Civil Engineer IV

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on August 28, 2022
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This recruitment is open until filled. The next review period will be for those applications received on or before September 11, 2022.

 **NOTE: Salary range shown is the 2018 rate; a new salary rate reflecting possible Cost-Of-Living and/or Market Adjustments since 2018 is under contract negotiation and is typically retroactive. 

As a member of the Civil Engineering team in Metro's Capital Division, the Civil Engineer IV (Transit Engineer IV) performs advanced level engineering for both major and smaller Transit facility capital projects, including the preparation of engineering designs, specifications, and design reports, assisting project managers with the establishment of project budgets and schedules, and the performance of quality control reviews of consultant designs. This position also provides planning level support to Transit Planners in development of integrated multi-modal transportation facilities. 

Come be a part of a team that helps keep people moving in King County! 

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About King County Metro Transit 
King County Metro Transit is a regional leader in getting people to work quickly, reducing commuter stress, greening the environment, and improving urban air quality, by providing comfortable, effective transit services for the thousands of commuters and other residents of King County, Washington. Metro has pioneered or refined dozens of innovations that have made us a leader in this nation’s public transportation industry. 

Metro’s Capital Division supports new service delivery programs such as RapidRide bus service for busy transit corridors, with signal priority improvements, and provides for ongoing replacement of aging infrastructure and operations facilities. In addition, regular maintenance and upgrades keep Metro’s facilities in good repair and support efficient, safe, and reliable transit operations. Metro incorporates cost-effective green building and sustainable development practices in all capital projects that it plans, designs, constructs, remodels, renovates, and operates. 
We are accepting applications from all qualified applicants. This recruitment will be used to fill 
one (1) Career Service vacancy. This recruitment may also be used to establish an eligibility pool to fill future career service, short term temporary, term-limited temporary, and/or special duty assignment opportunities in this classification that may occur over the next twelve months from the establishment of the pool at the discretion of the hiring authority. 

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work. As a Civil Engineer IV, you will also: 

  • Develop and analyze project alternatives, prepare civil engineering designs, specifications, and cost estimates for transit facility capital projects, primarily for transit base facilities and bus passenger facilities (bus stops, transit centers, and park-and-rides).  

  • Prepare predesign and alternative analysis reports for civil engineering projects. 

  • Prepare drawings, technical specifications, and cost estimates for civil work. 

  • Perform civil engineering functions related to site development, on and off-street transit facilities, multi-modal transportation facilities, and underground utilities. 

  • In performing project tasks, apply basic civil engineering principles of construction materials, environmental design, stormwater management, geotechnical engineering, and engineering statics. 

  • A major part of the work to be performed in this position involves civil site developmentthe engineer may be asked to aid in the design of bus and pedestrian circulation, erosion control, grading and drainage, pavement, sanitary sewer, water distribution systems, and street improvements. 

  • Coordinate civil engineering designs with mechanical, structural, and electrical engineering units. 

  • Review and provide quality assurance on consultants predesign reports, designs, specifications, and cost estimates for civil engineering projects. 

  • Assist project managers with the establishment of and modifications to project scopes, budgets, and schedules. 

  • Perform the duties of a project engineer on multidisciplinary projects. 

  • Assist project managers and construction inspectors with engineering support during construction including submittal reviews and field inspections. 

  • Work with Metro Transit stakeholder groups and local, state, and regulatory agencies, to resolve problems, perform analytical services, prepare construction documents and address issues related to existing, and planned facilities. 

  • Provide direction to other civil engineers and designers. 

  • Provide support to maintenance personnel as requested. 

  • Participate in design charrettes and reviews on Sound Transit regional transportation hubs including light rail stations and bus rapid transit projects. 

  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications 

Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from a nationally accredited university, active Professional Civil Engineer registration at time of hire and at least five years' experience as a design civil engineer, Oan equivalent combination of education and experience, with the required registration, that provides evidence of full ability to perform the duties of the position. (Candidates with Professional Civil Engineer licenses in other states will be required to secure professional registration in the State of Washington within six months of employment.) 


