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Design/Office Engineer – Transportation Engineer 3

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 is seeking a motivated engineer with strong technical and engineering skills to fill the position of Design/Office Engineer for our Port Orchard Project Office. You will be responsible for all facets of administration support for all assigned construction projects. This position will independently supervise, mentor, and train staff responsible for performing contract payment, materials documentation, change orders, designing projects and project controls. Communication is paramount, as this position will regularly communicate with key members within WSDOT as well as local agencies, contractors and others. The position also serves as the business team lead for design build projects assigned to the office. The ideal candidate will support the values of safety, inclusion, innovation, integrity, and leadership, as well as support the goals of strategic investments and organizational strength. 
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, you will:
  • Provide supervision and guidance in preparing contractor payments, materials documentation, review and processing of change orders, review and approval of contractor submittals, administrative documents, and preparing budget and cost reports.
  • Monitor the status of project funds and project schedule and develop cost aging and variance reports.
  • Provide responses to Design-Builder/Contractor requests for information and Design-Builder/Contractor initiated change proposals. 
  • Lead the construction quality verification team, providing supervision and guidance regarding materials documentation, contract interpretation, and quality audit preparation and execution.
  • Manage design teams in the preparation of project Plans, Specifications, and Estimates.
  • Perform field inspections and construction staking for transportation related projects.
  • Investigate construction problems, evaluate solutions and provide recommendations.
  • Represent the department to local agencies and citizens of the state when discussing department operations, proposals and techniques for the resolution of complex transportation problems.
  • Supervisory duties including approving timesheets, performing employee evaluations, work scheduling/assigning and training.
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
  • At least one year of experience as a Transportation Engineer 2 or equivalent.
  • A valid, unrestricted Driver's License, with ability to travel to and from project sites for field reviews.
  • Knowledge of engineering principles, practices and methods and the ability to apply them to complex engineering problems.
  • Understanding of contractor/owner relationships, roles and responsibilities.
  • Experience operating computer applications involving databases, word processing and spreadsheets to accomplish engineering and administrative tasks.
  • The ability to read, interpret, understand, review and produce contract plans, specifications, and estimates.
Preferred qualifications include:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent field.
  • Professional Civil Engineering License or Engineer-in-Training Certification.
  • Experience supervising a team of engineering professional.
Important Notes
  • 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 July 22, 2020. 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.
  • 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 10 paid holidays, full-time employees earn up to 25 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 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. 
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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. 
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Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Robyn Lovely at Please be sure to reference 20DOT-OR-30767 in the subject line.