Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Civil Engineering Tech (Geotechnical Drill Crew Chief)

Pierre, SD
Job ID: 17437
Agency: Department of Transportation / Division of Planning and Engineering / Office of Materials and Surfacing
Salary: $24.49-27.79 per hour, depending on experience
Pay Grade: GI
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

This is a full-time position with the Department of Transportation. For more information about the Department of Transportation, please visit http://dot.sd.gov .

The Civil Engineering Technician (Geotechnical Drill Crew Chief) oversees drill crews performing subsurface soil explorations for highway projects. Duties include but are not limited to coordinating and overseeing the drill crews assigned to the Geotechnical Engineering Activity; planning and preparing for subsurface explorations assigned to the Geotechnical Engineering Activity; performing subsurface explorations; overseeing, directing, and scheduling the maintenance and repair of transport vehicles, drill rigs, and tooling; and managing the inventory of tooling, equipment, and supplies needed to support geotechnical drilling activities.

This position travels within South Dakota 3-4 days each week on a year-round basis.

Work assignments are frequently performed outside in all weather conditions and around highway traffic.

Incumbents must have a valid driver license and must have or obtain a valid commercial driver license (CDL) within sixty days of hire date to retain employment. Employee will be subject to pre-employment, random, reasonable-suspicion, post-accident, follow up, and return-to-duty drug and alcohol testing.

According to SDCL 32-12A, applicants will be required to authorize the Department of Transportation to obtain a complete driving record.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
An associate degree in civil engineering technology, a 4-year Construction Management degree, or related degree and/or experience in geotechnical subsurface investigations.

Knowledge of:
  • South Dakota geology and surficial soils (preferred by not required);
  • principles and practices of conducting geotechnical investigations (preferred but not required);
  • operation and maintenance of geotechnical exploration drill rigs (preferred but not required);
  • preventive equipment maintenance methods.

Skill to:

  • read and interpret topographic and geologic maps (preferred but not required);
  • operate, maintain and repair various equipment;
  • operate a computer and use Microsoft software;

Ability to:
  • display high standards of ethical conduct;
  • attend to all details of assignments and completes work properly, accurately, and thoroughly;
  • display a high level of effort and commitment towards completing assignments and goals;
  • set priorities, schedule activities, acquire resources, and monitor progress to ensure the successful completion of projects and assignments;
  • treat customers courteously and be responsive to their needs;
  • listen attentively to others and clearly conveys information and ideas;
  • work cooperatively with others and promote a friendly work climate;
  • use arms, legs and back to safely move, drag, lift 35 pounds frequently, up to 60 pounds occasionally (without assistance), and 95 or more pounds infrequently (with assistance);
  • walk, sit and stand for extended periods of time;
  • routinely reach, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl;
  • have the physical dexterity to operate drilling equipment.


NCRC: If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered.

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.

The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/work-for-state-government/ . This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Must apply online: https://sodakprod-lm01.cloud.infor.com:1443/lmghr/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=FO1
You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.

South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email: careers@state.sd.us
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

    Civil Engineering Tech (Geotechnical Drill Crew Chief)