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Traffic Safety Engineer - Transportation Engineer 2 (In-Training)

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 currently is currently looking for an enthusiastic engineer who has a passion for creative and innovative solutions for the state-highway transportation system. We are looking for an entry-level or mid-level engineer who wants to dive into all elements of traffic analysis and operations. The selected candidate will be responsible for performing technical tasks related to traffic operations and traffic design, as well as assisting in field site assessments. This position plays a key role in contributing safe and efficient operations of state highways, as well as creating low cost project enhancement ideas. Be a part of a team whose mission is to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation options for all modes of transportation for our communities and stakeholders.

What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, you will:
  • Prepare, review and analyze data, including summarizing crash data.
  • Conduct field assessments and recommend safety improvements.
  • Provide scoping level documentation, schedule, and estimates for work zone, pavement marking, and signing plans.
  • Perform studies that include collecting horizontal curve data, no pass inventory, sign inventories, speed studies, and roadway delineation.
  • Review projects containing pavement markings, signing, and Work Zone Traffic Control prepared by other teams, cities, counties and consultants for construction on state highways.
  • Develop minor operational enhancement projects in coordination with Paving Projects, Low Cost Enhancements, and special funding.
  • Maintain various databases to track inventory and data necessary to evaluate current conditions and conduct field assessments.
  • Respond to inquiries regarding traffic operational performance and work with WSDOT Communications for traffic impact outreach.
  • Communicate proficiently, both orally and in writing, and work in a cooperative and courteous manner with the public, contractors, supervisors, local agencies and other department staff.
  • Develop practical solutions to complex issues.
This position has been approved for in-training; therefore, it may be filled at the Transportation Engineer 1 or 2 level. 
Required qualifications for a Transportation Engineer 1 are:
  • Bachelor's degree in civil or transportation engineering.
Required qualifications for a Transportation Engineer 2 include one of the following:
In addition to the above qualifications, candidates at any level are required to have:
  • Excellent computer and software skills, including the ability to use CAD and other design software.
  • Ability to create accurate plans, specifications and estimates.
  • The ability to apply appropriate judgment in selecting and adapting to new techniques and technology to solve problems.
  • The ability to present highly technical concepts to your peers.
  • The ability to read, interpret, and implement department policies, principles, standards, specifications and practices.
  • The ability to traverse uneven terrain for field site assessments and lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Valid driver's license.
Preferred qualifications are:
  • Bachelor's degree in civil or transportation engineering.
  • Engineer-In-Training Certification.
  • Two (2) years of traffic operations or traffic engineering experience.
  • Experience with the Highway Safety Manual.
  • Flagger Certification and/or Traffic Control Supervisor Certification.
  • 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 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.
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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, Rachel Giese at Please be sure to reference 20DOT-SWR-41127 in the subject line.