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Entry-Level Engineering

Engineers at work The Transportation Engineer 1 is the agency’s entry-level engineering position. College engineering students / graduates are invited to apply for this exciting opportunity.

Depending on your interests, education and background, it is possible to plan a career from this entry-level position to the top of the career path! There are also many possible moves within a career path that add challenge and career satisfaction.

Agency Profile

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) values its employees, challenges them to continuously improve the way we do business, to meet and exceed the needs of our customers, and to carry out their duties in an ethical manner.

Home to one the fastest growing areas of the country, WSDOT is responsible for planning, building, operating and maintaining a complex transportation system that supports multiple modes of travel including aviation, bridges, highways, freight, rail, ferries, transit, bikes and pedestrians.

Guided by our strategic plan, Results WSDOT (pdf 244 kb), our day-to-day work provides an opportunity to learn and apply Practical Solutions as we work to enhance our operations, leverage our system capacity, emphasize all modes of transportation and engage with communities and partners to provide and support safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation options to improve livable communities and economic vitality for people and businesses.

Ideal Candidate Profile

A bachelor’s degree in civil or structural engineering or you will earn your degree within the next 9 months and Certification as an Engineer-In-Training.

Position description

Your work with WSDOT will vary depending on your position. In a design office, you might develop and check engineering design calculations, prepare design files, assist in project development, and provide guidance to technicians in basic design, quantities, cost calculations, plans, and exhibit preparation.

On the construction side, a typical day may include the inspection of construction activities (clearing, grading, drainage, surfacing, paving, structures, electrical and other features) on projects to ensure that all contract specified work complies with the plans, specifications and other contract documents.


$49,608 - $58,956 annually depending on qualifications plus outstanding benefits.

How to apply

Interested candidates are encouraged to email To see the full list of job opportunities that we have to offer, visit our Jobs Listings

Special Notes

This position is covered by a union shop provision. As a condition of employment, candidates who are appointed are required to become members of P.T.E, Local 17 and pay dues or as a non-member pay agency shop fee, non-association fee or a representation fee. The union shop provision shall be effective no later than the 30th day following the effective date of the appointment.

This announcement is published by the Washington State Department of Transportation. The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application or testing process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 705-7105. Applicants that are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1. For questions about this recruitment call (360) 705-7509 or email at