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Transportation Civil Engineering (TCE) Program

Transportation Civil Engineering (TCE) Program

Welcome to The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Transportation Civil Engineering (TCE) Program website. To learn more about the TCE program and what it has to offer, please refer to the table of contents below.

Please note that all candidates applying for this full-time employment opportunity must be able to work in the United States for other than practical training. Sponsorship for an employment visa is not currently available for these positions. Thank you for your interest in ODOT and the Transportation Civil Engineering Program.


The Ohio Department of Transportation provides and maintains highways, passenger and freight rail systems, bikeways, aviation, waterways, and port facilities for transporting people and goods throughout the state of Ohio. Working with federal and local governments, the department is charged with maintaining more than 130,000 miles of Ohio highway and planning, designing and constructing new transportation systems fostering economic growth and personal travel.

Employing approximately 5,000 professionals, ODOT is one of Ohio’s largest and most respected state agencies and is Ohio's premier civil engineering governmental agency. Central Office, which is located in Columbus, interfaces with each of the 12 ODOT districts throughout the state to coordinate and implement Ohio’s transportation plan. The department also maintains a fully staffed and equipped facility in each county responsible for the construction and maintenance of all state highway bridges and roads. 

Civil engineering responsibilities at ODOT

Approximately ten percent of the agency’s employees are engineers. Therefore, ODOT sets high standards for the recruitment and retention of quality engineering graduates and invests in well-balanced introductory phase of employment to effectively train this crucial workforce element. ODOT established the Transportation Civil Engineering (TCE) Program to provide entry-level engineering applicants a thorough introduction to the department’s core engineering disciplines; Planning & Engineering, Construction and Highway Maintenance.
Your career development and career goals are important to ODOT. The TCE program remains educational in scope taking into consideration your cumulative experience and engineering interests while developing a supervised training plan. ODOT is second to none in training which places its employees always current with the new ideas for tomorrow's future.


Imagine building and maintaining a world class transportation system that carries millions of motorists and billions of dollars worth of freight every day. Imagine planning the next big project that will enhance the state's transportation system or designing a new bridge or roadway that will one day have a huge economic impact. That is what a career in engineering is like at The Ohio Department of Transportation, the state's premier civil engineering governmental agency.

Program overview

Innerbelt aerialA civil engineering career at ODOT means endless opportunities in our Planning & Engineering, construction and highway management Departments which help construct, maintain and expand our current transportation system in Ohio. Being selected for the TCE program will give you a thorough introduction to the three core civil engineering disciplines while working along side of a professional engineer who will work with you to provide you the utmost training and experience you need to further your career as an engineer with ODOT.

By passing down their knowledge through a balance of continued education and hands-on transportation experience, all TCEs mature professionally and gain experience needed to ensure the ability to take the Professional Engineering Certification exam. Each year, TCE employment opportunities are available throughout the 12 districts and Central Office offering a varying degree of projects in appealing geographic locations. Upon completion of the 12 month program, a TCE who has obtained their Fundamentals of Engineering certification will be promoted to the next level in the transportation engineer series.

The program's 12-month training plan


  • Traffic studies
  • Review and design of lighting and sign placement
  • Maintenance and management
  • Interface with county operational activities
  • Bridge maintenance
  • Inspections


  • CADD design
  • Roadway safety and mobility
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Urban and corridor planning
  • Research and development
  • Districts work plan requirements
  • ODOT funding requirements
  • Project purpose and need reports
  • Programming functions
  • Liaison with local political agencies
  • Environmental requirements for projects
  • Bridge inspection and inventory functions
    • BR-86 (inspection) processing
    • BR-87 (inventory) processing
  • BARS bridge rating, bridge hydraulic studies, superload and overload permits, bridge maintenance methods
  • Traffic studies
    • Processing traffic counts
    • Maintenance of traffic in work zone studies
    • Synchro analysis
    • Querwz-92 analysis
    • Signal Warrant analysis
    • Accident studies
    • Speed warrant analysis
    • Parking Zone Analysis
    • Signal Design
  • Design Team Assignment (Will be assigned to an active project)
    • Hydraulics
    • Pavement Design
    • Structural Design
    • Right of Way
    • Acquisitions
    • General Roadway Design using LSD Manuals based on AASHTO criteria
    • Plan Review
    • Surveying


