Core Development Program: Engineering Associates

This two-year program is designed to prepare individuals to be competitive for transportation engineer positions. 

Structural and Bridge Design

The Structure and Bridge Division offers an opportunity for designers (engineers) to put sound engineering principles to work in a dynamic environment of evolving specifications and materials. 

You will work in the Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) design and inspection programs for bridges and other highway-related structures, while using the latest technologies.

As a Structure and Bridge associate, you will cross train through several divisions within the department -- Location and Design, Materials, Environmental, etc. -- and will see how they impact the Structure and Bridge program. 

You will spend six months in the field on a construction project in bridge and structures areas. 

And, you will be exposed to nine months in bridge design, detailing, cost estimation and bridge inspection. Back to top

Location and Roadway Design

The Location and Design team delivers roadway plan assemblies in accordance with the Six-Year Improvement Program. 

Our team of professionals includes experts in:

  • Highway engineering
  • Roadway geometric design
  • Hydraulics and river mechanics
  • Survey and photogrammetry
  • Project management
  • Consultant services and administration
  • Traffic engineering design
  • Computer-assisted design
  • Safety hardware, and the development
  • Interpretation of standards, policies and procedures

As a Location and Design associate, you will cross train in these areas and in other divisions to gain experience with each division's role in the planning and development process. Back to top

Materials Engineering

The Materials Division provides engineering services through technical leadership and training in building and maintaining a safe and efficient transportation system. It assesses highway construction materials and the application of innovative engineering.  

The division is organized into a Central Office and nine district offices and is broken into two major areas: Preliminary Engineering and Quality Assurance.

As a Materials engineer associate, you will be exposed to laboratory testing and field performance for highway construction materials such as concrete, steel, aggregate, soils, and asphalt. 

You will receive training in pavement design and evaluation and pre-cast concrete construction and steel fabrication. Back to top

Transportation and Mobility Planning

Transportation planning provides the framework for the development of a safe and efficient transportation system. 

Central to this is forecasting the multimodal mobility needs of people and freight, and predicting future system deficiencies. 

The goals of transportation planning are to:

  • Increase access to the transportation system
  • Improve traveler safety
  • Support economic growth
  • Maintain efficient management of the existing infrastructure
  • Minimize environmental and community impacts

A Transportation and Mobility Planning associate will be involved in

  • Regional and local planning processes
  • Project development and programming processes 
  • The Long Range Plan development process

Associates might be involved in planning for transportation alternatives such as transit, high-occupancy vehicle facilities, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities. 

The transportation and planning associate will gain significant knowledge of:

  • Federal and state regulations and policies governing transportation planning
  • Land development
  • Environmental issues, including air quality, water quality, wetlands, and environmental justice Back to top

Environmental Engineering

VDOT's Environmental Division has expertise in a broad range of areas including: 

  • Biology
  • Acoustical modeling
  • Geology
  • Forestry
  • Wildlife management
  • Engineering
  • Environmental science
  • Environmental planning
  • Chemistry
  • Wetland science
  • Public administration
  • Natural and cultural resources

The division's major function is to ensure regulatory compliance and to promote environmental conservation, protection and enhancement in transportation. 

An environmental associate will gain experience in regulatory clearances, environmental conservation, protection and enhancement. Back to top

Construction Management

Construction management is a multi-level system It manages people, equipment, materials, money and time in a centralized system of planning field work to meet the goals of schedule, cost and quality.  

The Construction Management associate will work with engineers and management, learning engineering principles and gaining extensive experience in various projects of varying complexity. Back to top

Project Management

The mission of the Project Management Office (PMO) is to continuously improve the commonwealth's transportation system by incorporating best business practices and tools, aligned with the agency's organizational goals.

The focus of the PMO is on people, processes and tools.  

The PMO is committed to supporting project managers by:

  • Defining agency project management policy and procedures

  • Implementing project management tools and techniques

  • Ensuring relevant project management training that facilitates a disciplined approach in a standardized project management environment

A project management associate will be assigned to:

  • Work on a smaller design/no plan projects

  • Perform quality assurance and quality control checks to gain a thorough understanding of plan development

  • Assist with development of schedules and budgets

  • Learn techniques to monitor schedules and budgets

  • Become familiar the VDOT project management process

  • Interact with the staff required to deliver projects Back to top


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