Colorado State Engineering Assistant (Inspector) & Highway Maintenance Worker Hybrid (Montrose) in Montrose County, Colorado

Engineering Assistant (Inspector) & Highway Maintenance Worker Hybrid (Montrose)



Engineering Assistant (Inspector) & Highway Maintenance Worker Hybrid (Montrose)


$3,307.00 - $4,005.00 Monthly


Montrose County, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Transportation

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Department Information

This position is open only to Colorado state residents.

From May through October this position works as an Engineering Physical Science Assistant- Inspector providing support on engineering construction transportation projects.

From November through May this position works as a Highway Maintenance Worker performing highway maintenance work including road surface maintenance work, snow removal, structure maintenance, etc. Highway maintenance workers are required to be on a rotating on-call basis, and must respond to emergencies 24 hours per day/7 days per week.

About CDOT

Are you looking for a challenge? Do you have a passion for helping people? Do you want to be part of a diverse team that is committed to making the transportation system in Colorado safe and efficient? Then, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is the place for you! CDOT is devoted to incorporating technology, providing equal employment opportunities, developing leaders, and improving systems in order to provide outstanding customer service. By providing Freedom, Connection and Experience through travel, CDOT is committed to becoming the number #1 Department of Transportation in the country. In working towards this goal, we believe every one of our employees plays a critical role. CDOT's core values include safety, people, integrity, customer service, excellence and respect. Please visit to learn about CDOT and how we are making Colorado a great place to live, work and play, now and for the future!

In addition to a fantastic place to work CDOT offers a variety of benefits which include:

  • Annual leave (accrued based on years of service, starting at 8 hours a month)

  • Sick leave accrued at 6.66 hours a month

  • 10 paid holidays per year

  • Medical and dental plans

  • State paid life insurance policy of $50,000

  • Choice of 2 retirement plans

  • 401K and 457 plans

  • State paid Short Term Disability coverage

  • Credit Union Membership

  • Work life programs

  • Tuition reimbursement programs

  • Training

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Description of Job

Engineering Support Responsibilities - 6 months per year

As an Engineering Assistant- Inspector, this position is assigned to the Montrose Engineering Residency for six (6) months, from May through October, and performs the following major responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • Inspect, measure and document quantities of work items completed by the contractor;

  • Document and certify that contractor's work is in conformance with construction plans and specifications;

  • Document various field materials tests to ensure compliance with project plans and specs;

  • Assure accurate payment for contract construction work by operating computers; utilize Site Manager Project Construction Management System, various spreadsheets and CDOT forms;

  • Calculate and check project data for final documentation;

  • Assist with the preparation of as-constructed plans;

  • Determine the locations of non-specification material(s) installed on construction projects;

  • Assist the Project Engineer in identifying and resolving contract errors, omissions, changes, claims, disputes etc. at the project level;

  • Assist the Project Engineer with schedule monitoring and analysis;

  • Attend assigned training classes and study CDOT manuals to enhance knowledge necessary to perform the job duties for the Engineering Department;

  • Regularly utilize MSOffice Suite (Word and Excel) and SAP;

  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

  • Highway Maintenance Responsibilities- 6 months per year

As a Highway Maintenance Worker, this position is assigned to a Montrose Maintenance Patrol for six (6) months, from November through April, and performs the following major responsibilities, including but not limited to:

  • Snow plow and ice removal at all hours to keep roadways clear and safe;

  • Haul and spread sand, gravel, concrete, asphalt and clay to fill washouts, roadway cracks, berms, and repair road shoulders;

  • Operate and maintain equipment such as tandem trucks, loader, backhoe, motor grader, sweepers, etc. to effectively support the skilled labor during maintenance activities;

  • Ensure equipment is in safe operating condition;

  • Complete pre- and post-trip inspections, via paper and electronically;

  • Perform minor maintenance and repair of equipment;

  • Install and/or repair guardrails, highway markers, warning signals, and highway lighting, using hand tools and power tools;

  • Remove litter, hazardous objects and debris from roadways, such as rock, mud and/or deceased animals;

