The Transportation Engineering Associates Program gives recent graduates in civil, environmental, mechanical, chemical, aerospace or biological engineering the opportunity to learn about the major functions of the N.C. Department of Transportation's various highway units.
The program also provides NCDOT with a pool of professionally trained and experienced engineers who can assume management responsibilities with confidence.
As part of the program, associates also have the chance to develop a career development and training program that provides them with a broad background and practical application of highway engineering.
An associate's training scheduled is based on his or her areas of interest as well as the department's needs.
Training can consist of:
- Up to eight months of field operations (statewide assignments in maintenance and construction)
- Up to eight months of pre-construction assignments in Raleigh
The associate must select work in four of the following areas:
- Roadway design
- Traffic mobility and safety
- Environmental planning
- Transportation planning
- Structure design
- Materials and test
- Pavement management
- Rail Division
- Aviation division
- Location and surveys (Raleigh and statewide)
Who Should Apply
Graduate students seeking entry-level work in civil, environmental, mechanical, chemical, aerospace or biological engineering should apply.
Qualified applicants must:
- Have a Bachelor of Science in civil, environmental or biological engineering
- Have a minimum 2.5 grade-point average
- Be a recent college graduate (within two years)
- Be flexible in job locations
- Have exceptional communication and organizational skills
Interested applicants must apply online through the
North Carolina State Government employment website and search for
Engineering Associate Trainee.
Applicants must attach a college transcript to the online application. Applications without a transcript will be considered incomplete.
12-15 months, beginning in January or June
Locations vary. An applicant may specify a desired location, but it is not guaranteed.