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Materials Lead Engineer (TE3)

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. 
The Opportunity
WSDOT is eager to hire an engineering professional looking to advance their career to serve as our next Materials Lead Engineer. This position will help ensure that assigned projects will be built within scope, schedule, and budget, and the contractors will receive timely and fair compensation. As the Materials Lead Engineer, you will ensure that materials incorporated in the project are tested properly. This supervisory role will also inspire, motivate, develop, and support a team of eight engineers and technicians in alignment with WSDOT’s mission and strategic plan. You will play a vital role in WSDOT's successful delivery of major construction projects, maintaining public confidence and helping the public travel safely throughout the state.
What to Expect
This position will work in the office, field, and the materials lab. Therefore, work will be conducted near heavy traffic, equipment and in areas with uneven terrain. 
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Materials Lead Engineer will:
  • Mentor, coach, and train direct reports, performing timely performance evaluations, and otherwise develop team members. 
  • Oversee transmittal of construction project control samples, processing requests for material source approvals, requests for subcontractor approvals and other required reports involving shop drawings, material certifications and catalog cuts.
  • Communicate with internal staff and stakeholders in resolving construction issues and contractor requests. 
  • Prepare cost estimates and negotiate contractor requests for information. 
  • Perform plan review on various highway related projects that are in the design phase. 
  • Attend meetings related to construction projects. 
  • Coordinate and track material testing to ensure tests are being conducted to meet WSDOT standards. 
  • Oversee the laboratory equipment and inventory. 
To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
  • One years of experience as a Transportation Engineer 2 or equivalent experience in construction inspection, materials testing, or construction administration.
  • Certified WSDOT General Inspector or ability to obtain within 6 months of hire.
  • Knowledge and understanding of ACI concrete testing, WAQTC and WSDOT testing methods.
  • Knowledge of civil engineering principles, practices, and methods relative to the documentation and construction of transportation projects.
  • The ability to express complex concepts clearly and concisely.
  • Strong mathematics skills and the ability to solve engineering problems of varying complexity.\
  • Possess a valid Washington State driver's license.
It is preferred that qualified candidates also have: 
  • One or more years of experience directly supervising two or more technical/engineering staff.
  • One or more years of experience in roadway related contract administration.
  • Experience in testing concrete, asphalt, aggregates, and compaction.
  • Three years of progressively responsible civil engineering experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, 
  • Engineer in Training (EIT) certificate. 
Important Notes 
  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
  • This position is not eligible for remote work.
  • In additional to the salary range listed, a 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. Compliance with this mandate 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. 
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit
  • Work-Life Balance – We offer flexible work schedules that allow you time for your life outside of this excellent opportunity.
  • 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. 
Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT? 

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.
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit 
Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at Please be sure to reference job # 12985 the subject line.