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 WSDOT Southwest Region (SWR) has an exciting and unique opportunity for a Construction Trainer. In this role, you will serve as a Technical Program Specialist responsible for developing, coordinating, and documenting all construction training and managing the Inspector Certification program within the Region. This position provides classroom training throughout the State and provides continuous updates to training curriculum for online and classroom training. In this role you will interact with various divisions statewide as well as within the Region. Our top candidate will need exceptional communication skills to coordinate with the State Construction Office and the SWR Construction Office when preparing and planning training.
What to Expect
This position requires the ability to conduct on-site inspections outdoors, in inclement weather and may have exposures to hazards such as 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 Trainer will:
Develop new classes, update existing classes, and present classes statewide for construction inspection, documentation, and sampling and field testing of materials
Coordinate with the other Region Trainers in the development and delivery of trainings.
Serve as Region expert in construction; provide guidance in the understanding of the Standard Specifications, Construction Manual, contract administration, project inspection duties, materials testing procedures, and documentation requirements.
Organize, manage, and maintain records for the Inspector Certification Program.
Train, coach, and mentor individuals.
Coordinate training conferences (such as the Region Design/Construction Conference) and just-in time training as needed.
Attend and participate in safety meetings and assigned safety training.
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
Two (2) years of experience as a Transportation Engineer 3, Bridge Engineer 3, Planning Specialist 3, Lead Inspector in a construction project office or equivalent experience such as supervising a team of inspectors and technicians on construction projects.
Experience and skills to communicate effectively to a diverse audience, in-person and using a variety of electronic media, including telephone, email, text, video conferencing, and computer conferencing.
Skills and demonstrated ability to plan, prepare, organize, schedule, and conduct training classes.
Broad understanding of transportation engineering and construction principles, practices, and methods.
Knowledge of inspection techniques and field documentation required to verify quality and quantity of work performed by contractor.
Knowledge and understanding of material testing procedures.
Knowledge of hardware and software used for developing, presenting, and managing training.
Ability to traverse rough terrain and work at heights on construction job sites.
Ability to transport up to 40 pounds of training materials.
Ability to travel statewide with occasional overnight stays.
A valid driver’s license with the ability to travel statewide to various construction sites.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Knowledge of WSDOT engineering and construction practices. This includes familiarity with WSDOT design manuals, the WSDOT Construction Manual, and the WSDOT Standard Specifications.
Two (2) years of experience with paving, chip sealing, structures, and other transportation construction work as a Transportation Engineer 3 or above.
Experience with a basic understanding of Design-Build project delivery.
This position is eligible for remote work up to 100%, per supervisor approval however, incumbent must be available for in-person training with a 24-hour’s notice.
This position requires frequent in-state travel and occasional out-of-state travel.
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.
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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, Rachel Giese at GieseR@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 22DOT-SWR-40377 in the subject line.
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