WSDOT: Bridge Maintenance Specialist 2 - Union Gap, 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
WSDOT has an exciting career opportunity for an experienced trades professional who loves working outdoors and embraces challenges. The South Central Region is seeking to fill a Bridge Maintenance Specialist 2 vacancy located in Union Gap, WA. This experienced specialist must have a commitment to safety while assisting in preventative and general maintenance, repair, and inspection of bridges, structures, and highways throughout the region. The individual in this role will operate a wide variety of bridge maintenance equipment/tools, and perform journey-level work in the maintenance, repair, operation, and reconstruction of bridges within the Region. This individual will play a critical role in ensuring the safe and efficient movement of goods, services, and people.

What to Expect
This position is required to perform work that is often physical in nature, primarily outdoors and often next to high-volume, high-speed traffic. Work performed may be at elevated heights, above 25 feet over land or water, and/or in a confined environment.

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

Perform journey level maintenance and repairs to concrete bridges, decks, joints, girders, post tensioning cables, soffits, piers, and columns.
Build forms, tie rebar, mix, pour and finish concrete.
Fall trees and cut brush from around bridge superstructure, columns, and abutments.
Perform journey level maintenance and repairs to timber bridge decks, girders, X-braces, caps, piles, wheel rail, sidewalks, and handrails.
Repair and/or replace guardrails.
Maintain and repair WSDOT facilities.
Design and set up traffic control for operations; perform traffic control such as manually flag traffic or signing for lane closures, road closures and detours.
Conduct moving and stationary traffic control operations using attenuator/buffer truck.
Act as a first responder at accident scenes, spills, or other emergency situations.
Coordinate traffic control and responses with external agencies.
Use rigging, staging, static lines, fall arrest harness and lanyards to be compliant with OSHA, and WISHA standards to complete work safely at heights.

This is a Bridge Maintenance Specialist 2 (BMS2) position. However, the hiring manager reserves the right to fill the position at a lower level (BMS1) 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 at the Bridge Maintenance Specialist 1 level, the following are required:
One (1) year of experience performing roadway maintenance, heavy equipment operation, or equivalent.

To be considered at the Bridge Maintenance Specialist 2 level, at least one (1) of the following are required:
Two (2) years of experience performing roadway maintenance, or experience in the construction field which includes carpentry, concrete, steel fabrication, electrical, heavy equipment operations, millwright, or closely related experience. OR
High school diploma or equivalent AND two (2) years of experience as a Highway Maintenance Worker 1. OR
An equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

In addition to one of the above, the following are also required.
A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class A, with endorsement N and without air brakes restriction OR the ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire. (Agency may assist with obtaining)
A valid Traffic Control/Flagging card with experience performing traffic control per MUTCD; including planning, setting signs, and cones or barrels and flagging, OR the ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire.
Possess a commitment to workplace safety and proper use of personal protective equipment.
Possess strong journey level skills with the ability to contribute to a tea4m effort in a cooperative and collaborative manner to complete bridge repair tasks.
Knowledge and ability to use a computer for time management, email, word documents, schedules, etc.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Journey level experience in one of the heavy construction trades with focus on carpentry, welding, and/or steel fabrication.

Important Notes
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
This position requires up to 80% of work out of town within Region to include overnight stays on per diem.
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 position has been approved for in-training. The hiring manager is looking to hire at the Bridge Maintenance Specialist 2 level, however the in-training plan will allow candidates to be considered as a Bridge Maintenance Specialist 1, if not qualified at the highest level. The salaries for each level are below:
BMS2: $61,056 – $70,800 Annually
BMS1: $56,676 – $65,748 Annually
This position is not eligible for remote work.
This position may be 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.
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system, therefore we are not eligible to extend STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information, please visit

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.
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 of 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.

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. 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.

WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system, therefore we are not eligible to extend STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information, please visit

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-50416 in the subject line.

Contact Person: S Fields
Email: [email protected]
Location: • Union Gap, WA, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $61,056.00 - $70,800.00 /YR

Posted on October 03, 2023

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