Engineering Cooperative Intern

Date: May 12, 2022

Location: New Stanton, PA, US, 15672

Company: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

University of Pittsburgh students only.


Posting Start Date:

May 11, 2022

Posting End Date:

June 6, 2022

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Engineering - Geotechnical

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Pay Range:


Employment Type:

Full Time

Building Location:

Western Regional Office

Building Street:

North Center Avenue

Building City:

New Stanton

Building State:

Pennsylvania (US-PA)

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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

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s (PTC) Engineering Cooperative Program involves training work to develop practical proficiency and gain operational knowledge in various areas of the engineering field. An employee in this position works with higher-level engineers to acquire an understanding of established engineering practices and methods. Employees receive instruction through demonstrations and participation in design and construction projects, performing increasingly more difficult duties as the familiarization period progresses. Close supervision is provided by higher-level engineers who assign projects, give preliminary instructions and reviews work.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • Participates in an on-the-job training program designed to develop practical proficiency in the use of engineering principles and practices applied in the location, design, construction and inspection of roadways and highway structures.
  • Provides assistance during the design and construction of projects under the direction of higher-level engineers.
  • Assists in the oversight process of varying types of design and construction projects, both in the office and in the field.
  • Assists with the reviews of monthly invoices and estimates as prepared by consultants or contractors.
  • Reviews roadway, bridge, and traffic design and construction criteria. Assists in the inspection of roadway, bridges, tunnels and other highway features and structures.
  • Reads and interprets inspection/testing reports, engineering drawings/specifications and various maps, including topographic maps.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with professional associates, supervisors, subordinates, engineering firms and contractors.
  • Attends meetings and presents information clearly and effectively.
  • Uses situational awareness to anticipate and prevent accidents.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Education and Licenses

  • College student with major course work in engineering or other related discipline.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • Must be accepted into and meet the requirements of an accredited university’s Cooperative Program that maintains a relationship with the PTC.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license. Must obtain and maintain a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license within six (6) months of employment.


Problem Solving/Analysis
Comprehension of Engineering Principles and Standards
Communication Proficiency
Quality Control
Project Management
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. Occasionally works outside of normal business hours.



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: Pittsburgh