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Highway Engineer Trainee 2 - Kanawha County

Nature of Work
The Highway Engineer Trainee 2 position performs second training level of engineering work at a more independent level and completes required professional training and certifications to develop proficiency in the use of knowledge, skills and abilities in highway/civil engineering. This position will be assigned to Contract Administration Division's statewide field inspection group. Employees in this class participate in an on-the-job training program under the supervision of Highway Engineers. Assignments are varied, becoming more complex, and designed to further develop the employee's ability to apply knowledge and skills in the civil engineering field for the solution of practical problems and to develop solutions which conform to departmental policies, rules and regulations as well as professional standards. Work will primarily be assigned as quality control inspection on highway and bridge construction projects. Work is closely reviewed throughout the assignment for completeness and technical accuracy. Distinguishing factors of this position pertain to the complexity of engineering assignments and projects, as well as further advancement toward required professional certification. Distinguished from Highway Engineer Associate by lack of professional certification, as well as level of supervision and scope of work. Performs related duties as required.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities
In a training capacity:

• Performs data analysis to determine the posted load limits for bridges.
• Assists Highway Engineers in review of contract plans, specifications, tests results, and agreements.
• May begin training in and assisting Highway Engineers in a functional area: concrete, steel, environmental measurements, geotechnical evaluations, instrumental analysis, computer applications, structural analysis, electronics, metallography, welding and mathematical analysis, transportation systems analysis, transportation planning, pavement, hydraulics, or other related functional areas.
• Coordinates construction project activities with utility companies.
• Determines horizontal and vertical highway alignments.
• Prepares drainage computations.
• Performs field inspection of traffic problems and construction projects.
• Prepares preliminary cost estimates for highway projects.
• Makes detailed design computations for roadways and bridges.
• Performs field checks at highway construction project sites.
• Performs design and drafting as required.
• Travel may be required; therefore, a valid driver’s license may be required.
Required Skills and Knowledge
• Knowledge of algebra, plane and solid geometry, calculus, and plane trigonometry.
• Knowledge of the principles of civil engineering utilized to develop drawings and specifications for components of highway projects.
• Knowledge of the principles of plane and route surveying.
• Knowledge of the principles of hydraulics and hydrology used in the determination of backwater curves, runoff and anticipated flow.
• Ability to read and interpret inspection and testing reports, engineering drawings and specifications, and topographic and other maps.
• Ability to prepare technical reports of field investigation.
• Ability to read and interpret federal, state and local codes, regulations and standards applicable to the design or construction of highway projects.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in civil, electrical, mechanical, industrial, petroleum, mining, or environmental engineering from a regionally ABET accredited college or university.
  • Substitution: If the applicant has passed the Fundamentals of engineering (FE) examination administered by a Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology (civil, electrical, mechanical, industrial, petroleum, mining, or environmental) from a non-ABET accredited college or university may be substituted for the required training/education. 
Note: For the training/education substitution, the qualifying degree must be verified before the employee may be certified as permanent. 
  • The applicant must have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination administered by a Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.
  • Two (2) years of paid non-professional level related engineering experience, which must have been acquired after obtainment of the bachelor’s degree.
  • Substitution: A Master of Science degree in civil engineering from a regionally accredited college or university may be substituted for the required experience.