Construction Resident Engineer

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on November 16, 2022
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King County Road Services Division, Engineering Section is currently recruiting for a Engineer III level expert in the Construction Management and Inspection Unit. The successful candidate will oversee the day-to-day management of a variety of Department of Local Services (DLS) Road, Bridge, and Stream Enhancement construction projects, and a team of Inspection Engineers and technical support staff. The Construction Engineer III will provide documentation oversight as part of King County Road Services Division Certified Acceptance responsibility. The position will also coordinate with design, support and planning staff associated with assigned projects. This is an exciting opportunity to work with the Road Services team and make a difference in our community!

Job Duties

  • Act as Resident Engineer for construction projects which may include various types of construction such as: bridges, retaining walls, large culverts (concrete and steel), drainage systems and facilities, earthwork, paving (concrete and asphalt), illumination, traffic signal systems, traffic guardrail and barrier, stream enhancement with bank restoration and features, mitigation sites, landscaping, and traffic control and safety features.        
  • Oversee a team of construction inspection staff to ensure work is in accordance with Local Agency Guidelines (LAG) for Contracting Agencies, WSDOT Construction Manual, the WSDOT Standard Specifications and the Contract Documents for a variety of County Road Infrastructure projects. Duties may include but not limited to:
    • Act as King County’s project liaison between King County and the Contractor during implementation of the Contract
    • Measure and document the use of specific quantities for the project
    • Ensure materials are certified prior to acceptance for payment
    • Prepare monthly progress payments
    • Monitor and document specific project construction activities
    • Perform onsite inspection duties when necessary
    • Support Construction Management staff on various tasks as assigned
  • Manage and track the flow of contract documentation such as: Serial Letters, Requests for Information (RFI), Submittals, and Baseline and Revised Schedules for assigned projects.  
  • Create and transmit Contractually binding notices and correspondence such as Serial Letters, Field Orders/Field Directives, and Change Orders. 
  • Collaborate with support services associated with the project which include Materials Laboratory, Survey, Environmental, Traffic, Public Outreach and involved private Utilities.
  • Review and submit Progress Payment and support documentation generated by inspection team for Contractor payment. 
  • Perform constructability reviews on future Capital Improvement Projects during various phases (60%, 90%, and Final) of design.    

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Six years (6) of experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates one’s knowledge of Construction Management and Inspection related to the construction of road, bridge, culvert, stream enhancement, and road resurfacing projects.
  • Demonstrated responsible construction experience with a strong emphasis in construction practices for and including, but not limited to: clearing and grubbing, installation of TESC measures, roadway excavations, constructing embankments, structural excavations, bridge foundations, bridge substructure and superstructure, drainage improvement projects, retaining walls, grading, concrete placement, surfacing, paving, membrane liner installation, stream bank protection, pavement marking, traffic barrier and guardrail, illumination and traffic signal construction.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and executing multi-faceted Capital Improvement construction contracts.
  • Demonstrated experience in reading and interpreting engineering plans, specifications, and technical reports for road, bridge, and stream construction.
  • Demonstrated experience reading and interpreting field stakes such as slope stakes, drainage stakes, and location stakes for various construction features   
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to research, develop, negotiate, write and execute contract change orders for all phases of construction.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse team environment and to maintain effective working relationships with team members, management, other agencies or interest groups, and citizens.
  • Demonstrated experience in problem solving and conflict resolution related to construction contract management.
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office products such as Teams, One Drive, Word, Excel, Project and PowerPoint along with review and editing programs such as Adobe Pro or Bluebeam.   
  • Strong oral, written, communication, and customer service skills.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines.

Supplemental Information

  • This position is represented by Professional Technical Employees (PROTEC 17)
  • This recruitment may be used to fill vacancies for up to 6 months.
  • This recruitment will also be used to create an eligibility list to fill future Full Time, Term Limited Temporary (TLT) and/or seasonal short term temporary assignments depending on the need of the program Including Special Duty     Assignments and TLT opportunities.
  • Must be able to work overtime, nights, weekends, and holidays on occasion
  • Work performed in the office and field. Work in the field may be performed under unfavorable weather conditions. 
  • Must be able to safely negotiate and traverse steep slopes, and to perform work in the field at a variety of construction sites, which may require walking on uneven, rocky or rough ground. 
  • Ability to work around heavy equipment and other potentially dangerous activities associated with construction sites.
  • Often required to stand and reach with arms and hands. Specific vision abilities include close, distant, color, and physical activity including but not limited to lifting up to 50 lbs. at least waist height; carrying and moving objects. 

