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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 530E
Category: Science & Engineering


Performs entrance level professional civil engineering work in office or field on assigned portions of projects, under relatively close supervision.

Typical Work

Draws preliminary designs and finished working drawings of assigned portions of various projects, such as roads, bridges, dams, holding ponds, park improvements, boat launching ramps, parking sites, drainage fields, buildings, and other structures, fish ways or stream improvements, water and sewerage systems; drafts isometric, perspective, and working drawings; drafts planimetric and topographic maps; 

Takes off quantities for construction; prepares maps from own field data; 

In the field, locates, roads, bridges, grades, building corners, and property lines, making field notations for office computation; examines obstructions in streams; sets gauges; performs physical surveys of spawning grounds; 

Examines applications affecting water rights; makes water use investigations;  

Inspects construction for conformance to specifications; 

Exercises supervision over engineering aides, clerks, or other nonprofessional personnel, but not other professional engineers;  

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: engineering principles and practices; surveying procedures and instruments; drafting, arithmetic, geometry, calculus, and engineering formulas; working drawings and various maps.

Ability to: understand and solve engineering problems; make computations of quantities, stresses, stream flows, and wide variety of other typical civil engineering problems; draft maps and working drawings, including details; traverse property lines and road sites; traverse rough terrain in all kinds of weather; travel frequently and for extended periods.

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 with major emphasis in civil engineering.  


Possession of an Engineer-in-Training Certificate.


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

Effective May 1, 1963
August 11, 1965 Specification corrected
Revised March 11, 1988 Revises minimum qualifications
New class code: (formerly 60500) effective July 1, 2007