This position serves as a Falling Weight Deflection (FWD) Analyst and is responsible for organizing and conducting statewide data collection and analysis projects to determine the overall structural condition of roadways. This includes responsibilities for data collection, research, and analysis; software and equipment maintenance, calibration, and testing; and performing a variety of other duties as assigned. The position provides lead worker supervision for temporary personnel (1.0 2.0 FTE).
Data Collection and Analysis
Coordinates and conducts pavement surface deflection testing projects to provide relevant and reliable results to MDT's engineering and design programs. This includes analyzing project specifications to determine appropriate methods, equipment, and data management tools for individual projects. Evaluates project priorities, locations, resource requirements, and other factors to develop statewide project routes and allocations that maximize efficiency.
Establishes software and equipment functions, operations, calibrations, and other parameters necessary to collect relevant structural condition data. This involves evaluating testing sites to determine the impact of dynamic features (e.g., weather, traffic, slope, etc.); adjusting methodsand equipment as necessary to ensure the integrity of data collection and results; and collecting data utilizing advanced capabilities of a Falling Weight Deflectometer, including specialized software, electronic sensors, and complex mechanical systems.
Conducts field reviews of data to determine overall quality of data collection activities. Identifies errors and discrepancies related to software and equipment calibration, load variables, maintenance activities, and other factors.
Determines and implements corrective actions (e.g., data modifiers, drilling, retesting, etc.) as necessary to ensure the technical defensibility of testing methods and collected data. Coordinates data transfers and other processes to upload data to multiple sites.
Analyzes uploaded structural condition data to determine the overall quality of data. This involves physical review of current and historical data, evaluation of data trends, investigation of changes to roadways between tests, environmental influences (e.g., temperature, moisture, etc.) and other analytical activities to isolate homogenous sections and identify anomalies that may impact final condition assessment and construction/maintenance project planning.
Develops solutions to technical and analytical problems and apprises supervisor of significant issues for further review. Assigns thicknesses to roadway sections based upon data analysis to establish roadway condition rating.
Researches and analyzes as-built roadways throughout the state to determine the amount of base, plant mix type, milling history, and other characteristics. Researches and analyzes undocumented (or insufficiently documented) roadway changes, soil surveys, maintenance histories, and other information to ensure that all influencing factors are incorporated into structural condition analyses. Determines and coordinates data modifications based upon findings to ensure the integrity of thicknesses used in analysis.
Conducts forensic investigations of roadway surfaces to determine the nature, extent, and cause of failures. This involves preliminary analysis of project specifications, problems, and failures; physical testing of roadway surfaces; and research and analysis of roadway features (e.g., layer thickness, materials, changes, etc.) to diagnose problems.
Coordinates complex equipment calibrations to ensure that structural data collection and subsequent analysis provides technically defensible results. This includes coordination of annual baseline, relative, and reference calibration; testing and integrating variable impacts of temperature, moisture, deflection, and other factors; performing weekly systems checks; and diagnosing problems and deficiencies associated with electronic and mechanical systems, software, site conditions, and other factors.
Develops and presents analytical reports on roadway structural conditions, influences, and treatments. This includes cyclical and specialized reports intended to translate technical information to various audiences (e.g., engineers, planners, local officials, etc.) by incorporating computerized designs, presentation tools, and statistical representations. Explains and defends data collection methods and equipment, research findings, and recommendations as requested.
Technical Assistance and Coordination
Coordinates and performs preventative maintenance activities on equipment and vehicles to ensure safe and effective operations. This includes reviewing performance data and trends to establish preventative maintenance schedules. Reviews, evaluates, and recommends software modifications, equipment/component upgrades, and new technologies to improve the overall quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of operations.
Diagnoses and resolves equipment and vehicle failures in the field to promote safe, effective, and continuing operations necessary to complete projects. This involves physical and automated diagnoses of multiple electronic and mechanical systems (e.g., software conflicts, sensor failures, broken parts, etc.), manual repair or replacement of inoperable components, and updating problem logs to provide documentation for further analysis and resolution.
