Lead Bridge Inspector (TE3)

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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Lead Bridge Inspector (TE3)


Seattle, WA 


$70,938.00 - $95,432.00

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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 a Transportation Engineer 3 to lead and provide guidance to the Assistant Bridge Inspector and Transportation Technician 3. This position is responsible for bridge inspections, contract plan reviews, utility plans, and reviews, to help provide a safe, reliable, cost-effective transportation system to the public. 
What to Expect

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, you/the Transportation Engineer 3 will:

  • Serve as lead engineering representative for Bridge Maintenance Region Wide. 
  • Complete and submit routine inspections, bridge repair and bridge damage reports. 
  • Update bridge inventory, photo log, inspection reports, and repair report databases. 
  • Make recommendations for repairs to maintenance crews and performs follow up inspections of completed work. 
  • Collect and submit data for structures with deficiencies.
  • Provide details, drawings, calculations, and other relative information towards the repair and preservation of the region’s bridges. 



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

  • Two (2) years of experience in Bridge Maintenance, AND
  • Three (3) years of experience in Bridge Inspection, Engineering, or combination thereof.


In addition to:

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Valid Washington Driver License.
  • Successful completion of Bridge Condition Inspection Training (BCIT) Fundamentals Course.
  • Successful completion of Plans Reading Course.
  • Proficient in PC Microsoft applications, Databases, and other computer software.
  • Surveying Skills, Capable of Professional Engineering tasks. 
  • Experience operating heavy equipment such as bucket trucks, Ubit, snorkel lifts.  
  • Successful completion of NHI – FHWA Bridge Condition Inspection Course within one (1) year. 


It is preferred that qualified candidates also have: 

  • Successful completion of FEMA ICS Courses.
  • Successful completion of NHI – FHWA Tunnel Inspection Course. 
  • Class A CDL, N endorsement and without air brake restriction. 


Important Notes 

  • This position is not eligible for remote work.
  • 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.
  • 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. Compliance with this mandate 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.  
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov 



  • 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!
  • 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. 


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


Contact us

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at SaniatE@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 22DOT-NWR-10178 in the subject line.