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DOWL Laboratory Intern in Billings, Montana


DOWL celebrates 60 years as an established, highly reputable, civil engineering firm, recognizing that the foundation of our past, present, and our future is our people. DOWL’s foundation is built upon four core values: Inclusion, Integrity, Innovation, and Inspiration. These values are rooted in everything we do. As a valued partner on our team, you will be one of the People Who Make It Happen!


The Laboratory Intern position is a seasonal position (summer time) and will be responsible for performing asphalt, concrete, soil, and aggregate testing in accordance with published standards and DOWL laboratory policies and practices. The intern will be responsible for record keeping, test reporting, and other administrative duties associated with the laboratory operation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Perform data entry, record keeping, invoicing, test reporting, and other administrative duties.

  • Ability to learn and apply ASTM, AASHTO, ATM, WAQTC, and other laboratory test procedures.

  • Perform testing in the laboratory on soil and construction materials to include modified Proctors, sieve analyses, plasticity index tests, soil classification, and other soil, asphalt, and concrete test processing.

  • Work in the concrete room prepping and performing tests on concrete cylinders, cores, masonry block, and prisms for compressive strength testing.

  • Break cylinders, prisms, and cubes of concrete and masonry.

  • Perform maintenance and calibrations on laboratory and field equipment.

  • Perform calculations of test data under supervision of Lead Lab Technicians and Laboratory Supervisor.

  • Assist Materials Testing Technicians in performing testing, maintenance, and calibrations in the laboratory.

  • Assist with data back-checking and corrections.

  • Other engineering related duties as assigned.

Qualifications. To be successful in this position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

High school diploma or equivalent

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Must have a valid driver’s license and a good driving record.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to interpret graphs.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with abstract and concrete variables.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to prioritize assignments with assistance from Lead Laboratory Technicians and Laboratory Supervisor.

  • Ability to multi-task and work extended hours during construction season including weekends and evenings as required.

Physical Demands. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to stand for long periods of time. The employee often lifts and/or moves up to 75 pounds. The employee will occasionally sit. The employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is regularly required to walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

Geographic locations are taken into consideration with respect to compensation.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)