Engineer Trainee

Date: Sep 8, 2022

Location: Middletown, PA, US, 17057

Company: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Posting Start Date:

August 15, 2022

Posting End Date:

October 28, 2022

Position Number:

80005965, 80005966, 80005967, 80005968



FLSA Status:

Salaried Exempt



Salary Grade:


Salary Range:

$51,437.99 - $77,156.99

Employment Type:

Full Time

Building Location:

Central Office Building

Building Street:

700 S. Eisenhower Boulevard

Building City:


Building State:

Pennsylvania (US-PA)

Building Zip Code:



The Commission values its team members and understands the importance of work/life balance to the health, well-being and productivity of its team.  Therefore, this position may be eligible for Flexible Work Options* such as:

  • Hybrid Work - combination of remote and in-person reporting
  • Alternate Work Schedule - flexibility to adjust work schedule length to complete work week in fewer days
  • Staggered Work Hours - flexibility to choose from a variety of start/end times

*Some options may require completion of probationary period.  The Commission requires all employees to establish PA residency within 6 months of hire and to maintain PA residency, regardless of Flexible Work Options. 


The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, opened on October 1, 1940, is known as “America’s First Superhighway”!  Our mission is to operate a safe, reliable, customer-valued toll road system that supports national mobility and commerce.  The PTC operates a 552-mile system used by 192 million vehicles a year.  Together, we are building the highway of the future.  

Job Purpose and Summary

This position works with higher level professionals to develop practical proficiency in various units of the design and construction engineering sections for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC). Employees receive instruction through demonstrations and participation in design and construction projects and perform increasingly difficult duties as the familiarization period progresses. Close supervision is provided by higher-level engineers who assign projects, give preliminary instructions and review work and ensure quality and adherence to established policy and procedures. Employees may be recommended for reclassification to an Engineer Project Manager 1 upon successful completion of twelve (12) months as an Engineer Trainee or engineering intern with the PTC.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • Participates in an on-the-job training program designed to develop practical proficiency in the use of engineering principles and training received in school.
  • Provides assistance and recommendations for design and construction of projects under the direction of higher-level engineers.
  • Participates with the review of submissions made by consultants or contractors.
  • Observes, assists and gains an understanding of the oversight process of various design and construction projects, both in the office and in the field.
  • Reviews and identifies discrepancies on monthly invoices and estimates as prepared by consultants or contractors.
  • Attends monthly progress/status meetings.
  • Reviews roadway, bridge and traffic design and construction criteria.
  • Assists in the inspection of roadway, bridges, tunnels and other highway features and structures.
  • Develops and maintains knowledge in assigned engineering area(s).
  • Uses situational awareness to anticipate and prevent accidents.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Education and Licenses

  • Bachelor’s degree with major course work in engineering or other related discipline.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license. Must obtain and maintain a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license within six (6) months of employment.


Customer Service
Critical Thinking
Communication Proficiency
Analytical Thinking
Active Listening
Attention to Detail

Physical Demands and Work Environment


Position demands include frequent speaking, writing and reading reports. Position requires frequent work at a computer utilizing business programs and PTC specific operating systems. Position requires occasional travel and/or fieldwork with exposure to roadway traffic.



Office environment with low levels of noise, adequate lighting and comfortable temperature. Field environment may include exposure to moderately adverse and undesirable conditions. Physical environment is generally safe, but safety equipment or precautions must be followed in field conditions.  


The information provided in this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent(s) within this job. It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of the employee(s) assigned to this job. Management has the discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact the Human Resources Department by calling 717-831-7378.

Nearest Major Market: Harrisburg