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Chief Inspector (Transportation Engineer 3)

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
WSDOT is eager to hire an experience engineer to serve as our Chief Inspector assigned to our SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program and Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program (AWV). As the Chief Inspector for this highly visible and complex multibillion dollar construction program, this position will serve as the liaison with the contractor on-site and is expected to ensure field work complies with the project contract by developing a record for activities. This position will provide supervision of inspection of construction projects and assure compliance with contract plans, specifications, interagency agreements, and environmental permits. By taking on this role, you are serving a key and vital function to the State of Washington.
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Chief Inspector will:
  • Manage, schedule, direct, and monitor all inspection activities, investigating problems in the field and make recommendations for solutions. 
  • Inspect and direct contract work and activities performed in the field. 
  • Ensure compliance with contract specifications, plan, permits, and commitments of work performed by the contractor by applying agency standard practices and policies. 
  • Provide clarification of contract requirements to contractor by researching, interpreting, and explaining contract documents and WSDOT/local standards. 
  • Assist in research and preparation for change orders by researching merit, compiling supporting material, and submitting appropriate field records. 
  • Coordinate materials testing with Materials Engineers and ensure materials are not placed without prior approval. 
  • Review and provide feedback for PS&E submittals. 
  • Coordinate with internal and external partners and attend regular project and staff meetings. 
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
  • One (1) year as a Transportation Engineer 2, Bridge Engineer 2, Transportation Planning Specialist 2, or equivalent experience.
In addition to:
  • Current Driver’s License
  • Ability to work beyond normal business hours, day or night, to meet required project deadlines. 
  • Ability to exercise sound engineering judgement and interpret and analyze construction contract plans. 
  • Strong understanding of construction practices and engineering principles. 
  • Fluency in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including ability to write tactful, concise, technical, and administrative correspondence. 
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
  • Bachelor’s degree with a major study in Civil Engineering or closely related field. 
  • Certification as an Engineer-in-Training (EIT)
  • Two (2) years progressively responsible Civil Engineering experience, with a demonstrated comprehensive understanding of construction administration function and processes or equivalent. 
  • Experience as an inspector on WSDOT projects. 
  • Familiar with WSDOT, SDOT MUTCD, and AASHTO standards. 
Important Notes 
  • 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 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 application will be on July 26th. 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.
  • The listed salary includes the Legislative approved King County Premium. 
  • 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. To be considered for this opportunity, the following will be required 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.
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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.
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For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at Please be sure to reference 21DOT-NWR-80312m in the subject line. 
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