WSDOT: Field/Lab Construction Technician (TT3 In-Training) - Port Angeles, WA 

Employer: WSDOT

Job Description:
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
The WSDOT Port Angeles Engineering Office is currently seeking a Transportation Technician 3 to serve as the Field/Lab Construction Technician. In this role, you will be responsible for performing concrete, asphalt, aggregate, densities, and other materials testing. The Field/Lab Construction Technician will also assist the field crew with receiving tickets and materials on project sites as well as assist the survey crew with clearing brush and staking. This position provides you with the ability to experience working in varied environments, such as out in the field, in an office atmosphere, and in the laboratory.

What to Expect
At times, this position will assist the Project Inspector on a WSDOT Construction Project. Duties may include performing inspections of transportation construction work to assure conformance with the contract plans and perform materials testing during daytime and nighttime, in inclement (hot, cold, wet, etc.) weather. This includes traversing uneven, steep and difficult terrain adjacent to traffic and heavy equipment in an outdoor environment.

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Field Construction Technician will:

Serve as a material tester performing concrete, asphalt, aggregate, densities and other material testing and tracking.
Produce Field Note Records (FNRs) based on materials used and the contractor’s work.
Utilize various web applications and WSDOT proprietary computer programs to produce estimate reports, log material documentation, verify contractor qualifications and compliance with contract plans and specifications, and track other contract related submittals and contract documents.
Receive and interpret material documentation and contractor submittals. Create spreadsheets to assist in calculating and recording quantities of received documentation.
Verify the document/submittal’s compliance with WSDOT specification, and then process the document/submittals electronically within WSDOT’s proprietary computer programs.
Coordinate with Field Inspectors to request outstanding material documentation.

This is a Transportation Technician 3 (TT3) position. However, the hiring manager reserves the right to fill the position 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 as a TT1, the following is required:
Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
Valid driver’s license.

To be considered as a TT2, at least one of the following are required:
A valid driver’s license AND

An Associate degree in Civil Engineering Technology, surveying, drafting or other closely related fields. OR
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. OR
Graduation from high school or GED equivalent and two (2) 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.) OR
Three (3) years of experience as a Maintenance Technician, one (1) of which must be as a Maintenance Technician 2.

To be considered as a TT3, at least one of the following are required:
Two (2) years of experience performing semi-skilled technical engineering work as a Transportation Technician 2 or equivalent experience. OR
A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or similar field. OR
Certification as an Engineer-in-Training (EIT). OR
A Land Surveyor’s License.

In addition to the above, the following are also required:
Ability to clearly communicate technical information to a diverse audience both orally and in writing.
Ability to check engineering calculations for accuracy and completeness.
Ability to interpret contract plans and specifications.
Ability to research and apply engineering standards.
Ability to clearly and concisely document project activities.
Ability to convey a knowledge and understanding of engineering principles, methods, and practices.
Ability to produce deliverables that are professional and detail oriented.
Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat or Bluebeam
Adept in Windows Operating Systems
Self-motivated to work independently and prioritize workload and handle multiple assignments.
Valid Driver’s License.
Certified as a general inspector within six (6) months of appointment.
Ability to manipulate and transport up to 35 pounds of materials and/or equipment.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Western Alliance for Quality Transportation Construction (WAQTC).
American Concrete Institute (ACI) certification.
Proficient in WSDOT materials testing procedures for ‘gradation’, ‘compaction for asphalt and soils’, and ‘grout cubes.’
Experience operating WSDOT applications including Statistical Analysis of Materials (SAM), Materials Testing System (MATS), Record of Material (ROM).
Adept Microsoft Excel with basic cell programming.

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.
Occasional travel to and from project sites to perform inspection and/or materials testing in assigned geographic area; occasional travel to other office locations, including Thurston County, to attend meetings or training.
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options when not performing field duties.
This position has been approved for in-training. The hiring manager is looking to hire at the Transportation Technician 3 level, however the in-training plan will allow candidates to be considered as a Transportation Technician 1 or Transportation Technician 2, if not qualified at the highest level.
TT1: $43,428 – $58,104
TT2: $52,620 – $70,800
TT3: $59,616 – $80,112
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 first review of applications will be conducted August 23, 2023. 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.
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 may earn up to 25 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.
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.
Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. NOTE: This information may 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. All persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, 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 via email.

Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Alyssa Nastasi at [email protected]. Please be sure to reference 23DOT-OR-32327-1 in the subject line.

Contact Person:
Location: • Port Angeles, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $43,428.00 - $80,112.00

Posted on August 10, 2023

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