Civil Engineering Specialist
State of Montana - Helena, MT

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Position Title:
Civil Engineering Specialist

  • Applications must be received by Midnight Mountain Time on the closing date.
Listing Number: 9290-1323


For more information contact:
State Agency:

PO Box 201001

Helena , MT

Phone: (406)444-6345

Fax: (406)444-7685

TTY: Montana Relay Service at 711


  • OR -
Local Montana Job Service Workforce





Job Status:
Full-Time Permanent


Date Posted:

Closing Date:



Construction Administration


State Application Required:

$44,962.00 - $59,012.00

Salary Unit:

Additional Salary Information:
Applicant Pool: If another department
vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may
be used for the selection.

Special Information:
All documentation required establishing preference or as required as part of the application must be submitted by the closing date to be considered during the selection process.

This position is the Specifications Specialist in the Construction Administration Services Bureau of the Montana Department of Transportation. This position is responsible for developing effective contract standard and supplemental specifications and special provisions to ensure the development and construction of high quality, cost-effective transportation projects for the traveling public. This is achieved by performing in-depth analyses of construction methodologies, material properties, engineering design concepts and practice, and Departmental, local and federal contract administration laws, regulations and policies. This position participates on the activities of the Department’s Standards Committee, and in so doing ensures the uniformity and compliance with standard MDT practices in all contract language.

Specifications provide the basis for the submittal of responsive bids and are the contractually binding requirements between the Department and awarded contractors on highway and bridge construction projects. Uniform contract language is required to ensure a clear understanding of the contract intent; to reduce the potential for disputes, claims, or litigation; and to prevent the non-participation of funding by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The position provides background history and intent of specifications to legal, design, materials, district and headquarters construction staff, contractors, FHWA, and county and city personnel.

The position requires skill in reading and interpreting complex plans and specifications; drawing conclusions and making recommendations; assessing construction plans and projects; strong oral and written communication and negotiation skills; and developing ideas and solutions for complex construction engineering problems.

The position requires thorough knowledge of the concepts and theories of civil and structural engineering; mathematics; the physical sciences; highway and bridge design; methods and practices of highway construction and construction engineering; engineering policy; materials properties, specifications, and test methods; construction safety practices; and the development of contract specifications and special provisions. The position requires knowledge of contract law and contract administration; and applied research methods and techniques. The position also requires knowledge of highway economic, safety, and efficiency issues; Engineering Division objectives and Construction Administration Services Bureau goals; state, federal, AASHTO, and FHWA requirements and standards; project specifications; the Montana Materials Manual, Montana Construction Manual, Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction, and a variety of other specialized manuals and documentation; environmental rules and regulations; and field applications of highway design and construction.

This position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering or Construction Engineering Technology or a related field such as construction science, construction management, etc AND three (3) years of civil engineering experience including transportation design or construction, and specifications writing experience. Registration as a FE in Montana is required.

Registration as a Professional Engineering (PE) in Montana is preferred.

This agency will accept alternative methods of obtaining necessary qualifications. A Master's degree in an Engineering field may subsitute for up to one year of the experience. Experience may substitute for education on a year for year basis.

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