Freeway Operations Engineer – Transportation Technical Engineer


WA State Department of Transportation

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has an exciting and unique opportunity for a Transportation Technical Engineer to serve as the Freeway Operation Engineer in Tacoma, WA. This position manages and directs the activities of the Olympic Region’s (OR) Freeway Operations programs. The Freeway Operations Engineer is responsible for highway system operations in the OR by keeping people and commerce moving, through managing and directing personnel in the Traffic Management Center (TMC) and Incident Response Team (IRT).

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

  • Manage the OR TMC, providing 24 hour/7 days per week region-wide radio and ITS operations (system monitoring, ramp meters, VMS, HAR, travel time, region traveler information systems).
  • Direct the maintenance of all electronic systems housed in the TMC.
  • Ensure periodic maintenance is performed, system malfunctions corrected, and provides oversight of all system modifications.
  • Work closely with region maintenance, traffic engineers, project engineers, public information officers, WSP, other agency partners, and bordering WSDOT regions to coordinate incident and emergency response.
  • Assist in developing incident response policies.
  • Manage the region’s incident response program ensuring region and department objectives are met.
  • Organize incident debrief meetings as necessary and serves as the IRT program manager for the region.
  • Ensure ongoing system compatibility and functionality relative to system expansion by providing technical expertise and oversight for system design documents and activities.
  • Oversee and manage engineering staff who perform scoping and design (plans, specifications, and estimate (PS&E)) reviews, operational analysis, and traffic study work in support of the region traffic office.
  • Serve as an assistant to Maintenance & Operations management as necessary.
  • Act as the region TSMO representative on ITS and highway traffic management policies.
  • Serve as a primary Emergency Operations Center (EOC) representative and Incident Management Team (IMT) manager as necessary.

Required qualifications include:

  • At least five (5) years of experience in Traffic Design, Traffic Operations, or Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO), or a related field.
  • The ability to interpret WSDOT policies, standards, procedures, and project development requirements, as well as transportation engineering principles, practices and methods.
  • Skills to communicate both verbally and in writing, in a professional and effective manner with peers, support offices, contractors, consultants, and the public by telephone, letter, computer, or in person.
  • The ability to interpret and implement state and federal policies, rules, and regulations related to TSMO.
  • Professional and academic based knowledge of Traffic Engineering principles. MUTCD, State and Federal laws, rules, policies and processes in the areas of traffic operations, design, maintenance, and safety.
  • Knowledge in management principles, public policy, legal requirements & tort liability, legislative process, performance measurement, budget preparation & management, project and program delivery.
  • The ability to traverse uneven, steep terrain during all weather conditions.
  • A valid driver’s license to travel to and from project sites to perform work duties.

The most desirable candidate will also have:

  • Completion of Operations Academy Senior Management Program provided by National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE).
  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or closely related field.
  • Professional Civil Engineer’s License (License holders from other states will be expected to obtain a WA State PE license within six months of appointment).
  • At least three (3) years of management experience leading peoples.
  • Knowledge of WSDOT personnel procedures including recruitment, retention, hiring, promotions, corrective action, union contracts and other applicable civil service rules and regulations.

How to apply: 

Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically.
To be considered for this position, please attach the following to your online application:

  • A chronological Resume outlining your experience to date;
  • Cover Letter detailing your qualifications, and why you believe you are the best person for this role, and
  • A minimum of three (3) professional references who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies.  Applications that do not have the above documents attached will not be considered. 

Contact us:

For inquiries about this position, please contact Robyn Lovely at  Please reference recruitment number 19DOT-OR-30817.

WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and 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. WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit

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