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Transportation Engineer 2 - Utilities

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 seeking a Transportation Engineer 2 in the South Central Region Utilities office. This position will be responsible for all utility related tasks in the delivery of transportation projects and will ensure that all project needs regarding utilities are being met. In this role, you will work closely with the Project Engineering offices to locate existing utilities, assist with identification and resolution of utility conflicts, and coordinate utility relocation work within the WSDOT right of way.

What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, you will:
  • Serve as project coordinator for utility issues on WSDOT projects throughout the region.
  • Prepare standard and non-standard project related agreements, which includes writing, preparing exhibits and coordinating with design offices, utilities, local agencies, governmental agencies, and the private sector in preparation of the agreements.
  • Track agreement costs and oversee payments to the completion and closure of the agreements.
  • Act as a liaison between utility companies, Maintenance, and Project Engineering offices.
  • Ensure that new utility installations on state construction projects, and/or existing highways are compatible with safety, traffic, environmental, aesthetic, and engineering standards and specifications.
  • Review, analyze, coordinate, and process the Region review of utility permit and franchise applications and proposals from public and private utility owners for utility accommodation on state right-of-way to ensure that WSDOT policies, specifications, regulations, and state laws are being met.
  • Perform field inspections and site visits as necessary including times with inclement weather at construction sites to ensure compliance with Safety, applicable Utility Accommodation Policies, and traffic control.

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
  • Certification as an Engineer-In-Training and one (1) year of experience as a Transportation Engineer 1, Transportation Technician 3, Bridge Engineer 1 or equivalent; OR two (2) years of experience as a Transportation Engineer 1, Transportation Technician 3, Bridge Engineer 1 or equivalent; OR a Master's degree with major study in civil engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics, traffic, transportation or a closely related field.
  • The ability to read, interpret and review complex engineering drawings, specifications, land use proposals for conformance with policies, standards, and procedures.
  • Strong organizational skills with a high level of attention to detail to ensure work is completed with few to no errors.
  • Proven experience in managing multiple projects simultaneously under challenging deadlines.
  • Skills to communicate effectively with diverse groups utilizing oral, written, and electronic communication methods.
  • The ability to perform field inspections/visits during inclement weather, near high-speed traffic, steep or uneven terrain, and/or heavy construction equipment.
  • Broad experience with prior exposer to design, construction, traffic, or program management.
  • A valid Driver's License.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
  • The ability to manage projects including a variety of resources, support groups, and external parties.
  • Knowledge and understanding reading, interpreting, and reviewing complex engineering drawings and specifications.
  • Knowledge of contract administration.
  • Proven skill in planning, scheduling, and tracking activities of tasks.
  • Experience in reviewing engineering plans and specifications for compliance with establishes standards.
  • Advanced skills to prepare written correspondence such as letters, memos, and email.
  • Experience with utility relocation on design projects.
  • Knowledge of utility accommodation policy with experience in utility inspection and documentation.
  • Experience working with utility companies to coordinate complex relocations.
  • Design of work zone traffic control plans.

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 11/24/20.

  • 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 (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.

Please apply directly online by clicking on the green "Apply Externally" button.

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-SCR-50112 in the subject line.