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State of Washington Class Specification

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BRIDGE ENGINEER 7
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Category: Science & Engineering

Definition

In the Washington State Department of Transportation, Bridge and Structures Office or Washington State Ferries is a registered professional engineer in the branch of structural, mechanical, or electrical engineering or is a registered architect:

• Serves as the technical specialist, as designated in writing by either the Bridge and Structures Engineer or the Washington State Ferries Structural Supervisor, for complex bridge engineering technical areas such as; reinforced/prestressed concrete, structural steel/welding, bridge expansion joints and bearings, or bridge architecture. Provides technical assistance in the designated specialty to other design engineers in the Bridge and Structures Office. Prepares technical papers, develops and reviews national bridge engineering specifications and provide expert interpretation of design criteria, procedures and specifications. Evaluates new bridge products in the specialty area. Networks with academia, national, and international experts, and in their specialty area represents the Department of Transportation in dealing with other organizations. Provides sketches, exhibits, and models for statewide design of bridges and transportation structures.

OR

• Supervises a work unit of mechanical and/or electrical engineers.

Typical Work

Manages and supervises the inspection and design of mechanical/electrical and hydraulic systems for movable bridges and other special structures;

Provides expert interpretation of design criteria, procedures and specifications;

Manages the preparation of electrical and mechanical inspection reports, recommending maintenance activities and rehabilitation projects with associated cost estimates, which provide a proactive operational plan for movable bridge preservation;

Manages the development of plans, specifications and engineering packages for the rehabilitation of the electrical and mechanical systems on the state’s movable bridges and other special structures;

Provides expert interpretation of design criteria, procedures and specifications;

Performs as a senior structural designer on major projects in the designated specialty or on highly specialized design assignments or as directed;

Initiates, prepares, reviews, and coordinates needed updates and additions to the Bridge Design Manual. Prepares technical papers, develops and review national bridge engineering specifications. Plans and conducts training sessions and/or seminars in the designated specialty for other WSDOT personnel;

Keeps current with the latest emerging technology both in theory and application in the designated specialty. Evaluates new products in the specialty area. Obtains the latest technical information and maintains a technical reference file. Reviews AAASHTO Specifications and provides expert interpretation of design criteria, procedures, and specifications. Networks with statewide, national, and international experts and academia and represents WSDOT in dealing with other organizations;

Provides structural engineering support in bridge bearings and expansion joints as the designated specialist to WSDOT Bridge and Structures Office design staff, WSDOT design, maintenance, and construction offices, external governmental agencies and consultants;

Provides guidance to maintenance personnel for short-term hazard mitigation and repair resulting from failed system components in the designated specialty;

Provides technical assistance in the designated specialty to the WSDOT New Products Committee;

Reviews and develops office policies regarding new design criteria, procedures and specification applicable to new technologies in the designated specialty;

Performs as senior structural design engineer on projects of a particularly complex nature requiring innovative design or construction methods, particularly projects related to the designated specialty;

Initiates, develops, and coordinates revisions and additions to the Bridge Design Manual, Standard Specifications, and general special provisions;

Plans and conducts presentation and training sessions in the designated specialty for designers and other affected personnel;

Performs forensic engineering in the formulation of repair strategies for damaged bridge components pertinent to the designated specialty or as otherwise assigned;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Latest technological developments in bridge engineering, such as introduction of new products and changes in the bridge engineering codes; industry contacts, societies

Ability to: Be a resource in the designated specialty for the DOT; make technical presentations; do research in bridge engineering; assist in the development of new codes; interpret, evaluate, and implement new technology, codes and practices; design and analyze complex engineering problems; supervise engineering staff in the discipline of mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines.

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

A Bachelor of Science degree involving major study in civil, structural, mechanical or electrical engineering;

OR

A Bachelor’s degree in Architecture.

AND

In the Bridge Design Section:

• Registration as a professional engineer in the branch of structural engineering or registration as an architect in the state of Washington or another state, based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington

AND

• Two years as a Bridge Engineer 5 or one year as a Bridge Engineer 6; or ten years as an architect.

In the Bridge Preservation Office:

• Registration as a professional engineer in the branch of civil, mechanical, electrical engineering in the state of Washington or another state, based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington

AND

• Two years as a Bridge Engineer 5 or one year as a Bridge Engineer 6.

Equivalent education/experience.

Notes:

• Specific licensure (architectural, civil, structural, electrical, or mechanical) required for individual positions may be identified through selective certification.
• Applicants qualifying through the licensing equivalency option must achieve professional registration through reciprocity as an engineer in the branch of civil, structural, mechanical or electrical engineering in the state of Washington within six months of appointment to this class.
• Possession of a valid driver's license may be required.

Class Specification History

New class: 11-09-01
New class code: (formerly 66451) effective July 1, 2007

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