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Transportation Co-Op - Statewide

Nature of Work

The West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) Co-Op Program is designed to provide on-the-job training and experience for college students.  This program will immerse the students in various work assignments, projects, and activities of varying complexity that are structured to provide the student the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform at a professional level within the WVDOT. 

Work assignments provide experience in various aspects such as:

  • Engineering -- Design, Bridge, Maintenance, Construction, Traffic, Materials, etc.
  • Administrative -- Finance, Auditing, Budget, Accounting, Human Resources, etc.
  • Information Technology -- PC Programming, Geographic Information Systems, Engineering and Specialty Systems, etc.
  • Environmental Resources -- Construction Inspection, Storm Water, FEMA, Asbestos, Underground Storage Tanks, Building Inspection, etc.

Typical engineering assignments include inspecting work in progress at construction sites, calculating quantities of materials, reviewing and analyzing data and participating in field reviews. College graduates with WVDOH co-op experience find they are well prepared for responsible entry-level engineering positions.

Typical accounting assignments may include complex posting, encumbering of funds, examining records, making journal entries, and preparing audit narrative reports.

Typical IT assignments may include PC Programming requiring knowledge of Microsoft Visual Basic.Net and C#, Java Script, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Microsoft Office Suite;
Engineering and Specialty Systems involving support, design, training, implementation and maintenance of Engineering and related applications.

Typical Environmental Program assignments may include Construction Inspection, Storm Water, Asbestos, Building Inspection, FEMA,GIS, and Underground Storage Tanks.

As a co-op employee you will be a temporary full-time employee and as such will not be eligible for retirement benefits, insurance, sick or annual leave, extended leave benefits, cost of living raises, etc. Co-ops can only be employed for a maximum 1000 hours within a 12 month period.

When applying please submit a current college transcript.  


Compensation is based on the number of hours completed toward a degree and number of co-ops previously worked. 


Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participates in the planning and implementation of projects and initiatives within the area of assignment.
  • Participates in projects and programs designed to develop professional skills and expertise appropriate to the needs of the agency
  • Receives guidance, training, and mentoring from professional personnel in planning and carrying out activities and assignments
  • Conducts research and prepares reports based on findings to appropriate agency personnel
  • May undertake related studies as appropriate to the area of assignment
  • Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned


Required Skills and Knowledge

  • Project planning skills
  • Entry-level knowledge and skill within the specified area of assignment
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to understand and follow detailed instructions
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment


Required Education and Experience:

Engineering student applicants only must have completed at least one year of a four year Engineering BS program, a two or four-year BSCET program, administrative program, information technology program, or environmental resources program. All students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average to participate and be enrolled full time (12 semester hours) the semester preceding and succeeding the period for which they are applying.