ENGINEER TRAINEE, TRANSPORTATION
Under close supervision of a supervisory official in the Department of
Transportation, as a trainee and productive worker, performs basic field,
laboratory, and/or office engineering work which may include conducting
routine surveys, designs, studies, tests, inspections and/or investigations
relating to the engineering program and/or work of the unit; does related
work as required.
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposes only.
A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job
specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK
As a trainee and productive worker:
Learns to perform field, laboratory, and/or office engineering work.
Learns to prepare, review, analyze, and interpret plans, specifications,
diagrams, maps, and/or drawings.
Learns to draft construction plans and participate in preparing as-built plans
and cost estimates.
Learns to test various types of materials and/or products and may classify
and grade their physical properties.
Learns to collect, compute, and/or analyze engineering data.
Learns to collect and prepare samples for laboratory analysis.
Learns to review submissions of equipment and machinery designs for
compliance with applicable standards.
May assist in the development, review, and issuance of permits.
Learns to operate equipment and devices used in engineering programs
Learns to perform investigations relating to engineering programs and/or
Learns to conduct various types of inspections.
Performs engineering calculations.
Assists in the design, installation, maintenance, repair, and alteration of
the Stateís highway system and ancillary structures.
May confer with outside entities on engineering matters.
Learns to prepare evidence for use in court actions and hearings and
may be required to give testimony.
Learns to prepare engineering and other reports.
Maintains records and files.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office,
or related units.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelorís
degree in Engineering in a discipline appropriate to the position.
NOTE: The responsibility for ensuring that employees possess the required
education, commensurate with the type of engineering discipline required of
the position, rests with the Appointing Authority.
NOTE: An Engineer-In-Training (EIT) certification issued by the Division of
Consumer Affairs, New Jersey Office of the Attorney General may be
substituted for the above education requirement. Applicants must submit
proof of the EIT certification and the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
results. The area of discipline indicated on the FE exam results (e.g., Civil,
Electrical and Computers, Chemical, Industrial and Systems, Environmental,
Mechanical, and Other Disciplines) must be appropriate to the position.
NOTE: For positions in the Geotechnical Engineering discipline, candidates
must possess six (6) college credits in various Geotechnical courses, such
as Geotechnics, Soil Mechanics, Geotechnical Engineering, Foundation
NOTE: Possession of a valid Professional Engineerís License issued by
the New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
may be substituted for the Bachelorís degree in Engineering.
Appointees will be required to possess a driverís license valid in New Jersey
only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary
to perform essential duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the principles, procedures, techniques, and application of
Knowledge of the preparation of specifications for engineering projects.
Knowledge of methods used to review and interpret engineering plans
Knowledge of the problems involved in engineering work including the
preparation of plans, designs, and calculations.
Knowledge of the methods used to collect and analyze engineering data.
Knowledge of the methods used to conduct field and laboratory tests.
Knowledge of the methods and procedures used to obtain samples,
prepare them for testing, and determine the proper degree of accuracy
in conducting tests.
Knowledge of precautions taken to prevent breakage, deterioration, and
waste of testing equipment, materials, and supplies in the laboratory.
Knowledge of the proper procedures for obtaining permits.
Knowledge of the equipment and devices used in engineering programs
Knowledge of applied trigonometry and calculus.
Ability to apply basic engineering principles and techniques to assignments
Ability to examine and analyze engineering drawings, plans, designs,
charts, maps, diagrams, and sketches.
Ability to read and interpret engineering plans and specifications and/or
environmental impact statements.
Ability to gather and analyze data.
Ability to conduct field and laboratory tests.
Ability to interpret laws, rules, and regulations and apply them to specific
Ability to conduct field inspections and investigations.
Ability to observe prescribed inspection procedures.
Ability to perform engineering calculations and analyze engineering
Ability to learn the properties of varied types of highway construction
and maintenance materials.
Ability to learn the proper use of field and/or laboratory apparatus and
equipment used in testing of highway and other construction and
Ability to follow complex oral and written instructions and to learn
quickly from instructions, explanations, and demonstrations.
Ability to work alone or as one of a group in the office and/or field.
Ability to establish cooperating working relationships with others.
Ability to give testimony in court.
Ability to prepare engineering reports.
Ability to maintain essential records and files.
Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and
information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English
sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign
Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they
can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable
accommodation. If the accommodation cannot be made because it
would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be
Appointees who complete the twelve (12) month training period successfully
will be eligible for advancement to one of the following titles under Civil Service
Commission procedures : Assistant Engineer Civil, Assistant Engineer Electrical,
Assistant Engineer Materials, Assistant Engineer Materials Non-Destructive
Testing, Assistant Engineer Mechanical, Assistant Engineer Planning, Assistant
Engineer Traffic, Assistant Engineer Transportation, Environmental Engineer 1
Or other titles designated appropriate by the Civil Service Commission.
The inability of an employee in this title to attain a level of performance
warranting advancement to one of the titles listed above shall be considered
as cause for separation.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.