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In Delivery and Operations, we take care of our roads and bridges. That includes building, maintaining and making repairs when needed. We are located throughout the state, from the big cities to the small towns. We take personal pride in caring for our roads.

​What We Do

Our division divides our state into five regions. Each region is responsible for the maintenance, design and construction of the transportation system within its boundaries. Our work is crucial to our agency.​

​Region map​

Every region has a:​​​

  • ​Maintenance group;
  • Communications staff;
  • Administrative staff;
  • Planning group;
  • Electrical staff;
  • Safety staff;
  • Project managers;
  • Construction project managers;
  • Consultant project managers;
  • Area managers;
  • Bridge specialists;
  • Technical center staff.

The technical center is where traffic engineers, roadway engineers, geotechnical engineers, geologists, hydraulics engineers, HazMat specialists, right of way employees, surveyors and environmental engineers reside. A large portion of ODOT employees work within the ODOT Delivery & Operations division regions.

How We Live Our Mission and Values

Our regions support the ODOT vision by fostering high-performing and collaborative workplaces where staff are aligned in a shared mission. We work hard to embody all of ODOT’s values – integrity, safety, equity, excellence and unity.

Degrees and Experience We Look For

We hire people from almost every background imaginable.

Our Most Common Jobs

  • Maintenance workers
  • Communications specialists
  • Administrative professionals
  • Planners
  • Electricians
  • Safety workers
  • Project managers
  • Construction project workers
  • Consultant project managers
  • Bridge engineers
  • Traffic engineers
  • Roadway engineers
  • Geotechnical engineers
  • Geologists
  • Hydraulics engineers
  • HazMat specialists
  • Right of way experts
  • Surveyors 
  • Environmental engineers.

Regional Videos

This is Region 1

This is Region 2

This is Region 3

This is Region 4

This is Region 5

Inspection of the Marquam Bridge in Porland

HIghway employee standing in front of a wet paint sign.

Highway employee wearing a hard hat and standing in front of a large piece of maintenance machinery

What We Do

We provide leadership for the maintenance and operation of the state highway system. We create best practices, policies, rules and manuals, and provide guidance, training and support to maintenance crews throughout Oregon. 

Some of our work involves managing roadside timber and vegetation, ensuring our winter maintenance practices are safe and appropriate, buying and maintaining equipment, making signs, building and maintaining a radio communication system, implementing intelligent transportation system (ITS) products and services, and coordinating ODOT’s response to emergencies. 

We also oversee the Sno-Park Program, the Snowmobile Program, the Youth Litter Patrol Program and safety rest areas.

Maintenance work, such as installing and repairing guardrails, maintaining bridges and pavement, improving drainage, providing snow removal, and responding to emergencies is primarily done by maintenance crews in the regions.

How We Live Our Mission and Values

Safety is our top priority. We share ownership and responsibility for ensuring safety in all that we do.

Degrees and Experience We Look For

Our employees have degrees or work experience in many different fields. Many have past experience fixing heaving equipment, maintaining or repairing electronic equipment, operating motorized heavy equipment, servicing equipment, and managing programs. Some of our employees have degrees in business, computer science, engineering or electronic technology.

Our Most Common Jobs

  • Program managers
  • Policy analysts
  • Field mechanics
  • Shop mechanics
  • Sign technicians
  • Traffic signal technicians
  • Wireless systems specialists (information systems specialists)
  • Trainers
  • Administrative professionals
  • Engineers​

​Team Highlight Videos

This is Maintenance and Operations

The life of a machinist

Problem solving as an Incident Responder

Traffic incident management saves lives​

Highway maintenance specialist holding a saw on his shoulder.

​What We Do

We are in charge of managing our state’s transportation system. We are the experts in our fields and advise others on how to design, construct, operate and maintain assets such as bridges, roads and culverts. We create rules and best practices, update manuals, provide guidance and training, and give support to each Delivery & Operations region. A large portion of ODOT employees work within our branch.

How We Live Our Mission and Values

We create unity at ODOT by ensuring that our work is aligned throughout the state. We also work hard to embody all of the other ODOT values – integrity, safety, equity and excellence.

Degrees and Experience We Look For

We hire people from almost every background imaginable!

