Bridge Electrician - Seattle, WA

Employer: WSDOT

Job Description:

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 currently seeking a Transportation Systems Technician C to keep the electrical and electronic systems of the I-90 and East Channel floating bridges maintained and repaired. This journey level position is the Subject Matter Expert (SME) and performs, leads, and directs diagnosis, maintenance, installation, and repairs. In this role, you will also be responsible for testing of technical monitoring and control systems and ensuring the electrical and electronic systems for the bridges are operating properly. The individual in this role, must have a strong understanding of electrical code and theory. This bridge is critical to the local highway systems and business communities. The top candidates will conduct all electrical operations safely and effectively. Public safety and the safety of fellow employees is a high priority and must be considered in every decision and activity affecting the highway facilities.

What to Expect

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Bridge Electrician will:

Install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair a variety of electrical and electronic systems associated with I-90 Floating Bridges and East Channel Bridges.
Perform regular inspection and testing of voltages, electrical connections, and grounding systems.
Maintain and troubleshoot a Programmable Logic Controller system on the bridge consisting of electronic components.
Ensure strict adherence to National Electrical Code (NEC) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC) electrical installation standards and specifications.
Plan preventive maintenance and repair tasks.
Read, interpret, and work with complex electrical drawings, plans, manuals, and other technical documents within the electrical industry.
Perform duties near live traffic during the day and night, either in a bucket truck, man basket or other types of lifts, at heights more than 100 feet.
Operate Class A, B, or C equipment for bridge operations.
Design and setup traffic control for emergency operations, as well as full road or bridge closures.
Demonstrate a commitment to the department's safety program by adhering to safety policies and procedures daily and attending safety meetings, training, and other courses.


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

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class B
Four (4) years of experience in the electrical field

In addition to:

Ability to read, interpret, and follow operational manuals, blueprints, and written correspondence.
Ability to lift and transport in excess of 50lbs with or without reasonable accommodation.
Ability to work next to highway traffic in a variety of weather conditions, including heat, cold, and inclement weather, negotiating steep, rough, and uneven terrain, working in confined spaces at heights above 100 ft. over land or water performing maintenance and repairs.
Ability to inspect, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair a variety of electrical and electronic systems.
Ability to perform work around energized electrical equipment utilizing standard and specialized test equipment.
Knowledge of distribution, utilization, and branch circuits consisting of 480v 3 phase and 240/120v single phase.
Knowledge of high voltage distribution systems in 15kv which includes transformers from 34kv through 500kv.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A
Electrical License EL01

Important Notes

The listed salary includes the Legislative approved King County Premium.
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. However, the first review of applications will be conducted on July 19th, 2021. 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.
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.
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. 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.

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, Eric Saniatan, at Please be sure to reference 21DOT-NWR-11908 in the subject line.

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Contact Person:
Location: Seattle, WA
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Base Pay: $69,224.00 - $84,306.00/yr

Posted on July 14, 2021

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