DESCRIPTION Under general supervision, performs a variety of professional and technical level traffic and transportation engineering tasks including planning, design, construction, operations of traffic control systems; administers traffic safety programs; conducts traffic studies; reviews traffic aspects of land development projects; reviews traffic control plans, and performs plan checks. Under general direction, performs work related to the planning, design and construction of multidisciplinary capital improvements projects and performs related duties as required.
CLASS CHARACTERISTICS The Senior Traffic Engineer is an advanced journey and supervisory class in the professional level engineering series, and is expected to have specialized knowledge of traffic management and traffic engineering design standards, formally responds to issues regarding traffic engineering, may be responsible to testify in court relative to traffic violations and vehicle accident and injury claims against the City; supervise staff responsible for traffic engineering and traffic signals; and is responsible for overseeing engineering contract specifications and budgetary expenditures. The Senior Traffic Engineer is also expected to manage the delivery of multidisciplinary capital improvements projects.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED Works under the general supervision and direction of the Assistant City Engineer.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED Exercises supervision over lower level professional, technical and clerical engineering staff.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The following functions are typical for this classification. The incumbent may not perform all of the listed functions and/or may be required to perform additional or different functions from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
Plans, organizes, directs, reviews and evaluates all traffic and transportation engineering activities of the Engineering Division.
Provides advice and technical assistance to City and department management staff, commissions, committees and the public on traffic matters and confers with the Director of Public Works/City Engineer concerning transportation matters; confers with a variety of public and private officials on traffic engineering issues and serves as the City's representative to other governmental agencies.
Develops traffic administration policies and procedures; Ensures department compliance with applicable ordinances, codes and laws.
Reviews traffic operating conditions in the field; issues work orders for new or changed traffic control devices; responds to public requests for traffic control changes.
Reviews traffic elements of environment impact report and major developments for compliance with City policies, rules and regulations.
Directs or conducts studies and prepares reports, recommendations and correspondence on traffic control issues, makes presentations to City Council, community groups and the general public.
Answers interrogatories and testifies in court relative to traffic violations and vehicle accident and injury claims against the City.
Applies for and administers traffic grant funds for studies and construction projects.
Monitors and evaluates developments in the traffic control field; prepares recommendations of policy and procedure improvements; and implements approved changes.
Investigates public complaints and problems and takes appropriate action to resolve issues; provides technical assistance and information to the public in person, by computer and by telephone.
Manages multidisciplinary capital improvement program projects during planning, design and construction phases; develops, updates project schedules; monitors expenditures and fund sources.
Prepares Requests for Proposals (RFP's) and administers professional engineering and professional service contracts. Reviews and supervises the preparation of engineering public works plans, drawings and specifications, engineering calculations, cost estimates. Manages and administers construction contracts as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS Education and Experience Any combination of education and/or experience that has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary. A typical way of obtaining the knowledge and abilities would be: graduation from an accredited college or university with Bachelor's degree in civil or traffic engineering or related field and ten (10) years of professional Civil Engineering experience with a minimum of five (5) years focused in Traffic Engineering.
License/Certification/Special Requirements Registration as a Traffic Engineer (T.E.) issued by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors is required; however, may be substituted with registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) if it is accompanied with a minimum experience of ten (10) years focused in Traffic Engineering.
Possession of or ability to obtain a California Class C driver's license and a satisfactory driving record is required.
Knowledge, Skills, 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 practices of budget development and administration; municipal public works planning, design and construction; municipal public works administration; public works construction methods, design and materials; engineering specifications and public works construction standards; principles and techniques of effective employee supervision, including selection, training, discipline, and work evaluation.
Skill and Ability to: manage and prioritize a diverse traffic control program; analyze complex traffic control problems, evaluating alternatives and reaching sound conclusions; prepare clear, concise and accurate memos, reports, records and correspondence; exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines; interpret and follow City and departmental policies, rules and regulations; plan, assign, direct, review and evaluate the work of others; prepare plans, specifications and comprehensive engineering estimates; read and interpret specifications and blueprints; supervise construction contracts; supervise assigned staff in project work; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; work independently with little direction; plan and organize work to meet deadlines; represent the City effectively in meetings with others; research and evaluate potential grants and other funding sources; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of the work.
Additional Salary Information: The City also offers a comprehensive/competitive benefits package. Please reference on our website:
The City of South Gate is a busy urban community consisting of residential, commercial, and industrial development, spread over 7.41 square miles. It is currently ranked the 59th largest city in California with a population of approximately 100,000. Strategically located along the 710 freeway, the City is just 12 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.
The City is in a state of revitalizati...on with many new development projects on the near horizon. As we look to the future we are heartened by the many opportunities for economic growth. We are looking for (a) dynamic individual(s) to join our employment team and work alongside our civic leaders, residents, and business owners committed to promoting and maintaining a safe and prosperous community in which to live and work.