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Date:  Jun 10, 2021

Collinsville, IL, US, 62234-6102

Job Requisition ID:  4199

Agency:  Department of Transportation 
Closing Date/Time:  06/24/2021 
Salary:   $3,920 - $6,775 Monthly 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Madison 
Number of Vacancies:  3 
Plan/BU:  NR916 




Technical Applications PM1080 (rev 3/8/21) must be received by the Bureau of Personnel Management, Room 113, 2300 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL  62764 (Fax# 217/557-3134) or emailed to DOT.CO.BPM.EmploymentApplications@Illinois.gov by the closing date listed above.  Please visit https://idot.illinois.gov/about-idot/employment-opportunities/employment/index to download the Technical Application PM1080.

Please indicate IPR#44995 on the Technical Application PM1080.

Agency Mission Statement

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to hire Laboratory Technicians.

The IDOT team works diligently to provide safe, cost-effective transportation for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of life, promote economic prosperity and protect our environment. We are problem solvers and leaders, constantly searching for innovations and improvements in support of our commitment to providing the best multimodal transportation system for Illinois.

Our team fosters a culture of inclusivity. We value diversity and hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards as we work together for a common purpose. Team members frequently collaborate with colleagues and others outside the department to best meet customer needs. 

Employees enjoy excellent benefits, including health, vision and dental insurance; a retirement plan and deferred compensation options; state holidays and other time off; tuition reimbursement; flexible schedules; and pre-tax benefit programs. The department also offers extensive training and career advancement opportunities.

We invite qualified applicants to apply to become part of our team. We are confident that you will take pride in serving Illinois and its residents and visitors.

Job Responsibilities

This position is accountable for assisting the Laboratory Supervisor and Senior Laboratory Technician in conducting laboratory testing of all soils, aggregates, Portland cement concrete (PCC), and Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) samples used in the construction and maintenance of various federally and state funded highways and other structures and to ensure that all the tested materials conform to the requirements of the current Standard Specifications and Special Provisions. This position is also accountable for the calibrations, operation, and the maintenance of various laboratory equipment used for the testing.

This position reports to the Laboratory Supervisor.  No subordinates report to this position, however the incumbent may supervise up to three temporary rotation technicians and rotation engineers during peak season.

This position is responsible for performing tests on samples submitted from structure and paving projects in an accurate and timely manner and insuring that he/she performs all tests in accordance with proper procedures.
In performing the functions of this position, the incumbent will handle various complex tests under the general direction of the Laboratory Supervisor or assist the supervisor as required.  The incumbent will record the findings of tests and prepare plots or reports of the tests.  The incumbent must be capable of servicing and calibrating all equipment used in testing.  The incumbent’s greatest challenge is to provide accurate data in minimal time frames.
The incumbent is accountable for conducting complicated laboratory tests on samples, recording findings and submitting findings to the supervisor.  This may involve split shifts during a large portion of the construction season and may necessitate the Lab Supervisor, Senior Laboratory Technician and Lab Technician to stagger work schedules to provide a minimal lab operating schedule of ten (10) to twelve (12) working hours per day.  During these periods the Lab Technician assists the Lab Supervisor and/or the other Lab Technician in meeting their scheduled tests with needed results sometimes within twenty-four (24) hours.  The incumbent is also accountable for issuing and receiving field testing equipment and accurately documenting each transaction.  In addition, the incumbent must be capable of making customary repairs and calibrating testing equipment.  The incumbent may also assist the lab supervisor in performing lab inspections of all contractor labs with the district.  He/she must be familiar with American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) specifications and must be knowledgeable with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Manual of Test Procedures.

(Job Responsibilities continued)

The incumbent is required to perform the following tests:
Aggregate: Gradation, proctor curves, bearing ratios, plasticity indices, unit weight, deleterious particles, light weight particles, specific gravities, etc.
Soils: Proctor curves, bearing ratios, hydrometer analysis, plasticity indices, moisture determination, specific gravities, loss on ignition, pH, organic matter by wet combustion, strength tests, etc.
Bituminous: Maximum theoretical specific gravities, bulk specific gravities, batch mix designs, tensile strength ratios, Hamburg wheel tests, flexibility index test etc.
Concrete: Cylinder breaks in appreciable numbers, calibration procedures for air meters, slump cones, beam boxes and beam breakers.
The incumbent maintains accurate records of all tests and provides plots and graphs as required.
In the absence of the Laboratory Supervisor and the Senior Laboratory Technician the incumbent assumes authority over the laboratory functions.  These functions or duties are performed according to standard testing procedures and various testing manuals. 
The incumbent must have successfully completed or be able to successfully complete the following training classes within twenty-four (24) months of assuming the position: 

IDOT Quality Management Training Program courses CET 020 Mixture Aggregate Technician (3 days) CET 029 Hot Mix Asphalt Level 1 (5 days)
CET 030 Portland Cement Concrete Level 1 (3 days)
IDOT Specific Task Training Program Course S-33 Soils Field Testing and Inspection
In performing the functions of this position, the incumbent has contact with personnel from the central Bureau of Materials and the district Construction Section. This position requires occasional districtwide travel, travel to Missouri labs, seasonal shiftwork, and heavy and repetitive lifting up to fifty (50) pounds.
The incumbent is evaluated according to quality of results obtained from the tests conducted.

Principal Accountabilities

1. Ensures that samples received are tested and reported with completeness, accuracy, and timeliness.
2. Maintains familiarity with the latest changes in specifications and testing procedures to ensure effective recording or plotting the finding of said tests.
3. Assists the Geotechnical Engineer and Mixture Control Engineer with highly complicated tests.
4. Supervises the laboratory in the absence of the Laboratory Supervisor and the Senior Laboratory Technician.
5. Issues, receives, repairs, and calibrates field testing equipment per the Illinois Manual of Test Procedures.
6. Performs duties in compliance with departmental safety rules.  Performs all duties in a manner conducive to the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.
7. Performs other duties as assigned.


Position Requirements:

• Education/Experience:

  • Completion of two years of college in civil engineering technology, pre-engineering or a job related technical/science curriculum PLUS thirty months of engineering experience; OR
  • Six years of engineering experience

• Successful completion of the following training classes within 24 months of assuming the position:

  • IDOT Quality Management Training Program courses CET 020 Mixture Aggregate Technician (3 days)
  • CET 029 Hot Mix Asphalt Level 1 (5 days)
  • CET 030 Portland Cement Concrete Level 1 (3 days)
  • IDOT Specific Task Training Program Course S-33 Soils Field Testing and Inspection

• Valid driver's license
• Occasional districtwide travel, travel to Missouri labs and seasonal shiftwork
• Heavy and repetitive lifting up to 50 pounds

Position Desirables:

• Working knowledge of materials testing and laboratory testing equipment
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Knowledge of QC/QA program and familiar with HMA, PCC
• Ability to operate physical laboratory testing equipment
• Problem Solving Skills

Work Hours:  8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday-Friday 

Work Location:  Collinsville - 1102 Eastport Plaza Dr 

Office: Office of Highways Project Implementation/Region 5/District 8/Project Implementation

Agency Contact: DOT.CO.BPM.EmploymentApplications@illinois.gov

Job Function:  Transportation 

Collective Bargaining Agreement language applies to this requisition

We are currently transitioning our application process away from paper process to an electronic application process.  This position has not been transitioned please follow the directions below when applying to this position.


Please visit the IDOT website at http://www.idot.illinois.gov/about-idot/employment-opportunities/employment/index to obtain the required bid forms and application forms.