Senior Bridge Engineer

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on January 10, 2021

King County Road Services Division has an excellent opportunity for you to be part of local government! We are looking for a dynamic Engineer III.  This position is a senior level structural engineering position to lead staff and design complex road and bridge structures.  This is an exciting opportunity to work with the Road Services team and make a difference in our community!
 Scope of Job Duties: To be considered for this opportunity, you must at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability to:

  • Perform complex structural designs and prepare plan details, estimates, and specifications for bridges, walls, culverts and other roadway related structures.
  • Perform complex structural analyses and studies and prepare written reports or technical memos to conclude the findings and recommendations.
  • Function as a technical expert to guide staff, provide advice to supervisor and upper managers, guide or direct design consultants and in-house engineers. 
  • Function as a Project Manager or Lead Engineer on tasks or project assignments from inception through construction.
  • Provide quality control and quality assurance of designs, plans, specifications and cost estimates, and other engineering documents.
  • Perform bridge live load rating analysis and load upgrade design
  • Review and issue overload truck and right-of-way use permits.
  • Assist in resolving structural-related construction issues. 
  • Review and approve construction shop drawings, shoring plans, and supporting calculations.
  • Perform structural lead inspections and prepare inspection reports.
 We are looking for candidates who have:
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering (BSCE) and four to eight years of experience in structural design or bridge engineering. 
  • Licensed Washington Professional Civil Engineer (PE). 
  • Demonstrated four to eight years of experience in developing bridge designs and preparation of structural design plans, specifications and cost estimates
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience, efficiency using structural design software (CSiBridge, STAAD Pro, PG Super, PG Splice, BRASS, etc.).
  • In-depth knowledge of the most up to date AASHTO LRFD Design Methodology, IBC, WSDOT Bridge Design Manual, ACI 318, PCI Design Manual, AISC Design Manual, AWS Welding Code, etc.
  • Be able to effectively maintain and manage project folders including bridge load rating reports and issued overload truck data and inventory.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience applying seismic design and analysis, including computer modeling, dynamic analysis for seismic loads, mitigation of vibrations for bridge structures, push-over analyses, etc.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of pre-stressed and post-tensioned concrete design and construction methods and applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and design innovative solutions involving new and replacement bridge structures to increase efficiency in both material costs and time required for construction.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare written technical reports or memos based on the findings from project conceptual studies, structural analyses and condition inspections, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and lead staff. 
  • Can collaborate comments or input on project issues from others. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service and the ability to deal with others in a straightforward and honest manner while being accountable for actions, maintaining confidentiality, good work ethic, and supporting organizational values.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact, write and communicate successfully technical, policy and political issues in a clear and effective manner with various levels of management, staff, consultants, citizens (diverse individuals and groups).
  • Have a valid Washington State Driver’s License.
    Supplemental Information: 
  • This position is represented by Protec 17.
  • This recruitment may be used to fill additional vacancies for up to 6 months. 
  • The typical work schedule is Monday – Friday 8-hour days. However, a possible flexible schedule can be considered after probation.
  • This position is non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible. Working after-hours, weekends, and holidays may be required in emergency circumstances, such as during inclement weather, and on special projects. Overtime hours, weekends, and holidays vary upon business demand, season and weather.
    The work associated with this position will be performed remotely, at least through July 5, 2021 in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. It is possible that the work will be primarily performed remotely on an ongoing basis after January 8, 2021.  Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours.  Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.  There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite.  Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.
    To support employees during this time 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. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.  
    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.
    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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    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.

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