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Design Build Inspector (TE2)

By May 10, 2022

Washington State Department of Transportation

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 on May 23rd, 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.



Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure that 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

The SR-520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program (SR520) and Alaska Way Viaduct Replace Program (AWV) is eager to hire an engineering professional to serve as our next Design Build Inspector. The SR520 and AWV programs are highly visible, political, controversial, and complex multibillion dollar capital construction programs, and the Design Build Inspector will support the WSDOT Quality Verification (QV) Team and will be responsible for a variety of QV inspection duties. This position will play a vital role in supporting WSDOT’s mission by ensuring and verifying the quality of WSDOT projects, measuring the success of the Design-Builders QA program, and ensure that project work is in compliance with contract requirements.

What to Expect

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Design Build Inspector will:

Perform a variety of quality verification inspection duties
Ensure compliance with contract plans, provisions, and permits.
Monitor construction schedule, delays, and potential change order issues by discussing with the Design-Builder/Quality Assurance (QA) Team and observing work in the field.
Review contract documents to identify potential issues and advise Design-Builder of resolution to problems involving public safety and quality.
Assists the State QV Materials Engineer in coordination of State QV testing and research of materials documentation.
Examine contract documents guidelines established by the Quality Organization to determine quality verification inspection needs and appropriate items to be included in the QV Audits.
Attend and participate in weekly task-force meetings for construction schedule, quality organization, environmental, maintenance of traffic and others as assigned.

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

One (1) year of experience as a Transportation Engineer 1, Transportation Technician 3, or Bridge Engineer 1 and Engineer in Training (EIT) certification, OR
Two (2) years of experience as a Transportation Engineer 1, Transportation Technician 3, or Bridge Engineer 1 or equivalent, OR
Master’s degree with major study in civil engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics, or traffic.
In addition to:

Current’ driver’s license
Strong oral and written communication skills to write tactful, concise technical and administration correspondence and to communicate frequently.
Ability to exercise sound engineering judgement and interpret and analyze construction contract plans, specification, permits, and other documentation for conformance with policies, regulations, and standards.
Understanding of construction practices and engineering principles.
Fluency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
Ability to traverse uneven terrain in various weather conditions, working around construction equipment next to high-volume traffic.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

Design Build experience performing a variety of State Quality Verification inspection and material testing duties.
Experience preparing Quality Verification audits on work that has been inspected and experience preparing audits on Design-Builder Quality Control and Quality Assurance processes.
Fluency in the use of Primavera Contract Manager, Unifier, and SharePoint.
Familiarity with WSDOT, SDOT, MUTCD, and AASHTO standards.
Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering
Engineer in Training certification
Qualified tester status in aggregate, concrete, and hot mix asphalt density modules.
Important Notes

This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
This position is not eligible for remote work.
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.
The information provided on your application profile, any supplemental material attached to your application, and the responses to the supplemental questions will be used to determine qualifications for interview selection. Therefore, it is to your advantage that your application packet be completed in as much detail as possible.
The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County. An additional general wage increase of 3.25% will be applied for all state employees on July 1, 2022.
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 to staff, including occasional telework for eligible positions.
Paid Leave – In addition to 10 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options, and free dental coverage! Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
Tuition Assistance – Our 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.
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 details your qualifications, and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
Contact information to be included in the “References” section of the online application for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies.
Please click the “APPLY” button to proceed. Note that you will be prompted to either sign in, or create an account. This step is required in order to submit an application to this opportunity.


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.


Contact us:

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at SaniatE@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 22DOT-NWR-80460 in the subject line.


Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.

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

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