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Geometrics Engineer

Company Name:
Iowa Department of Transportation
Company Description:

The mission of the Iowa DOT is to get you there safely, efficiently and conveniently. We need talented, passionate people working together to make this happen. We are looking to grow our teams with people who share our energy and enthusiasm for making that mission a reality every single day.

Job Type:
Full Time
Posted Date:
March 16, 2023
Deadline Date:
April 5, 2023
Job Category:
Home Base Iowa Company:
Job Description:


$73,569.60 - $113,152.00 Annually


Ames - 50010 - Story County, IA

Job Type



645 Iowa Department of Transportation

Job Number



4/5/2023 11:59 PM Central

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Point of Contact

Stuart Nielsen,

Job Description

The Design Bureau is looking to hire a full-time Geometrics Engineer (Transportation Engineer Specialist) who will be part of the team guiding projects that enhance the state and national transportation systems in Iowa.  We are looking to grow our teams with people who share our energy and enthusiasm for making the Iowa DOT’s Mission, Making Lives Better Through Transportation, a reality every single day. We need talented, passionate people working together to make this happen.
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.
Location: Ames Highway Design Team, Design Bureau
Shift: Days, Monday through Friday. (Flexible, hybrid work schedules available.)
The purpose of this position, located within the Methods Section, in the Design Bureau, is to provide coordination and continuity in the advanced planning and design of roadways, interchanges and intersections.
Typical Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with numerous stakeholders to develop innovative transportation improvement plans.
  • Join a Team of 13 experts on the Methods Team, consisting of Automation, Standards / Design Manual, and the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) group. 
  • Provide expert recommendations to designers in house and staff throughout the Districts / Consultants as the “Geometrics Engineer”.
  • A typical day may be spent reviewing proposed high level design plans, serving as an expert in meetings and suggesting / writing design improvements to the Design manual.    
  • Provide design guidance for the geometric design of interchanges, the geometric review of public road intersections and points of private access. Included in those responsibilities are the evaluation and interpretation of current and proposed design criteria, policies, concepts, and methodologies; capacity analysis; technical assistance; and training to department personnel pertaining to geometric concepts.
  • Monitor and improve annual cost estimates used for programming.
  • Participates in engineering studies of transportation system improvements and develops alternatives for meeting the goals of the identified improvement.
  • Analyzes transportation engineering data to determine the optimal operating characteristics for the proposed highway improvement project.
  • Produces highway designs that are engineered in harmony with national (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) and Iowa DOT design guidance. 
  • Participates in a team to produce decisions that balance safety, mobility, environmental impacts, property impacts, cost, and long-term maintenance.
  • Provides design and engineering guidance for small to large highly complex highway improvement projects using advanced civil engineering software applications in 3D modeling and visualizations. 
Preferred Characteristics:
  • Ability to successfully utilize advanced software applications and work in a 3D design environment.
  • Analyzes challenges, defines successful solution alternatives, and proactively solves problems.
  • Passion and commitment to excellence in our highway design products.
  • Effectively communicates with all levels of management and a wide variety of individuals involved in our development process.
  • Motivated, friendly, inclusive, and a get-it-done attitude.
  • Embraces and encourages a culture that thrives on innovative ideas and leading changes that result in effective process and project improvements.
  • Brings a professional positive attitude to our team every day.
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*):
  • Opportunities for professional growth and development 
  • 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)
If you require a reasonable accommodation in completing any screening, interviewing, pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employment selection process, please direct your inquiries to the following email:

Reasonable accommodation such as interpreter, translator, written materials, modified equipment/devices, ADA access, etc. This does not include scheduling needs.

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Minimum Qualification Requirements

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

1) All of the following (a and b):

a. Licensure as a professional engineer; and

b. Two years of full-time professional work experience in transportation engineering or civil  engineering.

2) All of the following (a, b, and c):

a. Licensure as a professional engineer; and

b. One year of full-time professional work experience in transportation engineering or civil engineering; and

c. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in chemical, civil, construction, environmental, materials, structural, or transportation engineering; engineering management; or a field closely related to transportation engineering.

3) Current, continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes one year of full-time work as a Transportation Engineer.

For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description (Download PDF reader).


Additional Qualification Requirements

Prior to appointment, applicants must possess active licensure as a professional engineer by the Iowa Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Board.

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