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Colorado Department of Transportation
Denver, CO, United States
21 days ago
Colorado Department of Transportation
Denver, Colorado, United States
21 days ago


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

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 does 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.

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Description of Job

About the Work Unit
The North Engineering Unit creates design plans, specifications, and engineering estimates for roadway construction projects in the north Denver metro area. It also provides management, guidance and review of consultant transportation studies and designs. The unit assures that in-house and consultant plans are in compliance with the guidelines, standards and policies of the State of Colorado and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and that projects meet scope, budget and schedule parameters.

About the position
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has a vacancy for a licensed Professional Engineer to design projects and perform construction management for highway construction projects.  The Professional Engineer is directly responsible for engineering details and for satisfactory completion of highway design and construction projects in accordance with plans, specifications, and special provisions.

This position 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 acts as the CDOT project engineer delegated by the Chief Engineer to act as a fully authorized representative in direct charge of the design of construction projects.

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

  • Perform plan quality checks to avoid/limit errors in terms of both design standards and human factors;
  • Operate as the Chief Engineer's duly authorized representative in direct charge of the work and responsible for the administration and satisfactory completion of transportation projects under construction; Requests field survey, environmental study, traffic data, right-of-way information, hydrology/hydrology desing, structural design, utility locations/relocations, and other information as required;
  • Utilize Microstation and InRoads sodtware to develop moderate to complex designs and perform complex mathematical analysis relative to the development of interchange and intersection layouts, vertical and horizontal alignments, and miscellaneous detail plans;
  • Verify design compliance with AASHTO guidance and FHWA controlling criteria. Analyze pedestrian curb ramps to determine compliance with PROWAG codes;
  • Define survey for a project, meet with the surveyors to develop the concepts, and prepare an accurate survey request resulting in enough survey information to design and construct the project;.
  • Collaborate and confer with various disciplines to obtain final project clearances and concurrence on PS&E and bid documents from all appropriate engineering and planning branches within CDOT, FHWA and city engineering offices;
  • Manage multiple aspects of the NEPA analysis and documentation process for complex projects through coordination with Environmental Units. Direct consultants on strategic goals for project purpose and need, alternative analysis, environmental assessment, mitigation planning, and comment response;
  • Review consultant work, including documents, plan sheets, public involvement educational material, meeting notes and associated technical memos to ensure adequacy of content;
  • Coordinate project engineering duties with other members of the residency staff, CDOT specialty units consultants, and local stakeholders;
  • Provide construction support to the construction engineering staff;
  • Other job duties as assigned.

Work Environment: 

  • Primarily 8:00 am – 5:00 pm work hours, Monday-Friday

  • Travel required during work hours throughout the Denver Metro area to construction sites

  • Required to operate CDOT vehicles


Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Current registration as a Professional Engineer issued by the Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers, and Professional Land Surveyors.

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 which require operating a state or personal motor vehicle to perform one or more essential functions of the position. 

  • Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify whether or not they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of vaccination. Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. (3/14/22)

Preferred Qualifications

The exceptional applicant will be an experienced Professional Engineer and will possess the proven ability or accomplishment in the following:

  • 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;

  • Has stamped plans and specifications as Engineer of Record;
  • Has served as the Engineer in responsible charge for a transportation design and construction project;
  • Civil engineering design and construction knowledge and experience, including current working knowledge of civil engineering processes, theories, laws, principles, conceptual models, and best practices, especially for transportation related projects;
  • Knowledge and experience with the CDOT Construction Manual, CDOT Material Manual, CDOT Project Development Manual, CDOT Standards & Specifications Manual, CDOT M&S Standards, MUTCD, CDOT Design Manuals and AASHTO Design Guides, and other industry design standards;
  • Experience managing project budgets and providing accurate documentation;
  • Experience with planning and design studies; 
  • 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;
  • 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; experience building consensus for acceptance of a document or solution to an issue;
  • 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), Google applications and Gmail, MicroStation, OpenRoads Design, Scheduling software such as Primavera, P6, and ProjectWise, familiarity with SAP, and the ability to quickly learn other software systems. 

Supplemental Information

Applicant Checklist 

Complete Applications must include the following documents:

  1. A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online using the green 'APPLY' button at the top of this announcement)

  2. A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (The questionnaire is part of the online application. You will be prompted to answer them as you are completing your online application.)

  3. A cover letter that describes your interest in this position how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Cover letters must be uploaded as an attachment to your online  application. Cover letters will not be accepted after the closing date and time of the announcement. 

  4. A chronological resume

  5. If you are using education to qualify, a copy of your official or unofficial transcript showing that your degree has been conferred and the name of your school, or your NACES accreditation. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application.

  6. If you are a veteran, a copy of your DD214. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application.

Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. Every effort must be made to submit all application materials by the announcement close date. Where unusual circumstances prevent timely acquisition of transcripts, they must be submitted within five business days of the announcement close date. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement may result in your application being rejected.


All correspondence regarding your status in the selection/examination process will be via email. Include your current working email address on your application and check your email frequently as you could receive time sensitive correspondence regarding this position. We highly recommend that you set up your email to accept messages from "" and "" addresses. It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email. Immediately after you submit your application you should receive an email that confirms that you successfully submitted an application for this position. If you do not, try submitting again until you receive the confirmation email. Be sure to also check your junk folder for email communications from the State of Colorado's website.

The Hiring Process: 

  1. All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step.  

  2. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.

    • Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications.

    • Be sure your application materials specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the Major Duties, Minimum Qualifications, and Preferred Qualifications sections as listed above.  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. 

  3. A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.

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.     

Employment Screening

If an applicant reaches the finalist stage of the hiring process, the Colorado Department of Transportation may procure a consumer report and/or investigative consumer report on the applicant in connection with his/her application for employment purposes, as defined under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  These reports may be obtained at any time after receipt of the applicant's authorization.  As part of the employment screening an applicant will be requested to disclose any deferred judgments and convictions as well an explanation of the circumstances around any arrest or conviction.  In the event that a screening returns information that the applicant believes is not accurate, he or she will have an opportunity to dispute the information with “Info Cubic”.

Info Cubic, a consumer reporting agency, will obtain the report for CDOT.  Further information regarding Info Cubic, LLC, including its privacy policy, may be found online at  Info Cubic is located at 116 Inverness Drive East, Suite 206, Englewood, CO 80112, and can be reached at 877.360.4636.

The report may contain information bearing on the applicant's character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living.  The information that may be included in the report includes: social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records checks, educational records, and driving records checks.  CDOT will only request credit reports insofar as they relate to the position for which the applicant is applying.  The information contained in the report will be obtained from private and/or public record sources.  The applicant will have the right, upon written request made within a reasonable time after receipt of a notice, to request disclosure of the nature and scope of any investigative consumer report.

Appeal Rights:
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.

An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email (, postmarked in US Mail or hand delivered (1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver CO 80203), or faxed (303.866.5038) within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department’s action.

For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board; go to; contact the State Personnel Board for assistance at (303) 866-3300; or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at under Rules. 

ADAAA Accommodations 

CDOT is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to Amanda Parkhurst-Strout at or call 303-757-9685.

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.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 63010101
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado, United States
  • Position Title: Design Transportation Professional Engineer - Denver Metro
  • Company Name For Job: Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Industry: Construction
  • Job Function: Engineering
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Bachelor's Degree
  • Min Experience: 2+ to 5 Years
  • Required Travel: 75-100%
  • Salary: $77,376.00 - $97,332.00 (Yearly Salary)
Government/Civil Service
Denver , CO , US

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