Coordinates with equipment and software vendors, Department specialists, District and centralized staff, and others to resolve advanced technical problems affecting equipment and vehicle operations. Explains diagnoses and corrective actions already implemented; recommends longer-term solutions; and evaluates third-party responses/repairs to ensure effective resolution.
Researches and evaluates new data collection methods, equipment, and technologies to recommend enhancements to NDT practices, resources, and results. Communicates with other states' departments of transportation, District and centralized managers and staff, private contractors and consultants, local officials, and others to identify needs and recommend enhancements.
Conducts a range of materials sampling and testing activities utilizing coring equipment and other specialized methods and equipment to ensure the quality and relevance of samples (e.g., representative locations, compositions, etc.).
Coordinates and monitors safety protocols to promote safe and effective equipment and vehicle operations. This includes conducting safety inspections of equipment and vehicles, coordinating with MDT staff and others to ensure appropriate signage and traffic controls for data collection, and monitoring projects to identify and resolve unsafe practices or equipment. Refers persistent or severe safety risks to supervisors for further investigation.
Represents the Section and Bureau on technical research committees, advisory panels, workgroups, and other meetings to provide specialized NDT expertise, develop uniform standards and procedures, conduct collaborative research, and exchange information.
Predominant work for this position is performed in a normal office environment and in the file, involving:
Exposure to extreme weather
Exposure to loud noises
Exposure to high-speed traffic
This position requires knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering, mathematics, statistics, and the physical sciences; computer and electronics technology; technical research and analysis methods and procedures; Engineering Division objectives and Materials Bureau goals; State, federal, AASHTO, and FHWA standards; highway construction methods and techniques; material specifications; and electronic and mechanical system diagnosis and repair.
This position requires skill in analyzing and interpreting technical data; operating specialized equipment and information systems; drawing conclusions and making recommendations based upon technical analyses and professional judgments; and communicating technical information to varied audiences.
To be considered for this position, applicants must attach a resume, copies of their transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable), and their answers to the supplemental question listed at the end of this posting. Answers to supplemental question should be created in a Word document and attached to the application prior to final submission.
The required knowledge and skills are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electronics or a related field.
For candidates with a related Bachelor's Degree, no work related experience is required.
This position requires a valid driver's license. Driver's record will be verified.
Successful applicants will be required to sign a release form which authorizes the Department to obtain the applicant's permanent driving records. Compliance with Mont. Admin. R. 2.6.201, "State Vehicle Use," and MDT Policy # 3-0134, "Addendum to Risk Management and Tort Defense Division State Vehicle Use Policy" are conditions of employment.
Alternative qualifications include: A 2-year Associate Degree in Civil Engineering, Computer Science, or Electronics plus two years of experience in highway design, construction, materials, electronics, and/or computer science. Experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis.
Other Important Information:
The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principle functions of the job identified and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job.
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is committed to continuous improvement of our employee safety program, our safety and health processes, and to achieving an injury-free workplace.
MDT is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply.
Women and minorities are underrepresented in this category and are encouraged to apply. People with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Human Resources and Occupational Safety Division, at 406-444-6054.
Only electronic applications will be accepted. All required additional materials must be submitted by midnight on the closing date.
If you need assistance in completing the online application, please contact your local job service. If you need an accommodation with the application process, please contact the HR office at MDT.
All documents required for establishing preference must be received or date stamped by the closing date. You will receive an email with instructions on how to submit such documents.
If you would like a copy of the Job Profile, please contact the HR Generalist.
This is an MFPE (formerly MPEA) union position. This position is being posted in accordance with the bargaining unit agreement.
Non-bargaining unit employees, or employees of another bargaining unit, may apply. If the position is not filled with a bargaining unit applicant, the non-bargaining unit applicants may be considered. However, bargaining unit applicants will have preference.
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