Utility Engineer

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Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Waukesha, WI, United States

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Do you enjoy serving as resource and advisor to others? Do you have an interest in utility coordination and permitting? Become a Utility Engineer in the Technical Services Section of North Central Region!

The WI Department of Transportation (WisDOT), Division of Transportation System Development (DTSD) is seeking an interested and qualified individual to fill a Utility Engineer (Civil Engineer Transportation Senior or Advanced) position in the North Central Region.

This full-time position is headquartered in Rhinelander or Wisconsin Rapids.
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 paid leave time 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 $39/month for single plans and $97/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
  • Use this Total Rewards Calculator to see the total value of our competitive benefits package!
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 functions as a Civil Engineer within the Technical Services Section of the North Central Region performing the highest degree of independent discretion and judgment on the most complex utility issues.  This position serves as the Region’s primary resource of advanced engineering level analysis and decision-making expertise regarding utility coordination and permitting.  In the improvement design and construction phases of a project, this position uses engineering knowledge to oversee the relocation, modification, and adjustment of utility facilities and permitting. This position performs quality control and utility engineering oversight of the utility program associated with the regional transportation improvement program. This position applies a broad knowledge of engineering principles and practices in the areas of design (to include highway and utility), real estate, utility conflict identification and resolution, utility compensation, schedules and budgets, and construction associated with highway improvement projects.

This position serves as an engineering resource and advisor to regional managers, supervisors, project managers, project leaders, project development staff, consultants, and utility coordinators in resolving utility, design, and construction conflicts.

Salary Information

The Senior level is in schedule-range 14-13 with an annual salary of $79,269 to $97,448, plus excellent benefits.

The Advanced level is in schedule-range 14-13 with an annual salary of $88,296 to $106,808 plus excellent benefits. Plus, an additional $2,080 per year for a Professional Engineer License.

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

This position requires the ability to travel independently throughout the region to attend meetings and required trainings.

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. WisDOT is not an E-verify employer.

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, it is not anticipated that working outside of Wisconsin (or bordering cities) will be allowed because positions may need to report to office locations in Wisconsin on short notice.


Minimum requirement: Upon application, candidate must have graduated from an ABET accredited program 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, OR have documentation from the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services that deems the individual a professional engineer and qualified to engage in professional engineering practices.

A minimally qualified candidate will also have at least 4 years of professional engineering experience in design, construction, or maintenance of transportation projects after receiving a degree from an ABET accredited University.

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 Allie Strullmyer at allison.strullmyer@dot.wi.gov or (608) 267-7946. For general wisc.jobs user information and technical assistance, please see the wisc.jobs 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, April 15th at 11:59pm.