  • Set out signs and cones for "traffic control safe zones" around work areas to divert traffic;

  • Perform rock fall mitigation and avalanche control, such as traffic control and snow removal from slide areas;

  • Perform minor repairs to buildings and building/grounds upkeep;

  • Inspect, clean, and repair drainage systems, bridges, tunnels, and other structures;

  • Respond to emergencies by following prescribed procedures such as stopping or slowing traffic, operating emergency vehicles, etc.;

  • Assist in signing and striping highways, such as maintaining pavement markings and reinstalling traffic signage;

  • Obtain, maintain, and use flagger certification during traffic control;

  • Maintain knowledge and skill in operating hand tools, including learning new pieces/types of tools and related technology;

  • Maintain, replace, and install signs, delineators, fence, guard rail, cable rail, concrete rail, attenuators, etc.;

  • Set up traffic control zones;

  • Operate technology systems in the equipment to help with operational decision-making, inspections, and maintenance. Example systems include Truck and Equipment Controller Systems, Maintenance Decision Support Systems (MDSS), electronic fleet management systems, Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) System, etc.;

  • Maintain a state of operational readiness. Utilize technology to monitor weather conditions to be able to report to work in a timely manner and in emergency situations;

  • Perform and assist in the daily planning and scheduling of activities in assigned work area;

  • Perform inspections of worksite such as access, utilities, permitted extra-legal loads, roadway inventory, night inspections, and storm water permits;

  • Use computer software and CDOT programs to enter data and information in order to complete email, paperwork, reports, work orders, time sheets, fuel logs, supply orders, meter readings, weekly updates, and accident reports;

  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Work Environment:

Engineering Support:

  • Typical work schedule is Monday through Friday daytime hours

  • Night and/or weekend shifts may be required for construction projects

  • 15% office work, 85% field work to conduct inspections of contractor's work

  • Occasional in-state/overnight travel

  • Required to drive CDOT vehicles

Highway Maintenance:

  • Subject to call 24 hours per day/ 7 days per week

  • Shift work

  • Exposure to loud noise

  • Exposure to fumes, odors, gasses, dusts, etc. that may affect breathing, eyes and skin

  • Required to use appropriate personal protective equipment as appropriate

  • Required to work with chemicals and cleaning products

  • Some equipment requires the use of respirators

  • Work in close proximity to heavy traffic

  • Use of ladders and scissor lifts for heights of approximately 10 - 20'

  • Required to drive CDOT vehicles

  • Frequently responds to emergencies outside regular work hours and may work overtime including weekends and holidays

  • Must be willing and be physically able to work in extreme temperatures (hot and cold), variable weather conditions, and at varying elevations up to 12,000 feet for long periods of time.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

The minimum qualifying experience required must be specifically documented on your application. Additional information submitted after the closing date of this announcement will not be considered in the review of your application.

At a minimum this position requires:

  • Two (2) years of progressively responsible experience assisting professional licensed engineers on construction projects.

  • License Requirements: A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class B with no restrictions on air brakes is required within 6 months of hire date.

Condition of Employment:

The following conditions must be met and maintained in order to be employed and to continue employment at CDOT in this position, unless exempted by the Maintenance Superintendent or Traffic Program Engineer.

  • Must obtain a CDL class A and B within 6 months of hire date

  • May be required to obtain a tanker endorsement within one year of the date of hire as a condition of continued employment;

  • May be required to pass a controlled substance test (i.e. drug test), and DOT physical through our medical provider;

  • Must obtain a valid Commercial DOT Medical card within 3 months of the date of hire;

  • Must be willing to respond to emergencies outside regular work hours and work overtime including weekends and holidays;

  • Must provide the supervisor with a telephone number where you can be reached for the purposes of responding to an emergency;

  • May be required to live within 30 minutes of where the maintenance barn and/or equipment is located. This is necessary in order to report for emergency work within thirty (30) minutes' driving time under adverse weather conditions, after notified to report to work. Knowledge of an emergency or hazardous condition may be considered to be notification to report to work station.


