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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 530K
Category: Science & Engineering


Performs a variety of beginning level transportation engineering work under the direct supervision of a higher level engineer.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is the entry level for individuals who have attained a Bachelor's degree in civil or structural engineering and/or certification as an Engineer-in-Training. Work assignments and training are designed to develop professional capabilities, familiarize staff with the procedures and practices of the agency and provide experience in the practical application of engineering concepts and techniques to resolve transportation issues in an on-the-job environment. Assignments and related training develop skills in the broad spectrum of engineering practiced within the Department. Initial work assignments are performed under close supervision and are oriented toward both training/exposure and productivity.

Typical Work

The work described below is not intended to be all inclusive, but representative of the level of work to be assigned to this class. Equivalent level work is also encouraged in other functional areas such as Planning, Program Management, Maintenance and Operations, Local Programs, etc.

Preliminary Engineering

  • Survey:  Participates in alignment control and location surveying. In order to learn survey techniques and procedures, performs all duties on a survey crew including chain, rods, prism poles, targets and backsights; writing up and setting stakes and markers; instrument operation; takes notes manually or with data collector, downloads and uploads data collector to/from computer, accesses mainframe programs and operates personal computer to calculate curve data, triangulations, benchmarks, grades, etc.; operates electronic plotter.
  • Design:  Assists in preparation of design reports utilizing basic design manual applications.  Assembles traffic data and prepares basic traffic analysis. Prepares access reports, environmental documents and special studies. Researches and writes portions of design reports and assists in the evaluation of alternative designs.
  • Right of Way Plans:  Prepares right of way acquisition plans. Checks right of way plans against the technical standards for the project. Prepares right of way agreements.
  • Plans, Specifications and Estimates:  Assists in the preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates.  Based on prospectus, design report, soils report and other technical information, prepares and drafts geometric plan, profile and cross-section elements including signing, channelization and traffic barrier warrants using standard design manual applications. Finalizes horizontal and vertical alignments using the mainframe, microcomputer and/or work stations.  Calculates quantities, prepares estimates, and writes contract specifications. Reduces survey notes, inputs into mainframe and/or microcomputer and runs reports. Writes special provisions.  Prepares construction schedules. Checks calculations done by others. Makes corrections to a "redded-up" set of plans.


  • Performs traffic counts/studies and prepares basic traffic analysis.  Summarizes accident statistics and performs basic accident analysis. Performs basic signal warrant analysis. Assists in the design of standard traffic elements such as signing, delineation, channelization, signals, illumination and surveillance control and driver information features. Assists in the operation and adjustment of electrical or computer controlled traffic systems. Assists in conducting operational reviews of signals, signing, channelization and other traffic control devices to assess operating efficiency and safety.


  • Survey:  Construction surveying on a variety of projects such as new construction, resurfacing, retaining walls, bridge replacements, etc. Performs preliminary survey layout work. Performs all duties on a survey crew in order to learn survey techniques and procedures including rodding, chaining, writing-up and setting markers, instrument operation, note taking and computations. Learns how to read plans, lay out a job and relate survey requirements to inspection requirements.
  • Materials:  Takes samples and performs tests related to surfacing, paving, structures, earthwork, drainage, and miscellaneous items. Tests performed may include extraction, rice density, gradation, air, slump, yield, nuclear density, sand equivalent and the fabrication of cylinders. Learns Construction Manual requirements, how to take and interpret field tests, interaction with other inspectors and contractors, documentation requirements and reporting procedures.
  • Inspection:  Assistant on-site inspector of paving including miscellaneous items such as guardrail, fencing, signing, etc.; assistant on-site inspector of grading, drainage, and surfacing; assistant on-site inspector of structures and related items. Learns what to observe and check, effectively interact with contractors, take field notes, calculate quantities and complete inspector's daily reports.
  • Office:  Serves as assistant to office engineer. Checks calculations including elevations, grades, earthwork, etc.; and uses computer to resolve engineering problems. Participates in producing pay estimates. Works with schedules, time charges and time extensions.  Involved in tracking and obtaining approval of contractor submittals.  Assists in compilation of final records and preparation of "as-builts."

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

A Bachelor's degree in civil or structural engineering.


Certification as an Engineer-In-Training.

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

Equivalent education/experience.

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 definition, distinguishing characteristics, minimum qualifications: 4-1-92
Revised new class code: (formerly 66120) effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017.