Design Engineer II

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on July 21, 2021

King County Road Services Division is seeking a Design Engineer II to join our team! This position will support road, bridge and drainage projects in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and countywide programs.  The Engineer must possess knowledge of technical disciplines, including but not limited to Geotechnical, Environmental, Hydraulics, Traffic, Construction, Survey. required for implementation of roadway, traffic, bridge and drainage projects.  This is an exciting opportunity to work with the Road Services team and make a difference in our community!

Job Duties

  • Assist the Project Manager to coordinate a multidisciplinary team from inception to construction completion; facilitate team communication, goals, efforts and deliverables; coordinate with consultants, regulatory agencies, support staff and the public to resolve project issues;
  • Provide technical Civil3D design and AutoCAD expertise to develop engineering plans for delivery of Roads’ Capital Improvement projects; 
  • Prepare designs, plan details, specifications and cost estimates for construction projects; coordinate and monitor project scope, schedule, and budget; prepare and/or review technical reports;
  • Prepare and/or review right-of-way plans and legal descriptions;
  • Perform field investigation and assessments;
  • Able to debug and resolve issues pertaining to AutoCAD and Civil3D.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge of transportation engineering principles;
  • Candidate must have experience developing designs, plan details, specifications and cost estimates for various types of road projects;
  • Experience conducting field work and evaluations to provide recommendations for project scope, design and construction cost estimates;
  • Experience reviewing and tracking the progress of construction project schedules;
  • Minimum 2 years of experience using AutoCAD and Civil3D design software (or equivalent) to design various types of projects (e.g. road, traffic, bridge and/or drainage projects);
  • Knowledge of the current WSDOT Design Manual, King County Road Design and Construction Standards, and CADD Standards or equivalent of these three, and ADA Standards and Guidelines;
  • Skill in using Microsoft Office software such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access and Project;
  • Ability to read, interpret and develop engineering plans, specifications and cost estimates for road, traffic, bridge and drainage projects;
  • Ability to prepare technical memos, written reports based on measurement/findings from field assessments, conceptual studies, traffic analyses, environmental studies, structural analyses and condition inspections.

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. Including special duty assignments and TLT opportunities;
  • Specific vision abilities include close, distant, and color;
  • Physical activity includes lifting up to 30 lbs. to at least waist height; carrying and moving objects;
  • Work to be performed in the office and field;
  • Must be able to safely negotiate and traverse steep slopes;
  • Must be able to bend and lift to load equipment into vehicles.
Additional Requirements:
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License at the time of hire;
  • An offer of employment will be contingent on the success of a pre-employment physical examination.
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
  • Paid – parental leave
  • Deferred – compensation plan
  • Ten – paid holidays 
  • Awesome Employee Giving Program! 

    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 the unincorporated areas.
    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.

    As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
    We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
    King County values diverse perspectives, life experiences, and differences.  The Department of Local Services encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and veterans.  
    To learn more, please visit
    Are you ready to APPLY?
    The recruitment for this position is open to all applicants. A 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.

Have you served as either an active duty or a reservist member of the US Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard, or are you currently or have you served in the National Guard?
  • Yes
  • No
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

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