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Materials Lab-Engineer IV

King County
Renton, WA Full-time
Posted on February 8, 2020

***This position is open to current career service king County employees who have passed
their initial King County probation only***

King County Road Services Division is seeking a Materials Lab Engineer IV to join our team! The Engineer IV position will act as the technical expert inspecting and evaluating geotechnical and pavement related claims, design and/or construction issues and concerns, and new technologies. This position supervises the daily operation, personnel, equipment procurement, and accreditation requirements of a public agency technical laboratory. The position requires the ability to perform and/or review complex geotechnical and pavement design analyses, reports, plan details, estimates, and specifications for roadway pavements, bridge foundations, structural walls, culverts, and other road and roadside structures.

Position Information: The special duty assignment is anticipated to last 3 months. The selected individual must have approval from their current supervisor to accept this acting assignment.

Who May Apply:
This special duty opportunity is open to current career service King County employees who have passed their initial King County probation.
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. We are committed to being equitable and fair in providing equal access to opportunities for all.

Work Schedule:
This position is non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible. The typical schedule will be Monday through Friday, 8 hours per day, 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. but must be able to work a variety of work hours including attending evening meetings and working nights and/or weekends when required.

Questions: If you have questions about this announcement, please contact Senior Human Resource Analyst, Elena Edwards at or 206.263.2469.

Job Duties

To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum demonstrate skill and ability to:

Manage, maintain, and improve the Materials Laboratory AASHTO Accreditation, Slide Hazard and Monitoring Programs
Evaluate, develop, and implement engineering and material testing policies and procedures
Provide engineering review, technical, and quality control oversight to professional and technical staff
Provide Licensed Engineer signature and stamp on project designs for compliance with principles of Standard Engineering Practice
Prioritize, distribute, and manage multiple projects to meet deadlines and ensure timely product delivery to clientele
Mentor, supervise, review, and approve field investigation techniques, engineering analyses, test methods and procedures, and engineering documents prepared by personnel
Evaluate roadway structural impacts associated with truck hauling activities and develop recommendations for mitigation and/or repair
Provide technical advice and/or briefings to upper management, direction and consultation to consultants and in-house design staff
Perform or direct field evaluations to assess pavement, slope, and/or structural hazards and provide recommendations for repair
Geotechnical Project/Task Manager for tasks or project assignments from inception through construction
Research, evaluate, and incorporate new geotechnical and pavement design technologies that improve efficiency and performance
Supervise and mentor personnel and assist them in reaching their career goals by encouraging training opportunities and challenging assignments
Ensure personnel remain current with changing technologies and have the most relevant and up to date tools to complete their responsibilities safely, efficiently, and professionally
Resolve personnel and administrative issues and identify resources and staffing needs of the unit
• Other duties as assigned

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering OR an equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates knowledge of geotechnical and pavement principles and technologies.
• 10+ years of professional experience performing and analyzing a wide range of geotechnical and pavement investigations
• 5+ years of geotechnical and pavement design project management experience
• Skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Project
• Ability to efficiently work on multiple projects and tasks with varying deadlines and prioritization.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Working knowledge of:
• Reading, interpreting, and developing engineering plans, specifications, and cost estimates for projects.
• Utilizing specialized engineering software applications for shallow foundation design and analyses.
• Current FHWA Geotechnical Manuals (Drilled Shafts, Driven Piles, Shallow Foundation, Soil Nail, Seismic Design), AASHTO Bridge Design Specifications, WSDOT Manuals (Geotechnical, Pavement Policy, Bridge Design, Construction Specifications), International Building Code (Geotechnical Sections).
• Management and supervisory techniques and principles.

Demonstrated experience with:
• Responding to changing priorities, time constraints, and deadlines
• Installing and interpreting geotechnical monitoring equipment such as inclinometer casing, vibrating wire piezometer, pneumatic piezometer, strain gages, settlement plates. 
• Investigating, analyzing, and developing innovative landslide repairs incorporating new and existing technologies
• Laboratory characterization testing of soil, aggregate, asphalt, and concrete combined with an understanding of test results and significance.
• Performing special inspection for drilled shaft installations, driven pile placements, shallow footing subgrade preparation, subgrade improvement, etc
• Managing multiple projects and priorities under tight deadlines and changing priorities.
• Performing analyses for design of shallow and deep foundations, shoring, retaining walls, structure seismic response, slope stability analyses, in accordance with national standard methods.
• Concrete and asphalt pavement design and rehabilitation based on the AASHTO 1993 Pavement Design Manual with WSDOT Pavement Design regional calibration recommendations.
• Pavement preservation techniques
• Geotechnical drilling equipment and capabilities for site specific conditions
Additional requirement of this position:
• Valid Washington State Driver's License
• Registered Professional Civil Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Washington
• An offer of employment will be contingent on the success of a pre-employment physical

Supplemental Information

Work Conditions:
• Work performed in the field for extended periods of time may be performed under unfavorable weather conditions.
• Works outdoors, which may require walking on uneven, rocky or rough ground, or working in inclement weather.
• Work frequently involves heavy lifting.
• Work adjacent to or on large equipment, with moving parts, subjected to loud noise and vibration.
• Work in a laboratory environment with loud equipment.
• Work in field or laboratory subjected to particle dust and fumes.

Application Process: Required Materials (a) A complete online employment application,, (b) answers to the supplemental questions (c) letter of interest. In your letter, clearly communicate how your experience and skills meet the qualifications listed above - in two (2) pages or less. Please also include any additional qualities you can bring to this position and why this position would be consistent with your career interests.
UNION: This position is represented by PROTEC 17.

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.

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Class Code: 711403 (Engineer IV)

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.

Do you have at minimum 10 years of professional experience performing and analyzing a wide range of geotechnical and pavement investigations
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have at minimum 5 years of geotechnical and pavement design project management experience
  • Yes
  • No
Please indicate which one best describes your level of education and experience.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates knowledge of geotechnical and pavement principles and technologies.
  • None of the above
If you selected "equivalent combination of experience and education" in the question above, please summarize here how your education and experience provide you with the skills, knowledge, and abilities required to perform the work of this position.
Are you a registered Professional Civil Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Washington?
  • Yes
  • No
If you have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, will you need accommodation in the testing process? If you check the "YES" box, the human resources staff person coordinating this recruitment will send you a request asking for additional information. (This confidential information is solicited for the purposes of providing reasonable accommodation only).
  • Yes
  • No
I certify that the statement 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

Required Question