August 14


Below is the text from a job advertisement.  It’s a little broader than just a city traffic engineer position, but I think this is a good place to start if you need to write an advertisement for an agency traffic engineering position.  I helped the city engineer (Deb Heiser) write the job ad and based it on several postings from around the country colleagues sent me (thank you to those who helped).

If you’re interested in applying for the job, go to the City of St. Louis Park website.  The city has great staff that works with a supportive council.  St. Louis Park is a progressive, multi-modal focused community too (I know as a resident who walks 3/4 mile to my office in the city every day and I was also on a transportation sub-committee as part of the last comprehensive plan update).  The pay scale is also very good for a municipal traffic engineer.

To plan, lead, coordinate and participate in the development, operation and maintenance of a comprehensive traffic program. Assist in the delivery of projects to ensure they are completed on time, within budget constraints, and in accordance with specifications and the needs of the citizens in the most cost-effective manner.
 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Traffic
• Respond to resident/business owner requests related to traffic. These will include parking restrictions, stop signs, and general safety questions;
• Support the staff traffic committee. Set up agendas for monthly meetings, complete background research, follow-up with staff and customers on recommendations;
• Conduct traffic data collection;
• Perform stop sign/signal warrant studies and other traffic engineering studies to include field evaluation and data collection;
• Conduct research for safe and efficient traffic flow and uses data to recommend road geometry, road markings, signage, traffic lights, pedestrian management and intelligent monitoring systems;
• Provide technical support regarding traffic control devices to other staff.
• Prepare estimates for any proposed long-term traffic solutions;
• Communicate with county and state agency staff related to city traffic concerns on roadways under their jurisdiction;
• Review development site plans and their associated traffic impact studies to identify traffic related concerns and recommend mitigation measures when appropriate;
• Develop improvement plans for bicycle and pedestrian facilities;
• Review signal plans and develop signing and marking plans.

2. Capital Improvement Projects
• Assist in the planning, design, and construction of capital improvement projects such as street maintenance, sidewalk construction, utilities, bridge maintenance, sealcoating etc;
• Develop project budgets and cost estimates; monitor costs and provide status reports;
• Complete permit applications, participate in construction observation as needed;
• Communicate, solicit input, and respond to questions from stakeholders using a variety of public participation methods; communicate in a manner allowing for understanding of technical terms;
• Coordinate with other government agencies and private utility companies.

3. General Administration
• Provide technical customer service counter coverage in a professional, courteous and helpful manner;
• Keep supervisor informed of project status, problems, errors, or concerns as they arise;
• Provide engineering support and assistance to other City departments and staff;
• Write reports for City Council meetings; represent the Department at meetings as necessary;
• Assist in the development of written standards and policies;
• Remain current on all related industry regulations, codes, legislation, and policies;
• Research new methods of municipal infrastructure rehabilitation or construction;
• Perform other duties and assumes other responsibilities as apparent or assigned.

 Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related field.
• Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Certificate.
• Experience involving computer operation including computer drafting, word processing and financial systems.
• Ability to collect, interpret, enter and analyze data in an efficient and accurate manner.
• Ability to learn and use codes laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to projects.
• Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with others.
• Ability to perform physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
• Must be able to organize, plan and manage multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
• Must have a valid Class C Minnesota Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record.
 Desired Qualifications:
• 5 years of experience in municipal government and project management.
• MN licensed professional engineer.
• Experience in municipal roadway and utility design, construction, and observation.
• Experience using AutoCAD civil 3D software for design of public infrastructure projects.
• Training in GIS Systems, IMS Systems, Cartography or a related field.
• Ability to perform operational analysis and simulations of transportation systems using software packages such as Highway Capacity Software (HCS) and Synchro/SimTraffic.
• Experience with bridge inspection.
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Mike Spack

My mission is to help traffic engineers, transportation planners, and other transportation professionals improve our world.

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