Have questions about the Transportation Engineering Associates Program? Check out answers below to some of the most commonly asked questions, or
contact the TEA program manager, Ben Simmons.
Since its inception more than 50 years ago, the Transportation Engineering Associates Program has centered on developing competitive leaders with the skills, training and experience necessary to perform in a variety of areas rather than focusing on one specific function.
The program has three major goals:
Orient the newly graduated engineer to the N.C. Department of Transportation’s major organizational functions of the various highway units, branches and divisions
Provide a career development plan and training program that gives associates a broad background and practical application of highway engineering
Build a talent pipeline of professionally trained and experienced engineers who can assume management responsibilities with confidence
Yes. The time you spend in the program will count toward your Professional Engineer (P.E.) license.
Yes. You will have a multitude of assignments during your 18-month rotation. Two are currently mandatory: construction and maintenance and operations. The others are chosen by you.
No. Positions can be based in Raleigh or division offices across North Carolina. The specific locations will be shared once a candidate has received an offer.
You are considered a full-time, permanent employee with benefits from the time you are placed on the payroll. The probationary period is 12 months from your actual date of employment. For more employee information, visit the State Employee Resources
The program provides opportunities for newly graduated candidates and inspires fresh perspectives to help NCDOT achieve its mission. NCDOT will not be able to consider applicants who have been graduated for more than two years.
NCDOT is looking for individuals who:
Demonstrate flexible thinking and a desire to learn and adapt
Like to solve issues and collaborate across the organization, utilizing excellent quantitative and engineering analytical skills to deliver results
Have effective writing and presentation skills
Demonstrate an ability to get things done
Yes. There are two recruiting windows. If you were not successful in your initial application, you will need to apply again if you still meet the eligibility criteria.
NCDOT will accept 20 applicants for the January 2020 program and 30 applicants for the June 2020 program.