Our Most Common Jobs

  • Civil engineers (bridge, traffic, roadway, geotechnical, hydraulics, pavements, construction, etc.)
  • Electrical engineers
  • Project managers
  • Policy analysts
  • Architectural historians
  • Access management specialists
  • Biologists
  • Data management specialists
  • Inspectors
  • HazMat experts
  • Landscape architects
  • ADA specialists
  • CADD specialists
  • Laboratory crew members
  • Construction project workers
  • Consultant project managers
  • Process improvement specialists
  • Quality assurance specialists
  • Geologists
  • Archaeologists
  • Property management experts
  • Procurement and contracting professionals
  • Communications and web editors
  • Land surveyors
  • Environmental engineers
  • Administrative professionals​​

Team Highlight Videos

This is Project Delivery

Connected Vehicle Pilot Project: Signal Controller Installation​

Surveyor measuring land in a rural setting

​What We Do

The Bridge Engineering section is responsible for providing statewide asset management for state, county and city bridges, as well as statewide leadership in the discipline of bridge engineering. The section consists of the four following units. The section program, design, construction, inspection and maintenance activities support an average construction budget of over $110 million annually, including major bridge maintenance.

Engineers in the Bridge Program & Standards unit lead the effort to determine which bridges will be replaced or undergo significant structural work. They also act as the statewide experts in steel and concrete bridge design and ensure that design standards are up to date so bridges can carry the heavy trucks needed for today’s economy. They ensure that our new bridges are designed to the latest seismic codes in preparation for the anticipated Cascadia subduction zone earthquake.

The Bridge Design unit is made up of civil and structural engineers. Designers are either licensed professional engineers (PE) or hold a Fundamentals of Engineering certificate as they prepare to become licensed PEs. The Bridge Design unit is involved in a variety of bridge and transportation structures design. Examples include new and replacement bridges, culverts, retaining walls, noise walls, overhead sign supports and light poles

The Bridge Preservation & Design unit includes ODOT’s specialty engineering crew. It’s made up of mechanical, electrical, corrosion and structural engineers. These engineers are experts in rehabilitating movable bridges and machinery, protecting historic bridges, painting steel bridges (which is not as simple as it sounds) , evaluating metal fatigue and monitoring the structural health of bridges

The Bridge Operations unit is comprised of engineers and technicians that are responsible for inspecting Oregon’s bridges and tunnels and determining the load bearing capacity, or load rating, of state and local bridges. Inspectors need to be within arm’s reach as they inspect bridges, and in order to reach difficult locations, they climb the bridge with specialized equipment or use a a special truck with an articulating arm that can extend up to 70’. The load rating team evaluates the effect of heavy permit trucks to ensure they will not damage Oregon’s bridges.

How We Live Our Mission and Values

We use our skills and expertise to continuously strive to be more efficient, effective and innovative. We are passionate about safety and the integrity of the structures we design.

Skills and Experience We Look For

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Corrosion engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • CADD experience
  • Passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Current professional engineer license

Our Most Common Jobs

  • Bridge design engineer
  • Bridge load rating engineer
  • Bridge inspector
  • CAD technician
  • Electrical engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Corrosion engineer
  • Structural designer

Bridge maintenance crew working on a bridge in Portland.

Bridge inspectors climbing up a bridge

​What We Do

We are experts in all things construction. Among many things, we:

  • Solve problems encountered during construction projects.
  • Interpret contract plans. 
  • Ensure compliance with safety regulations.
  • Monitor traffic control.
  • Inspect contractor work.
  • Test products and materials. 
  • Foster positive relationships with other ODOT units, contractors, property owners and the public.

Our goals include streamlining processes, finding cost effective and innovative solutions, and promoting best practices.

Our pavement services unit receives about $100 million each year to repave our highways. Although it seems like a lot of money, it isn’t enough to keep all of our roads in good shape. Our job is to decide which roads get repaved, and then plan each paving project. This involves testing existing roads, figuring out why the old road is falling apart, and then determining the best, most cost-effective way to make repairs. Some of our folks come up with the​ “recipes” for asphalt and concrete mixes to make long-lasting pavements. One of our favorite job perks is traveling around our beautiful state and enjoying the amazing scenery.

Visit our ODOT Highway Construction​ webpage​ to know more.

How We Live Our Mission and Values

Safety is our top priority. We assess job hazards, ensure that projects are of high quality and handle traffic control to keep the public safe. We show excellence by being nationally recognized subject matter experts.

Degrees and Experience We Look For

  • Civil engineering degrees or experience.
  • Quality assurance experience.
  • Project and program management experience.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Data and systems management experience.
  • Procurement experience.

Our Most Common Jobs

  • Quality assurance specialists
  • Construction engineers
  • Professional engineers
  • Engineering specialists
  • Pavement specialists
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Inspectors
  • Welding inspection technicians
  • Project and program managers
  • Procurement specialists
  • Operations and policy analysts
  • Administrative specialists

Highway construction employees smoothing fresh pavement.

A crew of highway tractors and trucks working on a new road.

