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Date:  Jun 3, 2021

Springfield, IL, US, 62704-4766

Job Requisition ID:  4024

Agency:  Department of Transportation 
Closing Date/Time:  06/17/2021 
Salary:   $4,790 - $8,775 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.  Please visit https://idot.illinois.gov/about-idot/employment-opportunities/employment/index to download the Technical Application PM1080.

Please indicate IPR#44481 on the Technical Application PM1080.

Agency Mission Statement

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to hire a Hot Mix Asphalt Plant Technician.

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 hot mix asphalt (HMA) plant prequalification inspections, the plant approval process, the maintenance of databases and records, and timely completion of five-year surveys. This position is also accountable for routine HMA laboratory testing and serves as the lead technician responsible for supervising laboratory testing in the absence of the Hot Mix Asphalt Laboratory Supervisor.

This position reports to the Hot Mix Asphalt Laboratory Supervisor.  There are no subordinates reporting to this position. 
The incumbent operates in an environment where s/he must work with and have a thorough understanding of HMA production technology and the variety of production systems used statewide, the fundamental principles of mix design and their application to plant types, and the application and safety aspects of chemical additives. S/He must also be very familiar with the physical and chemical hazards associated with these activities, as well as materials testing and related equipment.
Typical challenges for this position include gaining a thorough understanding of all the various HMA plant configurations in Illinois and the operational differences between them, establishing positive working relationships with district and industry personnel, and balancing HMA plant responsibilities with lab duties.  The greatest challenge is developing training and providing instruction to departmental and industry personnel when the need arises.
The incumbent is responsible for administering the HMA plant approval policy, providing HMA plant ratings to the Bureau of Construction’s Prequalification Unit, and assisting in development and maintenance of plant related specifications.  S/he conducts initial prequalification plant inspections, summarizes and evaluates results from plant approval testing, and determines approval.  The incumbent is responsible for conducting field tests on job site materials for comparison to laboratory data, analyzing data, and preparing summary reports.  S/He aids in calibrating and maintaining testing equipment to ensure that test results are accurate, and the flow of testing is not unduly interrupted.  S/He is responsible, along with Lake Land College training staff in Mattoon, Illinois, for the development and maintenance of the Hot Mix Asphalt Level II training course manual and solely responsible for the department’s Nuclear Density course content and manual.  S/He may be called upon to teach the Field Control Nuclear Density course to department personnel as the need arises.  The incumbent’s duties require significant computer utilization and frequent use of the department’s Materials Integrated System

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for Test Information and Communication (MISTIC) database in order to maintain the HMA database which is essential for the evaluation of mix designs and field control results.  The incumbent is responsible for performing routine HMA lab testing and HMA related testing methods in a timely manner as outlined in the department’s Manual of Test Procedures for Materials while strictly adhering to required testing procedures.  S/He is also responsible for the demonstration of testing proficiency annually to the Hot Mix Asphalt Laboratory Supervisor and biennially to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
(AASHTO) for their laboratory inspection.  The incumbent may be required to develop and teach pilot courses related to HMA plant technology and field control of HMA mixtures.
The responsibilities of this position are performed with a minimal amount of direct supervision.  Within the department’s established guidelines, the incumbent has the freedom to travel throughout the state to instruct, inspect, and solve HMA plant related issues.  Major problems that would concern central office bureaus and/or districts are referred to the Hot Mix Asphalt Laboratory Supervisor.  The incumbent will develop and teach pilot courses related to HMA plant technology and field control of HMA mixtures as s/he determines is needed.  
Major contacts are with the department’s district and central office Bureau of Construction personnel, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) staff, and contractors for the purpose of coordinating plant surveys, inspections, and approvals; and maintaining the HMA plant database.  This position requires frequent statewide travel, often on short notice, which may include overnight stays.
The effectiveness of the incumbent is measured by the ability to provide reliable test results in a timely and safe manner, complete special tasks efficiently, and maintain laboratory equipment in sound, workable condition.

Principal Accountabilities

1. Conducts field tests on job site materials for comparison to laboratory data, analyzes data, and prepares summary reports.
2. Develops and maintains the Field Control Nuclear Density course content and manual and may be called upon to teach the class to departmental personnel on an as needed basis.
3. Has joint responsibility with Lake Land College training staff in Mattoon, Illinois to develop and maintain the department’s Hot Mix Asphalt Level II training course manual.
4. Conducts field inspections of HMA plants and equipment for compliance with specifications and makes recommendations concerning the conformance of new plants to department standards and specifications.
5. Establishes and maintains a cordial relationship with department, contractor, and industry personnel.
6. Assists with and recommends changes to the department’s HMA mixture policies, specifications, and training programs.
7. Maintains the database for HMA plant inspections and approvals.
8. Accurately, safely, and efficiently performs all testing according to prescribed standards and records results in order to ensure an efficient recall of test data.
9. Aids in calibrating and maintaining testing equipment to ensure that test results are accurate, and the flow of testing is not unduly interrupted.
10. Supervises the HMA lab in the absence of the Hot Mix Asphalt Lab Supervisor.
11. Performs duties in compliance with departmental safety rules.  Performs all duties in a manner conducive to the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.


Position Requirements

• Education/Experience

  • Completion of two years of college in civil engineering technology, pre-engineering, or a job related technical/science curriculum plus five years of engineering experience, OR
  • Seven years of engineering experience

• Valid driver’s license
• Frequent statewide travel, often on short notice, which may include overnight stays
• Successful completion of the department’s Hot Mix Asphalt III Mix Design course within one year after hire date

Position Desirables

• Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering technology
• Extensive knowledge of working with and maintaining materials testing equipment
• Extensive knowledge of mathematics and engineering computational activities
• Ability to oversee field work, lab testing, and office functions
• Strong oral and written communication skills

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

Work Location:  Springfield - 126 E Ash St 

Office: Office of Highways Project Implementation/Bureau of Materials

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.