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CIVIL ENGINEER V - WORK ZONE SAFETY ENGINEER - IPR#45029

We continually strive for a workforce that reflects the growing diversity within the State of Illinois.  A variety of employee backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences are crucial to our ability to most effectively serve the public.  Bilingual skills welcome

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Persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations throughout the hiring process and during performance of all job duties.  Please email the Central Management Services Disability Resource Center at CMS.DisabilityResCen@illinois.gov or call (217) 524 - 7514 for further information and to request an accommodation.

Sponsorship for Employment

The State of Illinois does not provide sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g. H-1B visa status).  To be considered for permanent employment with the State of Illinois, applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

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In compliance with the Illinois Equal Pay Act, 820 ILCS 112/1 et seq., the State does not seek, request, or require a job applicant’s wage or salary history.  Employment decisions are not made based on an applicant’s wage or salary history.  To that end, please do not include wage or salary information in your resume or other profile or application materials.

Date:  May 4, 2021
Location: 

Springfield, IL, US, 62764-0001

Job Requisition ID:  2809

Agency:  Department of Transportation 
Closing Date/Time:  06/01/2021 
Salary:   $6,445 - $10,210 Monthly 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Sangamon 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  NR916 

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HOW TO APPLY:

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.  The previous application form revised 10/16/20 will be accepted until May 8, 2021.  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#45029 on the Technical Application PM1080.

 

Agency Mission Statement

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to hire a Work Zone Safety 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 responsible for directing and administering statewide work zone safety and mobility programs for all public highways and streets in Illinois.  This includes developing policies, procedures, standards, specifications, and other technical resources in order to meet federal requirements for work zone safety and mobility, improve the active management of construction and maintenance work zones, and improve safety for motorists and workers.  The incumbent is responsible for reviewing and approving transportation management plans submitted by district operations and program development staff, performing work zone traffic control reviews, and providing statewide training relative to work zone safety and mobility.  This position will provide administrative oversight and manage the department's Traffic Control Field Manual and other associated manuals and policies. 

This position reports to the Highway Safety Programs Unit Chief.  There are no subordinates reporting to this position. 
This position operates in an environment where s/he works extensively with traffic engineering, queuing analysis, crash statistics analysis, federal policies and rules, contract plan preparation, and construction and operation practices and procedures.  The incumbent utilizes modern methods and techniques related to highway safety analysis using the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Highway Safety Manual (HSM) and engineering practices, following the AASHTO Roadside Design Guide, and other relevant guidance documents.  S/He utilizes the Illinois Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and Highway Capacity Manual (HCM), follows traffic engineering practices including signing and pavement marking techniques, exercises work zone traffic control, and applies the human factors theory as it relates to motorist behavior and information needs.  Work zone standards, specifications, policies, and procedures developed under the direction of the incumbent affect work zone safety and mobility and the standardization of work zone traffic control devices and their appropriate uses throughout the state.  The incumbent must recognize and consider that changes in procedures and methods have significant economic impact on the motoring public, manufacturers, contractors, distributors, and consultants as well as long-term costs to the department and local governments.

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The greatest challenges for this position are to use his/her knowledge and experience to develop effective work zone safety programs, direct research to identify methods and innovative techniques to enhance safety and mobility in work zones, effectively communicate the need for implementing these programs to others ranging from upper management to industry, and motivate all responsible parties to utilize and adopt safe procedures. Other typical challenges encountered by the incumbent include incorporating federal policies and rules into practice through departmental policies and procedures, standards, and specifications; reviewing construction and maintenance work zone traffic control and transportation management plans; recognizing the potential for traffic crashes during construction and maintenance operations; and developing new standards, specifications, policies, and procedures that address potential and actual crash situations.
The incumbent works with a team of experts and oversees the review of selected work zone sites to identify and recommend measures to improve the safety of the motoring public and workers which ultimately reduces crashes.  S/He oversees the analysis of appropriate crash reports and development of recommended policies, procedures, and standards changes.  The incumbent is responsible for assisting the Bureau Chief of Safety Programs and Engineering, Safety Programs Engineer, and Highway Safety Programs Unit Chief in directing the efforts of the Statewide Work Zone Safety Committee and its subcommittees.  S/He is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of work zone safety and mobility and other work zone related training programs, revising the department’s Traffic Control Field Manual, assisting local agencies and utility companies with location settings, overseeing and directing the efforts of the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT) technical review panels for research projects, and overseeing the development and evaluation of new products and techniques related to work zone safety and mobility.  The incumbent is also responsible for monitoring the latest developments in federal laws and regulations, national practices and policies, and crash trends related to work zone safety and mobility.  S/He represents the Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering on various committees and task forces to provide expertise regarding work zones and traffic safety.  This position assists with the implementation of the Illinois Work Zone Photo Speed Enforcement Program, serves on Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) implementation teams, and represents the department at the state and national level as an expert in work zone safety and mobility.  S/He directs the department’s joint efforts with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) involving the review of selected construction projects to determine the effectiveness of the state's procedures for work zone safety and mobility.  The incumbent recommends site specific changes to the district offices as well as to policy, procedure, and standards changes to the Highway Safety Programs Unit Chief and/or Safety Programs Engineer to provide continual improvement to work zones.

