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Laboratory Technician

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Oregon Department of Transportation .

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Announcement: ODOT17-1918oc

Laboratory Technician - Engineering Specialist 2

Highway Division - Technical Services


ODOT's Central Materials Laboratory is responsible for providing statewide support to the construction and maintenance programs. Our laboratory performs specialized testing on asphalt and asphalt oil, aggregate, soil, and structural materials as well as supporting the Statewide Quality Assurance Program.

We are recruiting for one full-time permanent and one full-time limited duration laboratory technician

to join our Central Materials Laboratory in Salem. These positions test a variety of materials for compliance such as concrete cylinders, metals, paints, chemicals, and soils. Come join us in keeping Oregon's roadways safe!

We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.

Additional Details:


The goal of this recruitment is to fill these positions at an engineering specialist 2 level. However, we encourage candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for an engineering specialist 1 ($2575 - $3803)

to apply, as we may consider under-filling the position until the selected candidate meets the minimum qualifications for an engineering specialist 2. Under-fill training will not exceed three years.

Multiple Vacancies:

We may use this recruitment to fill two (2) vacancies. We are recruiting for one limited duration and one permanent position.

Limited Duration:

The limited duration appointment is scheduled to last until 06/30/2019, though the duration can change at any time due to business needs. Limited duration appointments are benefits eligible with a designated maximum length of service.


These positions are represented by the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon (AEE).

Duties & Responsibilities

Perform laboratory duties in routine, specialized, and complex physical testing in one or more of the following areas: aggregates, bituminous mixtures, petroleum, physical testing, soil, and/or receiving.

Process and prepare samples for testing.

Perform routine and chemical tests of samples.

Load and unload sample bags, screen decks, batching samples, and other materials.

Set up the layout of equipment and qualified materials.

Assist the crew leader in evaluating test data and determining compliance to specifications.

Verify correct documentation and correct products are being tested.

Consult with crew leader about special testing parameters.

Maintain and clean equipment and work areas.

Certify and/or calibrate testing equipment.

Report test results through the Laboratory Information System or a Microsoft database.

Provide technical assistance to internal and external customers.

Recommend acceptance or rejection of construction materials.

Train lab technicians and field quality assurance specialists and technicians.

Produce reports for statistical analysis from computer data.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Engineering Specialist 1 Minimum Qualifications (Under-fill option):

An associate's degree in engineering technology from a community college or technical school;


Eighteen months of experience directly related to engineering;


An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Engineering Specialist 2 Minimum Qualifications

An associate's degree in engineering technology from a community college or technical school of engineering and

two years of experience directly related to engineering.


Three and one-half years (42 months) of sub-professional engineering experience.


An equivalent combination of education and experience.


If you are currently a transportation maintenance specialist 2 (TMS 2) or have been one in the past, in addition to your completed application, please attach section three of your TMS 2 position description to receive full credit for your related work. If your experience includes work in multiple maintenance disciplines (e.g. highway, sign, bridge, striping or landscape) please attach section three of the position description for each

of the relevant disciplines.

Please upload this documentation to your online application, or fax it to the number listed in this announcement. This must be received in our office before the listed close date and time on the announcement and contain the recruitment announcement number.

Desired Attributes/Application Scoring Criteria:

In addition to your related work experience and education, we will use the attributes below to determine whom to interview. You are not required to have all of these attributes, but please make sure that the ones you do have are clearly demonstrated in your application materials. Your application materials may be graded on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and presentation.

Experience and/or formal training performing materials testing.

Experience working in a lab environment.

Experience using test results to complete a task at work or in school.

Formal education in civil engineering or a related field.

Working Conditions:

Laboratory office environment using computer equipment.

Laboratory environment includes daily contact with dust, noise, hot materials, chemicals, and solvent fumes.

Repeated lifting of testing equipment or material samples weighing 20 to 60 pounds required.

Potential exposure to nuclear radiation through the asphalt nuclear gauge.

Occasional in-state travel required to construction projects or field labs.

Additional Information


We appreciate your interest in this position. To apply,

please follow these steps.

Complete the application. We will not accept a resume or position description in place of a completed application. There is no need to attach a resume to your application. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we do not review any attachments that we do not ask for.

The work experience and/or education section of your application must clearly

demonstrate how you meet all of the minimum and special qualifications listed above. If it does not, we are required to disqualify it.

Complete the supplemental questions.


If you fail to follow these instructions, we will have to disqualify your application. We cannot consider incomplete or late applications.

Pre-employment Checks:

We will conduct criminal background checks on final candidates who are not current ODOT employees. All applicants are subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as driver license, LEDS, and/or education verification as required for the position.

Veteran's Points

Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans' preference. To receive preference, veterans must attach appropriate documentation as outlined by the Department of Administrative Services at the following website: Veterans Resources. Please title your DD214 like this, [Your Last Name] DD214 and your disability letter [Your Last Name] Disability Letter. Veterans may also call the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at 1-(see application details).


DD214 member 1 copies do not contain character of service and cannot be used to verify veterans' preference eligibility. Please attach DD214 member 2 or 4.

Work Authorization:

ODOT does not offer VISA sponsorships. Within three days of hire, successful candidates will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States.

Questions and Application Support:

For questions about the job announcement, call (see application details).

For technical help with your login or online application issues, call 1-(see application details) from 6:30a to 5:30p PT M-F. Leave a voicemail. It may take up to 24 hours to receive a response. If you do not receive a response after 24 hours, you can email Technical Support at (see application details) .

We encourage you to print or save a PDF copy of your application.

Human Resources/Recruitment, MS12

355 Capitol St NE

Salem OR 97301-3871

Fax (see application details)

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by state or federal laws in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices. Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation during the application process. For questions, concerns, or complaints regarding EEO/AA/ADA, contact the employee civil rights and diversity manager at 1-(see application details) (1-(see application details)). This information can be made available in an alternative format by contacting ODOT Recruitment at (see application details). Oregon Relay Service can be reached by calling 7-1-1.


Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

$5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

Long-term and short-term disability

Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

Flexible spending accounts

Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.

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