Professional Engineer I - Design
Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration - Summit County, CO

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This position is located in the Mountain Engineering Residency, just west of the Eisenhower Tunnel in Region 3, at the Colorado Department of Transportation. This work location is at an elevation of 11,000', sixty m iles from metro Denver. Regular driving to this work site from distant locations can be challenging due to fr equent severe weather conditions affecting driving conditions and drive times. The Mountain Residency covers the geographic areas of Summit County, Vail Pass, Grand County, and Jackson County. This is a very challenging area of Colorado, with focus on the I-70 corridor (including the Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnels) and SH 9, US 40, US 6 that serve western Colorado. Large projects often deal with such complicated engineering issues such as landslides, erosion control, large retaining walls, limited construction season, high traffic demands, and very visible environmental features. Travel is mainly between project sites, the office, and Grand Junction for Regional meetings or meetings with consultant companies. The ability to perform job functions in a high alpine office location is critical to success in this Residency.

About CDOT The Colorado Department of Transportation is a billion dollar multi-modal engineering, planning, and roadway maintenance business dedicated to a mission to provide the best multi-modal transportation system for Colorado that most effectively and safely moves people, goods, and information. CDOT, with more than 3,300 employees assigned throughout the state, is responsible for a 9,146 mile highway system including 3,447 bridges. Each year this system handles over 27 billion vehicle miles of travel. Although the Interstate system accounts for only about 10% (914 miles) of the total mileage on the state system, 40% of all travel takes place on our Interstate highways. In addition, CDOT’s Aeronautics Division supports Colorado’s general aviation community through distribution of entitlement funds, an aviation grant program, and long-range system planning in partnership with Colorado’s general aviation airports. CDOT’s Division of Transit and Rail is responsible for the planning, development, finance, operation, and integration of transit and rail services into Colorado’s overall transportation system.
CDOT’s core values of safety, people, integrity, customer service, excellence and respect make CDOT a great place to work, making Colorado a great place to live.
CDOT offers a variety of benefits for employees including:
  • Annual leave (accrued based on years of service, starting at 8 hours a month)
  • Sick leave accrued at 6.66 hours a month
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Medical and dental plans
  • State paid life insurance policy of $50,000
  • Choice of 2 retirement plans
  • 401K and 457 plans
  • State paid Short Term Disability coverage
  • Credit Union Membership
  • Work life programs
  • Tuition reimbursement programs

Description of Job:

The Professional Engineer I is a fully-operational, licensed engineer. The position exists to manage coordinate, develop, and ensure that plans and specifications for transportation construction projects meet or exceed professional standards, state and federal guidelines, policies and laws. T he PE I performs design project management for highway construction projects for the Region 3 Mountain Residency Unity located on the west side of the Eisenhower Tunnel.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Apply current engineering principles and theories, design specifications and federal, state and local design standards to develop safe, efficient and economical project designs. These projects consist of new construction or reconstruction of roadways, bridges and drainage facilities.
  • Prepare and supervise calculations, plan sheets, specifications and cost estimates for design projects. Utilize computer design programs including MicroStation, InRoads, Microsoft Word and Excel, PES/LAS and SAP to complete project design.
  • Prepare and track documentation, project schedules and budgets for projects. Coordinate with other Department of Transportation work units, outside agencies and consultants as required.
  • Manage engineering consultants and local agency contracts. Prepare contract documents such as task orders and formal agreements. Authorize payment for consultant and local agency billings. Maintain accurate summaries and stay within contract budgets. Manage and provide direction to consultants in the CDOT design and project development process for assigned projects. Review the work of design projects and perform the final checking of the contract plans, specifications and cost estimates for completeness and accuracy. Assure the project related details are coordinated and cleared by other Department of Transportation work units.
  • Ensure that contractor’s equipment, materials, and products are in conformance with the contract plans and specifications by supervising/performing detailed inspections and maintaining proper documentation.
  • Analyze roadway and bridge design projects for potential problems. Propose and implement design alternatives/concepts. Approve designs for assigned projects.
  • Assure accurate payment for contract work by supervising, making measurements of quantities, calculating quantities from field verified data and performing independent checks of measurements and calculations for accuracy.
  • Communicate and correspond with other departments or disciplines within CDOT, federal, state, local agencies, consultants, contractors, utilities and the public regarding designs or changes that impact them. Develop and coordinate Project Leadership Team meetings for all projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Work Environment:
Travel to field locations and CDOT facilities during daytime working hours.
High altitude, mountainous environment.
Occasional evening and weekend work.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions and Conditions of Employment:

