Trainee-Graduate Engineer

Minnesota Department of Transportation
September 15, 2020
Rochester, MN
Job Type


Trainee-Graduate Engineer
Up to $70,804 annually
Various Locations

This vacancy posting will be used to fill Trainee, Engineer Graduate positions at the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Trainees may be homebased in district offices such as Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Mankato, Rochester, or Windom and offices such as State Aid or Project Management and Technical Support - Geometric Design Unit which are located in St. Paul. The selected Trainee(s) may begin employment in January of 2021 or May of 2021, once all educational requirements have been met. Upon successful completion of the two (2) year training program, the Trainee will be permanently assigned to their designated homebase.

To successfully complete the program, a Trainee must: 1) Complete two (2) years of professional engineering experience; 2) Obtain Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) registration; 3) Demonstrate satisfactory performance in all rotations; 4) Complete all required rotations; and 5) Complete 20 hours of recruitment outreach and/or public engagement service. When all criteria are met the Trainee will be non-competitively converted to a permanent, probationary Engineer 2 Graduate position in the trainee's homebase office. Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in termination.

All Trainees must become a registered, Professional Engineer within 6 years of being appointed as a Trainee, no exceptions. Failure to do so will result in termination.

We offer excellent employee benefits, such as low-cost health and dental insurance, and affordable dependent coverage. Other benefits include:

11 paid holidays per year
Earn up to 29 paid vacation days a year
Earn 13 days paid sick time
Defined pension plan
Paid life insurance
Short & long-term disability available
Training opportunities
And more!

We are driven to find talented, innovative employees for Minnesota's nationally recognized transportation system. We work to build the best team in the transportation industry to ensure that Minnesota thrives with a safe, sustainable and leading edge transportation system. You will be surrounded by a diverse community of experts, each driven by challenging work and motivated by the greater good. You will understand the impact of the work you are doing and be able to see the benefit you are providing to the citizens of Minnesota. You can set your sights high and use your strengths to grow within the organization. MnDOT offers superior health and retirement benefits as well as a solid commitment to work-life balance, which provides you the tools to thrive both at work and outside of work.

To qualify for the MnDOT Graduate Engineer Program, applicants must possess, at a minimum, a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil or Construction Engineering from an ABET accredited university by the date of hire. If the selected candidate has not yet obtained their bachelor's degree, all offers of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of this educational requirement.
All applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States. MnDOT does not sponsor work visas.

If you meet the degree requirement, applicants may be further evaluated for a potential interview based on the following:
Applicant's GPA
An advanced degree in civil or construction engineering.
Possession of the Fundamentals of Engineering (EIT) registration or a Professional Engineer's license.
Engineering related work experience
Previous MnDOT experience

***In addition to electronically applying to this vacancy at, all qualified applicants must complete the application requirements by emailing the following information to Erika Mejia at -

1) Your transcripts (all transcripts related to your qualifying degree);

2) Proof of any identifying credentials (Proof of FE certification, Proof of PE licensure);

3) If you have a degree from a foreign university and have not passed the Fundamentals of Engineering in the state of Minnesota, you must also supply proof that you are eligible to become licensed in the state of Minnesota once you meet the professional engineering experience requirement and any paperwork you have submitted that proves your degree is equivalent to that of a Bachelor's of Science in Civil, Construction or GeoTechnical Engineering; and

4) In the subject line of the email include your first and last name and what is included in the email (Jane Doe - Transcripts and FE proof).

If you fail to submit your transcripts and all supporting documentation by the closing of this posting on October 13, 2020, your application will be considered incomplete and you will not be any given further consideration.

APPLY ONLINE BY 10/13/2020:

  1. Go to
  2. Click "External Applicants".
  3. On the Job Search, enter the Job Opening ID 41502 in the Keywords search box and click Search.
  4. Click on the Job Title to view the job posting.
  5. Click Apply.
  6. When prompted for your Referral Source, please list: Internet Job Board - Minnesota Jobs

Only applicants received on will be considered.

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