develop statewide policy procedure and standards for transportation structures. WisDOT personnel and engineering consulting firms depend on the results of these projects and activities to enable them to design, analyze, draft, and construct economical transportation structures throughout the State. This position is responsible for engineering projects from development through completion. 

This position communicates with other State DOT offices, the Federal Highway Administration, Canadian DOT offices, county personnel, engineering consulting firms, other outside agencies in addition to Wisconsin DOT personnel with regard to civil and structural engineering design systems, the Bridge Manual and Standards, structural research and design projects, policies, and procedures. This position acts as a technical consultant to the Structures Development Chief and engineers in the Bureau of Structures, State personnel outside the Bureau of Structures, engineering consultants, county personnel, and engineers in outside agencies.

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

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 2023from an ABET accredited college or university with a 4-year degree (or Master's or PhD) 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 related to the job and how to apply can be directed to or (608) 267-7946. For general user information and technical assistance, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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 20th at 11:59pm.