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The incumbent is afforded broad latitude in accomplishing his/her accountabilities regarding work zone safety training; program development and implementation; policy, procedure, standards, and specifications development; and interpretation of work zone safety and mobility issues.  Problems of an unusual nature may be directed to the Highway Safety Programs Unit Chief and/or the Safety Programs Engineer for discussion and/or resolution.
Frequent contacts within the department are staff within the district offices, Bureau of Construction, Bureau of Design and Environment, Bureau of Operations, Bureau of Local Roads and Streets, and Office of Planning and Programming.  Contacts outside the department are the FHWA, ICT, Illinois State Police, county and city engineers, public utility companies, manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, and labor organizations.  S/He represents the Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering on various committees and task forces at the state and national level to provide expertise regarding work zones and traffic safety.  S/He serves on SHSP implementation teams and directs the department’s joint efforts with the FHWA involving review of selected construction projects.  This position requires frequent statewide and out-of-state travel which may include overnight stays.
The effectiveness of this position is measured by the safe and efficient movement of traffic through and around work zones.  It is also measured by the degree to which work zones are following provisions of the MUTCD, department standards and guidelines, and federal rules and policies.  Other measures of effectiveness include the reduction in work zone crashes, quality of publications developed and distributed, and success of safety programs.

Principal Accountabilities

1. Directs the development and update of appropriate policies, procedures, standards, and specifications to improve work zone safety and mobility for all state highways and streets and ensures the department is in compliance with federal rules for work zone safety and mobility.
2. Monitors, reviews, and makes recommendations regarding the latest developments in federal laws and regulations, national practices and policies, and crash trends related to work zone safety and mobility.
3. Directs the update of the department's Traffic Control Field Manual including training of department staff in the current requirements of the manual.
4. Directs the development and update of appropriate educational materials related to work zone safety and mobility.
5. Provides direction to district traffic control supervisors and design personnel in the proper interpretation of standards and specifications and in the development of traffic control plans.
6. Provides oversight and direction of technical review panels as part of the department's research efforts through its partnership with the ICT.  Directs policy and standard changes based on research conclusions.
7. Assists with directing the efforts of the Statewide Work Zone Safety Committee and its subcommittees. This includes chairing pertinent subcommittees.
8. Assists with the implementation of the Illinois Work Zone Photo Speed Enforcement Program, serves on SHSP implementation teams, and represents the department at the state and national levels as an expert in work zone safety and mobility.
9. Directs the department’s joint efforts with the FHWA involving the review of selected construction projects to determine the effectiveness of the state's procedures for work zone safety and mobility and recommends site specific changes to provide continual improvement to work zones.
10. Oversees the review of selected work zone crash sites to identify and recommend measures to reduce crashes; analyzes work zone crash reports; and develops policy, procedure, and standards changes.
11. Monitors work zone traffic control operations and crashes to ensure that work zone safety training and procedures implemented by the Safety Programs Section are providing safe conditions for workers and the motoring public as well as mobility through and around work zones.
12. Directs the evaluation of work zone safety devices to determine if they are designed, positioned, maintained, and uniformly utilized to achieve maximum effectiveness.
13. Performs duties in compliance with departmental safety rules.  Performs all duties in a manner conducive to the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.
14. Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Position Requirements

• Current registration as a Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois
• Five years of experience in civil engineering
• Frequent statewide and out-of-state travel which may include overnight stays
• Valid driver’s license

Position Desirables

• Knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering with special emphasis on activities involving highway safety
• Experience with highway engineering and supervision of planning and development of significant engineering work
• Knowledge and experience with traffic engineering, queuing analysis, and crash statistics analysis
• Knowledge of modern methods and procedures of public works construction and maintenance operations
• Knowledge of the laws controlling the activities of work zone safety and mobility
• Knowledge of the AASHTO HSM and engineering practices, AASHTO Roadside Design Guide, Illinois MUTCD, HCM, and other traffic engineering documents and manuals
• Working knowledge of the modern methods of traffic control signing, pavement marking, and protection of workers in work zones and the human factor theory with respect to traffic safety
• Ability to develop and maintain cooperative relationships with staff, other agencies, and the public
• Ability to interpret and enforce departmental policies and federal regulations
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously

Work Hours:  8:00 AM to 4:30 PM 

Work Location:  Springfield - 2300 S Dirksen Pkwy 

Office: Office of Highways Project Implementation/Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering

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.