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Design/Construction Engineer – TE2

By May 4, 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 has an exciting opportunity for a talented and innovative individual to join the Project Engineer Office in Port Orchard, WA. As a Design/Construction Engineer, you will support WSDOT’s mission by ensuring highway construction projects are designed and built in compliance with standard specifications, contract specifications and contract plans. You may also serve as an inspector of highway construction projects. The selected candidate will have a high impact on WSDOT’s mission to provide and support safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation options. Our top candidate will be detail-oriented, possess outstanding technical skills, have the ability to work independently and lead and motivate others.

What to Expect
This position requires 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 Design/Construction Engineer will:

Inspect and direct the inspection of highways and highway structures for conformance to plans and specifications.
Process contractor submittals and materials documentation.
Lead, train and mentor technical staff in inspection methods and procedures.
Gather samples of materials in the field.
Prepare design documentation, special provisions, and plans.
Prepares plans, estimates, special provisions, specifications, and other information needed for completion of Contract Plan, Specification, and Estimate (PS&E) packages applying agency policies, standards, and procedures as well as transportation engineering principles.
Utilize computer aided engineering software to develop engineering designs and plans and oversee CADD technicians on the development of plan sheets and provides technical training and mentoring as needed.
Apply sound engineering judgement to interpret data, identify problems, and develop solutions.
Communicate design options and procedures to the public, other agencies, and to WSDOT management.
Develop work plans for managing budgets and schedules to meet project milestones.
Coordinate with support offices to provide necessary project information and be responsible for tracking their work.

To be considered for this opportunity, at least one the following are required:
Two (2) years of experience as a Transportation Engineer 1, Transportation Technician 3, Bridge Engineer 1, or equivalent experience working on a road design team or inspecting road construction. OR
Certification as an Engineer-in-Training and one (1) year of experience as a Transportation Engineer 1, Transportation Technician 3, Bridge Engineer 1, or equivalent experience such as working on a road design team or inspecting road construction. OR
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 and understanding of engineering principles, methods, and practices.
Knowledge of construction practices and contract administration.
Knowledge and understanding of contractor/owner relationships and basic contract law.
Knowledge and understanding of material testing procedures.
Proven skills in research and interpret contract provisions, plans, drawings, and details.
Experience in communicating to multiple audiences, both orally and in writing.
Proven skill to examine, develop and propose alternate solutions to complex elements of a project.
Experience in reviewing engineering plans and specifications for compliance with established standards.
Experience in being able to effectively work both individually and within a diverse team environment.
Experience adhering to safety policies and diligence in performing work in a safe manner.
Experience in working independently and prioritize workload and handle multiple assignments.
The ability to manipulate and transport up to 35 pounds of material testing equipment.
Division certification obtained within identified parameters as assigned to the position.
A valid driver’s license.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
One (1) year experience as a Transportation Engineer 1 or Transportation Technician 3 or equivalent experience field testing various construction materials such as concrete, aggregate, HMA, etc.
One (1) year experience as a Transportation Engineer 1 or Transportation Technician 3 or equivalent experience accepting and verifying construction materials.
Knowledge in the use of InRoads for design projects per WSDOT standards.
Knowledge in the use of Microstation for plan sheet development per WSDOT standards.
Certification as an Engineer-in-Training.
Washington State Professional Engineer License.
Certification as a Certified General Inspector within six (6) months of appointment.

Important Notes 
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
This position requires Certification as a Certified General Inspector within six (6) months of appointment.
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 are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available, including occasional telework for eligible positions.
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-30030 in the subject line.

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

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