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Transportation Engineer 2 (In-Training)

By January 4, 2023

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 January 23rd, 2023. 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 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 Northwest Region (NWR) is currently looking for enthusiastic engineers who have a passion for creative solutions, innovation, and proven successful in collaborative efforts. There are multiple positions throughout the Northwest Region, including Seattle, Mount Vernon and Bellingham open to entry-level and journey-level engineers, as well as college students projected graduate from an engineering program by June 2023. These are exciting career opportunities to work on some of the most important infrastructure projects in Washington State.

The Northwest Region encompasses the areas between King and Whatcom county, which includes the largest metropolitan area in the state, with one of the most thriving economies in the nation! Projects in this Region include Design & Construction, Scoping, Traffic, and Fish Passage Design.

This opportunity is also open for ‘in-training’, which means that depending on your qualifications, you may be offered a position at a lower level along with a formal on-the-job training plan to complete within a specified timeframe. Successful completion of the training plan will result in a promotion to the next level within the job class series, and a minimum 5% pay increase!

What to Expect
Some positions will 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.

Depending on your assignment or experience level, you may perform or serve as a lead in performing the following work:

General inspection in the field on highway construction projects including materials inspection and testing.
Documentation of construction inspections to ensure projects are in conformance with contract plans, permits, and regulations.
Data collection and/or survey work in the field.
Interpret data, identify problems, and develop solutions using sound engineering judgment and guidelines on complicated transportation projects.
Serve as a designer performing a variety of skilled project development work.
Assist with design and development of plans, specifications, and estimates working in both the office environment and doing field exploration.
Develop and check engineering design calculations and drawings.
Effectively utilize design software to complete designs.

At minimum, candidates are required to have at least one the following:

Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or closely related field such as Structural Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Construction Management.  NOTE: A Mechanical Engineering degree is acceptable as well, however the duties performed in these roles are primarily Civil/Construction/Transportation related.
Certification as an Engineer-In-Training (EIT).
One (1) year of experience as an entry-level Civil Engineer.

In addition to one of the above, candidates are also required to have:

A valid driver’s license, with the ability to safely travel to and from various job sites within the designated region.
Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, with contractors, designers, other team members, support offices, and the public.
The ability to adjust work schedule to coincide with contractors’ activities as needed, including working long hours and nights.
The ability to manipulate and transport up to 40 pounds.
The ability to obtain a General Inspector certification within six months of hire.
The ability to obtain and maintain certifications for construction materials testing.
The ability to read, interpret, understand, review, and produce contract plans, specifications, and estimates.
The ability to work outside in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, and work in confined spaces.
Knowledge and proficiency with computer technology, including knowledge of engineering and computer aided drafting software applications.

Important Notes

This recruitment will be used to fill multiple positions throughout the Northwest Region, from Seattle to Bellingham.
Positions located in King County are eligible for an additional 5% salary premium, which is not included in the listed salary.
The recruiting efforts for these positions may be extended beyond the displayed closing date for as long and until a sufficient candidate pool has been established. The hiring authorities reserve 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 Administrative Code 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.
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 12 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:
A formal Letter of Interest: This should be a 1 – 2 page letter that expresses your level of interest and why you believe you are a good candidate for this opportunity.
One (or both) of the following:
Two (2) Letters of Recommendation from professional contacts who can speak to your character, work ethic, and readiness for this career opportunity. Professional contacts may include current or previous employers, professors, coaches, or other non-relatives in similar role; Or,
Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals, to include a current or most recent supervisor, 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.

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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 a Regional Recruiter at saniate@wsdot.wa.gov. Please reference NWR Engineer Pool in the subject line and be sure to indicate the location(s) you are inquiring about.

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

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