Bridge Condition Engineer

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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Bridge Condition Engineer


Tumwater, WA 

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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 looking to fill a senior level manager role within the agency’s Bridge and Structures Office located in Tumwater, WA. This position assigned to the Bridge Preservation Office, will be tasked with managing two regional bridge inspection teams as well as the Special Structures inspection team and ensures that those teams performing bridge inspections are in compliance with National Bridge Inspection Standards (NBIS) and the National Tunnel Inspection Standard (NTIS). The role of the successful candidate will also be to provide leadership, support, guidance, and mentoring in order to achieve these goals.
What to Expect
This senior level manager position in the Bridge & Structures Office contributes to WSDOT’s mission of providing safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation by supporting the bridge inspection managers and by providing technical expertise to support preservation of the bridges and tunnels on the state highway system.
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Bridge Condition Engineer will:

  • Manage Bridge Preservation Office structural inspection programs and budgets.
  • Manage and publish the Washington State Bridge Inspection Manual (WSBIM).
  • Oversee emergency response services to regions when state bridges are damaged or lost due to vehicle collision, advanced deterioration, or natural phenomenon such as winds, floods, or earthquakes.
  • Provide technical support and assistance to regions and other agencies.
  • Oversee the quality management of Bridge Preservation Office structural inspection work and reporting.
  • Maintain knowledge of regulations and best practices impacting inspection, load rating, non-destructive evaluation methods, and structure maintenance and preservation.
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering (or closely related field) at an ABET accredited university.
  • Washington State license as a Professional Engineer (PE) or ability to obtain this within one (1) year of hire.
  • Meet the requirements of the qualifications of “Program Manager”, per 23 CFR 650 subpart ‘c’ section 309(a) and for tunnels 23 CFR 650 subpart E section 509 (a).
  • Prior engineering and management experience in the areas of structure preservation, design, and rehabilitation.
  • Prior experience performing NBIS bridge condition inspections and fracture critical inspections.
  • Meet the qualifications of a bridge inspection Team Leader in Washington State and be capable of performing bridge inspections.
  • Meet the qualifications of a tunnel inspection Team Leader in Washington State and be capable of performing tunnel inspections.
  • Valid driver’s license.

 Knowledge of the following: 
  • The National Bridge Inspection Standards program and all related federal requirements 
  • Principles of management, including project management 
  • Budget development, management, and tracking techniques 
  • Structural design/analysis, inspection/repair/painting/special structures and codes governing this work
  • Long-range strategic planning techniques 
  • Human resources rules and procedures 
  • Bridge construction practices and governing codes 
  • Staff development and training 
  • Washington State laws (WAC's and RCW's) and legislative processes affecting bridges 
  • Consultant agreements/negotiations 
  • Special inspection techniques 
  • Non-destructive testing practices 
  • Sign bridge inspection 
  • Emergency and disaster response
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
  • Skills and/or ability to: 
    • Assimilate, understand, and resolve complex structural issues 
    • Communicate effectively orally and in writing 
    • Make technical presentations to peers at the local and national levels, and to industry groups 
    • Coach and mentor professional engineering staff 
    • Perform long-range strategic planning and policy development on Bridge Preservation issues 
    • Propose related AASHTO specifications, studies, and enhancements 
    • Effectively apply interpersonal relationship skills 
    • Work at heights exceeding 100 feet, in confined spaces and over waterways 
    • Operate power/jet boats, small trucks, UBIT & bucket trucks.
Important Notes 
  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
  • Application review will begin on December 06, 2022. Candidate selection may take place at any time thereafter. It is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible. 
  • Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 357-16-197 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 
  • Work-Life Balance – We offer flexible work schedules that allow you time for your life outside of this excellent opportunity.
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees 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. 
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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, Robyn Lovely, at Please be sure to reference # 0W022 in the subject line.