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CIVIL ENGINEER VI - ENGINEER OF METALS AND TECHNICAL STUDIES - IPR#45478

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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Date:  Jan 11, 2022
Location: 

Springfield, IL, US, 62704-4766

Job Requisition ID:  10220

 Agency:  Department of Transportation 
Closing Date/Time: 01/20/2022 
Salary:  $7,085 - $11,020 Monthly  
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time  
County:  Sangamon  
Number of Vacancies:  1  
Plan/BU:  NR916  

NOTE: This position was previously posted. Those applicants that applied to the original posting do not need to re-apply, as the original application will be accepted for the posting. Please direct any questions to the Agency Contact listed below.

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

All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through SuccessFactors.  Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.

 

Agency Mission Statement

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to hire an Engineer of Metals and Technical Studies.

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 managing and coordinating the activities of the Metals and Miscellaneous Products Sub-Unit, Product Studies Sub-Unit, and Materials and Studies Sub-Unit.  The Metals and Miscellaneous Products Sub-Unit conducts testing on metals and other miscellaneous products and develops and evaluates specifications, policies, and procedures related to these items.  The Product Studies Sub-Unit plans and conducts field studies and coordinates laboratory studies of new products which can be incorporated into all types of transportation infrastructure.  The Materials and Studies Sub-Unit plans and conducts special field studies for new and existing procedures and technologies related primarily but not exclusively to pavement and roadway appurtenances.  Under the direction of the Engineer of Metals and Technical Studies, the Products Studies Sub-Unit and Materials and Studies Sub-Unit are both responsible for assisting with administration of the Experimental Features Program for the department.

 

Number of metals and miscellaneous fabricators and manufacturers worked with:     500 annually Annual product and materials program tasks:

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) technology transfer items managed: 25 annually

Preliminary studies managed: 15 annually
Emergency issues managed: 10 annually
Products, materials, and processes screened: 50 – 75 annually
Background investigations completed: 20 annually
Development studies managed: 2+ annually
New demonstration projects and experimental feature projects managed: 20 annually

 

This position reports to the Engineer of Concrete, Soils, and Metals.  Reporting to this position are the Metals and Miscellaneous Products Engineer, Products Studies Engineer, and Materials and Studies Engineer. 

 

This position operates in an environment where s/he is responsible for providing guidance to the department related to established metals and miscellaneous products as well as new products and technologies that may be incorporated into all types of highway and bridge construction projects.  Special studies are also conducted that provide solutions to exigent problems encountered in the field.  The incumbent must effectively and diplomatically communicate with fabricators of reinforcement steel and producers and suppliers of plastic pipe, reinforced elastomeric bearings, chemical adhesives, and others to assist in procurement, evaluation, and testing of these materials.  In addition, this position operates in an environment where s/he is responsible for managing and directing a program of field and laboratory evaluations to determine if new products, processes, materials, and technologies should be adopted for general use on department construction projects. 

 

 

 

(Job Responsibilities continued)

Evaluation of new products and technologies is largely accomplished through administration of the Experimental Features Program.  These evaluations typically gauge extension of service life for facilities, reduction of construction costs, reduction of maintenance costs, improved safety, reduction of traffic interruptions, and other areas. Implementation of new processes, products, materials, and technologies involves the development of specifications, standards, and policies.

 

Problems encountered by the incumbent are complex and highly technical.  Providing materials expertise and rapid solutions to unusual operational problems along with managing special studies and investigations with staff in each of the sub-units requires innovative thinking and problem-solving skills.  Other major challenges faced by the incumbent include influencing the department in a timely manner to revise policies, procedures, and specifications that fine tune established applications of existing materials and technologies and/or incorporate new materials and technologies.

 

The incumbent provides resources and expertise on existing and new products, materials, and processes and their application; identifies specific areas where improvements in service or reductions in cost can be accomplished; and disseminates news of product evaluation activities to district offices, local agencies, and other states.  S/He formulates recommendations concerning operational practices, needs, and implementation and provides expert advice based on investigation of specific operational problems.  S/He reviews and edits interim and final reports submitted by staff in the Metals and Miscellaneous Products Sub-Unit, Product Studies Sub-Unit, and Materials and Studies Sub-Unit.  The incumbent is responsible for managing the Technical and Product Studies Unit work plan; reviewing reports and preparing for investigative studies and special problem investigations; and developing recommendations concerning feasibility of adapting new materials technology to departmental policies, practices, and specifications.  In addition, the incumbent manages and directs the Experimental Features Program for the department.  The incumbent chairs the Illinois Highways Development Council, initiates and conducts council meetings, serves as council secretariat, and coordinates the implementation of council decisions.  S/He also serves on the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO’s) National Transportation Product Evaluation Program - Product Evaluation List (NTPEP- APEL) Council and is familiar with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards related to metals and miscellaneous materials.

