Survey Files Research Technician (TT3, In-Training)
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project.
WSDOT is currently seeking an engineering technician to fill a Transportation Technician 3 vacancy located in Shoreline, WA. The individual in the role will be the subject matter expert for the Northwest Region (NWR) Survey & Right of Way (RW) Office in creating GIS layers and developing databases to store the GIS information. In this role, you will be responsible for responding to Public Disclosure Requests (PDR) requests for Survey and Right of Way information. The successful candidate will be the PDA Database expert who provides ongoing training and support in the use of the database. The successful candidate will be a central resource for PDA and will represent NWR with any questions within the database. This position is integral to the organization's mission of highway design, construction and right of way.
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Survey Files Research Technician will:
- Instruct and train Survey and Right of Way staff as well as other support groups in conducting research.
- Manage the PDA by loading new documents/records/contracts into the systems.
- Apply engineering principles and use Survey and Right away knowledge to fill out electronic database forms; load and maintain records in the PDA daily.
- Provide instruction on how to access and use the PDA and Electronic Content Management (ECM) system.
- Make improvements to the PDA per customer feedback, respond to customer requests and help customers with hard-to-find data.
- Create GIS layers and developing databases to store the information used by GIS.
- Use GIS tools create points, lines, and polygons to display data at the correct geographic location.
- Respond to requests for information coming through the NWR Public Disclosure office, WSDOT staff and members of the Public.
- Conduct special projects or research as needed to study or resolve issues as they arise.
This is a Transportation Technician 3 (TT3) position. However, the hiring manager reserves the right to fill the position at a lower level (TT2) depending on qualifications, providing an opportunity for an individual to gain the required experience on the job as part of a formal “in-training” plan.
At the Transportation Technician 2 level, one of the following is required:
- An Associate degree in Civil Engineering Technology, surveying, drafting or other closely related fields. OR
- Completion of an accredited vocational/technical program consisting of at least 1,200 instructional hours in Civil Engineering Technology, surveying, drafting, structural detailing, engineering design or other closely related fields. OR
- A high school or GED equivalent AND two (2) years of experience performing basic technical engineering work as a Transportation Technician 1 or equivalent. (College level or vocational/technical course work in engineering, drafting, survey, mathematics, or other closely related fields will substitute for the required technical engineering experience on a year-for-year basis.)
At the Transportation Technician 3 level, one of the following is required:
- Two (2) years of experience performing semi-skilled technical engineering work as a Transportation Technician 2 or equivalent. OR
- A Bachelor's degree in Engineering. OR
- Certification as an Engineer-in-Training. OR
- A Land Surveyor's license. OR
- A Land Surveyor-in-Training Certification.
In addition to the above, the following are also required:
- Ability to read, interpret and follow manuals, contracts, policies, and procedures.
- Ability to use standard software to archive and retrieve records, drawings, and documents.
- Ability to safely manipulate and transport materials and equipment up to 50 pounds.
- Ability to perform field work to complete essential job functions on the highway roadside next to traffic, traversing uneven terrain, in wetlands area, and in weather conditions from 100 degrees F plus to below freezing.
- General knowledge of engineering and surveying principles.
- A valid driver's license.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
- A Bachelor's degree in Engineering.
- Certification as an Engineer-in-Training.
- A Land Surveyor's license.
- Certification as a Land Surveyor-in-Training
- Experience in other transportation disciplines such as Construction.
- Experience using software to archive and retrieve records, drawings, and documents.
- Ability to use WSDOT computers, equipment, and software.
- Ability to use WSDOT standard software to archive and retrieve records, drawings, and documents.
- This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
- This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
- The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County. An additional general wage increase of 3.25% will be applied for all state employees on July 1, 2022.
- By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
- This is an in-training position that offers a career path and on-the-job training. This position allows you to progress upward through the Transportation Technician field and achieve the goal class of a Transportation Technician 3. Candidates will be considered for a Transportation Technician 2 or Transportation Technician 3, depending on their qualifications. Annual salary levels for each position are:
- Transportation Technician 2: $51,445 - $69,224
- Transportation Technician 3: $58,300 - $78,334
- WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov
- Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available, including occasional telework for eligible positions.
- Paid Leave – In addition to 11 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
- Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.
- Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
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How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.
In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:
- An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
- An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
- Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.
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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan at SaniatE@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 22DOT-NWR-11243 in the subject line.