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Engineer-in-Training Design or Construction - Metro Denver

This position is only open to Colorado state residents.


About the Position

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has a couple of vacancies for an Engineer-in-Training I in our South Engineering Residency, which covers Arapahoe and Douglas counties; this unit oversees projects that upgrade, reconstruct, and maintain the highway system.  Under the supervision and guidance of a licensed Professional Engineer, these positions will apply and implement engineering theories, principles, and standards to highway projects. These positions will carry out established work processes and operations pertaining to either design or construction inspection on transportation projects and learn to take on progressively more complex assignments requiring independent engineering judgment.   

One position will focus primarily on design and the other on construction, although both positions will have assigned responsibilities in both areas.


Your duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Learn to review plans and specifications to identify problems with constructability, potential claims for additional costs and delays, and negative impacts to the public, local industry, and environment.  Learn to recommend changes to minimize potential costs and delays.

Conduct inspections of construction project work including field observation, testing of materials in accordance with established Colorado and industry testing procedures, and measuring and documenting work and quantities.

Learn to document and approve progress and final contract payments due for work completed and accepted; review pay documentation prepared by staff and oversee and check cumulative payment reports as well as authorizations complied by computer programs.

Learn to ensure contract compliance with plans and specifications by monitoring and documenting the contractor's work during construction.



Learn to assist with applying current engineering principles and theories, design specifications, and federal, state, and local design standards to project designs.

Learn to utilize OpenRoads Designer software to develop designs for assigned projects and perform complex mathematical analysis.

Learn to evaluate proposed designs and recommend changes regarding a project in order to improve the serviceability, safety, maintenance, and affordability.

Assist with assembling the plans, specifications, and estimates (PS&E) packages.

Design & Construction:

Learn to inspect and certify that the contractor’s equipment, materials, methods, workmanship, and products are in conformance with the contract plans and specifications by performing detailed inspections on assigned projects.

Assist with drafting change orders and minor contract revisions.  Check calculations and tabulated quantities summarized in plan.  Assist with preparing project pay estimates, schedules, and other project documentation.

Assist with tracking design and construction activities and organizing project documents.

  • Attend training to develop and improve engineering skills and background.

Abide by all safety regulations, policies, and procedures and wear all required personal protective equipment.

Communicate and correspond with other departments or disciplines within CDOT, federal, state, local agencies, consultants, contractors, utilities, and public regarding changes or information which have impact upon them.

Other job duties as assigned.

Work Environment: 

  • Your schedule will primarily be 8:00 am – 5:00 pm work hours, Monday-Friday, with the opportunity for a flexible schedule
  • Required to work nights and weekends as needed in response to workload or contractor hours
  • Design: Approximately 10% spent in the field, 90% spent in the office
  • Construction: Approximately 90% spent in the field, 10% spent in the office
  • Travel required during work hours throughout Arapahoe and Douglas counties
  • Occasional overnight travel 1-3 times a year throughout Colorado
  • Required to operate CDOT vehicles
  • Construction: Required to lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Required to work in proximity to heavy traffic, in variable weather, and over variable terrain at project sites
  • May need to assist with road closures during major weather events