Traffic Engineer

City of Harrisonburg
Job Description
Do you want to utilize your skills and abilities as a Traffic Engineer to make a difference in the community by enhancing the quality of life of our citizens, providing efficient public services and protecting the public interest?  If so, the City of Harrisonburg's Public Works Department's Traffic Engineer position may be the right career for you!
Public Works Department.  Full-time position with benefits. Preferred hiring range: $51,792 - $59,571.  Position leads the transportation management program, developing and executing transportation/traffic plans; leads employees and oversees the traffic data collection/analysis process; maintains and/or supervises the management network of traffic signals, communications equipment and related software.  Position performs detailed traffic studies to measure traffic volume, speed, and contributing factors and analyzes collected data to identify and forecast traffic flow, identify safety problems, and opportunities for improvements; administers traffic signal timing, coordination and time-of-day plan development; prepares studies to recommend transportation safety and efficiency improvements; evaluates traffic control signage and pavement marking design and makes recommendations for improvements or adjustments to improve traffic safety and efficiency.  Position assists in the development, implementation and maintenance of the Event Plans and Incident Management Plan; staffs, assists with and/or participates in the activities of multiple commissions and committees; participates in the development of long range transportation plans and other planning initiatives of the Department.
Requires knowledge of:
  • Policies, principles, analytical tools and concepts of transportation analysis and planning including knowledge of pedestrian and bicycle planning and safety;
  • The Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) standards and the application of the standards;
  • Computer/traffic-related elements (ranging from data collection methodologies to implementation of isolated traffic signal timing);
  • Methods, materials, equipment and techniques used in the electrical trade and traffic control field and GIS mapping data creation and editing.

Requires ability to:
  • Utilize software which monitors, programs and maintains traffic equipment and general office software systems;
  • Organize and prioritize multiple tasks and projects effectively and efficiently and set and meet deadlines;
  • Recognize and analyze traffic related problems, evaluating alternate approaches and make reasonable and justifiable independent decisions in accordance with established policies and procedures
  • Supervise the work of others and work cooperatively with employees to contribute to teamwork effort;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, other public officials and representatives, employees and the general public through various methods, including preparing and making presentations.

Physical Requirements:
This is medium work requiring the exertion of 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.  Work requires climbing, balancing, stooping, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, and grasping; vocal communication is required to for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data; this position may be required to work at a computer for extended periods of time and is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions. 


Minimum Qualifications: Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in civil engineering or a related field, with coursework in engineering, transportation or traffic management.  A combination of education and experience equivalent to an undergraduate degree may be considered.  Valid driver's license required.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Minimum of one year of professional, related work experience (engineering, traffic management, operations or similar).
  • Some experience in GIS, traffic signal installation, traffic control systems, maintenance and repair of traffic signals.
  • Experience utilizing traffic management software, video detection systems, Trafficware Synchro Studio, traffic controllers and/or map creation or similar software.

Special Requirements:
  • Engineer-in-training designation required or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of hire;
  • Possession of a VDOT Basic Work Zone Safety Certification or ability to obtain one within six (6) months of hire; 
  • Possession of Level II IMSA Field Signal Certification or ability to obtain within eighteen (18) months of hire.

Successful applicants for this position must successfully complete a drug screening, criminal background check and DMV record review.


Application closing date: Applications will be accepted until a suitable pool of candidates is received.  This position may close at any time after 10 calendar days.  (posted 05/30/2018)

The City provides an excellent benefits package including health insurance, retirement (VRS & ICMA-RC), life insurance, paid leave and holidays.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or veteran status.

The City of Harrisonburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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