State DOT Practices for Recruiting and Retaining Engineering, Planning, and Management Employees

State DOTs are facing a significant challenge in recruiting and retaining sufficient numbers of engineers, planners, managers, and staff for other key positions. Retirements, fewer civil engineering graduates, and a hyper-competitive employment environment make it difficult for state DOTs to attract and maintain the level of skilled employees they need. Other factors such as greater complexity of construction methods have also added challenges for agencies’ efforts to develop and retain critical positions such as construction project managers. The objective of this synthesis is to document state DOT practices for recruiting and retaining engineers, planners, managers, and other key positions.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $55000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 56-22

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Gause, Jo

  • Start Date: 20240528
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01919867
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 56-22
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 28 2024 4:32PM