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
The WSDOT Bridge & Structures Office is currently seeking to
fill several Bridge Engineer 5 (In-Training) positions to serve as
Senior Lead Inspectors. The Senior Lead Inspector is
responsible for the completion of the in-service bridge inspections
and reports in conformance with the Federal Highway Administration
(FHWA) and WSDOT requirements and procedures. This position will
give you the opportunity to be an expert in your field and
work with hard working, knowledgeable, hands-on professionals in
bridge engineering. If you have a background in bridge
engineering, like to work outside, enjoy travel, use a variety of
different equipment, and want to be part of a team who is
responsible for the safety of our traveling public, this may just
be your new opportunity!
These positions will be filled within the following areas within
Special Structures Unit (1 Position)
This unit is responsible for the statewide inspections of major
bridges, tunnels, ferry docks, underwater inspections, sign bridge,
high mast luminaires. Unit provides emergency response for damaged
structures including inspection, heat straightening, and bailey
Regional Inspection Unit (2 Positions)
This unit is responsible for the statewide inspections of a wide
variety of structures including steel truss bridges and steel,
concrete, and timber bridges of varying size and complexity. Serves
as emergency response for inspection of damaged structures.
Note: This position has an in-training plan that can be filled
at either the Bridge Engineer 4 or Bridge Engineer 5 level. The
salaries for each position are:
Bridge Engineer 4- $74,604 - $100,308 annually, depending on
Bridge Engineer 5- $82,344 - $110,760 annually, depending on
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this
role, the Senior Lead Inspector will:
- Operate a variety of equipment in the process of conducting
bridge inspections, including but not limited to: UBIT's, bucket
trucks, scaffolding, boats and safety harness hardware.
- Lead other Senior Lead Bridge Inspectors where multiple
inspection teams are utilized to complete an inspection.
- Prepare and complete bridge inspection reports.
- Plan and prepare for bridge inspections utilizing Bridge
Program Management and other planning tools.
- Serve as a statewide expert on bridge inspections for Regional
and Headquarters staff.
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are
- Bachelor of Science degree (or higher) in Civil
- For the Bridge Engineer 4 level, one (1) year of experience as
a Bridge Engineer 3 or equivalent.
- For the Bridge Engineer 5 level, two (2) years of experience as
a Bridge Engineer 4 or equivalent.
- A valid driver's license with the ability to travel statewide
with frequent overnight stays.
- Ability to complete a Bridge Condition Inspection Course.
- Professional Engineering License (P.E.).
- Possess the ability to obtain a valid TWIC (Transportation
Worker's Identification Card).
- Ability to work at heights exceeding 100 feet, in confined
spaces and over water, and in accordance with fall protection
standards and requirements per ANSI, OSHA and DOSH.
- Ability to operate a variety of equipment safely and
proficiently in the process of conducting bridge inspections,
including but not limited to: UBIT's, bucket trucks, scaffolding,
technical rope access, boats and safety harness hardware.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
- Bridge Condition Inspection experience
- Must be able to respond from residence to assigned workstation
within 40 minutes when on standby status.
- Frequent overnight travel is required.
- 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
- 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
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
Please click the "APPLY" button to proceed. Note that you will
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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.
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information,
please visit www.uscis.gov
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the
assigned Recruiter, Amanda Strebeck, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please be sure to reference Bridge Engineer 5 (In-Training) in the