Satisfactory completion of course work from a U.S. accredited, non-correspondence college or university in engineering, engineering technology, construction management or a closely related field may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required 2 years of experience assisting licensed professional engineers on construction projects.

NOTE: If applying under Substitutions, you must submit a legible copy of your official or unofficial college transcript(s) or credential evaluation report must be submitted with your application.

Transcripts from colleges or universities outside of the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report may result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this position. Transcripts must show all course work, degree(s) conferred and the name of the school.

(See "How to Apply" section below.)

Stronger candidates will be those that demonstrate depth and breadth of skill and ability, through a combination of professional experience and formal training, to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.

The Exceptional Applicant will be an Engineering Assistant or Technician with proven abilities and accomplishments in the following:

  • Demonstrated success with the duties listed in the Major Responsibilities section;

  • Knowledge and experience in reading and interpreting engineering project plans;

  • Experience documenting and certifying that contractor's work is in conformance with construction plans and specifications;

  • Six or more months of experience operating heavy equipment operation such single axle dump trucks, tandem axle dump trucks, front-end loaders (3 yards or larger), bulldozers, backhoes, road graders, paving equipment, 15' mower tractors, or farm/ranch equipment such as tractors or combines;

  • Six or more months of heavy construction/physical labor experience such as bricklayer, construction laborer, plasterer, rancher/farmer or concrete finisher;

  • Extensive experience effectively using several types of hand tools;

  • Extensive experience performing physically demanding work assignments;

  • Strong attention to technical detail and accuracy;

  • Ability to organize, analyze, and interpret numerical data;

  • Strong planning, organizational and time management skills;

  • Effective interpersonal and relationship building skills;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;

  • Ability to work effectively in both independent and team situations;

  • Take initiative to solve problems in an innovative manner;

  • Excellent reasoning, analytical, and problem solving ability;

  • Experience performing routine maintenance and repair of heavy equipment;

  • Strong positive and can do attitude;

  • Strong commitment to safety;

  • Self-starter and motivated to accomplish assigned tasks;

  • Ability to quickly learn with minimal direction;

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changes in work assignments and environments;

  • Track record of highest work and personal ethics and integrity;

  • Excellent MS Office Suite (Word, Excel), Site Manager and SAP skills, and the ability to quickly learn new software.

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 9250 E. Costilla Ave., Suite 525, Greenwood Village, 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.

Supplemental Information

Applicant Checklist: Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. 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.

Complete Applications must include the following documents:

1) A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online using the link in this announcement)

2) A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (must submit online as part of your application)

3) A photocopy of your Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class B and your DOT Medical Card should be attached for applicants that possess them.

4) If applying under the Substitution statement, you must submit a copy of your official or unofficial transcript that shows all course work, degree (s) conferred and the name of your school. Please upload transcript(s) to your application or fax or send via email, or regular mail to the contact listed below.

Only complete applications will be given consideration. Every effort must be made to submit transcripts 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, but may be used to supplement information to the application. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement may result in your application being rejected.

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.

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.

The Assessment Process: Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired and promoted through comparative analysis of merit and fitness. Part or all of the assessment for this position will include a review of your application material. Applications will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Experts to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position. They may also use the application material to assess and rank applicants who meet the minimum requirements, to cut to a top group for additional assessment, or establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure your application material specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the Major Duties, Education and Experience Requirements, and Exceptional Applicant sections as listed above. Upload additional pages if necessary to fully explain your experience and accomplishments. 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.

Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

The Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form is available at: . Any appeals must be in writing and received no later than 10 calendar days from the date the examination was administered. Send appeals to the appropriate address as indicated on the Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form. The above ten-day deadline and appeal procedures apply, as well, to all charges of discrimination.

ADA Accommodations: To request an accommodation, please contact the Center for Human Resource Management at (303)757-9216 or the contact listed on this announcement as soon as possible to be timely for the assessment process. Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to participate in the hiring process. The person making the request may be asked to provide additional information regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed which will be kept confidential. Advance preparation may be required so requests for accommodation need to be timely for each part of the assessment.



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