Job Listing Details

The State of Montana is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Listing Detail
Civil Engineer Specialist

*Applications must be received by Midnight Mountain Time on the closing date.


For more information contact:

State Agency:
PO Box 201001
Helena, MT 59620
TTY:Montana Relay Service at 711

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Local Montana Job Service Workforce

Position 54140104
Full-Time Permanent
$57,889.00 - $57,889.00
Additional Salary Information:

Training Assignment:This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.

Applicant Pool:If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.

Special Information:

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 of various programming strategies on the Construction and Maintenance Improvement Programs. The CE Specialist reports to the Pavement Management Engineer.

Position is open till filled.


Analyzes and evaluates pavement condition data to develop technically defensible results and conclusions related to performance of materials under varying influences (e.g., weather, topography, stresses, etc.). Researches, analyzes, and determines probable causes of and treatments for pavement deficiencies. The CE Specialist analyzes the most complex projects within the Pavement Management System (PvMS) that may be the result of materials characteristics, data collection methods, or information system operations.  Reviews pavement performance models to forecast pavement conditions and determine optimum treatment methods that ensure safety while promoting efficient and cost-effective maintenance and repair. The CE Specialist utilizes specialized computer applications, analytical results, and materials engineering theories and principles to develop and evolve performance models.
Oversees information systems development and administration related to performance models. Conducts specialized pavement research and analysis projects in response to specific requests. This includes forensic studies of failing pavements, PvMS data analyses, performance trends and characteristics, and a range of other interests. Develops original research and analysis methods, standards, tools, as necessary assigns tasks to fulfill specialized requests. Evaluates advanced software designs and modifications performed by consultants to ensure that products conform with specifications, provide compatibility with existing MDT information systems, and provide efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Plans and develops new or modified system functions and operations; coordinates with vendors throughout software design and testing phases; and identifies and explains technical problems to ensure effective system operations. This includes analyzing and explaining data relationships, locations, collection methods, relevance, and other statistical and mathematical considerations to ensure the system meets advanced data analysis needs.
Develops, tests, and establishes engineering standards and criteria, specific to MDT methods of data collection and analysis, for assessing the quality of pavement materials. This includes evaluation of engineering, mathematical, and scientific principles; specialized information systems technologies; and materials characteristics to develop various standards (e.g., distress converter levels, maximum allowable extent levels, pavement condition indices, etc.). Oversees and ensures the accuracy, efficiency, and overall quality of data collection and analysis projects. This includes assessing data collection procedures, equipment, and results; data management system capabilities and limitations; and materials standards.
Control quality assurance practices for van operators in the unit’s data collection processes. This entails coordinating with the operators that they are using identical procedures, forms and documentation for calibrations, collection and reporting. Administers the automated data collection workstations. This involves managing the pavement condition and image data collected by the Pathway vans. Overseeing the automated analyses (rutting and cracking), ensuring data backup and transfer to ISD. Interacts with ISD regarding Image Viewer data files to ensure video collected meets Image Viewer requirements. This includes coordination of route collection, schedule and video quality. Informing ISD when image data is available for upload to viewer application. Researches and evaluates construction costs in order to establish and maintain a database of current treatment costs. Performs life cycle analysis and cost modeling of various treatment types and makes recommendations for the use of pavement life cycles in performance modeling.

The position requires knowledge of the concepts and theories of civil engineering, mathematics, statistics, and the physical sciences; computer technology; technical research and analysis methods and procedures; highway economic, safety, and efficiency issues; Engineering Division objectives and Materials Bureau goals; State, federal, AASHTO, and FHWA standards; highway construction methods and techniques; project management and documentation; construction methods and practices; material specifications; and supervisory methods and techniques.
The position requires skill in analyzing and interpreting technical data; operating specialized information systems; project management; planning and organizing the work of others; motivating subordinates; drawing conclusions and making recommendations based upon technical analyses and professional judgments; and communicating complex technical information to varied audiences.



The knowledge, skills and abilities for this position are acquired through a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering Technology, or a related field AND 4 years of related experience. A FE Certification is required. A PE license is preferred.

A related engineering Master's degree may be substituted for two years of required work experience.


Supplemental Questions: None Required
Additional Materials Required: None Required