Local Programs Technical Engineer – Transportation Engineer 3


WA State Department of Transportation

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is seeking a Local Programs Technical Engineer located at the Southwest Region (SWR) Local Programs Office in Vancouver, Washington. Through WSDOT’s Stewardship Agreement with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this position is responsible for and serves as the office and field representative for processing federal and state grant transportation programs.

The Local Programs Technical Engineer will manage activities to coordinate, review, process, and fund transportation and transit improvement and operations in approximately 50 municipalities, MPO’s and RTPO’s, tribal nations, port districts, and other agencies. As a technical program specialist, the Local Programs Technical Engineer uses independent judgement for decision-making and problem solving to provide direction, guidance, and support to various agencies during preliminary design, environmental, right-of-way, and construction of transportation improvements to ensure the agencies meet all required technical, legal, and procedural requirements. The Local Programs Technical Engineer will also act on behalf of the Assistant Local Programs Engineer in their absence.

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Among the varied range of responsibilities held, the Local Programs Technical Engineer (TE3) will:

  • Manage federal and state transportation programs for cities, counties, transit organization, port districts, and other agencies.
  • Direct and train agency staff in correct procedures relating to funding applications, environmental considerations, design requirements, ADA requirements, PS&E requirements, project advertising, DBE requirements, procedural regulations, and project and contract administration.
  • Direct design activities for multiple agencies; Acts as a technical program specialist to support and guide agencies on project planning, funding, design, construction, and maintenance.
  • Coordinate with WSDOT managers regarding technical expertise to train local agency staff in specialized fields including, but not limited to, project administration, right of way acquisition, hydraulic evaluations, geotechnical and environmental analysis.
  • Analyze and develop documentation to obtain FHWA and WSDOT Headquarters approval for project revisions, design deviations, and other matters on federal aid and state grant projects.
  • Verify projects are constructed consistent with the project prospectus and NEPA documents on state and federal aid projects.
  • Perform compliance reviews to ensure grant requirements and procedures are met.
  • Provide technical assistance to local agencies concerning preparation of transportation improvement programs and functional classification changes of the federal highway system.
  • Travel to various locations throughout the region as needed.

An ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • One (1) year of experience as a Transportation Engineer 2 or equivalent, and two (2) years of experience as a Transportation Technician 3 or a Transportation Engineer 1 or equivalent.
  • Experience that includes one (1) year in Construction Administration and one year in one of the following areas:

Environmental Documentation

Transportation Design

Program Management

  • Skills to communicate effectively with diverse groups utilizing oral, written, and electronic communication methods.
  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • The ability to traverse uneven and steep terrain.
  • The ability to work safely adjacent to traffic and heavy equipment.
  • Valid Driver’s License and ability to operate a motor vehicle.

The most desirable candidate will also have:

  • Experience with construction administration procedures and documentation requirements per the WSDOT Construction Manual.
  • Experience creating and/or reviewing engineering drawings contract documents and specifications in the design phase of transportation projects.
  • Experience working with the SEPA and NEPA environmental processes.
  • Experience working with consultant firms.
  • Experience working with the Program Management/Financial funding elements of transportation programs.

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
  • 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 Rachel Giese at gieser@wsdot.wa.gov.  Please reference recruitment number 19DOT-SWR-40193.

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 https://www.uscis.gov/.

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