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Location: Effingham, IL, US, 62401

Job Requisition ID: 37942



Agency :  Department of Transportation 
Closing Date/Time: 06/27/2024 
Salary: $7,298 - $11,351 Monthly

Anticipated Starting Salary Range: $7,298 - $8,798 Monthly
Job Type:  Salaried 
County: Effingham 
Number of Vacancies:  1

Plan/BU: NR916 Pro-Tech Teamsters

*This position is covered by the Revolving Door Prohibition policy.


This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.


All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through the website. State of Illinois employees should click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal.

Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.


Agency Mission Statement


The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to hire a Construction Engineer.


The IDOT team works diligently to provide safe, cost-effective transportation for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of life, promote economic prosperity, and protect our environment. We are problem solvers and leaders, constantly searching for innovations and improvements in support of our commitment to providing the best multimodal transportation system for Illinois.


Our team fosters a culture of inclusivity. We value diversity and hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards as we work together for a common purpose. Team members frequently collaborate with colleagues and others outside the department to best meet customer needs.


The department offers extensive training and career advancement opportunities. Employees also receive a robust benefit package including:

  • Monday-Friday work schedule
  • Flexible work schedules are available in many program areas.
  • Health, Life, Vision, and Dental Insurance
  • Pension Plan
  • (10) Weeks paid Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Deferred Compensation Program and other pre-tax benefit programs (Medical/Daycare)
  • Employees earn (12) paid Sick Days annually.
  • New Employees earn (10) paid Vacation Days their first year of service and can earn up to (25) paid Vacation Days annually.
  • Employees earn (3) paid Personal Days annually.
  • (13-14) paid holidays annually (based on start date)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Assistance Program and/or mental health resources


We invite qualified applicants to apply to become part of our team. We are confident that you will take pride in serving Illinois and its residents and visitors.

Job Responsibilities

This position is accountable for the management of the Construction Section which constitutes the supervision of all highway construction contracts from award of contract until final payment to the contractor.


Subordinate Personnel:                              4 direct; 50-200 indirect
Annual Value of Construction Projects:      $25 Million to $300 Million
Number of Construction Projects:               60 to 250


This position reports to the Project Implementation Engineer. Reporting to this position are the Supervising Field Engineers.

Within this environment, the incumbent must resolve contract disputes and handle problems of access, drainage, materials, shortages of materials, the flow and control of existing traffic. S/he must also handle problems due to conditions encountered during construction for which the plans do not provide solutions. The highway contracting industry is an extremely competitive and highly productive industry with a short work season due to weather limitations. Most projects consist of rehabilitating existing highways and facilities and necessarily involves considerable contact and conflicts with adjacent property owners and businesses, local government officials, existing traffic and utilities. These problems must be resolved expeditiously under the pressure of delaying costly construction operations and delaying the completion and opening to traffic of the highway facility.

Typical problems encountered by the incumbent include, assigning project workload and personnel to Supervising Field Engineers, determining the validity of contract payments, time extensions and change order requests. Other typical problems involve determining the applicability of design features and standard specifications to problems encountered in the field and determining the most appropriate solutions to the more complex engineering problems. The greatest challenge to this position is to assure the proper management of the many projects that are under construction at the same time, by assigning subordinates to the proper projects so that the quality and timeliness of the projects will not be compromised.


This position is responsible for ensuring that all highway and bridge construction projects on the state system and federal aid projects on the local system are constructed safely and in accordance with plans, specifications, estimates and good engineering practice. The incumbent will review and approve contractor schedules for all construction projects. S/he is responsible for assigning project workload and personnel to Supervising Field Engineers. The incumbent must determine the validity of contractor claims, time extensions and change order requests. S/he must determine the proper scope of work for proposed highway improvements. The incumbent must determine the applicability of design features and standard specifications to particular problems encountered in the field.  S/he must also determine the most appropriate solutions to the more complex engineering problems associated with urban construction.  Some problems are more complex due to the lack of available right-of-way and high traffic volumes. The incumbent, along with the Implementation Support Technician, are responsible for all aspects in the process of obtaining consultant services. This will include developing the consultant scope of work for advertisements, consultant contract proposals, consultant work orders, reviewing and approving invoices for payment.  The incumbent and the Implementation Support Technician will be directed by the Project Implementation Engineer in obtaining consultant services.

Job Responsibilities Continued

The incumbent accomplishes accountabilities through the following staff:

Supervising Field Engineers - who supervise engineers and technicians engaged in the construction inspection and layout of assigned related construction projects in a specified geographical area. They also provide general supervision to federal aid projects on the local system in their assigned area.

This position is expected to exercise considerable independent judgment in the overall management of the section. The incumbent recommends staffing needs and disciplinary action for subordinate personnel. Problems such as major delays in construction projects are referred to the Project Implementation Engineer along with a recommended solution. Project assignments requiring consultant and contractor inspection and layout are referred to the Project Implementation Engineer along with a recommended usage. The incumbent's actions are governed by state and federal policies, plans, standard specifications and special provisions.

The incumbent has frequent contact with the central office and other district bureaus and sections. Other significant contacts are with contractors’ management personnel, state officials from other departments, local governmental officials, private citizens, news media and the Federal Highway Administration. Travel is required. Successful completion of a background check is required.

The effectiveness of this position is measured by the quality and timeliness of construction work completed and the amount of engineering cost required.  Success is also measured by the number and severity of complaints received from the public, the promptness in which the incumbent handles these complaints, and the degree of harmony that exists between the incumbent, contractors, state and federal agencies.

Principal Accountabilities

1.    Ensures construction projects are completed in accordance with governing specifications, plans and special provisions and at acceptable engineering costs.
2.    Ensures construction proceeds in a manner that balances the demands for high safety, mobility and convenience to the public.
3.    Approves contractor’s schedules to ensure that construction projects are completed in accordance with allotted working days or completion date.
4.    Ensures complaints or inquiries from citizens, the media, and governmental officials are handled expeditiously and politely.
5.    Selects, trains and motivates a technically competent staff.
6.    Provides and maintains a safe work environment for subordinate personnel.
7.    Performs all duties in compliance with department safety rules. Performs all duties in a manner conducive to the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.
8.    Performs other duties as assigned.


Position Requirements


•    Education/Experience

  • Current registration as a Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois PLUS eight years of experience in civil engineering including three years supervising staff and managing engineering functions

•    Valid driver’s license.
•    Successful completion of a background check.
•    Travel


Position Desirables


•    Ability to promote, establish, and maintain harmonious relationships with staff and the public.
•    Strong oral and written communication skills.
•    Comprehensive knowledge of the modern methods and practices of public works construction and maintenance operations.

*If you meet the qualifications for this position, please follow the link and apply today!


Work Hours:  8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday-Friday 
Work Location: 400 W Wabash Ave, Effingham, Illinois, 62401

Office: Office of Highways Project Implementation/Region 4/District 7/Project Implementation

Posting Group: Transportation ; Leadership & Management; Public Safety; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

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Certain provisions of the revolving door restrictions contained in 5 ILCS 430/5-45 apply to this position. As a result, the employee should be aware that if offered non-State employment during State employment or within one year immediately after ending State employment, the employee shall, prior to accepting any such non-State employment offer, notify the Office of the Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (“OEIG”) or may be subject to a fine.