Lead Inspector (TE3)

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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Lead Inspector (TE3)


Seattle, WA 


$73,243.00 - $98,532.00

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Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure that 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 our next Lead Inspector. As the Lead Inspector, this position will support WSDOT’s mission by leading, scheduling, and developing a construction inspection team to ensure quality, cost-effective transportation projects for the public. The successful candidate appointed to this unique position will serve a vital role to provide safe, reliable, and cost effective transportation options to improve communities and economic vitality.  
 What to Expect

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Lead Inspector will:

  • Manage the construction of transportation projects to ensure they meet contract specifications, budget, schedule, and permit requirements. 
  • Coordinate with the contractor, WSDOT staff, external agencies and the public as needed to manage projects to completion. 
  • Plan, schedule, direct, and monitor all inspection and testing activities on assigned projects. 
  • Manage all activities related to inspection and contractor activities including IDR’s, pay notes, schedule, correspondence, consultant activities, contractor submittals, materials requirements and WSDOT support group coordination. 
  • Inform Managers, Office Engineer, and NWR Specialty groups of project status and any change for the planned activities, proposed changes to items of work, and pending risks to scope, schedule, or budget. 
  • Meet with the Contractor to discuss issues, interpret plans and specifications and review schedules. 
  • Ensure assigned projects are kept environmentally compliant. 



To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

  • Two (2) years of experience as a Construction Transportation Engineer 2 or equivalent
  • Valid WA State Driver’s License
  • In depth knowledge of highway related construction procedures including inspection, materials testing, documentation procedures, Standard Specifications and how they relate to WSDOT business practices.
  • Knowledge of civil engineering principles, practices, and methods relative to the documentation of construction of transportation projects.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills, including ability to express complex concepts clearly and concisely.
  • Experience writing tactful, factual, concise technical and administrative letters.
  • Strong mathematical skills with ability to solve engineering problems of varying complexity.
  • Experience proposing alternate solutions to complex elements of a project coordinating with various persons with expertise within the department or within other agencies.


It is preferred that qualified candidates also have: 

  • Two (2) years of experience administering active construction as a construction project inspector.
  • Experience directly supervising technical/engineering staff.
  • A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, construction management, or closely related field.
  • Certified General Inspector.
  • Certification as an Engineer-in-Training.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in Washington State, or in another US State with the ability to achieve licensure in Washington State by comity.
  • Knowledge and experience with construction administration procedures for WSDOT projects.
  • Knowledge of the WSDOT Construction Manual, Design Manual, and utility requirements and standards.
  • WSDOT IAI certification as materials tester in all concrete, earth, aggregate and asphalt tests.


Important Notes 

  • Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 357-16-197 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.   
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid work options
  • The salary listed includes the legislative approved 5% salary premium for positions in King County.
  • In addition to base salary, employees may be entitled to other forms of compensation depending on the type, duties, or location of the position. For union-represented positions, more information on other forms of compensation can be found in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements. Information on other compensation types for non-represented positions can be found in Chapter 357-28 of the Washington Administrative Code. 
  • The recruiting efforts for this position may be extended beyond the displayed closing date for as long and until a sufficient candidate pool has been established. The Appointing Authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time thereafter. It is to your benefit to submit your application as soon as possible.
  • 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 12 paid holidays, full-time employees earn up to 25 paid vacation days per year!
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options, and free dental coverage! Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.
  • 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.  


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 details your qualifications, and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact information to be included in the “References” section of the online application for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, knowledge base, and job-related competencies.


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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. All persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, 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 via email.

Contact us: 

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan, at SaniatE@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 23DOT-NWR-10941 in the subject line. 


Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.