Civil Engineer Trainee

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania | Lycoming County, PA

Posted Date 9/12/2019

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has a Civil Engineer Trainee opening in District 3-0 located in Lycoming County. This position is full-time with excellent health benefits, paid vacation, and holidays.

This is a twelve month training program designed to provide a broad understanding of the roles and functions that traditionally require the engineering skills, abilities and knowledge of a PennDOT Civil Engineer. Exposure to engineering areas of Design, Construction, Maintenance and Highway Safety and Traffic through on-the job learning activities will prepare the incumbent to advance into a permanent career position within the District.


In order to be eligible for this position you must:

  • Have successfully examined and have a current score on file. If you have not already done so, you must first apply to the exam posting and follow the directions provided. Link to CIVIL ENGINEER TRAINEE EXAM POSTING.
  • Be able to perform essential job functions.

Work schedule is Monday-Friday, 7:30 am-3:30 pm

Employee performs a variety of developmental work assignments in all phases of highway and bridge design, construction and maintenance activities, as well as non-engineering support functions to develop a basic understanding of departmental policies, procedures, organizational responsibilities and work flow.

Training consists of scheduled rotational work assignments in Engineering Districts to gain familiarity with District personnel and procedures and to participate in work projects to achieve the overall training objective. Employees will also participate in classroom training as designated by the program coordinator. Reference attached CET Training Manual.

Work is closely screened prior to assignment and reviewed in detail for completeness, technical accuracy, and soundness of approach both in progress and upon completion.

Upon satisfactory completion of the training program, final job placement will be made to meet both the Employee's and Department's needs.

Employees will complete assignments with the leadership and guidance of an assigned supervisor, and phase supervisor. Supervisors will be responsible for providing formal evaluations, commentary and suggestions to modify and/or improve program effectiveness.

Performs other related duties as required.

Job Location:

Work is performed in an engineering office setting and at field construction sites. Work occasionally involves field trips to project sites under design. Field inspection/visits may require traversing rough terrain and climbing bridges. Outdoor work can occur during any season of the year under a wide range of weather conditions.


  1. Effective oral and written communication
  2. Follow and convey instructions
  3. Utilize computers and common office equipment
  4. Ability to bend, stretch, kneel, sit and stand
  5. Ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs
  6. Wear appropriate protective gear or equipment to prevent short and long term injury
  7. React to hazardous warnings and signals
  8. Setting up and operating field equipment
  9. Ability to work in adverse weather conditions
  10. Ability to withstand limited exposure to chemicals

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