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Maintenance Specialist 4 - Sign Shop Supervisor

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:


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 Maintenance Specialist 4 to direct and supervise the WSDOT Sign Shop in the fabrication and shipping of traffic control signs. Based in Union Gap, the Sign Shop is the sole sign fabrication and distribution organization for the entire Washington State Department of Transportation and is a fast paced, high volume manufacturing facility that provides high quality signage to WSDOT Engineering, Regional Maintenance Operations, Aviation and WSDOT Ferries operations. These signs provide uniformity, guidance, and safety for all elements of the traveling public including vehicular traffic, pedestrian traffic, and bicycle traffic. This position will provide leadership and supervision to the Sign Shop staff, while encouraging and promoting safety.

What to Expect

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, you will:

  • Direct shop personnel in the operations and the fabrication of signs, distribution of signs and preventative maintenance of all shop equipment.
  • Participate firsthand in sign fabrication and ordering processes as necessary to assure delivery.
  • Plan, schedule, and budget for anticipated work, staffing and equipment to meet variable workload for sign shop customers.
  • Receive and process sign orders from all sign shop customers including state and other local agencies.
  • Monitor and evaluate employee performance and attendance including meeting employee needs and concerns.
  • Provide needed training, coaching, and mentoring of sign shop employees.
  • Conduct regular employee safety meetings.
  • Act as a liaison to other Regions, State, and Local Agencies.
  • Work with Traffic Offices, Maintenance Sign Technicians, WSDOT Staff, and other agency managers for scheduling sign design and manufacture in compliance with State and Federal Regulations.
  • Act as primary resource for solving or answering questions with the sign order system.
  • Provide training to WSDOT Engineering and Maintenance staff in the use of the electronic sign ordering software and provides input for software updates.
  • Enter updates for the sign order system when mandated by Federal Highway Administration and policy changes from the Washington Department of Transportation.
  • Plan design and layout of nonstandard signs to established State and Federal standards.
  • Be available to physically assist others with the design, fabrication, and distribution of signs.



To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

  • At least one year experience working in the Central Washington Sign Shop or equivalent experience in the fabrication and/or manufacturing field.
  • High School Graduate or GED equivalent.
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License.
  • Knowledge of sign fabrication including processes and materials used or equivalent knowledge that pertains to sign production.
  • Knowledge and experience in owning and/or operating, and/or managing a business.
  • Experience working with a diverse workforce.
  • Ability to accurately track and record material usage for inventory control.
  • Communicate professionally and work with a diverse work group.


It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Three (3) years of experience in the fabrication and/or manufacturing field.
  • Three (3) years of experience as a Supervisor or Lead.
  • Bachelor's degree in business management or equivalent.



  • 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. 
  • 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. 


Please click the "APPLY" button to proceed. Note that you will be prompted to either sign in, or create an account. This step is required in order to submit an application to this opportunity.


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.


WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov.


Contact us

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Rachel Giese at GieseR@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 21DOT-SCR-50426 in the subject line. 

Keywords: State of Washington, Olympia , Maintenance Specialist 4 - Sign Shop Supervisor, Other , Olympia, Washington

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