Construction Specialist

Oregon Department of Transportation   Ontario, OR   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on May 23, 2024
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Job requisition id REQ-157375

Application Deadline: 06/12/2024


Agency: Department of Transportation

Salary Range: $4,586 - $7,114

Position Type: Employee

Position Title: Construction Specialist

Job Description: Associate In Engineering 1 – Construction Specialist
Oregon Department of Transportation
Delivery & Operations Division – Region 5
Construction Section


The role: 

Join our team as construction specialist in Ontario! In this role, you will perform a variety of office and fieldwork duties. You will interpret contract documents for major and minor construction projects, compile data and apply engineering computations to design simple projects, assist with performing surveys and more. If you have your bachelor's degree in civil or transportation-related engineering and/or a passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, this might be the position for you! If you want to have a direct impact Oregon’s infrastructure and safety of travelers, apply today!

Our first application screening is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.

The majority of the work performed by the person in this position will be performed in the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Region.

  • If you are a current Malheur County resident, you will receive 5% preference for this recruitment unless you opt out of receiving the preference.

  • A resident applicant who received preference and accepted the position must maintain residency in Malheur County for at least five consecutive years following the hire date.

  • Failure to maintain residency in Malheur County is considered a voluntary termination of employment from the position.

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for our positions. We hope you’ll join us on our path to increasing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging through our values, commitments, strategies and actions.

Before applying, visit our applicant information website to learn more about our process. If you are a current State of Oregon employee, you must apply through your employee Workday profile.

A day in the life:

  • Read, understand and interpret contract documents for major and/or minor construction projects.

  • Identify potential problems, propose potential solutions and work with others in their resolution.

  • Ensure contract work is performed in accordance with the documents by monitoring safety procedures and methods, traffic control, the Pollution Control Plan, etc.

  • Understand theories, principles, practices and methodologies of civil or transportation-related engineering.

  • Compile data and statistics and apply engineering computations to design simple projects.

  • Prepare written reports, utilize computer programs to analyze data and use advanced mathematics to solve engineering problems.

  • Assist in performing detailed surveys and calculations using manual and electronic survey equipment, computers and complex software.

  • Work is performed outdoors, with exposure to hazards of traffic and all weather conditions.

  • Working long/flexible hours and weekends and travel from various project sites, meetings and occasional overnight stays are required. Limited remote work available in the winter off-season months.

  • To request a copy of the position description, which includes all duties and working conditions, please email

What’s in it for you:

  • Work/life balance, 11 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules, paid leave and so much more. Learn more about working at the Oregon Department of Transportation and the benefits we offer.

  • Competitive benefits packages which can be estimated using our compensation calculator.

  • Comprehensive and equitable base salary offer within the listed range based on your experience, skills and education. The salary range listed is the non-PERS participating rate. If you are already a participating PERS member or once you become PERS eligible, the salary range will increase by 6%. Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness opportunity!

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Minimum qualifications:

A bachelor's degree in civil or transportation-related engineering;
Completion of and passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

Special qualifications:

Driving is an essential function of this position. You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s). Your license does not have to be issued in Oregon to be considered.

What we’d like to see:

If you have these attributes, let us know in your application materials! It's how we will choose whom to move forward! You do not need to have all these qualities to be eligible for this position. We may also use transferable skills, experience, education and alignment with ODOT values to help us decide who will move forward.

  • Proven ability to establish and maintain professional and collaborative working relationships with others within and outside your team.

  • Strong working knowledge of mathematics (geometry, algebra, trigonometry).

  • Strong working knowledge of material testing procedures, land surveying, and highway construction methods.

How to apply:

  • Complete the following required steps:

    • Fill out the application or attach a resume. Please contact the recruiter under the ‘Need help?’ section if you have any questions about how to fill out the experience fields or to attach a document. Your submitted experience fields or attached resume must include dates (MM/YYYY) for each employer.

    • Complete questionnaire. Answer the checkbox-style questions before submitting your application.

  • After you submit your application, please respond to the public records request authorization and gender identity questionnaire. This screen will come after you submit and will complete the process. If you are a current State of Oregon employee, the tasks will come to your Workday inbox.

  • If you are a veteran, you may receive preference. The task to upload your documents will be available after you submit your application. For privacy reasons, please do not attach your military service document(s) to your application or combine it with any other required document attachments.

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Additional information:

  • This recruitment will remain open until filled. Our first application screening is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, 06/12/2024, but we may close the announcement at any time after this date when we have received an adequate number of applications. We cannot guarantee that we will consider applications received after this screening date. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.

  • We do not offer visa sponsorship. If you are hired, you will be required to fill out the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming you are able to work in the US. We are not an E-Verify participating employer, and we are unable to proceed if E-Verify participation is required [e.g., STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) Extension]. We are also unable to proceed with Curricular Practical Training (CPT) program requests.

  • We may use this recruitment to fill multiple or future vacancies.

  • We will conduct name-based criminal background checks on final candidates, not including current ODOT employees. All applicants may be subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as driver license, LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System), and/or education verification as required for the position.

  • You will be represented by the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon (AEE).

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by state or federal laws in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices. Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation during the application process. For questions, concerns, or complaints regarding EEO/AA/ADA, contact 1-877-336-6368 (1-877-EEO-ODOT). This information can be made available in an alternative format by contacting ODOT Recruitment at 503-986-3700. Oregon Relay Service can be reached by calling 7-1-1.



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