The Transportation Engineering Associates Program gives recent graduates in civil, environmental, mechanical, electrical, chemical, aerospace or biological engineering the opportunity to learn about the major functions of the N.C. Department of Transportation.
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 and training program that provides them with a broad background and practical application of highway engineering.
Headquarters & Field Experience
Associates are expected to make significant contributions toward their unit’s work program while gaining a broad overview of N.C. Department of Transportation policies and work. As part of their 18-month program, associates undertake business driven “stretch assignments,” where they will gain valuable exposure and on-the-job experience.
Whatever the specialty, NCDOT has a group for it. The Transportation Engineering Associates Program is designed for motivated individuals interested in areas, such as:
- Asset management
Associates have the option of rotating to the various units across NCDOT, including construction, maintenance and operations, structures management, value management, rail and aviation.
Training & Certifications
A structured program has been designed to ensure that associates gain the foundational understanding needed to contribute to NCDOT right away, as well as the collaboration, leadership, integrative thinking and innovation skills, they will need to thrive in an environment of continuous learning once the program is finished.
Specific to civil engineers, associates are eligible to complete the Fundamental Engineering (F.E.) and Professional Engineering (P.E.) review courses, at no cost to them, from the
Institute for Transportation Research and Education
In addition, associates have access to the NCDOT Learning Management System to complete construction certifications, among others.
Coach & Mentoring
During the first week of the TEA Program, associates are assigned a TEA buddy from the previous year’s group. TEA buddies help new recruits to better settle in the new organization and location as well as to understand the expectations and challenges of the program.
In their hiring units and within the associate’s first week, an experienced colleague is assigned as a “go-to person” to answer technical questions in their fields.