Transportation Engineer Associate, Iowa DOT - Cherokee

Iowa DOT

Cherokee, Iowa

Are you seeking to apply your knowledge and experience towards making a difference? The Iowa DOT’s Mission is Making Lives Better Through Transportation.  You will have the opportunity to contribute your skills towards Iowa DOT’s five CORE values: Safety First, People Matter, Customer Focused, Servant Leadership, and Integrity Without Exception alongside a supportive team.

Work Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM. Hours may vary, and some overtime may be required. Some overnight travel required.

Salary  $59,883.20 - $92,747.20 Annually
You’ll work with a great team dedicated to improving our roads. This team will be administering $48 million of projects to improve the bridges and roadway during the 2022 Construction Season which includes the following key projects:
  • US 18 Bridge Replacement near Cylinder
  • HMA resurfacing of US 59 north of Cherokee
  • PCC dowel bar retrofit and diamond grinding of US 59 in Cherokee
  • PCC Overlay of IA 39 from Washta to US 59
  • PCC Replacement of US 71 in Okoboji

What We Offer You: 
- Competitive pay and benefits package including health, dental, flexible spending, and life insurance 
 - Insurance benefits start first of the month following 30 days of employment - Monthly insurance premium (Iowa Choice*):
                Single: $54/mo. employee share; $715/mo. state share
                Family: $180/mo. employee share; $1,624.00/mo. state share
                *Other insurance options available. Please review HERE 
 - Opportunities for professional growth and development
 - Paid classes to aid passing the Professional engineering exam
- Paid time off effective immediately - Biweekly vacation, separate sick leave, accruals rollover on a yearly basis, and 10 paid holidays per year
 - Iowa Public Employee Retirement System (IPERS) Retirement Package with employer match 
 - Optional 401A plan with employer contributions
 - Employee Discount Programs from variety of vendors (vision, cellular, fitness, recreation, season passes, travel, counseling; legal, financial)
- Company provided vehicles for all work-related activities

Desired Qualifications:

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Applicants must meet at least one of the following minimum requirements to qualify for positions in this job classification:

  1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in chemical, civil, construction, environmental, materials, mechanics, structural, or transportation engineering or in engineering management.
  2. Possession of a verification of graduation with major course work in chemical, civil, construction, environmental, materials, mechanics, structural, or transportation engineering or in engineering management.

For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description.


Additional Qualification Requirements

Applicants hired with verification of graduation will be required to graduate with a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university within 10 months of hire.

Within a period of time after hire, as determined by the appointing authority, employees in this class may be required to obtain one or more of the following certificates, licenses, or endorsements:

  • Certification as an engineer intern by the Iowa Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Board
  • Licensure as a professional engineer by the Iowa Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Board is required within 9 years for continued employment; temporary training assignments will terminate within six months following a second attempt to obtain a professional engineer license or nine years from date of hire.


Application Instructions:

Apply online at

Point of Contact Darwin Bishop,


As the Cherokee Transportation Engineer Associate you will contribute to DOT’s mission by providing Leadership on the national award-winning construction administration team working on large, complex highway construction projects and overseeing multiple project contracts.  This role will be responsible to:

  • Perform technical engineering support for the Cherokee Construction Office
  • Team administration of the Cherokee Resident Construction Office which administers construction contracts on primary routes in approximately 14 counties in northwest Iowa.
  • Maintain maximum efficiency in staffing and operation of the Cherokee Construction Office.
  • Ensure Contractors adhere to plans, specifications, and standards requirements
  • Evaluate Traffic Control and Staging needed to perform the work
  • Perform audits and prepare as-built records when construction is complete
  • Communicate with internal Iowa DOT staff, Contractors, utility companies, and the public
  • Assist Design by collecting field data and providing input to be used in plan preparation
  • Study to pass the Professional Engineering Exam and progress to the Resident Construction Engineer.

Location: Cherokee, Iowa

Open: Friday March 10th

Close: Monday March 27th 2023

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