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Frequently Asked Questions

​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, Chandra Cross.


What is the purpose of the Transportation Engineering Associates Program?

Since its inception more than 50 years ago, the Transportation Engineering Associates Program has been centered around 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

Does my TEA Program experience count toward my Professional Engineer license?

Yes. The time you spend in the program will count toward your Professional Engineer (P.E.) license.

Do I get to select assignments on my TEA Program rotation?

Yes. You will have a multitude of assignments during your 18-month rotation – two of which are currently mandatory, including construction and maintenance and operations. The other assignments are chosen by you.

Will the positions be based in Raleigh only?

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.

Am I considered a permanent or temporary employee?

You are considered a full-time, permanent employee with benefits from the time you are placed on the payroll. The probationary period, however, shall be 12 months from your actual date of employment. For more employee information, visit the State Employee Resources website.

Why do you have a limit on the number of years post-graduate?

Through this program, NCDOT is aiming to provide opportunities for newly graduated candidates and to inspire fresh perspectives to help NCDOT achieve its mission.

NCDOT will not be able to consider applicants who have graduated more than two years.

What type of applicants are you looking for?

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 to bring results with excellent quantitative and engineering analytical skills
  • Have effective writing and presentation skills
  • Demonstrate an ability to get things done

I applied in the last round. Do I have to re-apply now?

Yes. There are two recruiting windows. If you applied but were not successful in your application, you will need to apply again, if you still meet the eligibility criteria.

How many associates are accepted into the program?

The NCDOT will accept 30 applicants for the June 2019 program.

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