Professional Engineer

March 3, 2023
Application ends: March 18, 2025

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Job Description

Full Job Description

Type: Full Time

Salary: $78,924.00 – $99,276.00 Annual


Civil – Architectural
Civil – Building Code
Civil – Design
Civil Engineering

Years of Experience:

Less than 2

Additional Information:

Employer will assist with relocation costs.
This position is open to applications from Colorado state residents and non-residents.
This position could be located in either Silverthorne or Eagle, CO depending upon the preference of candidate selected.

This position is covered/non-covered by the Partnership Agreement between the State of Colorado and Colorado Workers for Innovative and New Solutions (COWins).

New employees to the State will be paid biweekly. There are 26 biweekly pay periods in a year.

Applications will be considered as they come in. It is in your best interest to submit an application as early as possible.

About CDOT
Do you want to make a difference in Coloradans’ lives? Do you have a passion for helping people and keeping them safe? At the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), you’ll have the opportunity to do just that. The work our people do contributes to keeping Coloradans and visitors safe and provides freedom, connection, and experience through travel. Please visit our careers page to learn about CDOT and how we are making Colorado a great place to live, work and play, now and for the future! Also, check out our excellent benefits package!

CDOT for All
CDOT’s strength is our people, and our commitment to our people is to shape, support, and sustain the employee experience, and ultimately, create a supportive workplace where everyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, education, disability, socio-economic status, or any other identity, has the opportunity to thrive.

Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to

The eligible list created from this announcement may be used to fill one or more positions.


Description of Job

About the Work Unit
This position is located in CDOT’s Region 3 Design Unit. This work unit exists to maintain, preserve, and improve the functional integrity of the Highway Transportation System through:

  • Program-wide planning, administration, management, and monitoring of CDOT assets and budgets
  • Enforcement of federal guidelines, state statutes, and state rules and regulations
  • Administration of transportation construction and design contracts
  • Oversight, direction, and guidance of in-house staff, contractors, and consultants performing planning, design, clearance, advertisement, and construction of capital projects
  • Oversight and management of local agency project delivery

Design activities include the development of construction plans, specifications, and preliminary estimates for the advertisement of budgeted transportation projects along the unit’s specified corridors. Design activities are either performed with the in-house design team or are administered through design consultant contracts. The designs used must meet the guidelines, standards, and policies of the State of Colorado, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and stay within the project scope and budget. Construction activities include testing of materials, inspection for compliance with the contract plans and specifications, quality assurance and control, documentation of pay quantities, authorization for contract payments, initiating and authorizing contract modification orders, and monitoring financial status. The Unit provides engineering design support to other residencies. It also serves as a liaison with all in-house personnel, government officials, FHWA, local agencies, consultants, and the public.

About the Position
This position is responsible for designing transportation projects and managing the entire design process from scoping to advertisement. This position is directly responsible for engineering details as well satisfactory completion of highway design and providing ongoing design support during construction. This position also provides technical information to CDOT specialty branches and outside municipalities and ensures that departmental policy, procedures, and design standards are addressed and incorporated into roadway construction plans. This position will manage large, complex projects and environmental studies, and will manage projects that use innovative contracting methods to deliver the project.

Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Apply current engineering principles and theories, design specifications, and federal, state, and local design standards to develop plan sets and specifications for roadway projects;
  • Request and incorporate field survey, environmental study, traffic data, right-of-way information, hydrology/hydraulic design, structural design, utility locations/relocations, and other information as required;
  • Work with Materials, Environmental, Traffic, Bridge, Survey, Utility and ROW, local stakeholders, and other specialty units throughout the design process;
  • Prepare and review plans, making decisions regarding layouts, alignments, standard designs, tabulations, specifications, quantities, acquisitions and clearances, etc., and prepare bid package;
  • Utilize CDOT’s Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) program Microstation Open Roads Designer to prepare design models and project plans;
  • Ensure timely project advertisement and other major milestones, while meeting both design and construction budgets;
  • Utilize the Professional Engineer’s experience and judgment to approve designs for assigned projects and to stamp the engineering plans;
  • Manage the work of consultants and local agencies in order to accomplish project completions; ensure engineering principles and standards are correctly applied and follow all federal and state regulations and processes;
  • Operate as the Chief Engineer’s duly authorized representative in direct charge of the work, responsible for the administrative and satisfactory completion of transportation projects during design and under construction, including inspecting work product, preparing/negotiating work hour estimates, negotiating task orders, processing consultant billings, and ensuring compliance with federally mandated programs and state requirements (e.g., EEO, Davis-Bacon, OSHA, ADA, local ordinances, etc.);
  • Complete various written and computer-generated reports;
  • Act as the primary CDOT contact regarding project issues and questions;
  • Participate on committees, task forces, and/or steering committees to help CDOT implement improvements and meet department goals;
  • Oversee work of other positions at CDOT; train and mentor less experienced project staff, as well as consultants, as needed.
  • Other job duties as assigned.

