Join WisDOT as a civil/structural engineer!

​​​Two men in safety vests standing on a lift next to a bridge.Every day, WisDOT’s Division of Transportation System Development plays a leading role in the upkeep and improvement of nearly 12,000 miles of state highways and bridges used by millions of people.

WisDOT hires civil and structural engineers at the entry, senior, advanced and supervisor levels. There are also opportunities for interns and student co-ops​.​

As technology continues to change the ways we design, construct and use our highways, it's an exciting time to begin your career in transportation! WisDOT is hiring in offices all over the state including Superior, Eau Claire, Rhinelander, Wisconsin Rapids, Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, and Waukesha.​

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Excellent benefits package:

  • Start with 19.5​ days of vacation time, 16.25 days of sick leave and nine paid holidays each year
    • Additional vacation based on years of state employment
  • Flexible schedule and telework options
  • Excellent and affordable health, vision and dental benefits
    • Health plans start at just $35 a month and $87 a month for family plans
  • Pension plan with employer match and lifetime ​retirement payment
    • Plus optional tax advantaged 457 retirement savings plan
  • Well Wisconsin Wellness program available to all employees

Positions available for all experience levels

Entry civil/structural engineer positions:

Work under excellent mentorship to learn what it takes to deliver impactful infrastructure projects and gain the experience necessary to become a licensed professional engineer. Many applicants are new graduates or have up to three years of professional level engineering experience.

  • Currently offering a $2,000 sign on bonus!
  • Starting pay is $55,120 per year
  • Regular salary progression increases at 12, 18, 24, 30, 36 months ($63,252 at 36 months)
  • Ability to progress to the senior level with salary increases

Senior civil and structural engineer positions:

Make independent decisions regarding transportation projects and function as a program or project leader on a transportation project. Applicants possess at least four years of professional engineering experience.

  • Starting pay for senior civil engineers is $69,264-$86,902 depending on qualifications
  • Starting pay for senior structural engineers is $70,969-$86,902 depending on qualifications

​​Advanced civil and structural engineer positions:

Provide technical engineering expertise in their assigned program area or act as project managers. Applicants are required to possess a Professional Engineer (PE) license upon application.

  • ​Starting pay for advanced civil engineers is$77,168-$93,350 depending on qualifications​
  • Starting pay for advanced structural engineers $82,596-$93,350 depending on qualifications

Supervisor civil and structural engineer positions:

Provide oversight and management to engineering staff who are responsible for the planning​, design, development, construction, operations and maintenance of transportation facilities.

  • Starting pay for civil engineer supervisors is $86,673-$101,837​ depending on qualifications
  • ​Starting pay structural engineer supervisors is up to $92,102-$101,837depending on qualifications

A woman in a safety vest is standing next to a culvert, looking at information on an ipad.​Professional and personal development opportunities:

  • Individual and team mentoring from experienced engineers and specialists
  • Numerous personal development trainings
  • Leadership development trainings
  • Opportunity to transfer to different locations around the state
  • Career advancement opportunities available, including management positions

WisDOT offers diverse career opportunities:

Use state of the art roadway design software to design highway improvement projects that consider safety, traffic patterns, materials, environmental factors and public input. Design professionals also coordinate with state and federal agencies, local governments, businesses, tribes, property owners and the general public.

When thinking "construction," you might think about hard hats, work boots and bright vests. But every construction project at WisDOT is more than what you see. Our teams work closely with construction crews to ensure projects are built correctly to optimize return on investment in highway improvements.

Planning engineers use pavement condition, crash and traffic volume data to develop short term and long-term plans for highway improvements. Once a schedule is created for a project, planning staff coordinate with engineers in different technical areas to develop the general concept of what will be included in a project before handing it off to design.

Wisconsin has roughly 14,000 state and local bridges. Structural engineers are critical to ensure quality, durability and timely maintenance of bridges throughout this expansive system. The WisDOT Bureau of Structures is responsible for design, construction, inspection and maintenance activities.​

Traffic Operations is one of the fastest-paced areas within the department where technology continues to enhance the way we manage congestion and optimize available roadway. Traffic engineers establish best practices in design and traffic controls to improve safety and the flow of vehicles.

WisDOT maintenance professionals play a vital role in establishing the policies and practices that ensure drivable, safe highways. Maintenance engineers work with county highway departments on plowing, salting, mowing, crack-filling, permitting of large loads and a variety of other topics.

Some of the most important infrastructure in WisDOT projects is the infrastructure you do not necessarily see. Utility lines, such as gas, electric, telecommunication and internet, are all located within the right of way throughout the state highway system. It’s important that WisDOT have detail-oriented staff working with the utility companies to ensure they don’t conflict with highway improvement projects.​​

Environmental processes and staff keep projects in compliance with state and federal standards, while also providing technical expertise. Environmental procedures are core to the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of our highways. There are multi-step processes for public involvement, analysis, and documentation to minimize impacts to streams, wetlands, habitats and species.

WisDOT pavement, soils, and materials engineers work hard to ensure we build high-quality and durable driving surfaces. The pavements and materials team has been leveraging award winning research to stay on the cutting edge of innovation.​​