WSDOT: Welder (ET3) - 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 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 two Equipment Technicians (ET3) to serve as Welders in Seattle, WA. This position fabricates specialized parts and repairs equipment using MIG/TIG welding. At times, the incumbent may also inspect, diagnose, make major and minor repairs, and perform preventative maintenance, on all types of equipment used in highway maintenance or heavy and industrial/commercial equipment. This position is ideal for a welder/fabricator who is looking for an exciting opportunity to utilize their valuable skills and knowledge.

What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Welder will:

Design, fabricate, weld, and install additional equipment to vehicles.
Repair miscellaneous parts of equipment
Perform seasonal work on sanders, snow plows, and four-wheel drive equipment.
Respond to field calls.
Perform preventative maintenance on all equipment.
Repair, overhaul, inspect, and maintain all types of equipment.
Perform initial wiring for all electrical accessories on vehicles and equipment systems.
Use M-5 Fleet Management System and order parts.

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
Three (3) years of experience as a welder, fabricator, or millwright, OR successful completion of technical training at a recognized welding/fabricating apprenticeship program.
Valid driver’s license
Ability to lift and safely move objects weighing in excess of 50lbs.
Ability to stand stationary for periods up to 30 minutes at a time and alternate between standing and walking up to 10 hours per work shift.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
Successful completion of vocational technical training in heavy equipment, light vehicles and/or industrial/commercial equipment repair, including welding/fabricating.
One (1) year assisting a journey-level heavy equipment mechanic.
Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), with “N” and air brake endorsements, no automatic transmission restriction.

Important Notes
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
This position is not eligible for remote work.
The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County and 10% Assignment Pay.
The salary listed for this position also includes the legislative approved 20% Assignment Pay for heavy equipment mechanics.
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 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.
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.
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 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.

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.

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, O. Dietrich, at [email protected]. Please be sure to reference 23DOT-NWR-10834em in the subject line.

Contact Person: Jill Dexter
Email: [email protected]
Location: • Seattle, WA
Application Method: Apply Online
Base Pay: $80,481.00 - $93,247.00 /YR

Posted on November 01, 2023

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