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Iowa Department of Transportation Design Technician Associate in Ames, Iowa

Salary $34,528.00 - $50,710.40 Annually

Location Ames - 50010 - Story County, IA

Job Type Full-time

Agency 645 Iowa Department of Transportation

Job Number 23-00816

Closing 10/5/2022 11:59 PM Central

Point of Contact Kevin Patel -

Job Description

Our MissionThe mission of the Iowa DOT is safest, smartest, made to last.We need talented, passionate people working together to make this happen. We are looking to grow our teams with people who share our energy and enthusiasm for making that mission a reality every single day. This position will demonstrate actions and behaviors guided by the DOT’s five CORE values: Safety First, People Matter, Customer Focused, Servant Leadership, and Integrity Without Exception. Location: Highway Design Team, Design Bureau, Ames, IA The Design Bureau is looking to hire a Design Technician Associate that will be part of a team designing highway improvement projects and construction plans that will be used to enhance the state and national transportation systems in Iowa. This position is an entry-level position and the selected individual will become an essential member of a highway design team developing innovative transportation improvement projects. The Design Technician Associate will assist in the development of highway and bridge concept statements under the supervision of engineers and senior designers. Having an understanding of the principles of highway design will be a benefit. Typical Responsibilities:

  • Produces highway and bridge concept statements that are consistent with Iowa DOT design guidance.

  • Participates in a team that makes decisions that effectively balance mobility, environmental impacts, property impacts, cost, and long-term maintenance.

  • Generates bid items and material quantities to determine construction costs.

  • Assists in producing roadway geometric features including vertical and horizontal highway alignments.

  • Generates crash history information.

  • Submits traffic and bridge requests.

  • Uses various engineering software programs to generate project information.

    Preferred Characteristics:

  • Ability to successfully utilize advanced software applications.

  • Analyzes challenges, define successful solution alternatives, and proactively solves problems.

  • Passion and commitment to excellence in highway design.

  • Effectively communicates with all levels of management and a wide variety of individuals involved in our development process.

  • Motivated, friendly, inclusive and get-it-done attitude.

  • Embraces and encourages a culture that thrives on innovative ideas and leading changes that result in effective process and project improvements.

  • Brings a professional positive attitude to our team every day.

    Design Bureau Culture and Benefits:

  • A 100+ person team with a wide variety of experiences working collaboratively to deliver exceptional transportation improvement projects.

  • Interesting and complex projects are regularly developed by our staff providing varied experiences.

  • Excellent benefits package, website:

  • Flexible work schedules which are typically a 40-hour week.

  • Annual pay and cost of living increases are typical.

  • An environment where teamwork, customer service, and a positive attitude are valued.

    If you require a reasonable accommodation in completing any screening, interviewing, pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employment selection process, please direct your inquiries to the following email: Reasonable accommodation such as: interpreter, translator, written materials, modified equipment / devices, ADA access, etc. This does not include scheduling needs.

    Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from high school or GED and experience equal to two years of full-time work in design drafting, cartography, photogrammetry, engineering survey, soils survey, land survey or construction inspection;


an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year (thirty semester hours or its equivalent) of post high school education in a related subject area such as math or engineering for each year of the required experience;


substitution of graduation from a vocational technical school in engineering technology, design drafting, engineering survey, soils survey, land survey, construction inspection or cartography.For additional information, please click on this link to view the job description. ( (Download PDF reader) (