Bituminous Testing Engineer (TE2)

US Government, Dept. of Transportation

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
WSDOT is seeking a Bituminous Testing Engineer (TE2) to join the Materials Team in Tumwater, WA. As a working supervisor in the Bituminous Mixtures Laboratory, this position assists the WSDOT Bituminous Materials Section in providing bituminous mixture design verification, conformation, and forensic testing for statewide WSDOT capital construction projects and local jurisdictions. The occupant is responsible for administering testing and aiding the planning and preparing of specialized staff inside the research facility. The incumbent must be able to maintain equipment calibration, maintenance, and associated records, as well as prepare, analyze, and correct data entries made by all laboratory technicians.
 
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Bituminous Testing Engineer will:

  • Inspect the work of other permanent and non-permanent employees working in the Bituminous Mixtures Laboratory, acting as the lead in the laboratory.  
  • Perform the most complex materials testing in the Bituminous Mixtures Laboratory by AASHTO, ASTM, WAQTC, and WSDOT test procedures.
  • Assist in the preparation, analysis, verification, and reporting of Quality Product List (QPL) asphalt mixtures which incorporate the volumetric design of asphalt mixtures and all other asphalt mixture design types as requested. 
  • Perform all test methods assigned to the Bituminous Mixtures Laboratory. 
  • Prepare, analyze, and correct data entries performed by all laboratory technicians and maintain equipment calibrations, verifications, maintenance, and associated records.
  • Represent the Department in meetings with outside Agencies and consultants for specific projects. 
  • Test AMRL Proficiency Samples and participation in AMRL onsite inspections.
  • Troubleshoot and run diagnostic tests and input data into several specialized software programs for highly specialized testing equipment to produce data for test reports. 
  • Coordinate with the project, federal, county, and city engineers to arrange delivery, testing parameters, and report requirements.
  • Perform mathematical calculations.

 
Qualifications
To be considered for this opportunity, one of the following is required:

  • Requires certification as an Engineer-in-Training and one (1) year of experience as a Transportation Engineer 1, Transportation Technician 3, Bridge Engineer 1 or equivalent as an entry-level engineer in civil engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics, traffic, transportation, or closely related field.
  • Two (2) years of experience as a Transportation Engineer 1, Transportation Technician 3, Bridge Engineer 1 or equivalent. 
  • A master’s degree with a major in civil engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics, traffic, transportation, or a closely related field.

In addition to one of the above, the following are also required:

  • Experience reading, understanding, and operating various instruments and laboratory equipment. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of engineering principles, methods, and practices. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of material testing procedures. 
  • Experience in communicating to multiple audiences, both orally and in writing. 
  • Proven skill in examining, developing, and proposing alternate solutions to complex elements of a project. 
  • Experience selecting and adapting techniques to solve transportation problems associated with material testing. 
  • Experience reviewing engineering plans and specifications for compliance with established standards. 
  • Experience adhering to safety policies and diligence in safely performing work. 
  • Experience working independently and prioritizing workload to handle multiple assignments on tight deadlines. The ability to stand for extended periods and walk long distances is necessary for this position. 
  • Occasionally required to transport 40 pounds of material or equipment without assistance.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have the following:

  • Status as a Qualified Tester in all tests associated with the Bituminous Mixtures Laboratory and proficiency in related specialized computer programs.

 Important Notes 

  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs. 
  • Become qualified within 12 months, with agency assistance, for all tests associated with the Bituminous Mixtures Laboratory and proficient with related specialized computer programs.  
  • Working with various chemicals, working at temperatures above 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and being exposed to chemicals are all part of this job.
  • Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 357-16-197 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. An 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 are committed to ensuring that our staff experience the reward of public service while sustaining a routine that suits each individual’s lifestyle. 
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum of 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 federal student loan forgiveness eligibility.  
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes various 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 your salary. Therefore, the “Work Experience” portion of the application must be completed in as much detail as possible. 
To be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application: 

  • An attached Resume outlines (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 of three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. NOTE: This information may be entered in the “References” section of the online application; it does not require an additional attachment. 

 
Please click the “APPLY” button to proceed. Note that you will be prompted to sign in or create an account. This step is required to apply for this opportunity.
 
WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment where 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, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process or needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.
 
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 22DOT-HQ-00654 in the subject line.

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