Civil Engineering Opportunities at the MDOT State Highway Administration

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), manages more than 16,000 lane miles of interstate, primary and secondary roads and more than 2,500 bridges. MDOT SHA employees plan, design, build and maintain these roads and bridges to the highest safety and performance standards possible while paying close attention to sociological, environmental, ecological and economic concerns. MDOT SHA employs 3,000 people at our Baltimore headquarters, Hanover complex, Hunt Valley and seven districts throughout the state.

The Baltimore headquarters location includes Office of Environmental Design, Office of Chief Engineer, Office of Equal Opportunity, Office of Communications, Office of Highway Policy and Technology Utilization, Office of Planning and Preliminary Engineering, Office of Highway Development and Office of Structures as well as the offices of Real Estate, Finance and Information Technology, Legal Counsel and Administration.

The MDOT SHA complex located in Hanover includes the offices of Maintenance, Traffic and Safety, and the Statewide Operations Center. Additionally, the complex houses the Office of Construction and Office of Materials Technology. Our seven district offices handle most of the day-to-day responsibilities of constructing and maintaining highways in Maryland’s 23 counties, while the Office of Traffic & Safety (OOTS) installs and maintains all MDOT SHA signal systems. Roadway signs are manufactured by OOTS, but the majority of sign maintenance occurs at the district level. Similarly, the Office of Materials Technology tests and investigates construction and maintenance materials, assisted by four regional labs throughout the state.

Application & Interview Process

The MDOT State Highway Administration is both an exciting and dynamic place to work! We are proud of our tradition of excellence and hold only the highest standards of professionalism, honesty, and integrity. We strive for continuous improvement in our products, while maintaining customer satisfaction as a primary goal. At MDOT SHA, we have exciting and advanced level Civil/Transportation Engineering opportunities available in a variety of areas including Office of Structures, Bridge Hydraulics, Construction Inspection, Highway Design, Highway Hydraulics, Planning & Preliminary Engineering, Traffic & Safety, Materials Technology, and Land Surveying Engineering.

General Information

Filling out the Application. You have the option of completing this application packet and mailing it in or applying online. Your application, including résumé and transcripts, is evaluated using a structured system of scoring. Office-specific as well as general classification requirements must be reviewed and evaluated to ensure a fair and unbiased appraisal of your employment potential. Because we rely so heavily on the accuracy and completeness of your application and the potential score derived from its evaluation, it is important that you fill out the application in its entirety. Incomplete applications will delay the process and may result in your application not being considered for employment.

The Evaluation Process

Please note: Your application will not be reviewed until all information is received. When applying for the Transportation Engineer I position, all required information (including transcripts) must be submitted within 60 days of your initial application.

It may take a few weeks to process your application, but do not hesitate to call us to ensure we have received it and to track its progress (410-545-5552 or toll-free at 1-877-743-9311). If your qualifications match up with what we need, and we have a position open in the area(s) you selected, we may contact you for an interview. A majority of our positions are available in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. If an area you have selected for an interview does not have any available openings at the time of your application, we will keep your application on file.

The Interview Process

Typically, you will be contacted two weeks prior to scheduling your interview via email to complete your writing sample. Interviews are generally conducted the last Thursday of each month. Because offices only interview when they have vacancies, you may be contacted for an interview during future months. If you apply to multiple offices (e.g., Planning Design Division and Office of Structures), you could receive interviews and/or offers at different times; please keep this in mind when evaluating an initial offer. Most interviews are held at MDOT SHA headquarters located in Baltimore, Maryland, but you can opt to complete the interview via phone if you are unable to come to this location, (Applicants must live at least 300 miles round trip to be considered for a phone interview). Whether interviews are completed in Maryland or via telephone, no supporting resources shall be used by the candidates to respond to the questions.

Writing Sample

All applicants are required to complete the MDOT State Highway Administration Transportation Engineer I Writing Sample. This must be done before scheduling and interview. All applicants must be in front of a computer at the time of the Writing Sample and will have 45 minutes to complete and e-mail back to the Recruitment & Examination Division. This must be done between the business hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Holidays. Writing samples must be completed independently by the candidates without feedback or input from any other source.

What to Expect on the Interview

Our interview process is much different than what one might expect or read about in preparing for a job interview. The interview will be conducted by a panel of three to five employees and be composed of two parts:

1.The Informational Section
This portion of the interview is informal and will not be used to evaluate your performance. We will begin with an overview of the office and the position for which you are interviewing, and then discuss general questions you may have. There is a time limit on the interview, so don’t spend too much time on this portion. If you receive an offer, you will be encouraged to come back and visit the office to learn much more about our organization and culture before you make a final decision.

2.The Test
Like the application, this portion of the interview is structured and scored to ensure a fair and unbiased appraisal of your performance. During this portion of the interview the panel may take turns reading prepared questions. Panel members will look for certain benchmarks in your answers, but will not provide you with feedback on your answers. Be as thorough as possible. You may be asked questions regarding customer service, Div​ersity, your general background, and your technical skills. The technical questions may be related to coursework, computer skills, school projects, or other areas that will demonstrate your understanding of basic concepts related to the position. Each candidate is given the same list of questions for that office or Division.