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Assistant Pavement Management Engineer-26662

*** $2,500 Hiring Incentive! ***
Current Department of Transportation Employees do NOT qualify for Hiring Incentive

Job ID: 26662
Agency: Department of Transportation / Division of Planning and Engineering / Office of Project Development
Location: Pierre
Salary: $30 - $42.55 per hour; depending on experience
Pay Grade: EI – E3
Closing Date: 04/17/2024

This is a full-time position with the Department of Transportation. For more information about the Department of Transportation, please visit

This Assistant Pavement Management Engineer is responsible for:

  • developing the methods and the training of interns to collect pavement distress data;
  • scheduling of the distress survey crews;
  • the review and quality assurance checks on the data collected;
  • operating the pavement management database used to store pavement distress and other data and provide the data to other users;
  • working with the Pavement Management Engineer to develop and implement pavement performance curves;
  • assisting the Pavement Management Engineer in the maintenance of models and analysis of data;
  • monitoring the data to ensure that Performance Targets are being met;
  • participating in field inspections to assess pavement conditions;
  • assisting the Pavement Management Engineer in developing prioritization list of pavement improvement projects;
  • interpreting and applying regulations pertaining to pavement management targets.

What we offer to you beyond the paycheck:

  • Hiring Incentive
  • Health Insurance (Low & High Deductible Single and Family Plans)
    • Well-Being Program
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Health Savings Account
  • Basic Life Insurance Coverage (free to employee)
  • Membership in South Dakota Retirement System
  • Leave:
    • Vacation Leave (15 paid vacation days per year)
    • Sick Leave (14 paid sick days)
    • Paid Family Leave (40 hours per week for twelve weeks for birth or adoption of a child)
    • Military Leave (15 paid days per calendar year)
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Longevity Pay
  • Semimonthly Pay Periods
  • Eligibility for Meal Per Diems
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Paid Overtime (if applicable)

The total compensation of Hourly Wage + State/Federal Benefits for a typical year for entry level Assistant Pavement Management Engineer is approximately $84,474.00 annually.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
Only applicants with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, electrical engineering, or a related engineering field will be considered.

Knowledge of:

  • engineering principles and practices;
  • types of pavements;
  • pavement distresses;
  • appropriate pavement treatments;
  • the optimization of projects to insure proper allocation of financial resources.

Skill to:

  • manage a database and operate a pavement management software;
  • work with the others to achieve common goals;
  • manage time and multiple tasks;
  • operate computers, use Microsoft software, especially Excel (training is available)
  • GIS (training is available);
  • work with others to achieve common goals.

Ability to:

  • pay attention to detail;
  • communicate effectively;
  • generate innovative ideas and use them to solve problems or make improvements;
  • use applied mathematics and logic to implement ideas or improvements;
  • exercise sound judgement and make timely and well-informed decisions;
  • gain acceptance or support for ideas, projects, and solutions;
  • set goals and put forth the effort required to achieve them.

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This position is eligible for Veterans’ Preference per ARSD 55:10:02:08.

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.

The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus eleven paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.


Must apply online:
You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email:
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"