Additional requirements: 

  • Knowledge of sound engineering principles. 

  • Demonstrated analytical capabilities. 

  • Demonstrated ability to be innovative, creative and make independent decisions. 

  • Demonstrated ability in directing/supervising production of construction contract documents. 

  • Ability to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with others, work well in a team and work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders. 

  • Demonstrated ability to articulate engineering/design concepts in a team environment with internal and external stakeholders. 

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize a diverse workload to accomplish tasks on defined timelines. 

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 

  • Metro Transit is a mix of office and industrial environments; the engineer must be able to climb stairs, ladders, access roof and platform mounted equipment, and enter confined spaces. Part of the work to be performed by this position involves on-street passenger facilities. Sites could include urban streets, busy intersections, and undeveloped sites in remote parts of King County. 

  • Experience producing technical and budget documents for a non-technical audience; skills include planning, writing, reviewing, and editing for content and readability. 

  • Working knowledge of software programs such as Windows, Excel, Word, AutoCadAutoTurnOutlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Bluebeam, Teams and Web browsers. 

Desired Qualifications 

  • Direct experience in performing economic life cycle cost analysis including cost estimating. 

  • Working knowledge of pavement design principles. 

  • Experience in civil site development and engineering. 

  • Working knowledge in Washington State Department of Transportation Standard Specifications. 

  • Design experience in storm drainage and sewer design principles and working knowledge of Department of Ecology Western Washington Stormwater Management Manual and King County Stormwater Management Manual. 

  • General knowledge in structural and geotechnical engineering principles. 

  • General knowledge in traffic and transportation engineering principles. 

  • Work experience designing multiple, high profile, complex projects simultaneously. 

  • Knowledge of land use codes associated with parking standards of local jurisdictions. 

  • Experience with AutoCAD or AutoCAD Infra-Structural Suite software. 

  • Experience in working with multi-disciplinary engineering teams. 

Special Requirements 

  • A valid WA state Driver's License is required. Out-of-state candidates must have their Washington Driver's License by date of hire OR the ability to travel to other King County locations in a timeline manner.  

Supplemental Information

Ready to Apply?

Submit an online employment application, with answers to the supplemental questions, completed at You are also required to attach a resume and a cover letter.  
NOTE: Please answer ALL questions in the online employment application itself, with each of your jobs during the last 10 years listed (listing each position for each employer separately), duties explained, reasons for leaving etc. 
Applications that are not complete, or do not include all required materials may be rejected as incomplete, and not advanced in the process. Applicants who are unable to apply online should follow the instructions under Application Tips and FAQs at:


Selection Process 
Application materials will be screened for qualifications, clarity, and completeness. Competitive applicants may be invited to participate in skills and/or writing test and one or more interviews. Reference checks will be conducted. 

Work Schedule

Our regular business work week is Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, though work outside of the normal workday may be required. Alternative work schedules may be considered. This position is considered exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime pay. 
Temporary Telecommuting Requirement 
The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of teleworking complemented with onsite work. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities). Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. 
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint. 

King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.

Union Representation: This position is represented by the Technical Employees Association 
Class Code: 7140400 Transit Engineer IV 
Questions about this recruitment? Contact Angela Alcaraz, Sr. HR Analyst, 206-263-2466, 

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Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
Do you have a Professional Civil Engineer License? Registration at time of hire is required. Candidates with Professional Civil Engineer licenses in other states will be required to secure professional registration in the State of Washington within six months of employment. Please answer yes or no. If you do have your PE License please tell us: the state, number and expiration.
I certify that the statements made by me on the application and supplemental questions are, to the best of my knowledge, true, complete and correct. I understand that any misrepresentation or material omission of fact on this or any other document required by King County may constitute grounds for rejection, or if employed by King County, for disciplinary measures, including dismissal.
  • Yes
  • No

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