Bituminous Civil Engineering Specialist #

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Engineering

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This position is responsible for the oversight of the DepartmentsBituminous Materials Program.Majorduties include managing the Profiler Calibration program, coordination andoversight of bituminous materials and mix design testing protocols, projectreview, and aiding HQ, District, and Construction personnel in all mattersrelated to bituminous materials and construction practices.This position is also responsible forconducting professional bituminous engineering research and analysis anddeveloping processes to implement new technologies, materials, and constructionpractices into the program.Theincumbent evaluates project plans and provisions; establishes guidelines,procedures, and parameters for evaluation of current bituminous qualityassurance testing and mix design verification practices.Provides advanced technical assistance to avariety of individuals, contractors, and consultants involved with ongoing roadconstruction and maintenance projects; and performs other duties as assigned insupport of the Department goals and Division objectives.The incumbent reports to the TestingOperations Supervisor, Physical Test Engineer and Materials Engineer.

Essential Functions:

Bituminous Material and Plant Mix Program Evaluation andOversight

This position isresponsible for evaluating and overseeing various aspects of the Department’sbituminous materials program as well as serving as the Departments subjectmatter expert related to bituminous materials.This program includes materials such as asphalt binders, aggregates,emulsified asphalts, plant mix additives, recycled materials, etc., and alsofinished products such as microsurfacing, plant mix surfacing, seal coats, andcold and hot in-place recycled pavements.The incumbent is also responsible for evaluating paving and constructionpractices, testing procedures, acceptance criteria, plans and specifications,and based on that information, incorporating best practices into theDepartment’s plant mix materials program and ensuring statewideconsistency.This includes developingand implementing complex sampling and testing protocols statewide for variousbituminous materials.The position:

  • Designs, develops, and implements testing programs that ensure all components and processes affecting bituminous materials and mixtures meet industry standards and quality criteria.This includes testing protocol for mix design and project level quality assurance.
  • Reviews engineering designs, specifications, standards, and contract administration policies related to bituminous materials to develop recommendations to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Also, the position evaluates inspection practices to keep them current with material and industry standards. This involves research and assessment of professional standards and industry developments, assessing past project experience and contractor input, and developing new standards based on input from a broad range of MDT, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and national experts.
  • Provides engineering oversight and guidance to Districts and design staff on bituminous material requirements to identify how they relate to project needs and activities. This involves conducting research into project alternatives and requirements to develop responses and identify suitable product or service alternatives that may be more cost-effective.
  • Evaluates and analyzes test results, completed pavements, and other sources of information in an attempt to identify trends or areas to improve practices or improve quality relative to bituminous mixes or the component ingredients.
  • Researches and develops specifications for various bituminous materials and related construction practices.Works closely with Construction and Specifications sections to develop and implement new specifications.The position also relies on nationwide contacts through the FHWA, other state agencies, and industry to develop and implement mixture design and acceptance processes or refinements.
  • Oversees and evaluates material testing and certifications while documenting pertinent information to ensure accuracy, completeness, and the required level of compliance with contract plans, specifications, and quality assurance measures.
  • Coordinates and leads pavement industry meetings with contractors, consultants, MCA, and other industry professionals.Presents information to industry to keep them abreast of new technologies and changes the Department may consider implementing.Analyzes, compiles, and presents annual test data and disincentive/incentive information to industry.Acts a liaison between industry and MDT for all bituminous material related topics.
  • Evaluates assigned projects through field reviews during bituminous operations and provides professional and technical assistance to department staff and contractors to ensure compliance with established policies, regulations, plans, and project specifications.
  • Coordinates with construction personnel, district lab personnel, materials engineers and design personnel to conduct investigations of actual or potential construction materials deficiencies during bituminous surfacing phases as necessary to rectify deficiencies. This includes coordinating forensic analysis/testing, reporting on findings, and recommending corrective and/or acceptance actions.
  • Serves on and contributes to claims avoidance and claims teams when subject matter expertise is required related to bituminous materials.
  • Serves on a variety of materials committees relative to bituminous materials to stay abreast of the latest research and technologies emerging nationwide. Provides feedback on MDT’s experiences involving new technologies and communicates MDT’s concerns with emerging technologies.Fosters effective communications and establishes critical contacts with leaders in developing technologies.
  • Attends and reports on various national meetings relative to bituminous materials including Rocky Mountain Asphalt User/Producer group, Western Cooperative Test Group, Asphalt Institute, etc.Works in close contact with nationally recognized experts within these groups to incorporate research, technology, best practices, specifications, etc. into MDT’s bituminous materials program.
  • Provide bituminous material related training to department personnel through different means such as hands-on instruction, presentations, contracting industry experts, etc. Ensure that all training objectives are proactively managed to meet compliance and regulatory requirements.
  • Bituminous Materialand Plant Mix Testing Program Coordination

    This positioncoordinates efforts of laboratory testing throughout the state includingdistrict/area labs and multiple labs within the Helena Materials Bureau.This includes gathering, compiling,reviewing, analyzing, and distributing important information related to MDTsbituminous materials program. It is done in a concerted effort to document andensure applicable, accurate, time sensitive, and project critical informationis made available to all parties involved through the life of a project.This position:

