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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 533L
Category: Science & Engineering


In the Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Ferries, terminal design office, performs senior-level professional marine engineering work and project management functions for the design of ferry terminal and marine facilities projects.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Work is characterized by senior level professional engineering procedures and techniques to accomplish a wide variety of work in the marine environment. Manages the development, preparation and review environmental documentation, design documents, plans, specifications and estimates, for several large or complex ferry terminal and related site projects simultaneously.  Functions as the senior designer of civil engineering work including: roadway, sanitary and drainage design.  Coordinates the work of other design disciplines including: architectural, electrical, mechanic, and structural engineering. 

Components that determine whether a project is complex or not, are those projects having two or more of the following elements, which comprise the majority of the total job assignment:

  • Environmental issues requiring State Environmental Policy Act environmental impact statements or National Environmental Policy Act environmental impact statements;
  • Require the preparation of a master use plan and associated building permits that require negotiations with the governing agency;
  • Responsibility for administrative details of contracts for multiple consultants;
  • A level of impact causing disruption to ferry service and/or intermodal transfers of a magnitude where an alternative marine transportation service must be provided.

Typical Work

Consults with WSF Operations and Maintenance staff on the development of design criteria. Coordinates and understands WSF operations sufficiently to develop construction schedules and phasing for the most complex marine projects; 

Represent WSF at public meetings, open houses, to local agencies, contractors, consultants, etc. Organize and coordinate public meetings;  

Coordinate constructability and peer reviews of designs, reports and studies. Provide reviews of the work of other state employees or consultants;  

Develops environmental documentation and permitting for maintenance projects. Provides engineering solutions to maintenance problems and advises WSF maintenance staff on terminal and facility maintenance issues;  

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: exercise sound independent professional judgment in making decisions on difficult engineering problems; manage a group of employees or consultants, analyze and prepare engineering plans and reports and do complicated mathematical computations; plan, supervise, and coordinate engineering work; negotiate with public officials; effectively communicate both orally and in writing with internal and external customers and management; operate an outboard motorboat.

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 within the Washington State Department of Transportation as a, Transportation Engineer 2, Bridge Engineer 2, Marine Engineer or higher; 
  • Three years of experience in the independent application of engineering procedures and techniques in support and development application of engineering procedures and techniques in support and development of engineering design work or performing independent application of standard design, hydraulic and plans preparation manual in the development of engineering design work; 
  • A Master's of Science degree with major study in civil, structural, transportation engineering or a closely related field, and one year of the above experience.

Note:  Selective certification for candidates with professional registration as a Civil Engineer may be required. 

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 new class code: (formerly 69912) effective July 1, 2007
Revise distinguish characteristis; adopted May 10, 2012, effective May 11, 2012