Specialty Services Section Engineer – TE2 (Two Positions)

US Government, Dept. of Transportation

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 to fill two Transportation Engineer 2 positions located in Tumwater, WA. These positions will serve in the Specialty Services Section. One position will primarily serve as an electrical testing engineer, and the other position will primarily serve as a laboratory testing engineer supporting the WSDOT State Materials Laboratory. In these roles, you will perform the most complex materials tests in the Specialty Services Section, which is responsible for supporting statewide WSDOT capitol construction projects and local jurisdictions with the testing of traffic controllers, signal cabinets, and electrical materials in accordance with WSDOT, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) TS1, NEMA TS2, Caltrans Transportation Electrical Equipment Specifications (TEES) tests procedures and/or perform acceptance, verification, conformation, and forensic testing of Portland cement, blended hydraulic cement, fly ash, joint sealants, epoxies, paint, pigmented sealers, and galvanized materials used in the statewide construction program. The individuals in these roles will also be responsible for assisting in the scheduling and training of other technical staff within the laboratory. Our top candidates must be able to prepare, analyze and correct data entries performed by all laboratory personnel, as well as maintain equipment calibration, maintenance, and associated records.
What to Expect
Materials testing duties are performed in a laboratory environment; this includes exposure to chemicals, elevated temperatures, working with materials exceeding 950 degrees C, and working with various chemicals.
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within these roles, the Specialty Services Section Engineers will:

  • Maintain qualification in test procedures in the Specialty Services Section, which may include the following: AASHTO Test Methods T21, T106, T107, T129, T131, T137, T153, T162, T192, T 303, T314, T814, T 65, T 267, and ASTM Test Methods D2369, D7091, D2621, D1475, D2697, C881, C882, D695, D2628, D5167, D2240, D5329, D2244, D823, D2698, C114, C1437, and C311.
  • Utilize sophisticated laboratory equipment including the X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer (FTIR), and Spectraguide Color Reader. 
  • Assist in preparation, analysis, verification, and reporting of Quality Product List (QPL) submitted materials.
  • Maintain qualification in test procedures in the Specialty Services Section.
  • Reduce, record, and interpret test data. 
  • Operate personal computers using a variety of software programs. Troubleshoot and runs diagnostic tests, inputs data into several specialized software programs.
  • Conduct routine maintenance and calibration on laboratory equipment as needed. Works with outside vendors performing calibrations and repairs. 

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

  • Certification as an Engineer?in?Training and one year of experience as a Transportation Engineer 1, Transportation Technician 3, Bridge Engineer 1, or equivalent such as laboratory or construction management experience. OR 
  • Two years of experience as a Transportation Engineer 1, Transportation Technician 3, Bridge Engineer 1, or equivalent such as laboratory or construction management experience. OR 
  • A Bachelor’s degree with major study in civil engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics, traffic, transportation, chemistry, physics, biology, or a closely related science field, and one year of laboratory experience.

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

  • The ability to manipulate and transport 40 pounds of material or equipment without assistance.
  • The ability to obtain and maintain qualifications in assigned test procedures. 
  • A valid driver’s license. 

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Experience reading, understanding, and operating a variety of 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 to examine, develop and propose 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 establish standards.
  • Experience adhering to safety policies and diligence in performing work in a safe manner.
  • Experience in working independently and prioritize workload to handle multiple assignments on tight deadlines.

Important Notes 

  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.   
  • These positions are not eligible for remote work.
  • Incumbents may have to travel to an occasional off-site meeting or to attend training.
  • 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. 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


  • 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. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available, including occasional telework for eligible positions.  
  • 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. NOTE: This information may be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment. 

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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.
Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Robyn Lovely at LovelyR@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 22DOT-HQ-05127m in the subject line. 

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