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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 530L
Category: Science & Engineering


Performs transportation engineering work under general supervision.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Work at this level is characterized by the independent application of standard engineering procedures and techniques to accomplish a wide variety of work in the office, laboratory, and/or field. Incumbents generally serve as full production staff or crew leaders. Work is assigned through general instructions and the setting of deadlines by a supervisor who engages in ongoing spot-check review, provides assistance when problems are encountered and reviews completed work. This role may include the leadership of technical support staff and entry level engineers such that incumbents are called upon to direct and train staff.

Typical Work

Incumbents typically perform the level of work described below a majority of the time. This description is not intended to be all-inclusive but representative of the level of responsibility and level of difficulty of the work performed by this class.


  • As the party chief, directs a survey crew performing alignment control, location survey work and/or construction staking 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. Serves as interface with public and contractors. Directs a geodetic field party and is responsible for network construction, usage of control network and operation/maintenance of first order control equipment.

Preliminary Engineering

  • Performs responsible project development work such as:  field reviews projects; evaluates alternate designs requiring detailed analysis of accident data, capacity studies, hydraulics, etc.; prepares and/or reviews prospectuses, design reports, hydraulics reports, access reports, environmental documents, design estimates, right of way plans, contract plans, specifications, estimates and special provisions using field data and standard design criteria for projects such as intersections, interchanges, grading, paving, resurfacing, drainage, channelization and safety improvements; utilizes mainframe, personal computers and work stations for horizontal and vertical alignment, earthwork, drainage analysis, quantities, cost estimates, technical written text and computer assisted design/drafting; investigates and writes justifications for minor design deviations; coordinates and reviews projects with cities, counties, and other agencies; instructs and directs support staff in preparation of quantities, estimates, grades, elevations, maps, plans, profiles, cross sections, details, structural notes and beginning level design; directs a crew of CADD operators or performs the most complex automated plans drafting involving interchanges, new alignments, and non-standard applications.
  • Conducts in-depth District-level review of standard contract plans, specifications and estimates; reviews PS&E work done by consultants; coordinates review by specialists throughout the District; acts as liaison between District and Headquarters final reviewers; participates in writing specifications and special provisions; participates in preparing plans for District-level contracts.
  • Prepares environmental documents such as environmental assessments, checklists, negative declarations and environmental impact statements; obtains environmental regulatory permits; reviews design reports and contract plans for compliance with environmental regulations and mitigation features; reviews platting and environmental documents submitted by local agencies; predicts noise levels; analyzes noise levels and determines alternative abatement measures; investigates and responds to complaints.
  • Researches and reviews applications submitted by utilities for placement of their facilities in state right of way; writes utility permits and franchises plus prepares supporting documentation, legal descriptions, special provisions and exhibits; writes and processes utility, turnback, local agency, developer and private party agreements using standard format; prepares related correspondence and exhibits which define the division of responsibility; assists in administering agreements, maintains agreement ledgers and status reports; assesses impact of proposed land development projects upon state transportation system; recommends mitigation measures; coordinates design details of privately constructed highway improvements.
  • Serves as the District engineering computer systems specialist; provides ongoing training and support in the use of mainframe and microcomputer engineering systems; acts as a central resource for available engineering applications; develops and assists users in developing new applications; strives toward standardized applications throughout the District; facilitates installation of new engineering systems hardware and software; serves as a senior CADD specialist; represents the District on the CADD Technical Committee; disseminates CADD information, ensures uniform practices and provides operational instruction.

Program Management

  • In support of a Program Manager, monitors biennial expenditures, available revenues and advertisement dates; in support of the CPMS Operations Manager, prepares and monitors federal aid obligations and reviews work order authorizations; determines and develops appropriate project data to be utilized within CPMS to determine workforce needs; assists in preparing the biennial construction program by reviewing prospectus cost estimates and scheduling.


  • Performs traffic and route analysis involving traffic assignment, determination of design hour traffic data, development of growth factors and accident analysis; designs standard traffic signing, channelization, delineation, signals, illumination, and basic surveillance control and driver information features; lays out pavement markings; operates and adjusts electrical or computer controlled traffic systems; conducts operational reviews of signals, signing, channelization, and other traffic control devices in order to assess efficiency/safety and designs recommended modifications.  Within a district, administers the Scenic Vistas Act of 1971 and the Motorist Information Signing Program.