Work Environment:

  • Primarily 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM work hours, Monday-Friday (flexible schedules may be available)
  • Regular travel during daytime working hours to meetings and project sites
  • Overnight travel to projects throughout the Region and the state; approximately 10%
  • Required to operate CDOT vehicles
  • May be required to work on night projects as needed
  • May be required to work on road closures during emergency situations
  • May work outside in various weather conditions and at high altitudes
  • May work in close proximity to high-speed traffic and construction equipment


Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current, valid licensure as a Professional Engineer from the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers, and Professional Land Surveyors


  • Current, valid licensure as a Professional Engineer from another U.S. state’s Board of Licensure. If meeting qualifications with an out-of-state PE license, it would be a condition of employment to obtain your Colorado PE license within six months of hire.

Please note: The required experience must be substantiated within the work experience section of your application. “See Resume” statements on the application or resumes in lieu of a complete application may not be accepted. Additional information submitted after the closing date of this announcement will not be considered in the review of your application. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must pass a pre-employment screening, which may include social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records check, educational records, and driving records checks. More information in the supplemental information section.
  • A current valid driver license is required for all Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) positions that require operating a state or personal motor vehicle to perform one or more essential functions of the position.
  • If meeting qualifications with an out-of-state PE license, it is condition of employment to obtain a Colorado PE license within six months of hire.

Preferred Qualifications
The exceptional applicant will be an experienced design engineer and will possess the proven ability or accomplishment in the following:

  • Demonstrated experience using MicroStation Open Roads Design to prepare engineering models and designs;
  • Knowledge of local issues and concerns in the program area;
  • Demonstrated success with the duties listed in the Description of the Job section;
  • Years of State service experience related to the duties of this position;
  • Highest work/personal ethics and integrity;
  • Civil engineering design and construction knowledge and experience, including 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;
  • Knowledge, oversight, and operational expertise in transportation related design and construction;
  • Knowledge of applicable Federal and State rules and statutes;
  • Project or management experience, including the ability to successfully plan, organize, and manage or oversee multiple, concurrent, complex transportation projects of varying complexities;
  • Experience working with general public, professionals, special interest groups, elected or appointed officials;
  • Experience identifying and analyzing problems using sound reasoning to arrive at conclusions;
  • Being open to change and new information; adapting behavior and work methods in response to changing conditions or unexpected obstacles;
  • Ability to partner with professionals, consultants, vendors, stakeholders and staff, with sensitivity to their needs and priorities to accomplish the organization’s goals;
  • Strong attention to technical detail and accuracy;
  • Strong analytical, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making ability;
  • Excellent planning, organizational, time and project management skills and experience;
  • Excellent facilitation, presentation, and communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Experience managing budgets to ensure cost effectiveness of projects or programs;
  • Proven ability to collaborate and build relationships;
  • Experience negotiating with individuals or groups to find mutually acceptable solutions; experience building consensus through give and take;
  • Flexibility/adaptability in response to changing conditions or unexpected obstacles;
  • Ability to work effectively in independent and team situations;
  • Passion for safety;
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access), Gmail, SAP, MS Project, MicroStation, Open Roads, Trns*Port, and the ability to quickly learn other software systems.


Supplemental Information

Applicant Checklist

Complete Applications must include the following documents:

  • A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online using the green ‘APPLY’ button at the top