​What We Do

Our survey work is foundational to the design and construction of ODOT projects and involves an exciting mixture of history, law, and technology. We lead field crews to find property boundaries, research historic property records, dig up old monuments, create maps, use geographic information system (GIS) software, take aerial photos using airplanes or drones and create 3D models – all of which helps with the design and construction of highway projects.

We research new ways of doing engineering and survey work and collaborate with software and hardware creators to develop tools and solutions. This makes our work safer, more efficient and more accurate.

How We Live Our Mission and Values

We demonstrate excellence by researching and implementing innovative technologies, providing technical leadership and improving processes. We promote unity by providing training, sharing information and collaborating with our fellow ODOT employees.

Degrees or Experience We Look For

We like to see people with degrees and/or experience in geomatics and civil engineering. Those seeking professional licensure in surveying or engineering get bonus points.

Our Most Common Jobs

  • Engineers
  • Land surveyors
  • Technology researchers
  • Remote sensing professionals and technicians
  • GIS analysts and technicians
  • Survey analysts and technicians
  • Program managers and analysts​

Did You Know?

We use automated machine guidance (AMG) for excavation, grading, milling, concrete paving and more. This technology relies on satellites and robots to accurately and efficiently complete construction activities, saving taxpayers money by cutting construction time by up to 40 percent.

ODOT Engineering Opportunities

Surveyors working with technology

​What We Do

The Geo-Environmental Section is committed to the protection and preservation of our state’s unique environment and to the safety of our highway system. Our group is made up of experts in the following subjects who provide training, mentoring technical advice and reference materials.

  • Storm water engineering
  • Culvert engineering
  • Bridge hydraulics engineering
  • Stream engineering
  • Floodplain analysis
  • Hydrology
  • Fish passage
  • Environmental policy
  • Air quality
  • Noise/Acoustics
  • Roadside development
  • Erosion and sediment control
  • Water quality
  • Wildlife passage
  • Computer-aided design drafting
  • Aquatic and terrestrial biology
  • Botany
  • The Endangered Species Act
  • Archaeology/tribal consultation
  • Architectural history and preservation
  • Wetlands
  • Permits
  • Engineering geology
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Landslides and rockfalls
  • Hazardous materials
  • Retaining walls
  • Material sources 

How We Live Our Mission and Values

We promote a safe and reliable transportation system by making sure that highway structures are designed and constructed with environmental stewardship, wildlife preservation, air and water quality and public safety in mind. We show excellence by delivering transportation projects that preserve and enhance Oregon’s unique and valuable historic resources for future generations.

Degrees and Experience We Look For

Our employees have degrees in landscape architecture, hydraulic engineering, civil engineering, geology, history, historic preservation, architecture, environmental science, physical science, biology, botany, archaeology and CAD drafting.

Our Most Common Jobs

  • Architectural historian
  • Field archaeologist
  • CAD drafter
  • Hydraulic engineer
  • Landscape architect
  • Civil engineer
  • Geotechnical engineer
  • Biologist
  • Historian
  • Geologist
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental program coordinator
  • Culvert inspector

Geoenvironmental employee measuring the depth of a hole in the ground

​What We Do

The Project Development Section is located in the Statewide Project Delivery Branch, a new branch that formed in response to Keep Oregon Moving (HB2017). The SPDB is currently going through reorganization as we prepare to deliver an unprecedented number of projects. As a critical part of the SPDB, the Project Development Section focuses on the people, process, policies and programs to ensure that ODOT can successfully deliver not only projects named in HB2107, but on all projects in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

There are four units within the Project Development Section.

The Project Management Office oversees:

  • Training programs
  • Standards of practice
  • Portfolio management
  • Performance measures
  • Highway continuous improvement

The Program Development Office oversees:

  • Alternative Delivery Methods
  • Outsourcing Program
  • Scoping Program
  • Value Engineering / Risk Program
  • Quality Management Program

The Technology and Data Office oversees:

  • Document management
  • Data Warehouse
  • Project Delivery IS System
  • MS Project Scheduling

The Project Controls Office oversees:

  • Office of Project Letting
  • Design Acceptance Package Quality Assurance
  • Cost Estimating
  • CMR Database
  • Specifications

How We Live Our Mission and Values

The Project Development Section is central to ODOT’s mission and values. Our section develops approved projects from concept to reality. Our engineers, specification writers and quality assurance specialists are vigilant in making sure that the projects we develop are ones that ensure a safe transportation system for Oregonians.

Due to the nature of our work, we strive for excellence in every aspect of project development. One of the ways is by continually analyzing our processes and procedures to look for efficiencies and implementing improvements based on best practices. Integrity is also a key component of our work. Our cost estimators analyze projects to ensure Oregon tax dollars are spent wisely.

