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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 530H
Category: Science & Engineering


Directs and supervises major civil engineering section in engineering division.

Typical Work

Assigns engineering projects to sub-units; plans and directs location and legal descriptions of State-owned lands, hatcheries, game farms, and parks;

Trains, directs, instructs professional and sub-professional engineers in office procedures, specific laws, rules and regulations, field surveys, drafting of maps, plans, designs, and working drawings;

Directs preparation of sketches, designs, working plans, specifications, bid invitations, contract letting, change orders, and reviews and approves contract payments;

Reviews, checks and approves or disapproves applications of local political jurisdictions to build dikes, improve streams, or change channels; recommends approval or rejection of applications for State financing of flood control projects; writes standard specifications for channels and dikes; represents State in negotiations with other agencies, e.g., with Corps of Engineers in dredging and diking and other projects where the State has vested interest;

Coordinates and supervises work of professional and sub-professional engineers in design, field engineering and inspection of park improvements, such as roads, bridges, parking areas, trailer courts, community kitchens, and toilet facilities, under direction of supervisor of park planning and development;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: principles, practices, and methods of civil engineering, including such specialties as land surveying and mapping, hydraulics, structures, and sanitation; arithmetic, geometry, calculus, and engineering formulas; cost estimating; materials testing; methods of stream measurement, including stream flow, water purity and scouring action.


Ability to: accomplish highest order of engineering in office or field; organize, direct, and supervise professional and sub-professional engineers; exercise sound, independent engineering judgment in solution of engineering problems; understand, carry out, and issue written and oral instructions; deal tactfully with public and with governmental and industrial officials; travel frequently. 

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

Registration as a professional engineer, in the branch of civil engineering including any of the specialties such as hydraulics, structures or sanitation, in the State of Washington or another state based on registration requirements equivalent to those in Washington.


Two years of experience in above fields.

NOTE: Requirements for professional registration as an engineer in the State of Washington are eight years of professional experience (which may include up to four years of college-level engineering education) and successful completion of sixteen hours of professional licensing exams. Applicants qualifying through the licensing equivalency option must achieve professional registration as an engineer in the branch of civil engineering in the State of Washington within six months of appointment to this class.

Class Specification History

Effective: 5-1-63
Specification corrected: 8-11-65
Revised minimum qualifications: 5-11-79
Revised minimum qualifications: 5-9-86
Revised minimum qualifications: 5-15-87
Revised minimum qualifications: 11-15-91
Revised minimum qualifications: 7-9-99
New class code: (formerly 60560) effective July 1, 2007