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Job Opportunity: IDOT Geotechnical Engineer Trainee

Technical Applications (PM 1080) must be received by the Bureau of Personnel Management, Room 113, 2300 South Dirksen
Parkway, Springfield, IL 62764 (Fax# 217/557-3134) by Friday, December 16, 2011, 4:30 p.m. Please include address, daytime
phone and position for which applying if not already listed on application. Applicants will be notified in writing to schedule interviews.
To obtain an IDOT Technical Application (PM1080) visit: http://www.dot.il.gov/techapp/COvacancy.html
Classification: Civil Engineer Trainee Salary Range: $3,970 - $4,350
Position Title: Geotechnical Engineer Trainee
Union Position: Yes No
Position Number: PW110-23-50-905-30-01 IPR#: 35684
Office/Central Bureau/District/Work Address:
Division of Highways / Bureau of Bridges & Structures
2300 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield
Description Of Duties:
This position performs, under immediate supervision, the design and foundation analysis for bridge and traffic structures
and the investigation, analysis, and recommendations for the solution to simple soil related problems encountered in the
Special Qualifications:
The following criteria is required:
• Four year degree from an ABET accredited college in engineering or be a Licensed Engineer Intern in the State
• Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
• Official college transcripts indicating graduation date
The following criteria is desired:
• Working knowledge of the routine practices of civil engineering.
8:00am - 4:30pm / Monday - Friday
PM 1862 (Rev. 04/08/09)
DATE: June 14, 2011 POSITION: Geotechnical Engineer Trainee
APPROVED BY: Todd Ahrens OFFICE/DIVISION: Division of Highways/Bureau of
Bridges and Structures
CODE: PW110-23-50-905-30-01 REPORTS TO: Foundation and Soils Unit Chief
Position Purpose
This position performs, under immediate supervision, the design and foundation analysis for bridge and trafficstructures and the investigation, analysis, and recommendations for the solution to simple soil related problems encountered in the field.
Nature and Scope
This position reports to the Soils Engineer as do a Senior Geotechnical Engineer, a Geotechnical Engineer, an
Associate Geotechnical Engineer, and an Assistant Geotechnical Engineer.
This position operates in an environment of developing the skills required to perform the design and analysis of simple bridge and traffic structure foundations; the preparation of geotechnical reports; slope stability analysis for structures; investigation and analysis of simple problems involving ground water seepage, earth retaining structures, under drains, deep well dewatering systems, embankment settlement, vertical drain installations;review of rock blasting and demolition schemes; reviews and analyzes cofferdams and internally reinforced earth systems.
Typical problems faced by the incumbent include the necessity to analyze simple conditions in the field and prepare special designs adapted to the soil conditions of the site. The incumbent is challenged to adapt quickly to the various types of assigned projects and develop effective designs in an efficient, cost-effective and timely manner.
The incumbent is personally responsible, under immediate supervision, for the design of bridge and traffic structures foundations and for reviewing and recommending approval of designs prepared by consultants and occasionally by the districts. S/He aids in the preparation of geotechnical reports; designs, reviews, and recommends approval of designs prepared by outside agencies for dewatering systems, earth retaining structures, and internally reinforced earth systems; and performs slope stability analysis. The incumbent is also responsible for reviewing and recommending approval of rock blasting or demolition plans and cofferdams prepared by others. The incumbent is required to ensure structural adequacy and economy. S/He must determine footing elevations, soil bearing capacity, susceptibility to mass movements and/or scour, and determine the type, length, and capacity of piling. The incumbent is required to attempt to resolve disagreements with outside agencies when unacceptable designs are discovered. The incumbent is also required to perform field reviews and assist in the resolution of geotechnical related problems.
The incumbent must defer to his/her superior for resolution of problems concerning deviation from policies, standards, and accepted procedures. S/He is expected to function under immediate supervision. The incumbent is guided by AASHTO specifications and current interim specifications and applicable Departmental policies.
The incumbent has occasional contact with the Central Bureaus of Materials and Physical Research, Construction, Operations, and Local Roads and Streets as well as their District counterparts. This position also has occasional contact with consultants during the performance of foundation reviews.
The effectiveness of this position can be measured by the technical expertise displayed during the review and/or design of structure foundations; the timely preparation and/or review of geotechnical related reports and the ability to provide sound recommendations to remedy simple soil and foundation problems encountered in the field.
Principal Accountabilities:
1. Prepares simple foundation designs for in-house designed structures, under immediate supervision.
2. Reviews and recommends approval of simple foundation designs prepared by outside agencies, under
immediate supervision.
3. Assists in the preparation of geotechnical reports.
4. Performs field investigations and analyzes simple soil and foundation problems, under immediate
5. Designs, reviews, and approves designs for dewatering systems, earth retaining structures, and internally
reinforced earth systems, under immediate supervision.
6. Performs slope stability analysis for bridges and structures, under immediate supervision.
7. Reviews and recommends approval of plans for rock blasting, demolition and cofferdams, under immediate
8. Performs duties in compliance with departmental safety rules. Performs all duties in a manner conducive
to the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.


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