Bridge Maintenance Specialist 2 - Bridge Technician - Vancouver, WA

Employer: WSDOT

Job Description:
Bridge Maintenance Specialist 2 - Bridge Technician
Salary: $54,108.00 - $62,748.00 Annually
Location: Clark County – Vancouver, WA
Job Type: Full Time - Permanent
Department: Dept. of Transportation
Job Number: 21DOT-SWR-41165
Closing: 4/20/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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 currently seeking to fill a Bridge Maintenance Specialist 2 position in Vancouver, WA. As a member of the Southwest Region-wide Bridge crew, the selected candidate will have a personal commitment to safety while assisting with preventative and general maintenance, repairs, and inspections of bridges, structures, and highways throughout the region. Working in the maintenance area requires responsible, safety-minded individuals to perform a variety of skilled labor tasks and operate highway equipment and tools. This opportunity is perfect for someone who enjoys working with their hands, knowing their work is done on roadways and in a variety of weather conditions.

What to Expect:
- This position works a 4/10 schedule, with opportunity for overtime. Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, you will:
- Perform maintenance and structural repairs on floating, moving, and fixed structures on an ongoing basis and in emergencies when damage is caused by the motoring public or acts of nature. This includes regular weekly trips with overnight stays.
- Diagnose deficiencies and repair/replace bridge components.
- Perform Preventative Maintenance (PM) such as drain cleaning, bridge deck sealing, painting, expansion joint cleaning and bridge cleaning.
- Utilize the Spill Control and Countermeasure Plan to control and prevent generation of hazardous wastes.
- Read and interpret plans, blueprints, and sketches.
- Assure adherence to safety rules and precautions by assigned personnel.
- Develops solutions for repair and maintenance problems.
- Operate specialized equipment such as small boats, man lifts, and Under Bridge Inspection Trucks.
- Respond to emergency bridge hits from third parties.
- Assist area maintenance crews in storm events to include performing snow and ice control.
- Design and set-up of traffic control, which includes manually flagging traffic or signing for lane closures and operating attenuator/buffer truck.
- Document collected inspection data and submit to the Bridge Preservation Office (BPO) staff; collaborate with BPO in conducting repairs.
- Effectively use radio, phone, computers, and electronic devices to communicate and document data.
- Negotiate rough and steep surfaces during the performance of job tasks.
- Respond to call out emergency’s day, night, weekends and holidays as needed.

- Required qualifications include at least one of the following:
- Journey level standing in a construction trade as attested by:
- Completion of recognized apprenticeship or;
- Full journey status in a trade union or;
- Four years of experience as a full-time helper to a journey worker in the specified trade.
- High school diploma or GED certificate and two years of experience as a Highway Maintenance Worker 2 with experience in heavy construction, carpentry, concrete, steel fabrication, electrical or millwright.
- Equivalent education/experience.

In addition to one of the above, candidates are also required to have:
- A valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License with N endorsement without air brake restrictions or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire.
- Experience being committed to safety including proper use of personal protective equipment.
- A current Flagger Card or ability to obtain within 6 months.
- Ability to work nights, weekends, holidays, and perform emergency call-outs/stand-by.
- Ability to relocate tools, equipment, and materials weighing up to 50lbs from one location to another in safe manner.
- Ability to climb ladders and work at heights exceeding 100 feet, over land or water.
- Experience reading and understanding construction plans for trouble shooting.
- Strong knowledge and understanding of structural systems such as concrete, steel, and wood.
- Ability to report to assigned duty station within 45 minutes or be willing to relocate to meet that response time.

Preferred qualifications include:
- Skilled in the use of computers for communicating and sending attachments using Microsoft Office.
- Skilled in the use of radio communications equipment, computers, phones, and other electronic equipment.

Important Notes:
This position is subject to the drug and alcohol testing requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA). For more information, please go to DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing.

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. Employees in this position enjoy a standard daytime schedule, working Monday-Thursday, with three-day weekends.
Paid Leave – In addition to 10 paid holidays, full-time employees earn up to 25 paid vacation days per year!
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 contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application.

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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.

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, Rachel Giese – Please be sure to reference 21DOT-SWR-41165 in the subject line.


Contact Person:
Location: Vancouver, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $54,108 - $62,748 YR

Posted on April 14, 2021

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