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Senior Lead Inspector - Bridge Engineer 5 (In-Training)

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 9, 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

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 Bridge Preservation:


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 bridge construction.


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 qualifications.

Bridge Engineer 5- $82,344 - $110,760 annually, depending on qualifications.


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 required:

  • Bachelor of Science degree (or higher) in Civil Engineering.
  • 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


Important Notes 

  • 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 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, Amanda Strebeck, at strebal@wsdot.wa.gov . Please be sure to reference Bridge Engineer 5 (In-Training) in the subject line.

Keywords: State of Washington, Olympia , Senior Lead Inspector - Bridge Engineer 5 (In-Training), Other , Olympia, Washington

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