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Date:  Nov 17, 2023

Peoria, IL, US, 61602

Job Requisition ID:  33088

Agency :  Department of Transportation 
Closing Date/Time: 12/04/2023 
Salary:   $6,445 - $10,210 Monthly  
Anticipated Starting Salary Range: $6,445 - $7,945

Job Type:   Salaried Full Time  
County:   Peoria  
Number of Vacancies:   1  
Plan/BU:   NR916 - Protech Teamsters  

*This position is covered by the Revolving Door Prohibition Policy.


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


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Agency Mission Statement

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to hire a Project Support Engineer.


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. 


The department offers extensive training and career advancement opportunities. Employees also receive a robust benefit package including:


  • Monday-Friday work schedule
  • Flexible work schedules are available in many program areas.
  • Health, Life, Vision, and Dental Insurance
  • Pension Plan
  • (10) Weeks paid Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Deferred Compensation Program and other pre-tax benefit programs (Medical/Daycare)
  • Employees earn (12) paid Sick Days annually.
  • New Employees earn (10) paid Vacation Days their first year of service and can earn up to (25) paid Vacation Days annually.
  • Employees earn (3) paid Personal Days annually.
  • (13-14) paid holidays annually (based on start date)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program and/or mental health resources


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 duties of both an administrative and technical nature in directing operations covering all public and/or private utility adjustments and/or agreements; the district-wide railroad program including safety improvements, corridor projects, grade separations, and grade crossings as they relate to highway improvement projects; and local agency agreements. 


Subordinate Personnel: Direct: 3, Indirect: seasonal or rotation employees  
Number of Utility Adjustments: 50-100 per year   
Contract Value of Reimbursable Utility Adjustments: $1,000-$1,000,000 per adjustment (10-25)

Contract Value of Railroad Improvements: $600,000 (2-5) 
Utility Permits: 300-500
Agreements: 75-150


This position reports to the Program Development Engineer. Reporting to this position is the Railroad Technician and the Utilities/Agreements Technicians.  

The incumbent is accountable for providing liaison between the district and utility companies, railroads, municipal and county officials, consultants, and other agencies with problems arising from transportation facility improvements or utility expansions.  

Typical problems for the incumbent entail coordination of utility adjustments created by highway improvements and recommending solutions to problems with utility companies or local agencies. The greatest challenge to the incumbent is dealing with outside agencies over whom he/she has no direct control. He/she must coordinate and expedite the facility adjustments allowing highway construction to be accomplished on schedule and prepare agreements unique to each agency's need. This must be accomplished using sound, economic cost restraints, and practices beneficial to the department, utility company, and/or agency.  

The incumbent personally provides district expertise in all utility and railroad matters and makes decisions on normal utility and railroad adjustments. In addition, he/she coordinates all negotiations with local agencies in finalizing the local agency's involvement in the project. The incumbent conducts permit reviews for utility work within the limits of existing highway right-of-way and preparation of utility agreements. He/she also reviews highway construction plans for utility involvement and directs supervision of the field inspection of the adjustment work.  

The incumbent determines and coordinates adjustments to railroad highway grade crossings, administers federally funded safety programs for railroad highway grade crossings, and provides liaison and expertise for the district, railroads, and local governmental agencies on selected rail corridor projects,


(Job Responsibilities continued)

wherein all crossings along the corridor are studied to determine the need for added or modified protection and/or surface improvements. He/she is responsible for insuring that the adjustments of railroad facilities follow prescribed guidelines, selecting safety program locations, supervising railroad highway crossing plan preparations, and submitting these plans and reports to the central Bureau of Design and Environment for, their review and preparation of agreements. This position directs the annual inspection of all district railroad highway grade crossings on state-maintained routes including review of remedies for all deficiencies. Additionally, the incumbent attends Commerce Commission hearings as an expert witness, coordinates adjustments to railroad facilities at railroad grade separations, and provides expertise in railroad problems on request to the district's Local Roads and Streets Section. 

The incumbent also directs the preparation of joint agreements and letters of understanding with municipalities, counties, and other agencies and coordinates the processing of these documents through the central Bureau of Design and Environment to ensure proper execution in a timely manner. 


The position accountabilities are accomplished through the following: 

Railroad Technician -who initiates and monitors Railroad Agreements and performs annual inspection of railroad crossings. 

Utilities/Agreements Technicians -who are responsible for negotiating and preparing all utility permits and identifying utility conflicts on state improvements and assisting with coordination and preparation of Local Agency Agreements and Utility Agreements. 

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All duties are performed within limits prescribed by design standards and specifications, state administrative memorandums, and federal policy and procedure responsibilities. Problems of a highly sensitive nature are referred to the Program Development Engineer for resolution. He/she recommends staffing needs and disciplines subordinates when necessary. The incumbent is constrained by departmental policies and procedures. 

Internal contacts include the Studies and Plans Engineer to receive/relay utility information and agreements on improvement projects; the district's Bureau of Project Implementation to provide assistance in expediting utility adjustments, the district's Bureau of Operations to provide assistance in traffic control at railroad grade crossing improvements, the central Bureau of Design and Environment for the development of agreements and the coordination of utility and railroad negotiations, and development of agreements; and utility companies, railroads, and local governmental agencies for utility installations and adjustments. 

The effectiveness of this position can be measured by the efficient and timely adjustment of utilities and railroads so that highway improvements can meet established letting and construction schedules, the quantity and quality of railroad-highway safety programs, implementation of railroad corridor programs in a timely and efficient manner, and effective acceptance and enactment of department / local agency agreements. 

Principal Accountabilities

1.    Administers the adjustment of utility and railroad facilities necessitated by proposed highway construction.
2.    Ensures all railroad and local agency agreements and other letters are coordinated, prepared, and executed.
3.    Analyzes and provides expertise on selected rail corridor projects.
4.    Ensures field verification of utility adjustment work to assure proper performance and qualification for state and federal reimbursement.
5.    Administers railroad safety program to ensure their timely accomplishment in accordance with the plans and specifications.

6.    Ensures annual inspection of railroad signals and grade crossings are performed to assure compliance with prescribed guidelines.
7.    Evaluates, trains, motivates, and directs subordinate personnel to ensure a well-developed, competent staff.
8.    Performs duties in compliance with departmental safety rules. Performs all duties in a manner conducive to the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.
9.    Performs other duties as assigned.


Position Requirements

•    Education/Experience

  • Current registration as a Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois
  • Five years of experience in civil engineering.

•    Occasional travel within the district
•    Valid driver's license


Position Desirables

•    Supervisory experience
•    Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering
•    Extensive knowledge of modern methods and techniques as applied to the design, construction and maintenance of public works
•    Experience working with utility and railroad companies, and knowledge of and experience with intergovernmental agreements
•    Ability to direct the work of other engineers and technicians
•    Ability to develop and maintain cooperative relationships with internal staff and external stakeholders
•    Good oral and/or written communication skills

Work Hours:  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Monday - Friday  
Work Location: 401 Main St Peoria, IL 61602-1267  

Work Office: Office of Highways Project Implementation, Region 3/District 4/Bureau of Program Development
Agency Contact:

Job Family:  Transportation; Leadership & Management; Public Safety; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics  


Certain provisions of the revolving door restrictions contained in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 apply to this

position. As a result, the employee should be aware that if offered non-State employment

during State employment or within one year immediately after ending State employment, the

employee shall, prior to accepting any such non-State employment offer, notify the Office of the

Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (“OEIG”) or may be subject

to a fine.



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