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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 currently seeking a motivated engineer with strong technical and engineering skills to fill the position of Office Engineer for our Tumwater Project Engineers Office. As an Office Engineer, you will be responsible for the supervision and guidance in preparing contractor payments, materials documentation, review and processing of change orders and contractor submittals, as well as preparing budget and cost reports. This position leads the payments and materials documentation team. Communication is paramount, as this position will regularly communicate with key members within WSDOT as well as local agencies, contractors, and others.
 What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Office Engineer will:
  • Oversee and review of progress payments, project documentation, final estimates, and final records.
  • Track compliance of contractor work with State and Federal regulations related to Underutilized Disadvantage Business Enterprise (UDBE/DBE) goal tracking, training, certified payrolls, and other labor practice laws.
  • Supervise the review and distribution of contractor submittals including sublet requests and materials certification.
  • Assist the Project Engineer and Assistant Project Engineer in the preparation of change orders, supporting documents and costs to complete, funding requests, and aging reports for the office.
  • Supervisory duties including approving timesheets, employee evaluations, work scheduling, employee interviewing 
and training.
  • Provide supervision and guidance to Quality Verification inspectors and technicians. 
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
  • One year of experience as a Transportation Engineer 2 or equivalent. 
  • Knowledge of highway transportation engineering principles, methods, and practices.
  • Knowledge and understand contractor/owner relationships and basic contract administration.
  • Experience in reviewing engineering plans and specifications for compliance with established standards.
  • Proven ability to utilize computer applications involving databases, word processing, spreadsheets and other technical software uses. 
  • Experience providing training, career development, mentoring, assigning work, monitoring work for progress and quality, and giving constructive feedback upon completion of tasks. 
  • Experience reviewing and interpreting data, identifying problems, and developing solutions using sound engineering judgement and guidelines on complicated transportation projects. 
  • Experience managing multiple projects involving a variety of resources, support groups and other entities (county, tribe, other state agencies, etc.).
  • Effective communication skills with experience communicating clearly, both written and orally, to multiple audiences.
  • The ability to work flexible hours, such as nights or split shifts, overtime and weekends.
  • A valid driver's license.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
  • Bachelor's degree with major study in civil engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics, traffic, transportation, or a closely related field.
  • Certification as an Engineer-in-Training.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Washington State.
  • Experience with state computer programs (SAMS, MATS, CCIS, CAPS).
  • 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, Robyn Lovely at Please be sure to reference 20DOT-OR-30150 in the subject line.