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Transportation Planning Technician 3 (In-Training)

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: November 17, 2022

Job Description:

Repost About WSDOT 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 Are you passionate about working safely? Would you like to work in the field? Do you enjoy travelling in Washington state? If you answer yes, this opportunity to collect highway travel data might be right for you. WSDOT Multimodal Planning & Data Division is currently seeking to fill a Transportation Planning Technician 3 position in Tumwater, WA. Under the direction of the workgroup's Field Supervisor, this journey-level position supports state and federal data-driven decision making relative to the public road network by collecting traffic data and performing associated tasks. The primary duties are to travel throughout Washington State, either independently or as part of a team, and install and maintain temporary traffic counting equipment in and adjacent to the roadway, as well as to routinely perform three- and four-hour manual traffic counts from a state vehicle parked near the traveled way. Other duties most frequently involve additional forms of data collection to support Departmental engineering and policy decisions. If you're interested in a job that travels overnight extensively during work weeks throughout Washington state, performs, and assists in the work of the short duration count team, we strongly encourage you to apply for this opportunity. Note: This is an in-training position that offers a career path and on-the-job training. This in-training position allows you to progress upward through the Transportation Planning Technician field and achieve the goal class of a Transportation Planning Technician 3. Candidates who don't have minimum required qualifications for Transportation Planning Technician 3 will be considered for a Transportation Planning Technician 2. What to Expect Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, you will: Safely operate a state vehicle and navigate throughout Washington state. Routinely install short duration data collection equipment and perform associated found-hour visual counts of traffic. Document detailed information regarding the assigned traffic count that is pertinent to data processing staff. Use personal computers and department assigned suite of software tools (e.g. Windows OS. Microsoft Suite. and File maker Pro) and vendor supplied traffic counting software. Prepare reports from collected data including problems encountered in the field. Train new employees. Assist in testing new traffic counting technologies. Work with data processing staff involved with quality assurance activities. Participate in meetings that promote a lean organizational culture. Qualifications This is a Transportation Planning Technician 3 position. However, the hiring manager reserves the right to fill the position at a TPT2 level (depending on qualifications), providing opportunities for individuals to gain the required experience on the job as part of a formal "in-training" plan. To be considered for the Transportation Planning Technician 2 level, the following are required: One of the following educational or experience items: One (1) year of experience as a Transportation Planning Technician 1 or equivalent classification. One (1) year of experience performing basic engineering duties, traffic data collection work, or skilled labor. Equivalent vocational technical program consisting of at least 1,200 instructional hours in these fields. To be considered for the Transportation Planning Technician 3 level, the following are required: One of the following educational or experience items: Three (3) years of experience as a Transportation Planning Technician 2 or equivalent classification. Three (3) years of experience performing basic engineering duties, data collection work, or skilled labor. An Associate of Arts degree in Civil Engineering, Technology, Surveying, Drafting, Computer Science, or closely related field. Equivalent vocational technical program consisting of at least 1,200 instructional hours in these fields. In addition, the following are required at all levels: A valid driver's license. A high school diploma or GED. The ability to travel extensively while fulfilling schedules that require being away from home the entire work week during a large portion of the year. The ability to drive for six or more hours per day and the ability to sit in a parked vehicle for up to four continuous hours while working with handheld electronic devices. The ability to effectively work both independently and as part of a team. The ability to effectively and professionally communicate with peers and managers, both orally and in writing; this includes the ability to compose relevant and concise documentation regarding data collection efforts. The ability to understand and consistently follow safety guidelines and policies. The ability to safely operate a motor vehicle for an extended period of time. The ability to safely move materials and equipment weighing up to 100 pounds, as well as to safely lift equipment up to 50 pounds above shoulder height. The ability to perform duties, including safely crossing lanes of travel while carrying equipment, in adverse weather conditions and in varying temperatures and humidity levels. The ability to traverse steep slopes and uneven surfaces, as well as to climb over obstacles such as jersey barriers and guardrails. The ability to perform repetitive physical movements including bending, squatting, kneeling, and hammering motions to install, maintain, and uninstall equipment. The ability to routinely use hand tools such as a 4-pound sledgehammer, rotary hammer drill, machete, and crowbar. The physical ability to use power digging equipment, power concrete cutting equipment, generators, and other devices used for permanently installing data collection equipment in a roadway. The ability to learn within six months to independently carry out all job functions accurately and efficiently, while conforming to documented safety protocols. This includes, but is not limited to, proper Installation and maintenance of short-duration traffic counting equipment, conducting visual counts of vehicles within defined accuracy standards, and effective use of both standard office software (such as e-mail, timekeeping applications, etc.) and specialized software used in with traffic counting hardware. It is preferred that qualified candidates also have: Professional experience collecting traffic data, including the use of pneumatic tube counters, manual count boards, and/or Bluetooth readers. Professional experience analyzing traffic data. Important Notes This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs. This position requires statewide travel on a weekly basis. Travel is a normal part of the job. By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Compliance with this mandate is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position. WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov Why WSDOT Work-Life Balance - We offer flexible work schedules that allow you time for your life outside of this excellent opportunity. Paid Leave - In addition to 12 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, Daisha Jordan, at jordandwsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference Transportation Planning Technician 3 00573m-1 in the subject line.

Keywords: State of Washington, Olympia , Transportation Planning Technician 3 (In-Training), Professions , Olympia, Washington

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