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Research Engineer

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Position Title Research Engineer
Department CTT (Center for Technology and Training)
Location Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Position Type Staff
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 12 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Salary or Hourly Rate Negotiable Based on Experience & Qualifications (No Less Than $52,000)
Position Duration Dependent on External Funding? Yes
Title of Position Supervisor Director

Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

This position serves as an advocate and technical resource for Michigan’s local (city, village, county) transportation agencies. The position will provide engineering technical support for activities underway at the Center for Technology & Training, which includes work with the Michigan Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), the Great Lakes Environmental Infrastructure Center (GLEIC), The Bridge Load Rating Program and support for the Roadsoft asset management software package, and other research projects. The position requires a strong background in transportation engineering (roads and bridges) as well as knowledge of the relationship between Michigan’s road owning agencies at a state and local level.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Organize, coordinate, facilitate and/or lead continuing education and outreach workshops, conferences, webinars and other training events at a variety of locations throughout Michigan.
2. Participate in research related activities awarded to the Center for Technology & Training (CTT) in conjunction with other staff and faculty, including proposal writing, conducting research, planning and management of research projects, report preparation, and presentation of findings on an as needed basis.
3. Provide engineering technical assistance to Michigan’s local agencies on transportation related issues on an as needed basis.
4. Create, design, and present transportation related training materials at workshops and conferences throughout Michigan and nationally with a specific focus on asset management/pavement management.
5. Provide technical expertise for engineering related software development projects.
6. Deliver program-related presentations to program clients and related professional organizations
7. Participate on committees, councils, and task forces of related public and private entities.
8. Integrate safety practices into daily activities.
9. Encourage continuous improvement practices among employees. Commit to applying continuous improvement strategies to strategic goals and leadership skills.

Functional supervision may be exercised over support staff and student assistants.

Required Education (minimum requirements)

• Bachelor’s degree from ABET accredited college in civil engineering or environmental engineering, with strong background in transportation projects.
• Michigan Professional Engineer License or ability to secure one through reciprocity.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• A minimum of four years of engineering experience, with three years of experience with design, construction or planning of transportation projects.
• Track record of project experience at the county, city, or state level.
• Four years of experience using personal computers and basic software packages.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Advanced degree.
• Experience developing and presenting training material for adult audiences.
• Experience in writing technical research reports.
• Experience with pavement management systems and/or pavement deterioration modeling.
• Experience with cost estimating for transportation projects.
• Experience in project management.
• Experience with water and sewer infrastructure projects.
• Experience conducting bridge load ratings

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Excellent oral/written communication skills.
• Excellent interpersonal, customer service, organizational skills.
• Demonstrated ability and willingness to devote fifteen to twenty-five percent of time to travel.
• Demonstrated ability to speak before large and small groups of people.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and take the initiative to solve problems.
• Demonstrated ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail.
• Demonstrated ability and willingness to work flexible hours.
• Possess a valid driver’s license and meet Michigan Tech University’s vehicle use requirements.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities
Language, Mathematical, and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands:
The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
• The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
• The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting.
• The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required training; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:
• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
• Annual Data Security Training

Background Check:
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 16366
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date
External Posting Date 01/09/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)
Additional Information

The Center for Technology & Training (CTT) provides technology transfer, software development and research services to support agencies that manage public infrastructure. With annual funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Michigan Technological University (MTU), the CTT administers Michigan’s Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and manages the development and support of software for roadway asset management, project estimating, and project management. The CTT also works under contract with other agencies to complete discrete research and service projects. For more information, please visit



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