  • Ensures all necessary documentation and materials are submitted for detailed mix design review and verification.This includes close coordination and communication with contractors and field, district/area, and HQ staff to ensure chain of custody, proper line of communication, and representative materials all meet established Department policies, plans, and specifications.
  • Reviews documentation, test results, and materials certifications related to mix design submittals to verify all material and design properties conform to applicable project plans and specifications.The incumbent is responsible for all coordination and communication related to mix design testing, acceptance/rejection, and related information including relaying appropriate timelines and test results to project staff and industry.
  • Coordinates, oversees, and, evaluates assigned research projects.This includes working with various laboratories within the Department to execute a testing regime efficiently and effectively in order to produce accurate and dependable results.
  • Coordinates and oversees laboratory mix design and quality assurance/acceptance testing (Hamburg) based on a multitude of factors including, effect on traveling public, project criticality, intended use, arrival date, etc.The incumbent must possess thorough knowledge of MDT’s specifications related to bituminous mix design and acceptance protocols including specified deadlines.
  • Identifies, troubleshoots, and communicates any possible testing deficiencies within the program including sampling, preparing, and testing bituminous materials.
  • Serves as the main point of contact for all questions and communication of test results originating from the Mix Design laboratory for field and district personnel such as consensus properties, production Hamburg’s, and forensic analysis’s.
  • Oversees and evaluates overall work flow, priorities, and procedures related to bituminous materials and monitors progress through meetings and consultations. Conducts meetings, disseminates data, and promotes information exchange to support and advance the goals and objectives of the laboratories.
  • Manage MDT’sRide/Profiler Program

    This position manages,coordinates, and oversees administration of MDT’s ride program.This program effects contractors pay throughincentive/disincentive in the interest of providing the traveling public withsuperior riding surfaces.Managing thisprogram involves researching current technologies and specifications, coordinatingprofiler equipment calibration and operator training, and identifying andimplementing program, test method, and specification revisions.The position:

  • Requires thorough knowledge of Inertial Profiler equipment, reference standards (Surpro), software, and specifications related to ride quality.The incumbent requires the ability to train District staff calibration and maintenance procedures, proficiency in software operation, proper interpretation of data, and proper execution of applicable specifications.
  • Coordinates and schedules venue and dates for equipment calibration and operator certification.Requires communication with all 5 districts in order to efficiently and cost effectively calibrate equipment and certify operators.The incumbent must also coordinate with MDT Survey, maintenance staff, and calibration site owners to properly prepare and maintain calibration surface.
  • Works with equipment manufacturers routinely to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair any malfunctioning equipment and/or software.Requires working with reference standard manufacturers to establish calibration master curves.
  • Oversees purchases and is the point of contact for all parts and services needed to properly maintain equipment and calibration site.Records and reports expenses in order to properly project a budget for the program year to year.This requires working in conjunction with District Supervisors to determine where fiscal responsibility falls.
  • Routinely works with District staff to analyze and validate quality assurance test results and troubleshoot any encountered issues.Aides in communicating and recording any anomalies in test results to ensure quality assurance incentive/disincentive is properly applied to contracts.

  • Qualifications


    Minimum Qualifications :

    The required knowledge and skills are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Technology, or an applicable related degree.

    This position requires a minimum of 4 years of progressively responsible experience in materials lab testing, highway or pavement design, or roadway construction with at least 2 years involving testing, mix design, or construction of plant mix or bituminous materials.

    Certifications, licensure, or other credentials include: Proof of passage of the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (FE) is required. Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) in Montana is preferred.

    Alternative qualifications include: A Master’s degree may be considered as a partial substitute for work experience eon a case-by-case basis.

    Other Important Information:

    The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principle functions of the job identified and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job. For a full copy of the job description, please contact MDT Human Resources.

    The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is committed to continuous improvement of our employee safety program, our safety and health processes, and to achieving an injury-free workplace.

    Only electronic applications will be accepted. All required additional materials must be submitted by midnight on the closing date. If you need assistance in completing the online application, please contact your local job service. If you need an accommodation with the application process, please contact the HR office at MDT.

    All documents required for establishing preference must be received or date stamped by the closing date. You will receive an email with instructions on how to submit such documents.

    If the successful candidate has passed the FE and holds current EIT Certification or PE Licensure, he/she will be hired as non-union. If the successful candidate has passed their FE but does not hold current EIT certification or PE Licensure, he/she will be part of the MFPE (formerly MPEA) union.

    Depending on the successful applicant’s qualifications, this may be an MFPE (formerly MPEA) union position. This position is being posted in accordance with the bargaining unit agreement. Non-bargaining unit employees, or employees of another bargaining unit, may apply. If the position is not filled with a bargaining unit applicant, the non-bargaining unit applicants may be considered. However, bargaining unit applicants will have preference.

    The Montana Department of Transportation is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, and veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply. Women and minorities are underrepresented and are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Human Resources and Occupational Safety Division, at 406.444.6054.

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

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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