Civil / Wisconsin

Construction Engineering Chief – DOT Full Time

Immediate need for a Sr level Construction Engineering Chief with DOT experience and WI PE (or ability to get a WI PE within three months). Excellent salary and outstanding benefits. Must have 5yrs+ of construction experience. Minimal travel with ability to work remote 1-2 days/week.

As a member of the management team, perform highly responsible engineering, administrative and managerial work involving the formulation, development, implementation and evaluation of important program, policy, budgetary and organizational components of the Department’s transportation construction engineering programs.  The diversity, complexity and potential impact of each of the program’s interrelationships, and to the public served, requires extensive communication, engineering knowledge and coordination within the Department, with the legislature, the public, local units of government, contractors and industry representatives, the media and with other interested and/or affected groups.

The administrative/managerial responsibilities of this engineering position typically involve highly professional or technical judgments that carry significant consequence of error.  This position has the authority to independently commit the Department’s resources to achieve established goals and objectives.

The Construction and Local Program Chief is responsible for management and oversight of the statewide construction program, program emphasis review, new policy development and implementation, and application of good construction management practices.  Program emphasis review will be incorporated as the major point of quality assurance program to ensure uniformity between regions and to ensure the construction function is more effective and efficient.

This position is responsible for managing the development of the Department’s construction standards, including the Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction, Supplement Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction, and the Construction and Materials Manual.  In the local program, the position provides support for region oversight, financial planning, budget management, performance measurement, program implementation, and policy and procedure development.

The position is also responsible for ensuring statewide consistency and quality of the construction program by providing technical expertise in construction operations and contract administration; providing interpretations of regulations, specifications, and policies; providing specialized guidance on analyzing and resolving construction claims; and managing statewide enforcement actions required by Wisconsin Transportation Rule 504.  The position will participate and chair the Department Technical Teams for Construction Contract Administration and Grading Landscape and Sewer (co-chair with the Bureau of Technical Services).


A: Management and oversight of the statewide construction program.

        –Administer Construction and Local Program activities to assure policy compliance and statewide continuity and uniformity.

         –Evaluate, analyze and approve proposed concepts on highway projects, processes and programs to ensure consistency within established departmental program goals and budgets.

        –Counsel and provide advice to professional engineers and engineering specialists in the areas of program review, policy development, policy implementation and construction standards interpretation/administration.

        –Prepare and direct the preparation of reports to the Director of the Bureau of Project Development, Administrator and Secretary on specific program matters for resolution, approval and information. 

         –Communicate and advise the Director of the Bureau of Project Development on section activities. 

          –Provide advice to professional engineers and engineering specialists on construction disputes and claims.

          –Coordinate with industry on implementation of technological advancements in highway design. 

          –Participate in and keep abreast of transportation industry research and technology advancements for possible departmental implementation. 

          – Identify and recommend solutions to technical problems related to design of construction programs and projects. 

           –Evaluate and determine program training needs. 

           –Oversee and evaluate proposed legislation to determine fiscal impact on Department.  Advise Director of the Bureau of Project Development, Administrator and Secretary on recommended course of action; appear before legislative sub-committees, if requested.


B:  Formulation, development, implementation and communication of construction programs and policy for a safe and economic transportation system.

            –Provide professional expertise in shaping the direction of transportation policies and programs.

            –Evaluate federal and state legislation and/or administrative rules; determine need for and implement new or revised policy and procedures.

            – Evaluate existing and proposed policy for program affects and departmental impacts.

             –Direct multi-disciplinary, inter/intra agency evaluation of the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of established programs and policy.  Identify needs and implement changes 

              –Implement American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and other national organizations standards into policies, methods and procedures. 

              –Manage oversight of the region construction personnel in matters regarding construction contract administration. 

               –Manage oversight of the region construction personnel on inconsistencies and deficiencies observed through process reviews.

               –Manage oversight of the region construction sections regarding construction claim documentation, analysis, and resolution. 

               –Evaluate, formulate, and recommend changes to proposed standard specifications, project plan details, and special provisions as they may impact on contract administration 

              – Initiate and participate on special assignment teams to develop solutions to contract administration problems discovered in process reviews. 

               –Establish and promote effective working relationships with legislative committees, other departments, the media and organizations interested in the policies and activities of the Department.

                –Serve on task forces charged with recommending the implementation of new policy and procedures, and process improvements. 

             – Mediate and resolve controversies among regions, consultants or Statewide Bureau staff relevant to policy, procedures and processes 

                 –Participate in the Local Program Advisory Forum Meetings.


               C:        Supervision of Construction and Local Program Section staff in a manner consistent with departmental goals.

                      –Supervise a staff of professional engineers and technicians to accomplish the Department’s commitment to affirmative action, employee assistance, performance evaluation and career development.  Delegate authority for section decisions, as appropriate

                       –Establish a team concept in planning and decision-making processes

                       –Administer provisions of labor agreements, affirmative action plans, employee assistance and other departmental policy. 

                       –Interview, select and discipline staff, and recommend staff for reclassification.  Make recommendations, as appropriate, for salary adjustments of staff. 

                       –Participate in providing management training.  Evaluate need for and initiate needed technical and supervisory training for staff.


  1. Thorough knowledge of the engineering principles and practices applied in the location, design, construction and maintenance of all types of highways, bridges and related structures.
  2. Thorough knowledge of highway laws, codes, standards and specifications pertaining to highway engineering.
  3. Thorough knowledge of materials, methods and techniques used in the design, construction and maintenance of highways and highway structures.
  4. Thorough knowledge of the procedures and practices applied in the inspection and testing of materials used in highway and bridge construction.
  5. Thorough knowledge of division administrative and technical policies and practices.
  6. Thorough knowledge of the overall goals of the Department.
  7. Knowledge of the Department’s budget process.
  8. Knowledge of modern management concepts.
  9. Ability to plan and administer the activities of a large group of professional, technical and supervisory staff engaged in work of a technical nature.
  10. Ability to speak effectively in public in explaining the division’s programs and to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  11. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, subordinates, other agencies and the public.
  12. Knowledge of and effective practice of team building concepts.
  13. Skill in motivating and coaching staff.
  14. Knowledge of labor union agreements and provisions.
  15. Knowledge of the department’s policies and procedures relating to affirmative action, employee assistance, etc.
  16. Knowledge of state personnel procedures.
  17. Knowledge of conflict resolution techniques.
  18. Ability to make sound, independent decisions and to execute such decisions effectively.
  19. Good organizational skills.
  20. Thorough knowledge of the Construction and Materials Manual.
  21. Thorough knowledge of the “Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction.”
  22. Ability to effectively negotiate contracts and price adjustments.
  23. Knowledge of construction contract law.
  24. Knowledge of construction operations and construction contract administration.
  25. Thorough knowledge of the Facilities Development Manual.
  26. Thorough knowledge of alternative contracting.

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Job Overview

  • Date Posted: Posted 3 weeks ago
  • Expiration date: December 8, 2021
  • Job Title: Construction Engineering Chief – DOT
  • Salary: $100k-110k
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