New Graduate Transportation Engineering Program

The Tennessee Department of Transportation’s New Graduate Transportation Engineer Program is a highly competitive, professional development sequence that allows entry-level civil engineers to gain hands-on experience in the areas of Construction, Roadway Design, and Traffic. 

 The  New Graduate Transportation Engineer Program is a structured two-year rotation program, providing exposure to TDOT as a whole and allowing for the New Graduate Transportation Engineer to experience the value each unit provides in delivering a transportation project. The rotation program is curriculum-based and customized to address the needs and the goals of each unit. The New Graduate Transportation Engineer will be provided the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the team right from the start with hands-on experience in the selected disciplines. 

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New Graduate Transportation Engineer Rotation Program Areas: 

Responsibilities include: Inspecting all aspects of construction projects to ensure that work is being performed according to TDOT standards and specifications; Writing Change Orders and submitting to the proper authorities for approval; Negotiating and approving prices for added work; Meeting with public, business owners, government officials to discuss any concerns they might have; Submitting updates and schedules of progress of construction projects; Measuring required quantities of work performed on construction projects and calculating monthly estimates for payment; Attending scheduled project meetings and working closely with all entities involved with a project to ensure that tasks are completed on schedule.

Responsibilities include assisting in the preparation, development, and assembling of final roadway plans with the latest CADD computer technology. These roadway plans entail computing horizontal/vertical alignments, detailed design of storm drainage systems, prepared erosion control and traffic control plans, calculation of quantities and right-of ways, notes, cross-sections, etc. Engineers are also expected to attend and participate in field reviews and public hearings.

Responsibilities include assisting local governments and the public with finding solutions to various civil engineering problems or concerns, specifically related to the flow of traffic and safety concerns. Additional tasks include reviewing traffic control plans and preparing the sign and marking layouts, performing various traffic studies, such as, turning movement counts to be utilized in traffic signal warrant analysis, reviewing site development plans and performing traffic impact studies while recommending improvements to the highway entrance permit procedures, and designing plans for retrofits to existing geometry to address concerns. This position involves maintaining the work order system for signing and marking and preparing the annual pavement marking schedule for the state road system. Other duties would be to assist the Regional Traffic Engineer by providing technical guidance in all areas of the department.

Minimum Qualifications

All applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for an interview:

-B.S. in Civil Engineering* from a 4-year, accredited institution 

-Legally authorized to work in the U.S.

-Must pass the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) eight-hour Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination within 11 months of starting employment with TDOT

*Registration as a professional engineer with the State of Tennessee in either the civil engineering or structural engineering discipline may substitute for the required bachelor's degree. 
Salary Schedule
Qualifications Monthly Annual
B.S. Degree* 
$4,240+
$50,880+
M.S. Degree or P.E.**
$4,452+
$53,424+

*After completing a one-year probationary period and satisfying all requirements for the program, a New Graduate Transportation Engineer with a BSCE will be promoted to the working-level civil engineering title and recieve a salary increase to $4,675.00+/month ($56,100.00+/annually).

**After completing a one-year probationary period and satisfying all requirements for the program, a New Graduate Transportation Engineer with a MSCE or P.E. will be promoted to the working-level civil engineering title and recieve a salary increase to $4,909.00+/month ($58,908.00+/annually).