Project Engineer (WMS3)

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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Project Engineer (WMS3)


Shoreline, WA 


$98,620.00 - $126,504.00

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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 multiple experienced engineering professionals looking to advance their career into a leadership role to serve as our next Northwest Region (NWR) Project Engineer. The main purpose of these positions is to deliver NWR highway design and construction contracts to meet local, state, and federal standards and within scope, schedule, and budget. These positions are responsible for ensuring that projects have the best integration into the surrounding environment, function adequately for all modes of transportation and are constructible and maintainable with minimal impacts to the traveling public. The successful candidates appointed to these unique positions 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 Engineer will:

  • Strategically plan the budget, schedule, and workforce necessary to deliver the Capital Improvement and Preservation Program (CIPP)
  • Create success by working in partnership with citizens, media, elected officials, contractors and outside agencies to plan, build, maintain, and operate an efficient transportation system. 
  • Lead a diverse office of professional and technical engineers and staff in the design and contract development of multiple transportation improvement and preservation projects according to current policies and standards, effective engineering techniques and good engineering judgement. 
  • Ensure that assigned projects are managed in accordance with WSDOT policy and procedures to meet the desired scope, schedule, budget and documentation and that projects are delivered in an environmentally responsible manner. 
  • Report on the status of assigned project to WSDOT Regional and Statewide Executive management to support and improve accountability. 
  • Coordinate input and resolve conflicts with internal organizations, personnel, outside agencies, consultants and the public. 
  • Certify by the use of Professional Engineer stamp that all WSDOT standards and policies were followed in the development of design documents, contract plans, and contract specifications in the organization and any changes executed in the administration of construction projects. 



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

  • Professional Engineer (Civil Engineer) license registered in the State of Washington
  • Ability to manage a complex multimillion dollar budget. 
  • Strong Civil Engineering background including extensive knowledge of the following:
    1. Highway design and plan, specification and estimate preparation;
    2. Highway construction and construction practices;
    3. Surveying and surveying practices;
    4. WSDOT highway engineering practices, technical procedures and management processes;
    5. Environmental laws, regulations and issues;
    6. Programming and budget procedures;
    7. Right of way acquisition processes;
    8. Limited access and access management laws and guidelines;
    9. Legislative processes.


It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering or related field. 
  • Eight (8) years of experience in delivering design and construction projects. 
  • WSDOT experience in procuring projects through the design-build and design-bid-build processes
  • Knowledge of FHWA processes and requirements related to delivering federally funded projects and ensuring WSDOT meets Federal stewardship obligations.


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 offers flexible/hybrid work options
  • The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also 
  • 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-1W256 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.