Jason Gutting named new administrator for the MDOT Construction Field Services Division


Fast facts:
– Jason Gutting has been appointed as administrator for MDOT’s Construction Field   Services Division.
– Gutting served most recently as the department’s Construction Operations engineer.
– Gutting began his new assignment on Feb. 15.

February 16, 2016 — Jason Gutting has been appointed as the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) new Construction Field Services (CFS) Division administrator. Gutting assumed his new position on Feb. 15 after serving more than four years as the Construction Operations engineer for the CFS Division and previously as system operations engineer in the Operations Field Services Division.

“In his new position, Jason will play a vital role developing and implementing statewide policy on pavement and materials operations,” said Randy Van Portfliet, deputy chief engineer and head of MDOT’s Bureau of Field Services. “Research and technological advances spell rapid changes in the construction industry. Jason will challenge his staff to continue to find innovations and new ways to do things to save time and money.”

The CFS Division is responsible for the development and distribution of construction specifications, quality control/quality assurance programs, field consultation standards, and training in support of the region’s delivery of the annual transportation program. Additionally, the division administers the annual bridge and capital preventive maintenance programs. This includes the statewide bridge inspection program and the maintenance and operation of both the bridge management and pavement management systems.

Gutting is succeeding Brenda O’Brien, who will retire from MDOT at the end of March. Appointing Gutting to this position now will help ensure a smooth transition in leadership and work knowledge.

“We extend a huge thanks to Brenda for all her leadership and setting the stage for Jason’s success by creating the team that is in place,” Van Portfliet said.

Prior to working in the operations area, Gutting was the construction contracts engineer for CFS as well as the construction engineer and an assistant construction engineer at the MDOT Lansing Transportation Service Center (TSC).

Gutting holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Michigan State University (MSU). He is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan. He began his career working for several consultants before coming to MDOT in 1998 as a design engineer at the Lansing TSC.