Traffic Engineer
City of Avondale, AZ - Avondale, AZ
Full-time, Contract

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The purpose of this position is to complete advanced professional traffic engineering work in areas which could include traffic signals and safety, accident analysis and parking, to serve as technical advisor on projects and update maps. This is accomplished by acting as project manager, managing schedules and consultants, researching information, working with outside agencies, scheduling and assigning staff tasks, updating traffic networks, identifying tasks and performance goals, and preparing budgets.

Other duties include preparing and presenting reports to staff, departments and council, developing standards, and revising or updating policies, procedures and guidelines. The position would require planning, designing, collecting and analyzing data and information on traffic engineering projects, researching ordinance information, recommending changes, working with divisions and departments, investigating complaints, conducting field work, and representing the City and department in meetings and on committees.

Examples of Duties:

Assists the Assistant City Engineer in establishing long and short-term goals and sets priorities for assigned areas. Studies technical materials and assists in the preparation and presentation of oral and written reports for management review. Develops regional, citywide and area-specific policy recommendations for management and City Council consideration, such as the Transportation Master Plan, Transit Plan, Streets Plan, Bicycle Pedestrian Plan, Regional Transportation Plan, and Transportation Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

Manages Traffic Division staff by planning and prioritizing tasks, ensuring policy and procedure compliance, scheduling and monitoring training activities, scheduling cross training, recommending changes and adjustments, monitoring staff performance and development.

Designs, reviews, evaluates, and approves traffic signal, signage, striping, and street lighting plans for street construction projects, private development and/or CIP projects. Signs and seals plans and related documents as needed. Provides lead expertise, technical direction and assistance to technical staff.

Oversees projects by monitoring progress and expenditures, reviewing delivery schedules and budgets, seeking grants to support projects, establishing performance goals, serving on committees, providing input for new developments, seeking funding or consulting assistance and providing internal support. Prepares grant proposals and assists in the administration of the grants.

Prepares and administers the annual Traffic Division budget by forecasting expenditures, identifying goals, reviewing needs, establishing priorities, presenting proposals for approval, authorizing payments and monitoring expenditures for recommended adjustments. Assists with the preparation of the traffic related CIP budgets, and the Traffic Operations Center.

Implements policy and procedure changes by reviewing practices, reviewing trends and literature, developing new guidelines and policies, working with committees on policy review, obtaining approvals, and implementing changes. Ensures compliance with standard operating procedures, federal (i.e., OSHA) and state regulations (i.e., MUTCD) and/or other City policies, procedures and ordinances. Directs all traffic planning and forecasting programs.

Plans, designs, and manages safety projects, neighborhood traffic studies, and street lighting; organizes data collection, analyzes findings, prepares reports and makes recommendations in response to citizen inquiries and complaints regarding traffic and street lighting issues; reviews and investigates traffic problems with neighborhood groups, citizens, other City staff members, and the City Manager's Office.

Assists with coordinating traffic control and transportation activities for special and mega events. Coordinates the selection of design consultants and/or streetlight maintenance contractors. Provides inter-department liaison activities to negotiate mutually agreeable solutions. Coordinates and attends meetings with neighborhoods to help resolve neighborhood concerns, develop solutions, and involve the public in the decision making process.

Studies traffic engineering problems and develops and oversees the development of plans for improvements. Researches transportation related (i.e., ITS, street improvements, bike and pedestrian projects and Safe Routes to School) federal funding opportunities and takes the lead in preparing applications. Directs and manages the work of consultants performing transportation planning and activities. Represents the City on various county and state committees and works as a liaison with other Valley cities. Keeps the Assistant City Engineer informed on local and regional transportation issues. Interprets Engineering and Traffic services and policies to City officials, media representatives, community groups and citizens.

Communicates with the general public, other City employees, consultants, vendors, contractors and public officials in order to coordinate projects and represent the City in transportation related matters and to answer questions and handle complaints; represents the City on regional transportation planning, design and construction projects and coordinates with agencies (i.e., MAG, MCDOT and ADOT) that are managing these projects. In addition, coordinates with neighboring jurisdictions regarding street transportation issues. Makes oral and written presentations to the City Council and appointed committees and provides technical assistance to these groups.

Provides technical direction, project management, and assistance to developers, consultants, outside agencies and engineering staff regarding projects. Develops engineering standards and specifications for areas of assigned responsibility. Develops traffic engineering standards, specifications, timing plans, and procedures for designing intersections, curbs, lanes, signs, and signals. Manages the design and implementation of the City's computerized traffic signal system.

Reviews council reports, ordinances, memos and studies with clearly organized thoughts, using proper sentence structure, punctuation and grammar in order to adequately identify the issue(s). Reviews various forms, reports, correspondence, logs, budget documents, traffic mitigation studies, signal timing studies, warrant studies, traffic count reports, turning movement count reports, vehicle speed/volume reports, traffic impact analyses, work orders, engineering review comments, volume analyses, accident analyses, and parking studies, maps or other documents. Oversees the City's traffic count, signal warrant, and signal construction prioritization programs.

Typical Qualifications:

Work requires specialized knowledge in a professional or technical field. Knowledge is normally acquired through four years of college resulting in a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Traffic Engineering, or closely related field.

Minimum of ten years experience and/or training that includes progressively responsible traffic engineering, civil engineering, traffic operations, computerized traffic signal control systems, traffic studies, traffic development, plan review, computer-aided design, budget administration and management; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Valid Arizona Class D Driver's License. Must possess and maintain valid Arizona Professional Engineer (PE) certification. A Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) certification is highly desirable.

Supplemental Information:

Must be able to utilize a wide variety of reference materials, design data, professional literature, blueprints, schematic drawings, signing, and striping plans, etc. Also, the ability to understand plans, contracts and legal documents.

Work requires the ability to perform general math calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, calculate decimals and percentages; perform mathematical operations involving basic algebraic and geometric principles and formulas.

Work requires the ability to write traffic studies, traffic development plan reviews, computer-aided design, budget documents, update traffic ordinances, Council reports and memorandums.

Works requires supervising and monitoring performance for a regular group of employees or a work unit including providing input on hiring/disciplinary actions and work objectives/effectiveness, performance evaluations, and realigning work as needed. Work requires functioning as a lead worker performing essentially the same work as those directed and include overseeing work quality, training, instructing, and scheduling work.

The incumbent prepares documents and does research to justify language used in documents for a unit of a department and may recommend budget allocations. Does research for documents, compiles data for computer entry, and/or enters or oversees data entry. Has responsibility for monitoring budget expenditures (typically non-discretionary expenditures) for a work unit of less than department size.

Work is widely varied, involving analyzing and evaluating many complex and significant variables. City-wide policies, procedures, or precedents are developed and/or recommended. Deals with civil and traffic engineering principles. Provides plan and specification clarification.

The incumbent in this position will be in constant contact with others within the organization. These contacts may involve similar work units or departments within the City such as Planning which may be involved in decision making or providing approval on projects. In addition, the incumbent works with individuals outside the City who may belong to professional or peer organizations. Working with various state and federal agencies may also be required of the employee. Vendors and suppliers may also be called upon for information on purchase, supplies, or products. Meetings and discussions may be conducted with customers, developers, brokers and sales representatives. Employee must maintain regular attendance.

Applicants will need to submit an employment application on-line at If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Department at 623-333-2200.