Transportation Engineer 2 (TE2, In-Training)

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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Transportation Engineer 2 (TE2, In-Training)




$57,324.00 - $85,020.00

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Job Description:

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. However, the first review of applications will be conducted on May 22, 2023. 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.



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 Northwest Region (NWR) is currently looking for enthusiastic engineers who have a passion for creative solutions, innovation, and proven successful in collaborative efforts. There are multiple positions throughout the Northwest Region, including Seattle, Mount Vernon and Bellingham open to entry-level and journey-level engineers, as well as college students projected graduate from an engineering program by June 2023. These are exciting career opportunities to work on some of the most important infrastructure projects in Washington State.


The Northwest Region encompasses the areas between King and Whatcom County, Seattle to the Canadian border.  This includes the largest metropolitan area in the state, with one of the most thriving economies in the nation! Projects in this Region include Design & Construction, Scoping, Traffic, and Fish Passage Design.


This opportunity is also open for ‘in-training’, which means that depending on your qualifications, you may be offered a position at a lower level along with a formal on-the-job training plan to complete within a specified timeframe. Successful completion of the training plan will result in a promotion to the next level within the job class series, and a minimum 5% pay increase!  


What to Expect

Some positions will require inspection of construction sites. This work is performed outdoors and may be in inclement weather in the daytime or nighttime; and may be exposed to hazards that include exhaust, high-speed traffic, steep or uneven terrain, and/or heavy construction equipment.
 Depending on your assignment or experience level, you may perform or serve as a lead in performing the following work:

  • General inspection in the field on highway construction projects including materials inspection and testing. 
  • Documentation of construction inspections to ensure projects are in conformance with contract plans, permits, and regulations.
  • Data collection and/or survey work in the field.
  • Interpret data, identify problems, and develop solutions using sound engineering judgment and guidelines on complicated transportation projects.
  • Serve as a designer performing a variety of skilled project development work.
  • Assist with design and development of plans, specifications, and estimates working in both the office environment and doing field exploration.
  • Develop and check engineering design calculations and drawings.
  • Effectively utilize design software to complete designs.



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

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or closely related field such as Structural Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Construction Management.  NOTE: A Mechanical Engineering degree is acceptable as well, however the duties performed in these roles are primarily Civil/Construction/Transportation related.
  • Certification as an Engineer-In-Training (EIT). 
  • One (1) year of experience as an entry-level Civil Engineer.


In addition to one of the above, candidates are also required to have:

  • A valid driver's license, with the ability to safely travel to and from various job sites within the designated region.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, with contractors, designers, other team members, support offices, and the public.
  • The ability to adjust work schedule to coincide with contractors’ activities as needed, including working long hours and nights.
  • The ability to manipulate and transport up to 40 pounds.
  • The ability to obtain a General Inspector certification within six months of hire. 
  • The ability to obtain and maintain certifications for construction materials testing.
  • The ability to read, interpret, understand, review, and produce contract plans, specifications, and estimates.
  • The ability to work outside in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, and work in confined spaces.
  • Knowledge and proficiency with computer technology, including knowledge of engineering and computer aided drafting software applications.


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 recruitment will be used to fill multiple positions throughout the Northwest Region, from Seattle to Bellingham
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid work options
  • Positions located in King County are eligible for an additional 5% salary premium, which is not included in the listed salary.
  • 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. 
  • 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 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. 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-TE2PoolSKMBA 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.



Supplemental Information

Washington offers a broad variety of climates that provide for a dynamic array of opportunities when it comes to infrastructure and multimodal transportation systems. This recruitment will be used to fill multiple positions throughout six (6) geographical regions, statewide. Each regional area offers its own unique environment, and projects within those regions vary accordingly. See below for more details to help you determine which location(s) you wish to be considered.
NORTHWEST REGION: Headquartered in Seattle, WA – The Northwest Region encompasses the areas between King and Whatcom county, which includes the largest metropolitan area in the state, with one of the most thriving economies in the nation! Projects in this Region include: Design & Construction, Scoping, Traffic, and Fish Passage Design.