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Applying to the TEA Program

​Who Should Apply

Qualified graduate students seeking entry-level work in civil, environmental, electrical, mechanical, chemical, aerospace or biological engineering who thrive on a challenge and enjoy connecting with people should apply.

Successful candidates will:
  • Possess a passion for public service and the role transportation plays in improving people’s lives
  • Showcase leadership potential to grow into a top technical or managerial role
  • Exemplify NCDOT’s core values – safety, customer service, diversity, integrity, quality, teamwork and innovation

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the TEA Program, applicants must have a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from an appropriately accredited institution. Examples of engineering disciplines that are accepted include:

  • Civil engineering
  • Architectural engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Surveying engineering and management
  • Electrical engineering
  • Geomatics engineering
  • Biological and agricultural engineering
  • Biosystems engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Systems engineering

Other related four-year engineering degrees will be reviewed and may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. 

Additional Requirements

  • Have a minimum 2.3 grade-point average
  • Be a recent college graduate (within two years)
  • Be flexible in job locations

Compensation & Benefits

Entry level salary for associates is $65,000. Upon successful completion of the 18-month program, Associates will be eligible to receive a salary of $71,391 on an annualized basis.

To learn more about the great benefits that offered to state employees please visit the State Employee Resources website.

Application Process

Interested applicants must apply online through the North Carolina State Government employment website for the Engineer I – Trainee position.

The N.C. Department of Transportation is currently accepting applications for:

Applicants must attach a college transcript to the online application. Applications without a transcript will not be considered.

Have Questions?

Check out answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the Transportation Engineering Associates Program, or contact the TEA program manager, Chandra Cross.

6/27/2019 8:54 PM