Lastly, our section is working to improve and streamline procedures around how we manage documents and data to create an inclusive and cohesive process that brings increased uniformity to statewide project delivery.

Degrees and Experience We Look For

  • Quality assurance experience
  • Analytical skills
  • Data systems management experience
  • Civil engineering degree or experience
  • Project and program management experience
  • Architectural and Engineering contract management skills
  • Employee training experience
  • Procurement experience
  • Large project construction experience

Our Most Common Jobs

  • Quality assurance specialist
  • Professional engineers
  • Engineering specialists
  • Project and program managers
  • Procurement specialists
  • Operations and policy analysts
  • Scheduling specialists
  • Specification writers
  • IT analysts

What We Do

​We are real estate experts. Our work includes valuing property, buying property for projects, moving people, leasing rental property and selling property that the state does not need.

We also manage the Outdoor Advertising Sign Program. The sign program is responsible for meeting the federal requirements for signs on private property when visible from any part of the national highway system. The goal of the program is to help keep our highway system safe for motorists by controlling the number of signs while assisting citizens in meeting their sign needs.

How We Live Our Mission and Values

We show integrity by spending Oregon taxpayer money wisely and by treating all people fairly when they have to sell land or move when we buy their property for a project.

Degrees or Experience We Look For

We often hire those with real estate experience and those who are good at research. Some of our positions, such as our appraisal jobs, require licenses. Many people in our group have degrees or experience in law, finance, social studies, contract administration, public policy and construction engineering.

Our Most Common Jobs

  • Property agents
  • Appraisers
  • Title closers
  • Researchers
  • Advertisers
  • Relocation liaisons
  • Computer specialists
  • Financial coordinators and funding coordinators​

Right of Way employee holding a sign that reads One ODOT

Employees standing in a circle having a discussion

​What We Do

We make communities livable for all. We design roadways for all types of multi-modal transportation, including highway, pedestrian, bike and transit. Projects can include:

  • Large highway projects that may add capacity and/or increase safety for the traveling public.
  • Bridge projects that replace or repair existing bridges.
  • Paving projects to extend the life of existing highways.
  • Pedestrian projects allowing for safe passage for all. 
  • Safe bike routes for those choosing to ride a bike instead of a driving a car.
  • Safety projects to improve traffic operations at intersections by adding left or right turn lanes, adding signals or constructing newer alternatives like roundabouts.

How We Live Our Mission and Values

We work with other ODOT units and external stakeholders to provide the best solutions to transportation needs. We strive every day to provide high quality products that are efficient, cost effective, innovative and safe.

Degrees and Experience We Look For

  • For roadway designers, degrees in engineering (civil preferred) are required. As you progress in your career, passing the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and becoming a Registered Professional Engineer will be required.
  • For roadway drafters there can be various mixes of experience and education, including associates degrees, classes or experience in any type of computer-aided drafting.
  • For specification writers there can various mixes of experience related to the field with a preference for experience in highway construction.

Our Most Common Jobs

  • Roadway engineers
  • CAD drafters 
  • Specification writers

Roadway engineer standing in front of a computer in an office 

A group of roadway engineers standing outside and smiling at the camera

​What We Do

Our traffic engineers help shape the traffic control of tomorrow, research new traffic control applications and help make the roads safer and more efficient. This involves deciding the location of signs, timing of traffic signals and designing roundabouts to reduce crashes. We also investigate locations for safety improvements by looking at high crash locations and implementing remedies. We work closely with roadway engineers, electrical engineers and computer engineers.

How We Live Our Mission and Values

Our first goal is ensuring the safety of our highways. We also promote unity by partnering with other disciplines to ensure alignment in our work.

Degrees or Experience We Look For

Many of our employees have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and/or have a professional engineer’s license in civil, structural or transportation-related engineering. Many hold degrees in civil, electrical, or transportation-related engineering.

Our Most Common Jobs

  • Signal Operations Engineer
  • Traffic Designer (signs, signals, work zones)
  • Traffic Safety Investigator
  • Traffic Analyst

Traffic employees leaning over a table to look at a map

Group of traffic employees standing outside in front of a big electrical box and smiling at the camera

Join Our Team

ODOT Career Opportunities

Team Highlights

We work with many community partners who give their time and talents to beautifying our corridors as part of the Living Highways Program.

Our Youth Litter Patrol Program provides teens with a great opportunity to work outdoors as a team and have a role in maintaining the environment.

Did You Know?

In 1913, there were 25 miles of paved road in Oregon. Today there are 73,868. Now, that's a lot of asphalt!