 

 

 

(Job Responsibilities continued)

The incumbent accomplishes accountabilities through the following staff:
Metals and Miscellaneous Products Engineer who is accountable for managing the activities of the Metals and Miscellaneous Products Sub-Unit.  This Sub-Unit conducts testing on metals and other miscellaneous products and develops and evaluates specifications, policies, and procedures related to these items.  
Products Studies Engineer who plans and conducts field studies and coordinates laboratory studies for new products and procedures.  This includes providing reports with recommendations and conducting special investigations of problems concerning conventional products and procedures.  These reports include recommendations for corrective actions, preparation of standards and specifications, and review of construction contracts to ensure proper use of new technology and conformance to current standards and specifications. 

Materials and Studies Engineer who is accountable for overseeing detailed work plan development including experimental features and management and report preparation for materials technology transformation studies and special materials problems investigations.  The incumbent is also accountable for the review of in-house and other agency research efforts and development of recommendations concerning the feasibility of adapting new materials technologies to Illinois policies, practices, and specifications.


The incumbent is given wide latitude in providing solutions to complex engineering problems and approaches the supervisor with workable answers.  S/He makes recommendations concerning the procurement of equipment and supplies necessary to conduct work.  
The incumbent has frequent internal contact with various office staff and external contact with county and city engineers and experts in the private industry.  Other contacts include personnel at the FHWA, Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), and AASHTO.  S/He serves as chair and secretariat for the Illinois Highway Development Council.  This position requires frequent statewide travel which may include overnight stays to attend and participate in technical meetings, conferences, and workshops and evaluate experimental feature projects.  

 

The effectiveness of this position may be judged by the value of experimental feature projects that are incorporated into the department’s engineering practices; acceptable solutions to specific operational and other field problems; timeliness and accuracy of established product testing; and reduction in costs or improvements in service brought about by the adoption of new products, materials, policies, and processes.  Its effectiveness may also be judged by the value of expert advice provided to the districts, bureaus, and local agencies on both established metals and miscellaneous products as well as new ones; and by the value of expert advice provided on construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance procedures.

 

Principal Accountabilities

1. Plans, organizes, directs, and controls the Technical and Product Studies Unit’s efforts to conduct testing on metals and other miscellaneous products, investigate and screen product proposals, and conduct development studies in a timely, cost-effective manner.
2. Provides unique technical and problem-solving expertise in the development of solutions to unusual highway engineering problems.
3. Directs the Experimental Features Program for the department.
4. Implements new and refines existing specifications, standards, and policies related to established metals and miscellaneous products as well as new products, procedures, and technologies.
5. Maintains positive relations with departmental, FHWA, and other state and university staff.
6. Chairs and serves as secretariat to the Illinois Highway Development Council.
7. Trains, motivates, and evaluates subordinate staff to enhance the abilities of the Technical and Product Studies Unit.
8. Develops and recommends annual work programs and budgets for the Technical and Product Studies Unit.
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.

Qualifications

Position Requirements

• Current registration as a Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois
• Eight years of experience in civil engineering including three years of experience supervising staff and managing engineering functions
• Frequent statewide travel which may include overnight stays
• Valid driver’s license

Position Desirables

• Working knowledge of steel fabrication, production of metal, rubber, plastic and other miscellaneous materials
• Working knowledge of general department of transportation (DOT) policies and specifications as well as AASHTO and ASTM standards related to metals and miscellaneous materials
• Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of new products, processes, and materials for implementation into standard departmental practice
• Strong oral and written communication skills

Work Hours:  8:00 - 4:30 Monday - Friday  
Work Location: 126 E Ash St Springfield, IL 62704-4766  

Office: Office of Highways Project Implementation/Bureau of Materials
Agency Contact:
 
DOT.CO.BPM.EmploymentApplications@Illinois.gov

 

Job Function:  Transportation  

 

 

 

 

 

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