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Chief Inspector (Transportation Engineer 3)

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure that 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 eager to hire an experience engineer to serve as our Chief Inspector assigned to our office in Everett. As the Chief Inspector, this position is expected to lead and schedule team members in order focusing on delivering a safe, reliable, and cost effective transportation system for the public by inspecting all construction activities and ensure project compliance. The primary undertaking of the Chief Inspector is to successfully deliver all construction projects that are critical to WSDOT’s mission of keeping people and businesses moving by operating and improving the state’s transportation systems. By taking on this role, you are serving a key and vital function to the State of Washington.
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Chief Inspector will:
  • Lead a team to successfully and safely construct multiple assigned projects that meet all contract requirements and comply with environmental permits and commitments. 
  • Manage the construction of transportation projects to ensure they meet specifications, budget, schedule, and permit requirements. 
  • Coordinate with the contractor, WSDOT staff, external agencies and the public as needed to manage projects completion. 
  • Plan, schedule, direct, and monitor all inspection actives related to inspection and contractor activities including IDR’s, pay notes, schedule, correspondence, consultant activities, contractor submittals, materials requirements and WSDOT support group coordination. 
  • Manage and monitor all changes to the project including completing the change order questionnaire. 
  • Keep Managers, Office Engineer, and NWR Specialty groups informed of project status and any change for the planned activities, proposed changes to items of work and pending risks to scope, schedule, or budget. 
  • Meet with the contractor to discuss problems, interpret plans and specifications and review schedules; investigate problems and make recommendations for solutions. 
  • Perform plan review on various projects that are in the design phase and prepare associated review comments. 
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
  • Two (2) years as a Transportation Engineer 2 or equivalent construction engineer experience.
  • A strong ability to manage multiple people and multiple projects 
  • Ability to supervise and mentor staff 
  • In depth knowledge of highway related construction procedures including inspection, materials testing, documentation procedures, Standard Specifications and how they relate to WSDOT business practices 
  • Knowledge of civil engineering principles, practices, and methods relative to the documentation of construction of transportation projects 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including ability to express complex concepts clearly and concisely 
  • Ability to write tactful, factual, concise technical and administrative letters 
  • Strong mathematical skills with ability to solve engineering problems of varying complexity 
  • Ability to propose alternate solutions to complex elements of a project coordinating with various persons with expertise within the department or within other agencies 
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
  • Bachelor’s degree with a major study in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Soil Mechanics, Traffic, Transportation, or closely related field. 
  • Certified General Inspector
  • Certification as an Engineer In Training
  • Professional Engineer (PE) License
  • Fluency in the use of computer applications including Primavera P6 and/or Unifier. 
Important Notes 
  • The information provided on your application profile, any supplemental material attached to your application, and the responses to the supplemental questions will be used to determine qualifications for interview selection. Therefore, it is to your advantage that your application packet be completed in as much detail as possible. 
  • The recruiting efforts for this position may be extended beyond the displayed closing date for as long and until a sufficient candidate pool has been established. The Appointing Authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time thereafter. It is to your benefit to submit your application as soon as possible.
  • 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 to staff, including occasional telework for eligible positions.  
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 10 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options, and free dental coverage! Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
  • Tuition Assistance – Our 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. 
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 details your qualifications, and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact information to be included in the “References” section of the online application for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies.
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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.
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For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at Please be sure to reference 21DOT-NWR-11845 in the subject line. 
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