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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 531J
Category: Science & Engineering


In the Washington State Department of Transportation, Bridge and Structures Office Design Section, or Washington State Ferries working as a registered structural engineer

• Serves as a project manager or Bridge and Structures Office management level representative for a monumental bridge (such as a main span length exceeding 500 feet, or a suspension and cable-stayed bridge, or cast in place concrete segmental, or movable bridge);


• Serves as a Quality Assurance Bridge Engineer, performs quality assurance reviews of structural designs and structural contract plans to assure design quality, economy, and constructability;


• Serves as a Preliminary Bridge Plans Engineer, manages the preparation of all preliminary bridge plans for WSDOT transportation structures while supervising a work unit of bridge engineers/bridge technicians


In the Bridge Preservation Office supervises a work unit of bridge engineers/bridge technicians


In the Bridge Preservation Office or Washington State Ferries;

• Serves as a Senior Lead Mechanical Engineer/Inspector or

• Serves as a Senior Lead Electrical Engineer/Inspector.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Bridge Engineer 6 positions are distinguished from Bridge Engineer 5 positions in that the Bridge Engineer 6 has responsibility for performing detailed structural design and constructability quality assurance reviews of multiple bridge designs, managing monumental bridge projects, or managing the preparation of preliminary bridge plans.

Bridge Engineer 6 positions are distinguished from Bridge Engineer 7 positions in that Bridge Engineer 7’s has responsibility for developing and maintaining technical expertise in a bridge technical design specialty.

Typical Work

Manages the development of plans, specifications, and engineering packages for the rehabilitation of the states’ movable bridges and other special structures;

Provides technical support to Project Engineer Offices relating to electrical rehabilitation projects; provides technical and engineering services including electrical installation inspections, shop drawing reviews, acceptance testing and problem resolution;

Schedules, coordinates, equips and verifies the accurate completion of all routine, fracture critical, underwater, special, and short span inspections for all WSDOT owned bridges and all “high cost” local agency bridges in accordance with FHWA and WSDOT requirements;

Serves as Senior Lead Bridge Inspector, including bridge program management functions, inspection planning and preparation, bridge inspection, and inspection report preparation;

Plans, develops and implements a statewide inspection program for the state’s unique transportation structures to assure their structural and operational integrity and safety, and make repair recommendations to the Regions;

Manages the development of contract plans for anchor cable replacement on the state’s floating bridges; Identifies and conveys the needs for major bridge rehabilitation;

Prepares cost estimates and scopes of work for submittal to Program Management for programming future repair or rehabilitation;

Reviews and approves the inspection reports prepared by staff for submittal to the Federal Highway Administration as required by the National Bridge Inspection Standards;

Manages a program of quality assurance inspections of all County and City owned bridges eligible for bridge replacement funding for presentation to the Bridge Replacement Advisory Committee (BRAC). Serves as chairman of the BRAC technical committee;

Serves as first point of contact on the emergency call out list to provide emergency response services to the regions when state bridges are damaged by fire, vessel collision, vehicle collision or natural disasters such as earthquakes;

Assists in the inspection of existing bridges with regard to their condition, capacities and necessary repair;

Directs the work of others engaged in bridge inspection, and in computations regarding the load carrying capacity and rating of existing bridges;

Directs the planning, development, implementation, and maintenance of statewide programs for bridge risk reduction including Load Rating, Commercial Overweight Truck Movement, and Bridge Scour;

Manages the maintenance of bridge restriction lists and maps for use in issuing permits; provides direction to the WSDOT Motor Carrier Services Office which handles permit issuance and administration;

Responsible for detailed structural design and preparation of plans for bridges and related structures of monumental size and complexity, which includes curved steel plate and box girders, floating bridges and cable-stayed bridges;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: All types of complex and monumental bridge designs using national bridge engineering codes, such as AASHTO and AISC; state of the art engineering principles in the discipline of civil, structural, mechanical or electrical; bridge design concepts.

Ability to: Be an effective project manager; train junior engineers; do quality assurance/quality control on bridge projects; supervise engineering staff in civil and structural 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.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor of Science degree involving major study in civil, mechanical, electrical or structural engineering and two years as a Bridge Engineer 5 or equivalent


In the Bridge Design Section:

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


In the Bridge Preservation Office:

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


• Specific licensure (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.

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

Revised: 8-30-67
Revised definition, minimum qualifications, add distinguishing characteristics and title change (formerly Senior Bridge Engineer): 2-1-76
Revised definition, distinguishing characteristics and minimum qualifications: 11-10-78
Revised minimum qualifications and title change (formerly Supervising Bridge Engineer 1): 2-15-80
Revised definition, distinguishing characteristics and minimum qualifications, code change (formerly 6661): 11-13-81
Revised minimum qualifications: 11-15-91
Revised minimum qualifications: 10-15-99
Revised definition, distinguishing characteristics, minimum qualifications, title change (formerly Bridge Engineer Supervisor 1), and general revision: 11-09-01
New class code: (formerly 66450) effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/13/2019, effective 7/1/2019.

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.