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Job Specification



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.


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 
and/or work.

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 
Engineering, etc.

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 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 
and specifications.

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 
and/or work.

Knowledge of applied trigonometry and calculus.

Ability to apply basic engineering principles and techniques to assignments 
and projects.

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 
maintenance materials.

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:
Local or
Class of

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.