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.
WSDOT has an exciting opportunity for an individual with strong technical, engineering, and interpersonal skills who’s seeking an opportunity to move into a supervisory role. This position will support delivery of design and construction projects in the Port Angeles Project Office as a Design/Field Engineer. The duty station for this position may be in Clallam, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Thurston, or Grays Harbor Counties; regular travel to Port Angeles will be required. This unique opportunity will provide varying experiences and potential for growth through the oversight of both design and construction aspects of project delivery. The Design/Field Engineer position will provide project management and technical guidance and direction in the preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates as well as the responsibility to lead inspection efforts for construction projects. Our top candidates must be creative in identifying and solving problems, possess excellent project management skills, support, and provide an inclusive work environment and have an aspiration to develop their staff to become future leaders of the department.
What to Expect
This position will manage and mentor each of their respective team members and provide guidance regarding design and construction functions to ensure that WSDOT projects meet established standards, policies, and procedures. The individual in this role must promote the professional growth of staff and ensure they have access to appropriate training and resources.
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Design/Construction Engineer will:
Manage the development of plans, specifications and estimates for project development.
Interpret, prepare, and review project design and construction documents.
Inspect transportation construction work for conformance with the contract during daytime and nighttime and in inclement (hot, cold, wet, etc.) weather.
Lead the WSDOT construction quality assurance and/or verification team.
Investigate design and construction issues, evaluate solutions, and provide recommendations.
Lead and coordinate on site meetings with contractor staff, WSDOT support groups and local agencies.
Prepare change order documentation and estimates and seek change approvals from the appropriate change approval authorities.
Review plans, provisions, estimates and permit requirements to ensure constructability and safety standards are attainable.
To be considered for this opportunity, at least one the following are required:
Certification as an Engineer-In-Training and one year of experience as a Transportation Engineer 2, Bridge Engineer 2 or equivalent.
Two (2) years of experience as a Transportation Engineer 2, Bridge Engineer 2, or equivalent experience such as Construction Manager, Design Engineer, or Civil Engineer.
A Master’s degree with major study in civil engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics, traffic, transportation, or a closely related field.
In addition to one of the above, the following are also required:
Knowledge of engineering principles, practices and methods and the ability to apply them to complex engineering problems.
Knowledge of basic principles of project scheduling and budgeting.
Experience in reviewing engineering plans and specifications for compliance with established standards.
The ability to read, interpret, understand, review, and produce contract plans, specifications, and estimates.
Understanding of Design-Bid-Build and Design-Builder/Owner relationships, roles, and responsibilities as well as basic contract administration standards.
The ability to lead, mentor and coach employees and ability to work as part of a team.
Experience operating computer programs to accomplish engineering and administrative tasks.
The ability to traverse uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
The ability to transport, manipulate, and move materials and equipment weighing up to 40 pounds.
A valid driver’s license.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Certification as an Engineer-in-Training.
Professional Engineer license.
Knowledge of WSDOT policies and practices applicable to design and construction of transportation projects.
Experience using Microstation and/or InRoads.
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
The duty station for these positions may be in Clallam, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, Thurston, or Grays Harbor Counties; regular travel to Port Angeles will be required.
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 31, 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.
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-30964 in the subject line.
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