ITS Electrical Specialist (TST B or C) 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 has an incredible opportunity for an apprentice or journey level ITS (Intelligent Transportation System) electronics technician/and or electrician, who has the ambition and skills to support the vast electrical infrastructure of Washington State's Northwest Region. The technician will perform work installing, maintaining, and repairing the electronic/electrical traffic equipment with a duty station in Seattle. There must be assurances that the work is performed efficiently, with safety first as the focus. Critical decisions need to be made in the field as to the degree of hazard to the site users and the motoring public, so strong initiative and responsibility is necessary.

The work will be on various Electrical and ITS equipment, but not limited to, Traffic systems and cabinets, Variable Message Signs, CCTV, Data Stations, Lighting, electrical services, Communications including wireless, networking systems, tolling signs and various other traffic/ITS systems. The majority of the work will be in the field alongside state roadways

Our ideal candidate will have at least 4 years (C level, journey level) or 2 years (B level, apprentice level) of current experience working on and maintaining Traffic Systems and ITS equipment that is equivalent to what WSDOT maintains. Candidates will have to successfully pass a practical assessment demonstrating troubleshooting skills.

What to Expect:
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Electrical Specialist will:
•Partner (B level, C level work independently) with a crew to troubleshoot and repair ITS equipment, battery backup systems, transformer cabinets, weather stations, tolling systems, cameras, communication systems including hubs including fiber optic cable, 480 volt gate control systems on the ground and out of a bucket truck.
•Repair third party motor vehicle damaged equipment in the field and complete bench repairs in shop.
Identify circuit wiring with megger, power tracer, induction field tracer, and metal detector.
•Diagnose electrical problems in ITS control systems including various cabinets, ramp metering, cameras-detection and CCTV, fiber optics, data stations, changeable message signs, communications hubs and tolling systems.
•Perform repairs within guidelines of NEC and WSDOT codes and specifications.
•Schedule and perform preventative maintenance on ITS equipment that includes, cabinets, controllers and aerial equipment.
•Work hands-on performing maintenance and repair of existing inventory alongside high-speed roadways.
•Review drawings, prints, schematics and as-built prints as needed.
•Possess troubleshooting skills to work on control system malfunctions and be able determine the best choice of repair or replacement.
•Trouble-shoot analog and digital I/O components while in the field.
•Work on ladders and work out of a bucket truck 60' or higher.
•Set and retrieve traffic control devices on high speed, high volume traffic roadways using WSDOT’s M54-44.
•Install, remove, and maintain both electrical and electronic roadway equipment, both pad mounted and aerial.
•Perform locates on WSDOT ITS infrastructure per the 811 requirements.
•Operate Class B bucket trucks.
•Write up work reports each day documenting work performed in a database.

To be considered for this opportunity at the TST B level is ($65,885 – $80,236) level, the following are required:
•2 years of technician experience installing and maintaining Traffic ITS equipment or equivalent experience in a related field of electrical or electronics.
•2 years of experience working out of a bucket truck around traffic and setting up traffic control preferably to the M54-44.
•2 years of experience using test equipment for power and communication.

To be considered for this opportunity at the TST C level is ($69,224 -$84,306), the following are required:
•At least 4 years of Journey level technician experience installing and maintaining Traffic and ITS equipment independently equal to the current WSDOT equipment.
•4 or more years of experience working out of a bucket truck around traffic and setting up traffic control to the M54-44.
•4 or more years of experience using test equipment for power and communication.
•4 or more years of experience conforming work to the NEC and WSDOT standard specifications and standard plans.

Candidates at either level require the:
•Possess a Class B Commercial Driver’s License without air brake restriction or able to obtain within 6 months of employment
•Have completed a basic algebra course.
•Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with a wide variety of people, including, staff, peers, vendors, contractors, engineers, etc.
•Ability to work well with a wide variety of people of all ages from academically, culturally and socio-economically diverse backgrounds.
•Experience using electrical and electronics metering, monitoring and testing equipment.
•Ability to see and differentiate colors to perform electrical and electronic maintenance and repair work.
•Ability to work from blueprints, plans, and sketches.
•Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. of equipment and move about unrestricted while climbing stairs/ladders/inclines and uneven surfaces.
•Knowledge of power distribution, branch circuits, and high voltage (up to 480 VAC) distribution systems.
•Ability to communicate using a 700 MHZ radio network.
•Ability to learn from verbal, written and electronic formats.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
•4 + years of experience with an Electrical or Electronic/Control background, knowledge and skills with computer networking.
•Current Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A
•Electronics certifications/degree.
•Electrician's license.

Important Notes :
By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by no later than October 18, 2021. This is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes.
The listed salary includes the Legislative approved King County Premium.
This position can be filled at either the Transportation Systems Technician B or Transportation Systems Technician C level, depending upon qualifications.
The incumbent must be available to travel throughout WSDOT’s Northwest Region that extends up to the Canadian border.
This position requires the ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays on short notice, perform standby and participate on call-outs on a rotational basis and during inclement weather.
This position requires the ability to move up to 50 lbs., work at heights exceeding 100 feet in/around/over live traffic, work at heights up to 600 feet over water on Northwest Region bridges, and work in confined spaces.
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.
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 when business needs allow.
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.
Please click the "APPLY" button to proceed. Note that you will be prompted to either sign in, or create an account. This step is required in order to submit an application to this opportunity.

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-10752m in the subject line.

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Contact Person:
Location: Seattle, WA
Application Method: Online
Base Pay: $65,885 - $84,306 Annually

Posted on August 24, 2021

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