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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 533K
Category: Science & Engineering


In the Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Ferries terminal design office, performs professional marine engineering and project management functions.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Work is characterized by journey-level professional engineering procedures and techniques to accomplish a wide variety of work in the marine environment. Assigned work as lead engineer on small or less complex ferry terminal or facility projects, or assigned as a part of a team of engineers on larger more complex projects. Final work project must be stamped by a licensed engineer.  

Less complex projects are identified by the following characteristics:    

  • Environmental issues requiring State Environmental Policy Act or National Environmental Policy Act documentation at a lower threshold than an Environmental Impact Statement;
  • Environmental permits (Shoreline, Section 404, and building are more complex) are completed using a check list format that does not require negotiated settlements with the regulating agency; 
  • A level of impact causing disruption to ferry service and/or intermodal transfers that does not require the provision of alternative marine transportation services..

Typical Work

Prepares ferry terminal and facility projects including the preparation of environmental documentation, design documents and PS&E; may serve as a team leader;

Conducts ferry site reviews and data collection;

Works closely with WSF Operations maintenance and safety staff in analyzing construction impacts, developing design criteria, impact to operations and work safety, and evaluating alternatives. Coordinates and conducts meetings and field review of existing conditions and proposed construction WSF Operations and Maintenance staff;

Prepares materials and participates in public meetings;

Develops construction phasing and schedules; leads or participates in the development of design criteria specific to WSF and the marine environment; prepares engineering calculations, drawings, and estimates for ferry facility design;

As the lead engineer, integrates design development of the various design disciplines including: structural, civil, marine, environmental, architectural, mechanical and electrical features of ferry terminal improvement projects;

Develops projects including renovation, replacement or expansion of:  piers and floating docks, movable bridges, toll facilities, terminal buildings, employee office buildings and maintenance facilities;

Performs responsible project development work such as:  field reviews; prepares and/or reviews:  prospectuses, design documents, hydraulics reports, environmental documents, permit applications, traffic analysis grading, paving, drainage, landscape, channelization, and signing design and safety improvements design, cost and quantity estimates, right of way plans, and contract plans and specifications;

Utilizes personal computers and work stations for horizontal and vertical alignment, earthwork, drainage analysis, quantities, cost estimates, technical written text and computer assisted design/drafting;

Instructs and directs support staff in preparation of quantities, estimates, grades, elevations, maps, plans, profiles, cross sections, details, sheet notes and beginning level design; may direct a crew of CADD operators or performs the most complex automated plans drafting involving general ferry terminal layout, new alignments and non-standard applications;

Directs a survey crew performing alignment control, location survey work using manual and/or electronic data collection procedures; responsible for determining data collection needs as well as accurate, efficient and safe operation of the party; trains party members in all aspects of surveying and safety procedures;

Operates a small, outboard motorboat; 

Serves as a senior detailer independently responsible for the most complex plans; as directed, initiates and coordinates detailing functions including assigning and training of support staff; utilizes various reference materials for detailing of innovative or unique features; independently utilizes computer for most complex geometric applications;

Performs other work as assigned.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  multiple design disciplines (including:  codes, principles, practices and methods of architectural, civil/site engineering, coastal and structural engineering, including site development, environmental permitting/documentation, hydraulics and drainage design; and materials selection); ferry system operations, maintenance and workplace safety issues; the public bidding process; roadway, building and site construction; marine construction; marine and building materials; and supervisory principles and practices. 

Ability to:  use sound independent judgment for difficult engineering problems specific to WSF’s marine engineering needs; understand and interpret written and oral directions, maps, regulations, codes, plans, drawings, specifications;  communicate articulately and tactfully with government and industry officials; 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

Certification as an Engineer-in-Training AND one of the following:  

  • A Bachelor’s degree in civil or structural engineering, and two years of experience within Washington State Department of Transportation as an Associate Marine Engineer, Transportation Engineer 1, Bridge Engineer
  • A Bachelor’s degree in civil or structural engineering, and two one years of experience within Washington State Department of Transportation  as a Transportation Engineer  2,  Bridge Engineer 2, or higher;
  • A Bachelor’ degree in civil or structural engineering, and a Master’s degree with major study in civil, structural, or transportation engineering or a closely related field;
  • Three years of professional engineer experience equivalent to a Transportation Engineer 1 or Bridge Engineer 1.   

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 class code: (formerly 69911) effective July 1, 2007
Revised distinguishing characteristics, desirable qualification, May 10, 2012, effective May 11, 2012.