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In response to the Administration’s emphasis on infrastructure maintenance and improvement, the Dept of Transportation is hiring in large numbers.

Transportation includes 11 Agencies and offers a wide range of job openings nationwide at all levels.

Funding for transportation infrastructure continues to flow to the Agencies. As of this writing the Department of Transportation has posted some 253 openings to the current list of vacancies. Some of these listings cover multiple openings. Both white and blue collar jobs are vacant in many geographic areas. Among the white collar jobs there are technical, professional, administrative and support positions listed.

The Department of Transportation cites its interest in recruiting people with a sincere interest in transportation issues. Its career website states, “...we’re looking for motivated people with new ideas – people who want to make a difference – to ensure our transportation system continues to lead the world...”

Agencies Within Transportation
The Department consists of 11 different Agencies which cover a wide range of activities and a broad range of occupations. Each Agency has many offices throughout the U.S. These Agencies are:

Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Highway Administration
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin
Federal Railroad Administration
Federal Transit Administration
Maritime Administration
National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
Office of the Secretary of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Research and Innovative Technology Administration
Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

Jobs Now in Demand
Following is a sample of the various jobs that are open now or that open regularly in the most active Agencies within Transportation.

The Federal Aviation Administration controls the nation’s skies and otherwise regulates all aspects of civil aviation in the country.

The following describes a recent job opening with the FAA: Air Traffic Control Specialist (GS-2152 ).  Duties include: Provide radar control to aircraft arriving at or departing from the primary airport and adjacent airports, and to aircraft transiting the facility's airspace; operate radar and communication equipment to apply radar separation standards and vectoring procedures; detect and adjust malfunctions and interferences in the equipment; issue speed, altitude, and directional instructions to pilots to keep aircraft properly separated; provide air traffic advisory services to pilots including clearances to operate aircraft, weather and field conditions, and safety and traffic alerts; provide training to developmental air traffic controllers and other employees in the facility.

The Federal Highway Administration provides financial and technical support to state and local governments for constructing, improving, and preserving the highway system.

The following describes an opening with the FHA: Program Manager (GS-0340) .  Duties include: Develops and formulates specific policies, objectives, guidelines, and other instructions required to ensure the effective and timely accomplishment of the organizational mission.

The purpose of the Federal Railroad Administration is to promote rail safety and conduct research and development in support of improved railroad efficiency. The FRA is a leader in the development of intermodal transportation (containers shipped by sea, rail and road).

The following describes an opening with the FRA: Accountant (GS-0510) . Duties include: Serve as an expert advisor on the development, delivery, and oversight of statutes, regulations, guidance procedures, policies and other financial management and administrative requirements related to the award of Federal grants to the National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak), and the accountability of programs provided for under assistance agreements.

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) also promotes intermodal transportation. It regulates and enhances shipping, shipbuilding, port operations, vessel operations, national security, environment, and safety. It is additionally charged with maintaining the health and education of mariners both current and future.

The following is a recent opening with the MARAD. High Voltage Electrician (WG-2810) .  Duties include: Performs maintenance, testing, installation of new components, trouble-shooting, cable splicing, PLN connector assembly, lock out-tag out requirements, OSHA safety requirements and NEC requirements associated with the various electrical systems.

The Office of the Secretary of Transportation oversees the formulation of national transportation policy and promotes intermodal transportation. Other responsibilities include negotiating international transportation agreements, ensuring the fitness of US airlines, enforcing airline consumer protection regulations, issuing of regulations to prevent alcohol and illegal drug misuse in transportation systems and preparing transportation legislation.

Following is an opening with the OST. IT Specialists (GS-2210) . Duties include: Prepare material, participate in discussion and decision processes, communicate effectively with technical and non-technical government personnel, and private sector representatives as needed.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a very focused mission: to ensure that hazardous materials are transported safely by pipeline, airplane, train, boat, or on the nation's streets and highways.

Following is a recent opening with the PHMSA. Transportation Specialist (GS-2101) . Duties include: Provide support tor and/or develop compliance assistance packages, guidance documents, training and outreach materials, informational brochures, instructions, manual material, technical bulletins CD-ROM training, CD and Safety Alerts, based on background information, needs assessment and other pertinent criteria related to the field.

The St Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation was created to construct, operate and maintain that part of the St. Lawrence Seaway between the Port of Montreal and Lake Erie that is within the territorial limits of the United States. Trade development functions aim to enhance Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway System utilization without respect to territorial or geographic limits.

Following is an opening with the SLSDC. Crane Operator (WG-5725) . Duties include: Operates all hydraulic cranes with various attachments to lift equipment, personnel and material at or near crane capacity. Accuracy is critical and worksites restrict maneuverability requiring extreme boom lengths and angles.

How to Apply
Candidates interested in any of the occupations cited above should scan this website for current vacancies.

Interested candidates may also visit the following DOT websites.
Office of the Secretary of Transportation

Federal Aviation Administration

Federal Highway Administration

Federal Railroad Administration

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

St Lawrence Seaway Development Corp

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin

Maritime Administration

Federal Transit Administration

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology