Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Class code: 003676
Bargaining unit(s): 207
Classification title: Transportation Generalist Senior
Function: Design
Kind of work: Intermediate level technical, skilled work and/or lead work

Nature & purpose

Under general supervision, an employee in this class performs moderately difficult duties, such as performing technical detail designing and drafting of construction plans according to MnDOT design standards; performs related work as required.

This level is different from the Transportation Generalist in that at the Transportation Generalist Senior level, an employee initiates and/or prioritizes work activities, completes a variety of work assignments and chooses the methods in which to complete work using acquired knowledge of the function.

An employee resolves semi-routine, yet uncommon problems by searching for solutions learned from experience.  An employee is responsible for completing multiple projects and/or work activities with competing deadlines and may set some priorities in the completion of work.  Some employees at this level may perform as lead worker having considerable freedom to organize human, equipment, material, and other resources as well as prioritize, schedule, assign, direct, guide, and report on the work activities of other state employees.

Examples of work

A position may not include all the work examples given, nor does the list include all that may be assigned.

  • Completes computer-aided drafting and designing (CADD) functions and calculations and applies software programs used to perform technical detail designing and drafting of plans.
  • Gathers data from other functional areas and follows standards for drafting construction plan(s) and reviews to ensure compliance with CADD data standards and MnDOT’s design standards.
  • Assists in incorporating all aspects of Americans with Disabilities Act into construction plans.
  • Creates /revises alignments, profiles, cross-sections and super elevations for construction plans.
  • Computes estimated quantities and pay items for construction plans.
  • Assists in developing and designing elements for construction plans to ensure MnDOT, AASHTO, and FHWA standards are met.
  • Uses and maintains project information in an efficient manner so information is readily available for plan preparation and other uses.
  • Generates cross-sections and assists with construction limits and earthwork computations.
  • Assists with cost estimates and in making design decisions within prescribed limits.
  • Conducts background research on assigned issues.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required to be proficient at the job 

Knowledge of:

  • MnDOT policies and procedures; Highway Project Development Process (HPDP), and other State and Federal regulations pertaining to the development of projects.
  • MicroStation, GEOPAK, MnDOT, FHWA and AASHTO design standards and specifications sufficient to perform intermediate design functions.
  • Working knowledge of English sufficient to read, write, speak and understand oral and written information; communicate with employees and the general public in-person or via two-way radio and other electronic devices; and to maintain routine written logs and simple records.

Skill in:

  • Use and operation of motor vehicles requiring a Class D License sufficient to drive to various locations.

Ability to:

Information Technology
  • Create and edit computer files, such as letters, memos, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentation files and use CADD software – MicroStation and intermediate GEOPAK sufficient to do more complex technical detailed designing and drafting.
  • Prepare construction plans and enter timesheets into computerized program(s). 
  • Work cooperatively with peers. 
  • Able to receive verbal instruction and direction. 
  • Able to interact with customers and stakeholders sufficient to resolve interpersonal conflicts and answer routine questions in one-on-one situations. 
  • Assist in resolving routine customer issues; work with others of diverse backgrounds; use tact and diplomacy.
  • Take responsibility for quality and timeliness of work. 
  • Respond to unplanned requests. 
  • Complete assigned tasks and report progress. 
  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with department direction. 
  • Look for opportunities to improve processes.
  • Solve advanced geometry and trigonometry problems.
  • Calculate area, volume, and geometric characteristics of design elements sufficient to perform engineering calculations and cross-sections.
Oral Communication
  • Articulate job-related questions and comprehend answers in a team setting sufficient to effectively communicate.
  • Comprehend work assignment and organize work and task assignment planning.
  • Answer routine questions that provide support and assistance to co-workers.
  • Participate in open group discussions, collaborating with co-workers.
Problem Solving
  • Follow verbal instructions.
  • Can work under the direction of others. 
  • Work independently sufficient to solve routine technical, process, or people-related problems. 
  • Determine when an issue warrants a creative departure from normally followed processes, practices, or guidelines. 
  • Comprehend white papers, proposals, departmental forms and instructional manuals.
  • Read construction plans, MnDOT manuals and specification books.
  • Understand written materials, plans, charts, and technical drawings
  • Apply MnDOT design standards, manuals, guidelines, policies and procedures; and comprehend legal documents such as contracts, policies, and statutes.
Written Communication
  • Generate notes, letters, memos and departmental forms.
  • Use e-mail sufficient to perform business and technical writing.

Licenses, Certifications:

Some positions may require a driver’s license, as well as endorsements, specific to position demands and/or equipment required to perform the job within the work area posted

Technical certifications may be required specific to position demands and will be documented on the posting as to the justification of why specific certifications are necessary.

  • Current MN Class D Driver’s License or equivalent

Minimum Qualifications:

Include years of experience, education, training, certifications, and licenses required at the time of application to be considered eligible for the vacancy.         

The level of experience to perform this job at the TGS level can be achieved with:

  • Two years of experience performing roadway, bridge or transportation design activities using Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) or equivalent or related activities.
  • A combination of one year experience performing preliminary design, roadway or bridge construction, materials, soils, surveys, and/or right of way or equivalent may substitute for one year of experience performing design activities.
  • Note:  A Two year Civil or Construction Technology Degree or the following four year degrees:  Architectural, Civil or Mechanical Engineering; Land Surveying / Geomatics; or equivalent may substitute for one year of experience. (In order for education coursework to be considered in lieu of work experience you must submit a copy of your transcripts).
  • Working knowledge of English sufficient to read, write, speak and understand oral and written information; communicate with employees and the general public in-person or via two-way radio and other electronic devices; and to maintain routine written logs and simple records.

Physical capabilities and environmental work conditions:

Requires occasionally lifting articles such as file boxes or heavy material with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently.  The weight being lifted may only be a negligible amount.  A job in this category may require walking or standing on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.



  • 2-15-12 Updated degree
  • 12-20-16 Modified minimum qualifications

Former Titles:

  • Highway Technician Intermediate