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Date:  Jun 7, 2021

Springfield, IL, US, 62764-0001

Job Requisition ID:  4039

Agency:  Department of Transportation 
Closing Date/Time:  06/21/2021 
Salary:   $6,445 - $10,210 Monthly 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Sangamon 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
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.  A copy of each applicant’s ACTIVE Illinois Professional Engineer License must accompany application for this position.   Please visit https://idot.illinois.gov/about-idot/employment-opportunities/employment/index to download the Technical Application PM1080.

Please indicate IPR#45023 on the Technical Application PM1080.


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


Agency Mission Statement

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to hire a Local Bridge Operations 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. 

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 developing policy and providing structural and hydraulic engineering direction in local public agency (LPA) bridge and culvert related matters, including rehabilititations, repairs, and emergency repairs; special plan review; and construction related issues.  This position also works with the Bureau of Bridges and Structures’ (BBS) Bridge Management and Inspection Unit to resolve issues regarding the local bridge inventory and Illinois Structure Information and Procedures (SIP) Manual.  Additional responsibilities include the evaluation and acceptance of permit loads, resurfacings, and consultant's bridge ratings for LPA structures in the state.

This position reports to the Local Bridge Unit Chief.  There are no subordinates reporting to this position.
The incumbent’s working environment is characterized by the imparting of structural knowledge and expertise in the development of policies and implementation of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) local bridge programs.  The incumbent shares cost-effective and specialized structural knowledge with technical staff, consultants, and laymen to meet their needs within their financial restraints, federal bridge standards, state statutes, and policy.  This position represents the department in instances when an LPA requires assistance to determine repairs or posting for damaged structures, often on an emergency basis.
Typical problems include ensuring the LPA bridge projects are designed in accordance with current department standards and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) specifications and assisting the BBS’ Bridge Management and Inspection Unit to ensure LPA bridge inspections are accomplished in compliance with the National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS).  The greatest challenge of this position is to ensure the motoring public is protected from structurally unsafe bridges.  Local commerce, as affected by the repair and replacement of deficient bridges, is also a major consideration in assisting LPAs with their bridge projects.
The incumbent personally evaluates preliminary bridge design and hydraulic reports for major bridges including City of Chicago structures, as s/he demonstrates a high level of bridge design experience and judgment.    

(Job Responsibilities continued)

The incumbent investigates economic and structural factors pertinent to bridge construction and bridge rehabilitation to ensure local agency bridge improvement projects use current bridge construction technology and are cost-effective.  S/He reviews the Bridge Condition Reports, which are required for all rehabilitation projects.  The incumbent develops specific policies for construction details and methods for local agency bridge projects as well as reviewing and contributing to upgrades of the Illinois SIP Manual used by personnel inspecting LPA structures statewide.  The incumbent recommends the feasibility and advisability of more complex and unusual bridge and culvert design studies and final plan proposals, special retaining wall designs, and special soils investigations.  The incumbent is frequently called upon to make recommendations for emergency repairs to structures at the request of a local agency or a district office.  This may require an on-site inspection on very short notice.  The incumbent prepares and teaches a major portion of the Local Roads Bridge Repair Course and assists with the Bridge Inspection Course conducted annually.  The incumbent performs special analyses to determine structural overload capacities of bridges under construction or in service and resolves difficulties encountered during local agency bridge construction projects.  This is normally accomplished within a short time frame.  The incumbent evaluates structure resurfacing projects and reviews consultant load ratings for statutorily required concurrence of the department.
The incumbent exercises a broad responsibility in conducting the department’s local bridge program.  The incumbent prioritizes work to accomplish position responsibilities in a timely manner with minimal supervisory guidance.  
Internal contacts include district bridge personnel concerning scheduling and project-related matters, the Bureau of Local Roads and Streets, Bureau of Materials, Bureau of Research, and the Planning Services Section of the Office of Planning and Programming.  The incumbent’s most significant contacts outside the department are the Department of Natural Resources, LPA officials, consultants, and Federal Highway Administration personnel. Occasional statewide travel with overnight stays is required for on-site evaluation of deficient structures to determine proper repair and rehabilitation procedures and to present training programs for district and LPA personnel.
The measurement of performance includes the correctness and timeliness of evaluations of preliminary bridge plans, the number of bridge sites field checked, and the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of guidance given to LPA officials concerning bridge repairs and rehabilitation for both routine and emergency situations.

Principal Accountabilities

1. Develops and updates policies for design construction and maintenance of local agency bridges.
2. Works with the BBS’ Bridge Management and Inspection Unit to ensure the Illinois SIP Manual is updated to reflect current practices and procedures.
3. Reviews preliminary bridge designs and hydraulic reports for major structures to ensure they are in accordance with sound engineering judgment and policy.
4. Provides expertise in the review of repair and rehabilitation plans for local agency improvements.
5. Provides expertise and instruction to district and LPA agency personnel concerning bridge design, construction, and repair.
6. Performs analysis to determine structural capacity of bridges to support overweight vehicles in service or construction.
7. Performs analysis to determine structural capacity of structures for resurfacing projects.
8. Reviews consultant load ratings for statutorily required concurrence of the department.

9. Performs duties in compliance with departmental safety rules.  Performs all duties in a manner conducive to the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.
10. Performs other duties as assigned.


Position Requirements

• Current registration as a Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois
• Five years of experience in civil engineering in the specific area of design, planning, repairs, and rating of bridges
• Valid driver’s license
• Occasional statewide travel with overnight stays

Position Desirables

• Illinois Structural Engineer license
• Knowledge of the NBIS, Illinois Bridge Manual, Illinois SIP Manual, and IDOT Structural Services Manual
• Experience with MicroStation and AASHTOWare BrR loading rating software
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Supervisory experience

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

Work Location:  Springfield - 2300 S Dirksen Pkwy 

Office: Office of Highways Project Implementation/Bureau of Bridges & Structures

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.