WSDOT - Transportation Technician 3 In-Training - Union Gap, WA

Employer: WSDOT

Job Description:
The Opportunity
WSDOT is actively recruiting to fill two Transportation Technician 3 positions. These positions will directly support the South-Central Region and agency’s mission by ensuring that highway construction projects are designed, constructed, and administered in compliance with agency policies, procedures, and practices. This is accomplished by performing basic engineering tasks in support of the work assigned to the Project Engineering Office.

What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within these roles, the Transportation Technician 3 incumbents will:

Assist field inspectors in the collection of material samples.
Perform a variety of jobsite and laboratory tests including, but not limited to proctor density, sieve analysis, yield, slump, air voids, oil content, gradation, etc., and record and compare test data with contract requirements.
Inspects the contractors work for conformance to the plans and specifications.
Take measurements and calculate quantities and wage rates.
Prepare field note records and completes inspector's daily reports.
Perform a variety of semi-skilled project development support tasks.
Assist the Survey Party Chief by serving as rod person and backup instrument operator.
Assist field inspectors by verifying calculations and field note records.
Compile information, enter data into the ledger system, and verify entries.

These are Transportation Technician 3 (TT3) positions. However, the hiring manager reserves the right to fill one of the positions at a lower level (TT1 or TT2) depending on qualifications, providing an opportunity for an individual to gain the required experience on the job as part of a formal “in-training” plan.

To be considered for this opportunity at the Transportation Technician 1 level, the following are required:
Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
Valid driver’s license.
Willing and able to relocate or transport up to 40 pounds.
Willing and able to travel regularly to and from work sites, including overnight stays.

To be considered for this opportunity at the Transportation Technician 2 level, the following are required:
An Associate degree in Civil Engineering Technology, surveying, drafting or other closely related fields.
Completion of an accredited vocational/technical program consisting of at least 1,200 instructional hours in Civil Engineering Technology, surveying, drafting, structural detailing, engineering design or other closely related fields.
Graduation from high school or GED equivalent and two years of experience performing basic technical engineering work as a Transportation Technician 1 or equivalent. (College level or vocational/technical course work in engineering, drafting, survey, mathematics, or other closely related fields will substitute for the required technical engineering experience on a year-for-year basis.)
Three years of experience as a Maintenance Technician, one of which must be as a Maintenance Technician 2.
Valid driver’s license.
Willing and able to relocate or transport up to 40 pounds.
Willing and able to travel regularly to and from work sites, including overnight stays.

To be considered for this opportunity at the Transportation Technician 3 level, the following are required:
Associates Degree in Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, or Surveying, AND a minimum of one (1) year of experience as a Transportation Technician 2 or equivalent.
Bachelor's degree in Engineering.
Certification as an Engineer-in-Training.
Land Surveyor’s License.
Valid driver license.
Ability to perform mathematical calculations at or above a high school geometry level.
Ability to obtain and maintain all required WSDOT testing and inspection certifications, including but not limited to WAQTC, within the first year of employment.
Complete testing and inspection forms and paperwork correctly and accurately.
Communicate complex concepts clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
Demonstrate proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of software (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
Work for extended periods at a desk while performing office functions.
Ability to learn and perform CAD skills within six months of hiring.
Ability to apply engineering concepts, principles and WSDOT standard procedures to develop Plans, Specifications and Estimates (PS&E) and inspect and administer highway construction projects.
Willing and able to relocate or transport up to 40 pounds.
Willing and able to travel regularly to and from work sites, including overnight stays.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Ability to work and stay out of town Monday thru Friday.
Experience with Bentley CADD products including MicroStation and InRoads.
Experience as a rodman, conducting topographic surveys.
Experience testing materials and inspecting construction activities for conformance with contract requirements.
Important Notes
In addition to base salary, employees may be entitled to other forms of compensation depending on the type, duties, or location of the position. For union-represented positions, more information on other forms of compensation can be found in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements. Information on other compensation types for non-represented positions can be found in Chapter 357-28 of the Washington Administrative Code.
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
Various schedules are available except for during the construction season. Weekend and night work are required at times, as well as weeklong stays out of town for site visits, meetings, and training.
Work is performed mostly outdoors. Exposure to hazards commonly found outdoors includes working on or near roadways and traffic, on uneven and rough terrain, in most all types of climate conditions, insects, and possibly biohazards.
Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 357-16-197 mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Compliance with this mandate is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit
Work-Life Balance – We offer flexible work schedules that allow you time for your life outside of this excellent opportunity.
Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
Tuition Assistance – Permanent 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.
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.

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 explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
Contact details for a minimum of 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; does not require an additional attachment.

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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.

Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, S. Fields, at [email protected] . Please be sure to reference 23DOT-SCR-51356m in the subject line.

Contact Person: S. Fields
Email: [email protected]
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Application Method: Apply Online
Base Pay: $40,812.00 - $77,028.00 /YR

Posted on February 14, 2023

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