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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 530N
Category: Science & Engineering


As a registered professional engineer, performs professional engineering work which constitutes the practice of engineering as defined by RCW 18.43, or serves as a Technical Program Specialist.

Distinguishing Characteristics

As a registered professional engineer, assignments entail responsibility for functions of significant scope and complexity. Incumbents apply specialized training, broad experience, and professional judgment in analysis and decision making to resolve complex engineering problems. Work is performed independently and is reviewed for the application of sound engineering judgment. Incumbents usually exercise supervision over a unit of engineers and technicians or serve as consultants in a specialty area having significant impact. Incumbents may be called upon regularly to act for their supervisor who is a licensed professional engineer.

Typical Work

Typical assignments at this level fall into one or more of the following categories:

  1. While reporting to a Transportation Engineer 5, serves as Assistant Manager of a complex district engineering unit or function including supervision of at least one Transportation Engineer 3, Transportation Planning Specialist 3 or equivalent.
  2. While reporting to a Transportation Engineer 5 or above, serves as a Headquarters final reviewer and design consultant in a complex technical area, which constitutes the practice of professional engineering.
  3. While reporting to a Transportation Engineer 5 or above, serves as an expert in a specialized area of engineering.

Typical working titles at this level which correlate with the above categories include:

Category 1

  • Assistant Project Engineer
  • Assistant District Design Engineer
  • Assistant District Plans Engineer
  • Assistant District Traffic Design/Operations Engineer
  • Assistant District Materials Engineer

Category 2

  • Headquarters Design Final Reviewer
  • Headquarters Hydraulics Design Final Reviewer
  • Headquarters Traffic Signing, Work Zone Traffic Control Final Reviewer
  • Headquarters Water Quality Final Reviewer
  • Headquarters Acoustics/Noise Abatement Final Reviewer

Category 3

  • Headquarters Pavement Design Engineer
  • Headquarters Assistant Geotechnical Engineer
  • Headquarters Design Policy/Procedures Specialist
  • Headquarters Design Training Specialist
  • Headquarters Traffic Training Specialist
  • Headquarters FAME Implementation Specialist
  • Headquarters Traffic Regulations Analyst
  • Headquarters Signal Systems Operations Engineer
  • District Transportation Planning Engineer
  • District Court Engineer

As a Technical Program Specialist, assignments entail responsibility for a highly specialized District technical program or function of medium size and scope or serving as a Headquarters statewide specialist in an area of medium size/scope/impact. This work requires a thorough knowledge of technical engineering practices and Departmental policies, procedures, and standards.  Incumbents report to a Transportation Engineer 5, Transportation Technical Engineer 5, Transportation Planning Specialist 5, or above and exercise considerable independence of action in decision making and problem solving.

Typical assignments at this level fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Manager of a highly specialized District technical program or function of medium size and scope.
  2. Assistant Manager of a highly specialized District program or function of major size, scope and/or impact.
  3. Headquarters statewide specialist/consultant/liaison in a specialized technical area of medium size/scope/impact.
  4. Headquarters final reviewer of project documents.

Typical working titles at this level which correlate with the above categories include:

Category 1

  • District Construction Inspection Training Program Specialist
  • District Construction Administration Assistant
  • District Maintenance Analyst
  • District Data Processing Manager
  • District Consultant Liaison
  • Marine Consultant Liaison

Category 2

  • District 1 Utilities Program Assistant Manager
  • Assistant to the District Local Programs Engineer

Category 3

  • Headquarters Engineering Systems Microcomputer Specialist
  • Headquarters Engineering Systems CADD Specialist
  • Headquarters Survey Systems/Equipment Specialist
  • Headquarters Accident Data Supervisor
  • Freight Rail Projects Specialist
  • CPMS Standards Manager
  • CPMS Operations Specialist
  • CPMS Construction File Analyst
  • Maintenance Information Control System Analyst
  • Federal Aid System Changes Analyst
  • Bridge Inventory Systems Manager
  • Engineering Publications Supervisor
  • Construction Contracts Information and Records Specialist
  • Headquarters Construction Inspection Training Program Coordinator
  • Pavement Survey and Special Projects Manager
  • Bituminous Testing Assistant Manager
  • Materials Automation Systems Specialist
  • Headquarters Geodetic Engineer

Category 4

  • Final Reviewer of complex PS&E Packages
  • Final Reviewer of Utility Agreements, Permits and Franchises
  • Final Reviewer of Limited Access Control Features
  • Final Reviewer of complex, new Highway Right of Way Plans
  • Final Reviewer of Estimates
  • Final Reviewer of Design Report Correlation with Approved Prospectus

Performs other work as assigned.

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

One year of experience as a Transportation Engineer 3 or equivalent such as a Bridge Engineer 3 or Transportation Planning Specialist 3.

NOTE: Possession of a valid driver’s license may be required.

NOTE: Selective certification for candidates who possess professional registration as a civil engineer may be required for positions engaged in the practice of engineering as defined by RCW 18.43.

NOTE: Some positions require possession of a valid Washington State Geologist license. Some positions may additionally require possession of a Washington State Engineering Geologist specialty license and/or a Washington State Hydrogeologist specialty license.

Class Specification History

New class: October 1, 1978
Revised distinguishing characteristics (adds Assistant State Aid function): October 1, 1978
Revised distinguishing characteristics: September 11, 1981
Revised distinguishing characteristics: April 12, 1985
Revised distinguishing characteristics: May 9, 1986
Revised definition, distinguishing characteristics, and minimum qualifications: March 13, 1992
Revised distinguishing characteristics: September 9, 1994
Revised minimum qualifications: October 15, 1999
Revised minimum qualifications to reflect licensure requirements: November 15, 2002
Revised: New class code effective July 1, 2007; formerly class code 66180.
(July 6, 2009) Error. Removed typical work heading.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017.