Current registration as a Professional Engineer issued by the Colorado Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors. You must upload a copy of your PE License into your online application as verification of your registration as a Professional Engineer

The Exceptional Applicant will be a Professional Engineer with proven ability or accomplishment in the following:
  • Demonstrated success with the duties listed in the Major Responsibilities section.
  • Civil engineering design knowledge and experience including roadways, bridges and drainage facilities and current working knowledge of civil engineering processes, theories, laws, principles, conceptual models, and best practices.
  • A history of progressively responsible highway design project management experience.
  • Strong attention to technical detail.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, reasoning and decision making skills.
  • A passion for safety.
  • Excellent planning, organizational, time and project management skills and experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communications and experience including facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Experience managing budgets to ensure cost effectiveness of projects or programs.
  • Consultant/contract management experience
  • Proven ability to collaborate and build relationships.
  • Ability to partner with professionals, consultants, vendors, stakeholders and staff, with sensitivity to their needs and priorities.
  • Experience negotiating with individuals or groups to find mutually acceptable solutions - building consensus through give and take
  • Ability to work effectively in independent and team situations.
  • Flexibility/adaptability in response to changing conditions or unexpected obstacles.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite, MS Project, MicroStation, InRoads, Trans*port, SAP, and ability to quickly learn other software systems.
  • Willingness and desire to work on the Western Slope at a high elevation, in a mountainous environment.
Special Requirements:

The following condition must be met and maintained in order to be employed and to continue employment at CDOT in this position:

CDOT Driver Record Standards: A current valid driver license is required for all Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) positions which require operating a state or personal motor vehicle to perform one or more essential functions of the position. You must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license with a driving record that does not exceed our application limits.

· Any DUI, DWAI convictions within the past 3 years (the 3 year timeframe is from date of conviction to date of initial application)
· Any hit and run accident within the past 3 years.
· 3 or more convictions of moving traffic violations within the past 12 months and/or 5 or more convictions of moving traffic violations within the past 5 years. (Example: speeding, turning violations, driving actions following too closely, signaling violations, lane violations, right of way, etc.)

Supplemental Information:

Only complete applications submitted by the closing date/time for this announcement will be given consideration. After you submit your online application, you should receive an email that confirms that you've successfully submitted an application for this specific position. Be sure also to check your junk mail for email communications from the State website.
Application Checklist:

1) A complete Application for Announced Vacancy
2) A complete Supplemental Questionnaire
3) A chronological resume

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application .

Former employees of the Colorado Department of Transportation System or any other State of Colorado Department or Agency, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information on his/her application.
Transfer, Non-Disciplinary Demotion or Reinstatement:
If you believe that you are eligible to be considered as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion or reinstatement to this vacancy, you must submit a completed application following the directions in this job announcement and you will be included in the selection process along with other qualified applicants. If you are the finalist for this position after the selection process, Human Resources will confirm your eligibility to be appointed as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion or reinstatement applicant.

The Assessment Process: Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired and promoted through comparative analysis of merit and fitness. Part or all of the assessment for this position will include a review of your application material. Applications will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Experts to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position. They may also use the application material to assess and rank applicants who meet the minimum requirements, to cut to a top group for additional assessment, or establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure your application material specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the Major Duties, Education and Experience Requirements, and Exceptional Applicant sections as listed above. Upload additional pages if necessary to fully explain your experience and accomplishments. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion as a qualified candidate in any of step of the selection process and placement on the eligible list.

Appeal Rights : If you believe the decision regarding the acceptance of your application for inclusion in the assessment process or the content and/or conduct of the assessment for this position was arbitrary, capricious or contrary to rule or law (scores and ranks are not considered as conduct or content), you may view the instructions for the review/appeal process and complete the Colorado State Personnel Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form found at: . Appeals must be in writing and received no later than 10 calendar days from the date of rejection of your application or the administration of the assessment.

ADA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To receive the accommodation, the person making the request must present medical documentation that describes the disability which justifies the accommodation. Because it requires several days for CDOT to evaluate the request and prepare for the accommodation, it is essential for the person who believes he/she may need an accommodation to locate or obtain the documentation that he/she intends to submit well in advance of the assessment date. Failure to provide the medical documentation several days in advance of a comparative analysis could make it impossible for CDOT to prepare for and provide the requested accommodation.

To request a reasonable test accommodation for this assessment, please contact the Center for Human Resource Management at (303)757-9216 or the ADA Representative, Fred Longs, at (303) 512-4143 or at , 4201 E. Arkansas Ave., Denver, CO 80222 several days before the assessment date.


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