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Construction/Design Support Technician 3 (In-Training)

By May 26, 2022
  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • June 14, 2022

WA State Department of Transportation

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world’s longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world’s widest tunneling project.

The Opportunity
WSDOT is currently seeking three engineering technicians to perform skilled technical work in support of engineering projects in the Port Angeles Project Engineering Office. As the Construction/Design Support Technician, you will apply engineering concepts and techniques to provide construction support in the office, testing, lab, and/or field, project documentation, and CADD technical work. In these roles, you will support WSDOT’s mission by ensuring that highway construction projects are designed and built within compliance with agency policies, procedures, and practices.

What to Expect
These positions require inspection of construction sites. This work is performed outdoors and may be in inclement weather in the daytime or nighttime; and may be exposed to hazards that include exhaust, high-speed traffic, steep or uneven terrain, and/or heavy construction equipment.

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Construction/Design Support Technicians will:

Measure and calculate quantities in the field and prepares documentation to support payment for activities inspected.
Prepare and check survey notes, field notes, daily inspection reports, force account records, material verification and other documents.
Serve as a materials tester performing concrete, asphalt, aggregate, densities, and other material testing and tracking, who works in the field directly with project inspectors, contractors, agencies, members of the public and other stakeholders.
Assist the field crew with shrub clearing, staking, ticket taking, receiving material and other various tasks.
Assist in the development and preparation of project summaries, contract plans, specifications, special provisions, estimates, plans for approval and other engineering documents.
Utilize CADD to prepare preliminary design plans, contract plans and exhibits for public display.

This is a Transportation Technician 3 (TT3) position. However, the hiring manager reserves the right to fill the position at a lower level (TT2) depending on qualifications, providing an opportunity for an individual to gain the required experience on the job as part of a formal “in-training” plan.

To be considered at the Transportation Technician 2 level, the following is required:
High school diploma/GED AND two (2) years of experience performing basic technical engineering work such as material testing, project site construction work, computer aided drafting and/or design.

To be considered at the Transportation Technician 3 level, an ideal candidate is required to have at least one of the following:
Two (2) years of experience performing semi-skilled technical engineering work as a Transportation Technician 2 or equivalent experience such as material testing, project site construction work, computer aided drafting and/or design. OR
Two (2) years of experience with a private engineering company. OR
An Associate’s degree in Civil Engineering or related field. OR
Technical Certification in engineering, project management or related field AND one (1) year of experience performing semi-skilled technical engineering work as a Transportation Technician 2 or equivalent such as material testing, project site construction work, computer aided drafting and/or design.

At either level candidates are also required to have the following:
Knowledge and understanding of engineering principles, methods, and practices.
Knowledge of inspection techniques and field documentation required to verify quality and quantity of work performed by the contractor.
Skills related to computer applications involving databases, word processing, CADD, and spreadsheets.
The ability to clearly communicate technical information.
Knowledge and skills required for checking engineering calculations for accuracy and completeness.
The ability to research and apply engineering standards.
The ability to clearly and concisely document project activities.
A valid driver’s license.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Certified as a general inspector and various industry standard testing certifications within six (6) months of appointment.
Proficient in WSDOT materials testing procedures.
The ability to read and interpret Plans and Specifications.
Construction Contracts Information System (CCIS) and Contract Administration and Payment System (CAPS) experience.
Expert level experience with Microsoft Excel with basic cell programming.

Important Notes 
This recruitment will be used to fill three (3) full-time/permanent positions and may also be used to fill additional vacancies per business needs.
Occasional travel is required to and from project sites to perform inspection and/or materials testing in assigned geographic area; occasional travel to other office locations, including Thurston County, to attend meetings or training.
These positions offer flexible/hybrid remote work options when not performing field duties.
The recruiting efforts for this position may be extended beyond the displayed closing date for as long and until a sufficient candidate pool has been established. However, the first review of applications will be conducted May 17, 2022. The Appointing Authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time thereafter. It is to your benefit to submit your application as soon as possible.
By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov

Work-Life Balance – We offer flexible work schedules that allow you time for your life outside of this excellent opportunity.
Paid Leave – In addition to 11 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.
Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.

Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.
In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:
An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.

Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Robyn Lovely at LovelyR@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 22DOT-OR-30191m in the subject line.

To apply for this job email your details to lovelyr@wsdot.wa.gov

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