Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is seeking two professional and experienced Geotechnical Engineers. The Headquarters Geotechnical office is tasked with providing geotechnical recommendations Statewide in support of WSDOT’s capital construction program, preservation, and maintenance activities.
This position is responsible for ensuring the geotechnical aspects of the projects are consistent with standards of practice, national codes, and departmental policies. The work includes the analysis of complex site conditions requiring specialized training in geotechnical design, as well as the independent application of broadly based experience, judgment, and non-standard design methodologies to effectively complete designs.
*Note: This position includes an approved in-training plan, therefore it may be filled at the Transportation Engineer 2, 3, or 4 level. The salary levels for each are:
Transportation Engineer 2: $ 55,476 – $ 72,744 annually
Transportation Engineer 3: $ 61,212 – $ 80,304 annually
Transportation Engineer 4: $ 67,584 – $ 88,656 annually
The Washington State Department of Transportation is the steward of a multimodal transportation system and responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT is responsible for the state ferry system, and works in partnership with others to maintain and improve local roads, railroads and airports, as well as to support alternatives to driving, such as public transportation, bicycles and pedestrian programs.
This position will perform the following work:
• Evaluate proposed projects to determine the appropriate level of geotechnical effort needed to support the project and develop the geotechnical scope of work.
• Prepare cost estimate for the geotechnical scope of work.
• Develop geotechnical project schedule.
• Coordinate project schedule with the client to ensure it meets the client’s needs.
• Prepare all project correspondence and project documentation and maintains project files.
• Complete geotechnical designs and provide recommendations in support of WSDOT's construction program and maintenance activities.
• Research project site conditions and evaluate existing data and its applicability to the project.
• Develop field exploration plans and specialized laboratory testing plans for design and construction projects.
• Perform design analysis in conformance with current WSDOT geotechnical design policy.
• Participate in developing the Request for Qualifications (RFQ), Request for Proposal (RFP), Geotechnical Data Report (GDR), and the Geotechnical Baseline Report (GBR) for Design Build projects. Once awarded, this person provides technical review of design submittals, ATC's, and other geotechnical submittals.
• Advise clients on how to incorporate the geotechnical recommendations into the Plans, Specifications and Estimate (PS&E) or RFP.
• Write contract special provisions, amendments, and RFP sections.
• Manage multiple geotechnical projects performed in-house and with consultants.
• Track project timeline, budget, and delivery status, and reports project status to their supervisor and Office Management; provides accountability to our statewide clients and the Office's managers.
An ideal candidate for this position will have:
• A Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, Geological Engineering, or closely allied field.
• Education and training shall include at least 20 quarter or 15 semester college level credit hours in soil mechanics, foundation engineering, or geotechnical engineering.
• One year professional geotechnical experience as a Transportation Engineer 3 or equivalent level.
• Knowledge in Geotechnical design, soil mechanics, seismic design, and AASHTO design codes for Highway Structures.
• Ability to traverse uneven, rough terrain in inclement weather and by fast moving traffic and in the presence of large equipment.
• Ability to work over water, in confined spaces, and at heights.
• Washington State Driver’s License.
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Please go to www.careers.wa.gov. Filter by Department. You may need to set up an account profile. To be considered for this position you will need to answer the supplemental questions, as part of the supplemental questions you will need to provide a letter of interest. Your letter of interest should describe how your experience, training and education make you a viable and competitive candidate for this position.
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