The City of Berkeley Public Works Department has an exciting opportunity for an Associate Traffic Engineer. This position functions as a technical expert in the traffic engineering field, and a project leader for professional and technical staff. This position has the responsibility for administrative and technical work in traffic engineering; planning, design, and specification writing; and serves as a project leader with emphasis on field and office engineering design of traffic engineering capital improvement projects, engineering specifications, cost estimation, and contract compliance within engineering standards and specifications. The individual may be actively involved in supervising the planning, design, and delivery of some or combination of the following types of projects/activities: Traffic signal design, Complete Street projects design, review of private development projects for traffic impact, administer traffic control programs, and prepare bid package for transportation projects, amongst other transportation projects assignments.
Note:This recruitment will create an eligible list that will be used by hiring departments to fill future temporary and/or career positions at least within the next 12 months.
Typical duties of an Associate Traffic Engineer may include: 1. Provides advice and technical assistance to City and Department management and staff, commissions and committees, and the public on traffic and transportation matters; 2. Confers with a variety of public and private officials on traffic engineering issues and may assist the Traffic Engineer as the City's representative to other governmental agencies; 3. Develops traffic administration policies and procedures; 4. Coordinates, assigns, reviews and evaluates the work and performance of assigned staff; 5. Assists in the preparation of budgets for Capital Improvement Projects; 6. Ensures Department's compliance with applicable ordinances, codes and laws; reviews traffic operating conditions in the field; 7. Issues work orders for new or changed traffic control devices; responds to public requests for traffic control changes; monitors the work of the Corporation Yard staff in installation; 8. Reviews traffic and transportation elements of environmental impact reports and major developments for compliance with City policies, rules, and regulations; 9. Directs or conducts studies and prepares reports and correspondence on traffic control issues for presentation to the City Council; 10. Answers interrogatories, and testifies in court relative to traffic violations and vehicle accident and injury claims against the City; 11. Issues street use permits for off-street construction, block parties, parades, football games; investigates contested traffic citations; 12. Applies for and administers traffic or transportation grant funds for studies and construction projects; 13. Performs engineering work on the more complex designs for traffic device and transportation construction projects; coordinates, reviews, and evaluates the activities of staff performing traffic design specifications, calculations, and inspection activities for assigned traffic construction projects; 14. Monitors developments in the traffic control field and recommends and implements policy and procedure improvements.
Education Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in civil or traffic engineering
Experience Five years of increasingly responsible traffic engineering experience, three years of which were at a level equivalent to the Assistant Traffic Engineer class. Progressively responsible related experience may be substituted for the college course work on a year for year basis.
Must possess a valid California Registration as a professional Traffic Engineer
Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record
Desirable qualifications include either registration as a California Civil Engineer, or a master's degree in Transportation Planning or Business Administration.KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:Knowledge of: Principles and practices of traffic and highway engineering, including highway capacity analysis; Methods and techniques of field data collection, tabulation, and analysis; Applicable traffic and zoning codes, ordinances, regulations, and guidelines; Computer applications relating to traffic engineering analysis; Operation and maintenance of traffic control devices and equipment; Principles of grant funding application and administration; Principles and techniques of effective employee supervision, including selection, training, work evaluation, and discipline; and Principles and practices of budget development and administration.
Ability to: Apply traffic engineering principles and techniques to the solution of complex traffic engineering problems; Analyze complex traffic control problems, evaluating alternatives and reaching sound conclusions; Schedule, assign, review, and evaluate the work of others; Ability to set priorities among competing demands of a diverse traffic control program; Prepare clear, concise, and accurate reports, records, and correspondence; Deal tactfully and effectively with the public, City staff, other agencies, engineering firms, contractors, developers, manufacturers, and others; Exercise sound independent judgement within established guidelines; and Research and evaluating potential grants and other funding sources.