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Construction Specialist - Transportation Engineer 3

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 Northwest Region (NWR) is looking to hire two Construction Specialists in Shoreline, WA. This position manages the assessment, review, and processing of construction documentation to help ensure timely and accountable delivery of transportation system projects. The successful candidate in this position will be responsible for managing deadlines and balancing competing priorities of multiple Construction offices as well as requests from NWR and Headquarters Management.
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Construction Specialist will:
  • Ensure the delivery of construction contracts are in accordance with the Plans, Specifications, Construction Manual, and applicable State and Federal requirements. 
  • Interpret and apply information from the WSDOT manuals and publications, and state and federal laws. 
  • Ensure record keeping and documentation for construction projects are in accordance with all current laws, policies, guidelines, and procedures. 
  • Work independently to solve complex highway engineering contract issues and other issues.
  • Interpret and apply engineering calculations and computer systems.
  • Evaluate change orders for proper procedure and make recommendations to the Project Office and Engineering Manager.
  • Conduct contract material and documentation reviews.
  • Frequently communicate online and by telephone with staff throughout WSDOT and occasional interactions with FHWA or other State Agencies. 
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
  • One (1) year of experience as a Transportation Engineer 2 or equivalent 
Experience with:
  • Communicating in speech and writing effectively with intended audiences
  • Reviewing and interpreting and/or producing technical documents
  • Understanding and interpreting engineering calculations and computer systems
  • Interpreting and applying information from various manuals and publications, and state and federal laws
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
  • Two (2) years of experience as a Transportation Engineer 2 or equivalent 
  • Familiarity with the FHWA stewardship agreement
  • Knowledge of WSDOT’s office engineering tasks and functions
Important Notes:
  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
  • The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County. 
  • 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 
  • 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. 
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 
Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Amanda Strebeck, at Please be sure to reference 22DOT-NWR-11888 in the subject line.