  • Materials management and testing
  • Contractor compliance
  • Supervision of projects
  • Plan and design approvals
  • Overall contract administration process
  • EIMS procedures
  • ODOT construction manuals and procedures
  • Change order process
  • Audit process
  • District construction office processes
  • Construction materials testing process


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering from an ABET-accredited university.
  • Registered to take OR have taken and successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (EIT Exam) by the Ohio Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors. 
    • Must successfully pass the exam during the first 12 months of employment, which serves as your probationary period, OR
    • Have taken and successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam administrated by a different state that Ohio's Board has provided reciprocity.
    • Learn more about the Ohio Board of Engineers and Surveyors here.
  • Engineering co-op or intern experience is strongly encouraged.
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States for purposes other than practical training. Sponsorship for an employment visa is not currently available for these positions.


ODOT’s staff of Professional Engineers maintain a wealth of practical knowledge and hands-on experience in the Transportation Engineering field. The TCE Program prepares our future engineers and provides them the knowledge it will take to advance to higher levels of engineering within ODOT.

  • TCEs are full-time entry-level engineers who work under the supervision of Professional Engineers. This time is credited toward the time needed to sit for your Professional Engineer's license.
  • TCEs promote to a Transportation Engineer 2 after their probationary period. The transportation engineer structure includes five classifications, which offers motivated professionals a lifetime of growth and upward mobility.
  • TCEs through TE2 specialize in roadway construction, planning, design, maintenance or testing functions with assignments increasing in degrees of responsibility upon appropriate advancement. There are also specific areas of engineering within these classifications including hydraulics, bridges, structures, pavement, and traffic.
  • TE3, 4, and 5 act as supervisors or staff specialists and require a Professional Engineer’s license.


  • Full-time employment with advancement to the next level of engineering upon completion of your probationary period
  • Yearly compensation of $52,998.00.
    • Yearly step increases and a promotion at the end of 54 weeks of employment to a Transportation Engineer 2, which carries a yearly salary of $58,157.00.
  • 12 months rotation throughout the various engineering disciplines within ODOT
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Accrued vacation is available for use on payday Friday
  • Sick leave accrual per pay period
  • 32 hours of personal leave per year
  • Generous tuition reimbursement
  • Extensive training
  • Microstation/GEOPAK (All TCEs are placed in a one week training course.)
  • Surveying/CADD (Two day course held for all TCEs.)
  • Project manager training for TE2s 
  • Hundreds of other opportunities through ODOT's training catalog
  • Quality health insurance
  • Full dental and vision coverage following one year of service
  • Ohio Public Employee Retirement System (OPERS)
  • Ohio Deferred Compensation Program 
  • Group life insurance after one full year of service at no cost to the employee
  • Supplemental life insurance available to all employees for a minimum monthly premium
  • ODOT’s Take Charge, Live Well wellness program with gift card rewards


TCEs are compensated at OCSEA Pay Range 32, Step One. Current pay range booklets are available here.

  • TCE entry-level compensation, Pay Range 32 - $25.48 per hour ($52,998 annually)
  • Step increase upon completion of 6-month probationary period - $26.59 per hour
  • Reassignment to Transportation Engineer 2, two weeks after completion of 12-month probationary period, Pay Range 33 -$27.96 per hour ($58,157 annually)

ALL TCEs must successfully complete the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam during their probationary period in order to be reassigned and remain employed with ODOT.


Candidates applying for the program must be able to work in the United States for other than practical training. Sponsorship for an employment visa is not currently available for these positions. Candidates MUST apply through our online process.