The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Construction Division, Geotechnical Office in Tumwater, WA is currently seeking an experienced geotechnical engineer to fill a managerial vacancy. This position is an assistant to the State Geotechnical Engineer and provides strategic and tactical management of the Geotechnical Design, Project Development and Technical Services Section. This position functions as the key contact statewide for scheduling, scoping, developing, tracking geotechnical projects for the headquarters Geotechnical office, and assisting the State Geotechnical Engineer with distribution of the incoming work to geotechnical staff to keep the staff workload well distributed and efficient. This position manages the long-term workforce planning and project tracking functions for the Geotechnical Office. This position directs the execution of comprehensive geotechnical engineering studies, primarily through consultants managed by this position, implementing statewide geotechnical policies and procedures. This position also assists the State Geotechnical Engineer with design policy development efforts which may include interacting with state and national geotechnical design code producing organizations, developing and managing geotechnical research projects to develop and improve the technology used, and implementing these new technologies. Since the person in this position will interact with a wide range of professionals, great communication and team building skills are a must.
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This position will perform the following work:
- Manage the Geotechnical Design, Project Development and Technical Services Sections.
- Guide the preparation of geotechnical engineering reports and recommendations.
- Ensure that design schedules are met and that designs meet applicable standards and are constructible.
- Function as the main contact for WSDOT offices statewide for new or existing projects requiring geotechnical design.
- Provide short-term and long-term planning for the work performed for the entire Geotechnical Office and assist the State Geotechnical Engineer to distribute incoming work and ensure the adequacy of resources needed to get work accomplished.
- Manage the project tracking function for the Office as projects progress regarding time, budget and achievement of project milestones.
- Manage consultant agreements for the Office including establishing scope of work, negotiations, expenditure monitoring and performance tracking.
- Manages the engineering support services for the Geotechnical Office which includes geotechnical instrumentation, CAE support, geotechnical data and report archiving, and database management.
- Assist with technical policy development and represent the State Geotechnical Engineer on policy developing committees when delegated.
In order to be considered, a candidate must possess:
- Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Geological Engineering, or closely related field.
- Six (6) years minimum of total engineering experience. At least one year of experience at the Transportation Engineer 5 level or equivalent.
- Valid and current WA State Professional Engineer's License.
- Knowledge of managing project delivery.
- Ability to do field reconnaissance and get around a construction site, which may include traversing various forms of terrain in variable and sometimes serious weather conditions.
- Valid Washington State Driver's license.
- Ability to travel throughout the state as required.
In addition to the above requirements, the following are desired qualifications:
- Master's degree in Geotechnical Engineering or Civil Engineering with a Geotechnical emphasis, or Geological Engineering, and at least 20 quarter or 15 semester college level credit hours in soil mechanics, foundation engineering or geotechnical engineering.
- Six (6) years total of geotechnical engineering work experience. The majority of this work should be the geotechnical design of foundations, retaining walls, and geotechnical aspects of cut and fill design.
- Familiarity with and experience regarding national geotechnical design codes.
Contact us: For inquiries about this position, please contact Eirik Landes at LandesE@wsdot.wa.gov. Please reference recruitment number 19DOT-WMS-0W562-1.
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