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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 533M
Category: Science & Engineering


In the Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Ferries, terminal design office, supervises a marine engineer design team responsible for the design of marine terminals and seals with a professional engineer’s stamp the engineering work of self or the design team.

Typical Work

Assumes responsibility for the design work done under his/her direct supervision and stamp engineering drawings, specifications and reports as prepared by subordinate staff; 

Manages ferry terminal design projects from the problem statement/prospectus stage, through environmental/permitting, preliminarily design and final PS&E; 

Coordinates reviews with other disciplines, such as civil, structural, architectural, electrical and mechanical engineering; 

Supervises a marine design team consisting of marine engineers, consultants or WSDOT employees; responsible for hiring, performance evaluations and corrective/disciplinary actions; 

Administers the development of design development schedules and budgets; monitors expenditures and progress; determines construction schedules and phasing to minimize impact to Operations;  Coordinates with Port Captains, Port Engineers and other key personnel for WSF; 

Represents WSF to local, federal and other state agencies responsible for environmental documentation, permitting and funding approval; 

Develops and implements project scope and phasing strategies optimizing program delivery within environmental and permitting constraints; 

Develops and implements public involvement programs for projects; 

Assures appropriate and optimum use of the organization’s resources and enhances the effectiveness of employees through timely appraisal and professional development opportunities; 

Performs other work as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  engineering principles, practices and methods; transportation planning; environmental laws/documentation/permitting; public involvement; civil/structural design engineering; mechanical/electrical design engineering; architectural design; storm and sanitary sewer design; geotechnical design; marine environment; marine construction; public agency contracting; consultant agreements; construction engineering; ferry system operations; workplace safety issues; the principles of management and supervision; applicable codes (Uniform Building Code, the Americans with Disabilities Act, AASHTO publications and WSDOT standard designs). 

Ability to: effectively communicate both orally and in writing with internal and external customers and management; plan design team work assignments; coach, mentor and train staff; manage consultants; negotiate consultant agreements; resolve disputes; develop project phasing; and make effective decisions.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Professional registration as a Civil Engineer in Washington State, or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington State (Applicants qualifying through the licensure equivalency option must achieve professional registration as a Civil Engineer in the state of Washington.  


One of the following: 

  • Two years of experience as a Senior Marine Engineer performing design work as a lead engineer on project teams for civil/marine/transportation projects; 
  • Two years of experience within the Washington State Department of Transportation as a Transportation Engineer 4 or higher; 

 Note:  Possession of a valid state of Washington driver's license may be required

Class Specification History

New class: 12-11-98 (emergency adoption) 2-12-99 (final adoption)
Revised minimum qualifications effective: 7-13-01
Revised class code: (formerly 69913) effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019; from range 73 to 76.