Laboratory Technician & Core Driller (TT3)

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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Laboratory Technician & Core Driller (TT3)




$58,300.00 - $78,334.00

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Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure that 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 eager to hire an experienced technician to serve as Lab Technician/Core Driller to join our Materials Laboratory in South Seattle. The primary undertaking of this position will be to perform various materials tests. The successful candidate appointed into this position will have an enthusiasm for working hands on in collecting materials samples on job sites as well as testing such samples in a laboratory environment. As the Lab Technician/Core Driller, the appointee will serve as a key team member on our construct ion projects as they will be testing the integrity of construction materials as well as providing other support functions.
What to Expect

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Lab Technician/Core Driller will:

  • Perform log-in, curing, and testing of concrete cylinders, grout cubes, and PCC/HMA cores (density/thickness) as required by specification. 
  • Independently work when sampling concrete aggregate from commercial suppliers within the region. 
  • Control log-in, drying, splitting, and testing of aggregate soil samples for gradation, density, specific gravity, proctor, pH and resistivity as required by specification. 
  • Enter sample and test data into the MATS reporting database. 
  • Transport nuclear gauges to HQ Materials Lab for repair and calibration, and help to maintain and keep regional labs in a clean and orderly environment. 
  • Operate coring machine and perform pavement coring on construction projects as well as other highways.
  • Perform flagging as part of the Materials Lab team for coring operation.



To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

  • Current driver’s license
  • Two (2) years of experience in materials testing
  • Current WA Qualified Tester Certification (WAQTC) or the ability to obtain within 6 months of employment. 
  • Ability to work in a laboratory environment around ovens and furnaces with temperatures ranging from 140 – 1000 degree Fahrenheit. 
  • Ability to transport Nuclear Gauges
  • Ability to manipulate up to 60lbs of equipment and materials
  • Ability to work in various weather conditions on uneven terrain working next to high volume of traffic in inclement weather and stand for long periods
  • Ability to work beyond scheduled shifts and at nights per the needs of the project. 
  • The ability to consistently and dependably be at work and allow for flexibility in work schedules. 
  • The ability to work independently, schedule and prioritize workload, with minimal supervision.
  • Current WA State Flagger certification


It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Knowledge and experience operating a core drilling machine. 


Important Notes 

  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid work options
  • By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes, however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
  • The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County. An additional general wage increase of 3.25% will be applied for all state employees on July 1, 2022.
  • 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 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 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 11 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options, and free dental coverage! Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
  • 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.  


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 details your qualifications, and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact information to be included in the “References” section of the online application for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies.


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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. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.


Contact us: 

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at Please be sure to reference 22DOT-NWR-10316 in the subject line. 


Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.