Valid Washington State Driver's License at the time of hire.
Why King County Roads Division? 
  • Competitive – healthcare plans
  • Free – transportation options
  • Manager Support – structured employee assistance program
  • Paid – vacation time (in addition to paid holidays)
  • Paid – sick leave
  • Deferred – compensation plan
  • Twelve – paid holidays and Two Additional personal holidays
  • Awesome Employee Giving Program

The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of teleworking complemented with onsite work and meetings as needed. 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. The individual in this position will be meeting with community members and organizations and will be expected to engage in face-to-face interactions, as COVID-19 restrictions permit, throughout unincorporated King County.
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 an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions may be 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.

King County has set a requirement that all county employees be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021. To meet this requirement, employees must have received their second shot of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or first shot of a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, by October 4, 2021, and provide verified proof of vaccination. Information on where to get a shot and answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccine can be found at

King County is the local service provider for the roughly quarter-million people who live in the unincorporated areas of the county; taken together, Unincorporated King County would be the second-largest city in the state. The Department of Local Services includes a Director's Office with a Community Service Area group, and the Road Services and Permitting Divisions. Together, this department provides a single executive point of accountability for delivery of local services to all of unincorporated King County.
The King County Road Services Division designs, builds, operates and maintains roads and bridges in unincorporated areas of King County in an efficient and environmentally responsible manner to protect the public's investment and facilitate safe travel. The division is committed to ensuring the county's transportation system is safe and efficient for all uses and modes of travel. The Division is responsible for 1,500 miles of road and 182 bridges, 5.7 million feet of drainage ditches, over 44,000 traffic control signs, 78 traffic signals, and 50 traffic cameras in unincorporated King County.

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.
Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.
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.

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.

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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 your recruiter listed on this job announcement.
The recruitment for this position is open to all applicantsA completed King County Application is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a cover letter and resume.
If you have any questions, please contact Jerrell Hollis, Senior HR Analyst, by e-mail at, or by phone at 206-477-4318.

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 a current career service employee, holding the position of Engineer III, who is a member of ProTech 17A?
  • Yes
  • No
Please indicate the number of years' experience you have as a Resident Engineer implementing complex infrastructure and stream enhancement construction projects
Please indicate the number of years' experience you have supervising, training and supporting a team of construction inspectors.
Please indicate the number of years' experience you have organizing needed resources to implement construction project delivery.
Please indicate the number of years' experience you have coordinating project construction needs with contract cities, utility franchisees or other agencies.
Please indicate the number of years' experience you have working with design staff to identify and resolve constructability issues.
Please indicate the number of years' experience you have supporting the development of contract specifications for non-standard construction items.
Please indicate the number of years' experience you have determining detailed project quantities, project costs and estimates, construction techniques, and construction scheduling/sequencing.
Please indicate the number of years' experience you have performing Critical Path analysis of multi-task construction schedules
Please indicate the number of years' experience you have conducting and overseeing field investigations and constructability engineering assessments of project sites including emergency repairs.
Please indicate the number of years' experience you have administering detailed contract documentation and tracking project cost/expenditure data.
Please indicate the number of years' experience you have resolving disputes with contractors (or owners, if gained experience is as a contractor).
Please indicate the number of years' experience you have assessing project site conditions and assisting in the development of a constructable and detailed design concept.
Please indicate the number of years' experience you have reviewing environmental documents, evaluating potential environmental related construction issues, and developing possible solutions/options.
Please indicate the number of years' experience you have evaluating proposed or required changes to projects; determine the effects on construction scope, schedule, and budget; develop alternatives; formulate clear recommendations.
Please indicate the number of years' experience you have developing and drafting Change Orders in accordance with the terms of the Contract.
Please indicate the number of years' experience you have providing a detailed construction analysis, and cost estimates for current and/or future project circumstances and problems.
Are you applying to this position as an eligible current or previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant? 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? 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. Additionally, 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

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