Why apply to the transportation technician initiative?

Workers from Ministry of Transportation repairing road with a big machine
  • Satisfying and meaningful work. Your contribution will be vital towards maintaining the high quality of Ontario's highways and bridges, as well as MTO's delivery of the largest highway construction program in Canadian history.
  • Networking opportunities. Interact with technical professionals from the private sector, municipalities, and agencies, putting you on the right track to a successful career in the Ontario Public Service.
  • Career growth in the Ontario Public Service. Begin with us, stay with us. You will have the opportunity to apply for more senior positions with competitive salaries.

Who can apply for the TT initiative?

This initiative is for engineering technicians, or individuals who have obtained similar experience through working in related disciplines. You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada eligible to work in Ontario.

I'm sold! How and when can I apply?

You can apply for this initiative through the OPS Careers website. Be sure to check the OPS website often for TT job postings.

How long is this program and is this a permanent position?

Individuals hired through the TT initiative are full-time, permanent ministry employees. The TT initiative provides three years of structured experience through rotational assignments in a variety of disciplines.

Is there on-the-job learning and how does it work?

Yes, the ministry provides both classroom as well as on-the-job learning. Participants can expect to engage in practical, multifunctional learning experiences through rotational assignments in many disciplines, which could include: 

Where can I ask questions about the TT initiative program?

Please direct any questions you have about the TT initiative to MTO.TTinitiative@ontario.ca. A ministry staff person will respond to you.

What kind of work or rotational assignments are available?

Potential work could include the following:


  • support the contract administration of ministry construction projects by monitoring the day-to-day administration of construction contracts
  • organize staff, review work progress, and ensure proper records are established and maintained
  • manage quality assurance acceptance testing and inspection
  • assist in the acquisition and management of consultants, including evaluating proposals

Highway design

  • research technical data and conduct site investigations for the development of preliminary engineering and detailed designs, contract drawings, and tender documents for highway, structural, electrical, and maintenance projects
  • undertake highway geometrics/operations studies and assist in assessing environmental impacts assist in consultant acquisition and management, including evaluating proposals and assess adherence to ministry consultant assignment requirements
  • prepare a variety of preliminary reports, correspondence, and presentations related to projects of an engineering or transportation systems planning nature 

Operations and maintenance

  • monitor highway conditions and determine need for action
  • prepare/administer maintenance contracts
  • perform highway and bridge repairs, electrical systems, overhead signs
  • arrange for appropriate equipment, material and labour
  • inspect work to ensure adherence to safety standards
  • operation of state of the art systems: Advanced Traffic Management System, Global Positioning, Advanced Road Weather Information System


  • collect data, participate in investigations and prepare traffic operations reports on specific highway areas
  • prioritize improvements and carry out capacity and collision analyses to identify problem locations
  • evaluate proposed changes to traffic control practices and policies 
  • develop traffic modelling and forecasting
  • participate in the development of innovative solutions to traffic management issues and the design and implementation of new control devices


  • perform legal and engineering survey field work using state-of-the-art technology, including: GPS (Global Positioning System), Reflectorless Total Stations, Digital Levels
  • process field survey data and prepare digital base plans using: Digital Terrain Modelling, Computer-Aided Drafting (AutoCAD)
  • assist in consultant acquisition and management, including evaluating proposals