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Drafting Technician – Bridge Inspector

We are looking for an experienced Drafting Technician with the ability to assist with our field inspection activities and has the energy and passion to support and grow our efforts in Washington, Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest.

Who We Are:

Fickett Structural Solutions is a structural engineering, inspection and testing company headquartered in Madison, WI, with offices in Milwaukee, WI, Olympia, WA, and Minneapolis, MN. We have remote employees in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Florida that support our four offices. We work nationally for Federal, State, and Local Agencies in addition to architects, engineers, and contractors. We mostly provide structural inspections and related engineering services for bridges, culverts, and highway ancillary structures, as well as locks and dams. We are fortunate to have some great long-standing partners across the country as well as with several prominent consultant firms. We bring our enthusiasm for the work to every project and we have fun doing it. We have a strong purpose in what we do; we ensure every structure we inspect is safe.

Who You Are:

You are a talented and driven drafting technician who enjoys both office and field work, and is detail oriented with the ability to produce accurate drafting sheets and inspection reports. You are also someone who is accustomed to doing what it takes to get a job done; potentially working long days, working at heights, around traffic, and getting dirty, yet is just as adept at preparing plan and profile drafting sheets for bridge inspection reports. You are a person with leadership and mentoring skills who will enjoy working for a growing company that will value your experience.

You’re someone that is humble, hungry, and smart. We protect our culture of treating each other with respect. We want people who are eager to try something new and want to grow individually and professionally. In addition to being strong technically, we expect our employees to have good judgment and intuition when dealing with others and to understand the impact of people’s words and actions.

What You’ll Do:

You will use your skills and experience to assist our inspection crews to create detailed and professional reports by preparing drafting plan and profile sheets to State DOT standards. You will assist with creating the written inspection reports and report entry into DOT specific databases. You will also assist in performing in-service structural inspections of bridges, culverts and various highway ancillary structures. During the course of inspection and reporting, you will be required to interpret shop drawings and specifications to ensure newly constructed structures are in conformance to applicable plans, specifications, and Agency standards. You will be a positive contributor to the organization in helping us to offer the best services possible to our clients.

You will work out of our Olympia, WA office with a primary focus on the Pacific Northwest. However, there may be opportunities to support other projects throughout the country.


As a Drafting Technician/ Bridge Inspector, you will bring a 2-year technical/associates degree in drafting/engineering, or in your final semester of obtaining this degree. Ideally, you will be proficient in MicroStation, AutoCAD and Revit. You have the ability to understand plans, specifications, and shop drawings. You are proficient with the standard Microsoft products, including Microsoft Excel, Word, etc.

You are comfortable with working at heights, utilizing lifts, ladders, scaffolding, and rope access. You have the ability to walk around bridge and construction sites, around traffic, and on uneven terrain. You are able to travel for out of town work, which may require consecutive overnight stays. You have the willingness to attend training to attain SPRAT certification for rope access work, and various bridge inspection related courses to bolster your knowledge of our inspections.

You possess critical thinking and excellent communication skills, and enjoy working collaboratively with coworkers, contractors and clients to achieve a common goal. You are someone who is motivated to succeed as well as helping those around you succeed.

What We Can Offer You:

Our competitive salary and benefits package includes health, dental, vision, life insurance; 401K/401K Roth with 4% employer match; generous PTO and paid holidays; opportunities for professional growth; tuition reimbursement; and a great company culture with strong values. If you think you align with these, please consider applying.

How To Apply:

Apply immediately by sending your resume and cover letter to Brian Schmidt at

Fickett Structural Solutions, Inc. is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.