General Employment Information
PennDOT is a customer-driven service organization responsible for the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of Pennsylvania's multimodal transportation system. To effectively move people and goods within a highly industrialized region, the department has developed an extensive transportation system.
The department is organized into a Central Office, which is located in Harrisburg, and eleven Engineering Districts strategically located throughout the state. The Central Office provides overall guidance and policies, and the districts are responsible for carrying out these policies.
Gaining employment with the Commonwealth is different from gaining employment with a private organization. Some people call state agencies to inquire about current vacancies and submit applications directly to the agency. This is not the most effective way to obtain employment with the Commonwealth.
PennDOT is an equal opportunity employer, and also encourages active military service members as well as veterans to explore opportunities with the department. Other employment options are also shared through the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
There are two general types of employment available with the Department of Transportation. They are Civil Service and Non-Civil Service. Each are separate employment processes, which are overseen by organizations separate from the Department of Transportation.
Civil Service Employment
The State Civil Service Commission oversees Civil Service employment for all agencies of the Commonwealth. The Civil Service system is merit based; all job titles require you to complete an application and most require you to take an examination as well. If you meet the minimum experience and training for that job title, your name will be placed on a candidate list according to your score.
When an agency is filling a Civil Service position with that job title, it will request an applicant list from the Civil Service Commission. Some of the Civil Service job titles used by PennDOT are: Civil Engineer, Transportation Construction Inspector, Driver License Examiner Assistant, and Driver License Examiner. To view Civil Service job titles and apply, please visit the State Civil Service Commission website.
Non-Civil Service Employment
The Non-Civil Service vacancy process is controlled by the Bureau of State Employment in the Governor's Office of Administration.
When an agency is filling a Non-Civil Service position, it will request a list from the Bureau of State Employment of those applicants who meet the minimum experience and training for that job title. The Bureau of State Employment makes this determination and provides a list of applicants to the agency. Some of the Non-Civil Service job titles used by PennDOT are: Clerk, Administrative Officer, and Diesel Mechanic.
A non-civil service employment application and information can be found at PA Employment. Internet access is also provided by most public libraries and PA CareerLink sites. Applicants can visit PA CareerLink online to locate the nearest PA CareerLink site.
Women In Transportation
According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are more than 60 million women in the labor force today, yet women make up only 8 percent of engineers, 18 percent of engineering technicians, and 30 percent of natural scientists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that roughly 15 percent of the more than 9.1 million people working in transportation and material-moving occupations are women.
As part of Women's History Month — celebrated in March — PennDOT spoke to some of its leading women employees to discuss the importance of women in transportation and mentoring other women in the field.