The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Bridge and Structures Office is seeking a talented leader to become our new Bridge Preservation Engineer in Tumwater, WA!
This position leads the statewide bridge and tunnel preservation program. The primary focus of this position is to direct work operations of the Bridge Preservation section (six units with 74 employees) and to develop and implement WSDOT strategies, policies, and programs for preservation and risk reduction for 3200 state bridges/tunnels and other transportation structures. This includes a comprehensive inspection and assessment program to ensure structural integrity and public safety, as well as both the technical and inspection service to cities, counties and other public entities.
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Leadership and management of a team of engineers, technicians and support staff responsible for bridge inspection, load rating, movable bridges and bridge information systems.
Develop and implement a long-range strategic plan for the Bridge Preservation Office that fosters growth and evolution, and aligns with the overall WSDOT strategic plan.
Establishes and enforces statewide bridge and tunnel inspection policies and procedures in compliance with federal NBIS (National Bridge Inspection Standards) and NTIS (National Tunnel Inspection Standards), quality assurance, quality control, and preparation and maintenance of a bridge/tunnel inventory; or, the delegation of these responsibilities to authorized agencies (city, county, other public entities).
Provides administration for the Bridge Preservation Section, which is responsible for ensuring the structural safety of 3,200 state bridges/tunnels and other major transportation structures in service.
Provides emergency response services to the Regions when state bridges/tunnels are damaged or lost due to vehicle or ship collision, or natural phenomenon such as wind, floods, and earthquakes. Services include damage assessment, assistance in construction or temporary replacement bridges, and guidance during structure restoration.
Develop and implement an ongoing program for determining the current safe load-carrying capacity for all state bridges. Develop strategies to minimize restriction to truck and freight movement across state bridges. Advise the Motor Carrier Service Office on whether to approve or disapprove permit applications to move heavy trucks across bridges.
Provide recommendations and detailed information on scope of work for future bridge replacement and rehabilitation needs, and provide prioritized recommendations to the Regional Maintenance Engineers and the Washington State Ferries Operations Engineer on needed bridge and structure repairs and maintenance and monitor correction of deficiencies.
Establish the biennial budget for the Bridge Preservation Office.
Establish and direct a safety program that ensures all staff operate and conduct bridge inspections following safety protocols and practices while completing the inspection efficiently, thoroughly and effectively.
Requirements for this position:
Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering at a ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited school
Washington State license as a Professional Engineer (PE) or ability to attain licensure within one year
Washington State license as a Structural Engineer (SE) or successful completion of the 16 hour NCEES structural exam and ability to attain Washington State Structural Engineer license within one year
Ten years' experience in the design, management, assessment, inspection or preservation of bridges
Valid Unrestricted Washington State Driver's license or ability to attain one within six months
Characteristics we seek:
Excellent leadership, including the ability to motivate, inspire the trust and confidence of, set ambitious but achievable goals for, delegate to, and ensure the accountability of organization personnel.
A record of accomplishments demonstrating unwavering commitment to the highest standards of quality performance and organizational integrity.
Demonstrated ability to define and foster a long-range strategic vision within an organization, leading the organization to set and achieve goals, while continually improving processes and policies.
Demonstrated experience training, mentoring and coaching current employees to become future leaders within the organization.
A high degree of flexibility and the ability to manage successfully in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
A working knowledge of administrative and legal aspects of a public-sector leadership position, including:
Human resources rules and procedures
Budget development, management and tracking
State and federal laws
The Washington State legislative process
Masters of Science in Civil Engineering, majoring in structural engineering at a ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited school
Internal Number: 19DOT-WMS-0W038
About Washington State Department of Transportation
The Washington State Department of Transportation is the steward of a multimodal transportation system and responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT is responsible for the state ferry system, and works in partnership with others to maintain and improve local roads, railroads and airports, as well as to support alternatives to driving, such as public transportation, bicycles and pedestrian programs.