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State of Minnesota Structural Metals Trainee - Graduate Engineer in Oakdale, Minnesota

Job Summary

Job Summary:

This vacancy posting will be used to fill one (1) Structural Metals Trainee Engineer position in MnDOT’s Graduate Engineer Program. The home base office for this position will be the Bridge Office located in Oakdale, MN. The selected Trainee will begin employment sometime between December of 2020 and 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 a position within The Bridge Office's - Structural Metals Fabrication Unit.

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, STEM outreach or public engagement volunteer service. Once all criteria are met, the Trainee will be non-competitively converted to a permanent, probationary Engineer 2 Graduate position.

All Trainees must become a registered, Professional Engineers in the state of Minnesota, within 6 years of being appointed as a Trainee. Failure to do so will result in termination.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • To qualify as a Structural Metals/Fabrication Trainee in MnDOT's Graduate Engineer Program, applicants must possess, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering with advanced coursework in materials (steel) or materials engineering or a Bachelor's in Materials Engineering with advanced course work in civil engineering, preferably focused on structures. The degree must be obtained from an ABET accredited university or its equivalency 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, construction or geotechnical engineering.
  • Possession of the Fundamentals of Engineering registration or a Professional Engineer’s license.
  • Engineering related work experience
  • Previous MnDOT experience.
*In addition to electronically applying to this vacancy, all qualified applicantsmust complete the application requirements by emailing the following to Erika Mejia at erika.mejia@state.mn.us -
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 FE 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 or Materials 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 1, 2020, your application will be considered incomplete and you will not be any given further consideration.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher
  • Fundamentals of Engineering registration (EIT)
  • Advanced coursework in structures, materials, steel, or equivalent

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

  • SEMA4 Records Check

  • Criminal History Check

  • Employment Reference Check

  • Education/Licensure Verification

  • Driver's License Check

Application Details

Why Work For Us

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

How to Apply

Click "Apply" at the bottom of the page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.


If you have questions about the position, contact Denise Hals at denise.hals@state.mn.us or 651/366-3411.


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) encourages participation in all its programs, services and activities and does not discriminate against qualified applicants with disabilities. Anyone who believes they may need a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate in the job application, interview or selection processes may contact any agency official with whom applicant has contact during the processing of their employment application to request an accommodation. Applicants may also contact the MnDOT Equity and Diversity Office to request an accommodation by: Email –ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us; or by calling Janet Miller at 651.366.4720; or using MN Relay 711. The MnDOT Reasonable Accommodation policy can be found at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/policy/hr/hr009.html.

Job Title: Structural Metals Trainee - Graduate Engineer

Location: Oakdale

Job ID: 41519

Regular/Temporary: Trainee

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 08/26/2020

Closing Date: 10/1//2020

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Transportation Department / DOT-Metro-Central Office-MGEC

Hiring Agency: Transportation Department / DOT-Metro-Central Office-MGEC

Division/Unit: Bridges / Bridge Construction & Maintenance Section

Work Shift: Flexible

Work Hours: Flexible

Work Shift/Work Hours: Flexible

Travel Required: Occasionally

Salary Range: $22.98 - $33.91/hourly; $47,982 - $70,804/annually

Classified Status: Non-Status

Bargaining Unit/Union: 212 - MN Government Engineers Council/Engineers