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"They are rigorous, they’re about making sure our labs, personnel, and test methods conform, that they’re in compliance. They’re independent, not driven by a vendor or a construction company.”

California Department of Transportation

Philip Stolarski, Deputy Division Chief, DES-METS & GS

50 years of experience
PSP participants
samples shipped per year
laboratory assessments per year
accredited labs


Proficiency Sample Program - Engineering Technician I

About the Position:

The AASHTO re:source Proficiency Sample Program Engineering Technician I assists in operating the Proficiency Sample Program. The incumbent assists in preparing proficiency samples and ensuring that samples sent to participating laboratories are of uniform quality and consistency. This involves processing raw construction materials into proficiency samples using construction and laboratory equipment; packaging and shipping them to participating laboratories in accordance with scheduled shipping dates; and maintaining materials usage records for the program. To ensure that the preparation and distribution of proficiency samples can be routinely completed, the incumbent assists in contacting suppliers, obtaining necessary materials and packaging supplies, and performing a biannual inventory of supplies. The incumbent also assists in the repair, maintenance, and verification of laboratory equipment used in the preparation of proficiency samples; data entry and analysis by computer; and the preparation of sample preparation logs, sample production reports, and final reports provided to program participants. The incumbent performs assigned duties related to the proficiency sample quality program, and coordinates with CCRL in maintaining the proficiency sample equipment and facilities. The incumbent is responsible for carrying out his/her duties in a manner consistent with all AASHTO re:source and AASHTO policies. The incumbent is expected to conform to all AASHTO re:source safety policies and support the AASHTO re:source quality assurance programs.

Education Requirements:

A high school diploma is required; some additional specialized training is desirable.

Other requirements:

Must possess the manual skills necessary for the preparation of proficiency samples in a safe and orderly manner in a laboratory setting, and must be able to operate machinery necessary to manipulate sample materials. Must be organized and capable of setting priorities in carrying out the functions assigned for the preparation of samples.

The incumbent should be able to (1) operate a fork lift, front end loader, crane, barrel tipper, drum dolly, and shovel; (2) lift packages weighing up to 70 pounds as many as 100 times a day, (3) climb ladders, and (4) obtain and maintain a state driver’s license to operate motor vehicles.


AASHTO offers a comprehensive compensation package, including generous vacation and sick leave allowances, 10 paid holidays per year, health/dental/vision/life/long-term disability insurance, Family Medical Leave (FMLA), a 403(b) tax-deferred annuity program with company matching and Employee Assistance Program (EAP). All travel expenses are paid, including meals and company vehicles provided for business travel.

About AASHTO and AASHTO re:source:

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Its primary goal is to foster the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system. AASHTO is an international leader in setting technical standards for all phases of highway system development.

Established in 1965, AASHTO re:source is part of the Engineering and Technical Services division of AASHTO. The primary vision of AASHTO re:source is to be the center for promoting quality and achievement of excellence in construction materials testing (CMT). We do this by providing tools and services through our three major programs: the Laboratory Assessment Program (LAP), the Proficiency Sample Program (PSP), and AASHTO Accreditation Program (AAP). Through these activities, we evaluate testing competency, promote continual improvement, and instill confidence in the laboratories and specifies that use our programs. 

How to Apply:

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to travel throughout the United States and beyond, please forward your cover letter and résumé to AASHTO is an equal opportunity employer.

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