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Program OverviewCivil Engineer/Technician Co-op Program
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Civil Engineer/Technician Co-op Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to gain work experience, develop professional competence and long-range career goals, integrate work experiences with academic knowledge, and establish a professional network.
To employ undergraduate Civil Engineering and Civil Engineering Technology students on a continuing basis for approximately three to eleven months per year on various development and delivery projects in Michigan.
MDOT is responsible for highway and bridge construction contracts throughout the State of Michigan. Contractors construct the projects, but co-op students will join professional field staff who provide engineering and inspection services. MDOT has a unique program for the student interested in Civil Engineering, Civil Technology, and Land Surveying.
The program may require a Certification in Federal Material Testing and Sampling Methods (involves passing a written and proficiency exam to be completed after hire.)
Typical Work Assignments
In an on-the-job training capacity, work assignments could include performing entry and intermediate level work including but not limited to inspection, testing, surveying, design plans, and project administration for the department road, bridge, and facilities programs.
Work Schedule and Maximum Program Years
Work period could be from three to eleven months per calendar year for a maximum of six years in the program, depending on the department's operational needs.
The standard bi-weekly work period is 80 hours. Overtime, when applicable, is paid beyond 80 hours bi-weekly and 8 hours daily.
Minimum starting salary is $13.72 per hour. This pay rate became effective October 1, 2012.
As a condition of employment, co-op students are expected to accept the initial assignment location of the season with no travel expense reimbursement. Subsequent transfers to locations more than 25 miles from the initial assignment location may be eligible for travel expense reimbursement.
The assignment will be to an MDOT location/site. Most of the openings are in or near major population centers. Assignments take into consideration location preferences provided on the application.
Complete an online application.
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