Department of Transportation Civil Engineering Specialist - Pavement in Helena, Montana

Work Unit Mission Statement or Functional Description: The MDT's mission is to serve the public by providing a transportation system and services that emphasize quality, safety, cost effectiveness, economic vitality and sensitivity to the environment. The Highways and Engineering Division prepares projects for bidding and coordinates highway construction. The Division is made up of the Materials, Construction, Right-of-Way, Bridge, Traffic and Safety, Environmental Services, Engineering Oversight, and Preconstruction bureaus; the CADD Systems and Engineering Management Support sections; and five District Construction Offices in Missoula, Butte, Great Falls, Glendive, and Billings for budget and workforce purposes. The principal goals of the Materials Bureau of the Department of Transportation are to develop and implement comprehensive data collection, testing, and analysis programs that facilitate pavement project selection and pavement surface and subsurface design that addresses Montana's most important statewide transportation needs and to support the quality of materials incorporated into Montana's highway system. These activities help officials select projects and provide information for short and long-range engineering and construction programs. These goals are addressed through the complex interaction and interrelationship of the Bureau's three Sections. The Bureau consists of the Geotechnical Section, Physical Testing Section, and Pavement Analysis and Research Section. The Pavement Analysis Section's mission is to gather, arrange, and analyze transportation data in a competent, precise and purposeful manner; provide suitable and cost-effective pavement designs and treatments for rehabilitated roadways statewide. The Section collects pavement distresses, stress/strain information, and geotechnical information for existing roadway, current and future traffic, construction phasing and roadway plans and uses deflection data to determine feasible overlay alternatives. The Section develops, maintains, and administers complex, comprehensive data collection and engineering analysis programs and maintains comprehensive condition, deflection, research, and surfacing databases used in highway design, highway maintenance, transportation planning, safety, materials, federal certification, university research, and allocation and distribution of maintenance funds and federal highway funds in accordance with statutory funding formulas. The Section maintains and administers several elements of the MDT Project Management System, Pavement Management System, AASHTO Pavement Design System, Nondestructive Testing Program, Local Transportation Assistance Program, University Research Program, and Materials Information System. The Section is also responsible for providing information and analysis for external customers such as Federal Highways, Federal Forest Service, Federal Park Service, consultants, and Montana County and Local governments in the areas of pavement design, management, and research. The Section evaluates special studies and plans, provides executive management with empirical data for complex, potentially controversial decisions regarding pavement project selection, pavement design, and pavement maintenance and is responsible for the statistical accuracy of reports to MDT executive management, Divisions, and external customers. Position Summary: The Civil Engineering Specialist performs advanced professional engineering work in the collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of complex data and development of pavement performance models using advanced mathematical and statistical methods. Specifically, the CE Specialist is responsible for developing, coordinating, producing, and analyzing condition data, performance models, and computer software that are used to annually report the engineering and economic effect of current and forecasted pavement condition. This includes analyzing and reporting the effect