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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 538V
Category: Science & Engineering


This is an in-training classification within the Washington State Department of Transportation, Bridge, and Structures Office or Washington State Ferries. These entry level positions perform semi-skilled bridge technical tasks such as: coordinate technical data acquisition and maintain supplemental information data files; transfer as-built construction notes to record drawings with manual drafting techniques; perform simple geometric calculations for developing bridge data, develop vertical and horizontal dimensions, etc., related to reports and bridge designs; retrieve and store bridge file records; prepare simple technical drawings. Operate a computer utilizing basic computer concepts and software applications. Tasks are performed under the guidance and close supervision of a Bridge Engineer.

Distinguishing Characteristics

At this level the technician is learning fundamental terminology of bridge engineering, inspection, equipment, safety training, and office procedures.

Typical Work

Learns bridge design and inspection related tasks;
Researches plans and contract documents for engineering information;
Performs simple geometric calculations; develops simple technical details using manual detailing or computer aided detailing techniques;
Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: higher-level mathematics such as Algebra, Trigonometry, and Geometry; drafting fundamentals.

Ability to: operate computers.

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

Graduation from high school or GED equivalent


Completion of technical courses from three of the following areas:

• Drafting
• Surveying
• Higher level mathematics such as Algebra, Trigonometry, or Geometry
• Basic computer

Equivalent education/experience.

Note: Employees will be advanced to Bridge Technician 2 after successful completion of the Bridge Technician In-Training plan.

Note: Possession of a valid driver's license may be required. Some positions may also require a Commercial Driver's License (CDL), without air brakes restriction.

Class Specification History

New class: 11-9-01
New class code: (formerly 66380) effective July 1, 2007
Abolished job class adopted June 22, 2023, effective July 1, 2023.