Bridges and Structures

  • Serves as a senior structural detailer independently responsible for the most complex structural plans, including nonstandard features; 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.


  • Inspects and directs the inspection of roads, structures and related items; may serve as lead inspector in charge of a moderately sized project or a significant portion of a larger project or may act as roving inspector for concurrent smaller projects or may inspect specialized features such as major structures, illumination systems, electrical systems, signal systems or enclosed drainage systems; analyzes and interprets plans and specifications; may stake out alignment; checks work for conformance to plans, specifications and special provisions; monitors quantity and quality of materials; ensures accurate documentation; trains and leads staff.
  • As assistant to the Office Engineer:  checks plan continuity, quantities, grades and alignment using mainframe and personal computer; reduces contract design data into working drawings and sketches for field use; independently evaluates and processes all types of contractor submittals and drawings; monitors construction schedule and prepares reports; directs the review of calculations, methods of measurement and payment, field notes and field records; oversees maintenance of the computerized ledger system, the preparation of estimates and contract payments; reviews and directs the processing of force account records; researches and prepares documentation for change orders, prepares change order checklist and funds request and drafts justification letter; oversees the preparation of final records and "as-builts."


  • In a District, directs operation of the District Materials Laboratory; as assistant to the District Independent Assurance Inspector, performs the full range of materials testing to obtain independent assurance samples, observes and reviews sampling, testing and inspection procedures, instructs inspectors in testing and inspection methods; directs a crew of technical staff responsible for materials testing, sampling and documentation for all projects administered by a project office; at a prestress plant, inspects structural prestressed members such as pilings, I girders, bulbtee girders and flat slabs.
  • In Headquarters, performs the most complex tests such as cyclical triaxial, resilient modulus and triaxial with pore pressure measurement and control; assists in new test development; directs the asphalt concrete mix laboratory; independently inspects and determines acceptability of a variety of fabrication products made by several fabrication plants in a geographical area; responsible for performance of the statewide survey of pavement friction and roughness.
  • Independently prepares Geotechnical designs for standard projects such as one- or two-span bridges of routine span length over stable ground conditions, standard retaining walls addressing routine slope stability issues; on construction, evaluates spread footing capacity and pile driving performance for standard projects involving stable ground conditions, sets up construction instrumentation, collects and plots data, identifies potential problems.
  • Plans and directs project field operations of foundation exploration work.  Examines and field tests soil and rock samples obtained by drillers and applies Geotechnical knowledge in the preparation of detailed reports about test hole sampling.  May supervise a drilling crew.


  • Independently inspects and directs the inspection of scheduled marine maintenance projects and marine construction projects such as ferry terminal trestles, slips, buildings, and foot bridges; responsible for survey control, conformance to plans and specifications, quantity and quality of materials, documentation; directs force account repair projects; coordinates with ferry operations staff and contractors to maintain scheduled ferry service during construction and maintenance projects; performs annual inspections and documents needed repairs to ferry terminals, trestles, slips, paving, and painting.

Performs other work as required.

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 year of experience as a Transportation Engineer 1, Transportation Technician 3, Bridge Engineer 1 or equivalent.


Two years of experience as a Transportation Engineer 1, Transportation Technician 3, Bridge Engineer 1 or equivalent.


A Master's degree with major study in civil engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics, traffic, transportation or a closely related field.

Note:  Possession of a valid driver's license may be required.

Class Specification History

New class: Adopted 7-13-78, effective 10-1-78
Revised minimum qualifications: 5-11-79
Revised distinguishing characteristics: 12-14-84
Revised distinguishing characteristics: 5-9-86
Revised distinguishing characteristics: 8-15-86
Revises distinguishing characteristics: 4-15-88
Revised definition, distinguishing characteristics, minimum qualifications: 3-13-92
Revised distinguishing characteristics: 9-19-03
Revised new class code: (formerly 66140) effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017.