Trainee-Graduate Engineer
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Saint Paul, MN

The Graduate Engineer Trainee Program is a unique, 2-year training program that provides new MnDOT engineers with the opportunity to really “get to know” the department before beginning a permanent position. The Graduate Engineer Trainee Program is designed to provide Trainees with practical, work experience through formal job rotations within various engineering sections of MnDOT. Trainees will rotate through a variety of areas to ensure they benefit from exposure to a broad background of engineering. These rotational experiences help trainees expand their technical, managerial and human relations skills through formal on-the-job training. The program also familiarizes trainees with MnDOT’s organizational structure, goals, policies and personnel.

This vacancy posting will be used to fill Trainee, Engineer Graduate positions in MnDOT’s Graduate Engineer Program. Homebase offices may be located any where in the state and include areas like: Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Mankato/Windom, Rochester/Owatonna, St. Paul or Willmar. The selected Trainee(s) will begin employment sometime between January, 2020 and June, 2020, once all educational requirements have been met. Upon successful completion of the two (2) year training program, the Trainee will be permanently assigned to a position within their homebase.

To successfully complete the program, a Trainee must: 1) Complete two (2) years of professional engineering experience; 2) Obtain Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) registration; 3) Demonstrate satisfactory performance in all rotations; 4) Complete all required rotations; and 5) Complete 20 hours of recruitment, STEM outreach or public engagement volunteer service. Once all criteria are met, the Trainee will be non-competitively converted to a permanent, probationary Engineer 2 Graduate position.

All Trainees must become a registered, Professional Engineer within 6 years of being appointed as a Trainee, no exceptions. Failure to do so will result in termination.


We are driven to find talented, innovative employees for Minnesota’s nationally recognized transportation system. We work to build the best team in the transportation industry to ensure that Minnesota thrives with a safe, sustainable and leading edge transportation system. You will be surrounded by a diverse community of experts, each driven by challenging work and motivated by the greater good. You will understand the impact of the work you are doing and be able to see the benefit you are providing to the citizens of Minnesota. You can set your sights high and use your strengths to grow within the organization. MnDOT offers superior health and retirement benefits as well as a solid commitment to work-life balance, which provides you the tools to thrive both at work and outside of work.


To qualify for the MnDOT Graduate Engineer Program, applicants must possess, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil, Construction or Geotechnical Engineering from an ABET accredited university by the date of hire. If the selected candidate has not yet obtained their Bachelor’s degree, all offers of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of this educational requirement.

All applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States. MnDOT does not sponsor work visas.

If you meet the degree requirement, applicants may be further evaluated for a potential interview based on the following: (1) Applicant’s GPA; (2) An advanced degree in civil, construction or geotechnical engineering; (3) Possession of the Fundamentals of Engineering registration or a Professional Engineer’s license; or (4) Engineering related work experience; and (5) Previous MnDOT experience.

***In addition to electronically applying to this vacancy, all qualified applicants must complete the application requirements by emailing the following 1) Your transcripts (all transcripts related to your qualifying degree); 2) Proof of any identifying credentials (Proof of FE certification, Proof of PE licensure); 3) If you have a degree from a foreign university and have not passed the FE in the state of Minnesota, you must also supply proof that you are eligible to become licensed in the state of Minnesota once you meet the professional engineering experience requirement and any paperwork you have submitted that proves your degree is equivalent to that of a Bachelor of Science in Civil, Construction or Geotechnical engineering; and 4) In the subject line of the email include your first and last name and what’s in the email (Jane Doe – Transcripts and FE proof).

If you fail to submit your transcripts and all supporting documentation by the closing of this posting on October 16, 2019, your application will be considered incomplete and you will not be any given further consideration.

APPLY ONLINE BY 10/16/2019:

1. Go to

2. Click “External Applicants”.

3. On the Job Search, enter the Job Opening ID 35535 in the Keywords search box and click Search.

4. Click on the Job Title to view the job posting.

5. Click Apply.

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Only applicants received on will be considered.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $45,789.00 to $65,020.00 /year


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off