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UDOT Rotational Engineer Program

Learn how you can begin your engineering career today.

The Utah Department of Transportation hires the best and brightest to participate in our four-year Rotational Engineer Program. Our entry-level program offers rotations in a variety of areas including design, materials, hydraulics, planning, right-of-way, structures, traffic, construction, and more.

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Why UDOT’s Rotational Engineer Program?

Hear from a current Rotational Engineer:


We encourage our engineers to discover the most suitable and interesting areas of civil engineering for them with many engineers finding long-term employment within UDOT in the area they like best. Here are some examples of what you can hope to learn by joining our nationally-recognized team.


On the construction rotation you can expect to experience:
  • Working directly with Resident and Field Engineers
  • Understand and participate in inspection procedures and documentation
  • Reading and reviewing plans and specifications
  • Learn about and process change order requests
  • Working in a field lab and learn material testing procedures

Roadway Design

On the roadway design rotation you can expect to experience:
  • Learning the UDOT advertising process through the design network
  • Training and and use of MicroStation and InRoads CADD software
  • Learn the basics of modeling
  • Preparing estimates for projects
  • Plan creation and review
  • Design and package a project for advertisement


On the maintenance rotation you can expect to experience:
  • Understanding MMQA, feature inventory, and snow removal concepts
  • Working with maintenance crews
  • Learn general budgeting principles of roadway maintenance
  • Experiencing semi-annual inspections/reviews
  • Understanding the process for creating procurement contracts
  • Gather data and prioritize needs for various roadway features
  • Estimating quantities and cost for roadway features


On the materials rotation you can expect to experience:
  • Learning the principles and practices of Pavement Design
  • Participating in the verification of asphalt and concrete pavement designs
  • Learning and assisting with aggregate and pavement quality testing
  • Assisting in obtaining asphalt cores, soil samples, section histories, etc.
  • Reading and understanding standard specifications and their importance

Work/Life Balance

New engineers at UDOT rapidly gain experience and develop skills as they make an impact on Utah’s transportation system. Rotational Engineers are engaged in the day-to-day work of the biggest and most exciting projects the department has to offer.

Other benefits include:

  • 13 days annual leave earned per year.
  • 13 days sick leave earned per year.
  • 11 paid holidays per year.
  • 401(k) match retirement saving program.
  • 1.5 hours of paid exercise per week. 
  • $5,200.00 per year educational assistance.
  • Monday-Thursday flexible schedules available in select areas. 

How to Apply

Positions open periodically. Please check https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/utah for current positions.

After you’ve applied, we will reach out and schedule an interview. Please come prepared with your resume and any questions you may have for us. After interviews for all qualified candidates are conducted, you’ll be notified in a timely manner as to whether you were hired for the position.

For questions about the Rotational Engineer program, please contact Chris Dilley at cdilley@utah.gov.


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