Project Inspector (TE2, In-Training)

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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Project Inspector (TE2, In-Training)


Everett, WA 


$57,324.00 - $85,020.00

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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 our next Project Inspector. This position accomplishes construction inspection and ensures compliance with contract plans, provisions, and Environmental permits. The incumbent prepares a variety of reports to document construction activities, field measurements, and observations. The successful candidate appointed to this unique position will serve a vital role in support of WSDOT’s mission to provide safe, reliable, and cost effective transportation options to improve communities and economic vitality.  
What to Expect

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

  • Inspect and direct contract work on construction projects assigned to the organization. 
  • Assure compliance with contract plans, provisions, and environmental permits. 
  • Investigate problems with plans and with the work as it progresses. 
  • Provide clarification of the contract requirements to the Contractor and subcontractors. 
  • Monitor quantifies used compared to proposed plan quantities to monitor and budget impacts. 
  • Prepare detailed and accurate contract documentation such as Inspectors Daily Reports, Weekly Statements, and Field Notes for pay estimates. 
  • Manage environmental best management practices to ensure permit requirements are met and ensure construction work is covered under the permits. 



To be considered for this opportunity at the Transportation Engineer 2 level, the following are required:

  • Certification as an Engineer-In-Training and one year of experience as a Transportation Engineer 1, Transportation Technician 3, Bridge Engineer 1, or equivalent, OR
  • Two years of experience as a Transportation Engineer 1, Transportation Technician 3, Bridge Engineer 1, or equivalent such as previous inspection work, OR
  • A master’s degree with major study in civil engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics, traffic, transportation, or a closely related field.


To be considered for this opportunity at the Transportation Engineer 1 level, the following are required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an ABET accredited college or university with major study in civil engineering (BSCE) or a closely related field, OR Certification as an Engineer-In-Training (EIT) 
    1. Four (4) years of related Engineering experience may substitute for bachelor’s degree.


Candidates at either level will have:

  • Current driver’s license
  • Ability to work outdoors in all types of weather conditions to traverse over uneven ground. 
  • Ability to climb ladders to inspect structures
  • Ability to manipulate up to 40lbs. 
  • Ability to read and interpret contract plans, provisions, standard specifications, and other principles, practices, and methods relative to the construction of transportation projects. 


It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (Civil, Structural, Geotechnical, Traffic, or related field of study)
  • Two (2) years of experience as a Transportation Engineer 1 or Transportation Technician 3, Bridge Engineer 1
  • Two (2) years of experience in roadway related construction inspection or materials testing. 
  • Qualified tester with extensive experience in concrete, asphalt, aggregates, and compaction.
  •  WSDOT General Inspector Certification


Important Notes 

  • 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.   
  • This position is not eligible for remote work.
  • The official duty station for this position will be determined based on candidate preference and overall business needs. 
  • In addition to base salary, employees may be entitled to other forms of compensation depending on the type, duties, or location of the position. For union-represented positions, more information on other forms of compensation can be found in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements. Information on other compensation types for non-represented positions can be found in Chapter 357-28 of the Washington Administrative Code. 
  • 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.
  • This is an in-training position that offers a career path and on-the-job training. This position allows you to progress upward through the Transportation Engineer field and achieve the goal class of a Transportation Engineer 2. Candidates will be considered for a Transportation Engineer 1 or Transportation Engineer 2, depending on their qualifications. Annual salary levels for each position are:
    1. Transportation Engineer 1: $57,324 - $77,028
    2. Transportation Engineer 2: $64,216 - $85,020
  • 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!
  • 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. All persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, 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 via email.

Contact us: 

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at Please be sure to reference 23DOT-NWR-13167 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.