Bridge Carpentry & Maintenance Leads

City of Seattle, WA
September 7, 2023
Seattle, WA
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Position Description
Vision: Seattle is a thriving and equitable community powered by dependable transportation.

Mission: To deliver a transportation system that provides safe and affordable access to places and opportunities.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is a nationally recognized municipal transportation agency at the leading edge of multi-modal transportation. In our quickly growing city, accessibility, safety, affordability, and reliability - are top of mind for us every day! Our core values drive our work toward creating an equitable, sustainable, and vibrant city for all. SDOT's core responsibilities include maintenance and operations of the city's transportation right-of-way, the expansion of the city's bicycle and pedestrian network, care of over 240 bridges, permitting use of public spaces and enhancing access to the regional transit system. With approximately 1,100 dedicated staff, SDOT maintains an operational presence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in all weather conditions to serve and ensure Seattle's public mobility.

SDOT has exciting opportunities for two detailed and people-oriented leaders to work in the Capital Projects and Roadway Structures Division in the Bridge Maintenance Unit. Bridge Carpentry & Maintenance Leads (BCMLs) coordinate and leads a crew of workers engaged in the maintenance, repair, and construction of bridges and related structures. The BCML will also perform heavy timber carpentry and maintenance of wooden/concrete bridges and other roadway structures, as well as play a crucial role as an emergency and disaster responder in support of SDOT's emergency readiness plan, goals, and objectives. This position will report to the Bridge Maintenance Crew Chief. Come help keep Seattle moving!
Job Responsibilities

  • Leads a crew of workers engaged in wooden bridge or trestle maintenance or repair, including the rigging of scaffolding, removal of weakened members, inserting jacks, replacing caps, stringers, floor planking, guard rails, posts, cross and sash bracing, and related components as required.
  • Acts in a lead capacity in the construction or repair of concrete, concrete slab, and/or wooden sea walls, retaining walls, barricades, rails, and stairways; designs and constructs wooden forms for concrete; and assists in concrete finishing.
  • Inspects upcoming jobs to determine repair work required; inspects completed jobs for completeness and quality of workmanship.
  • Establishes traffic control at the work sites by setting up traffic diversion devices.
  • Performs rigging, rebar placement, and hazardous tree removal.
  • Operates power tools, jacks, and other specialized equipment of the trade; and maintains tools and equipment.
  • Drives and operates a variety of equipment in excess of 26,000 GVW.
  • Supports department goals in promoting diversity and social justice.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Three (3) years of experience in heavy timber construction or in general bridge construction, maintenance, or repair work.

OR: An equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the position duties.

License, Certification, and Other Requirements:

  • A valid Washington State Commercial Driver's License with the airbrake restriction removed and a valid Medical Certificate (or the ability to obtain them within 90 days of employment).
  • Positions in this class may require a Class "A" or "B" CDL and other endorsements as required by law.
  • A "Full Employment" Abstract of Driving Record (obtained at applicant's expense) from the State of Washington Department of Licensing.
  • Pre-employment tests in compliance with the Federal Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol Testing Program Requirements.
  • A valid Washington State Flagging Card, First Aid/CPR card, and/or a defensive driving course certificate within six (6) months of employment.
  • Appropriate crane certification, as required by law, is required within six (6) months of employment.

Though not requirements, strong candidates will have some of the following experience or are able to describe comparable experience:

  • Demonstrates lead abilities with construction & maintenance staff and projects.
  • Ability to read and deliver on project plan sets.
  • Ability to be on-call and respond to emergencies per organizational needs and policies for the position.
  • Conveys an understanding of cost-effectiveness related to time & materials on projects
  • Demonstrates a history and ability to operate heavy equipment i.e.. backhoes, front loaders etc.

Other Requirements:
Work Environment / Physical Demands:
Work is performed at extreme heights, frequently while suspended from baskets, scaffolding, or safety belts. Required to work with potentially hazardous equipment such as welding equipment, and under dangerous conditions such as high bridge structures or in small boats under piers. Work is frequently performed outdoors in all weather conditions, in heavy traffic, and with regular exposure to noise, fumes, dirt, dust, and cold. Required to climb, bend, stoop, and lift objects weighing over fifty pounds. May be required to work overtime, irregular hours, holidays and weekends to respond to emergency situations. This may require being on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Additional Information

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Hiring Process
Applications are reviewed after the posting closes. Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered: Completed NEOGOV online application.Supplemental questionnaire responsesCurrent résumé indicating relevant experience and education. Offers of employment are contingent on verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application process, including a potential background check and pre-employment physical.

The full salary for this position is $38.95 - $38.95 per hour.

Benefits: The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.
More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Closing Date/Time: 9/12/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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