Traffic Engineer (Multiple Positions)

City of Portland, Oregon
October 13, 2021
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

Workplaces across Portland, the United States and the world are making tough decisions about how to protect their employees and community from COVID-19. We, too, find ourselves in the middle of this complex situation at the City of Portland. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety for our employees and our community. As a part of this commitment, all City employees are required to be fully vaccinated, effective October 18, 2021. Proof of full vaccination, or documentation of plans to become fully vaccinated (e.g., partially vaccinated however too soon for second dose, etc.) will be required prior to being hired by the City of Portland. The required vaccination is a minimum qualification requirement to be hired by the City of Portland. We understand that some are unable to be vaccinated for a variety of reasons, including medical and religious/spiritual reasons. Should you be offered employment with the City of Portland, there is an exception process that provides for an exception and reasonable accommodation based on a qualified medical condition or religious/spiritual reason. Exception Request Process for COVID-19 vaccine . (Exceptions only apply to candidate(s) offered a position; please do not submit at this time)

The City of Portland is seeking three Traffic Engineers to join the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Current positions are located within Signals and Street Lighting as well as Development Review.

About the positions: Traffic Engineers are responsible for performing complex traffic engineering work involving the application of advanced technical engineering knowledge to the design and operation of the City's transportation system.

General Duties Include:

  • Authorizing changes to the City's transportation system performed by in- house work crews
  • Providing project management and/or reviewing and monitoring traffic design and analysis work by outside consultants, including development-initiated work as related to traffic
  • Designing and reviewing plans and specifications for traffic control devices, transportation infrastructure, traffic signals, street lights ,
  • Managing construction or maintenance projects
  • Managing of large locally and federally funded projects through planning, design, and construction phases
  • Performing and/or reviewing traffic analyses
  • Selecting traffic signal phasing and timing to maximize efficiency and safety for all modes of transportation
  • Creating as-builts and evaluating assets
  • Investigating and resolving traffic safety and operations problems
  • Preparing and delivering presentations of technical data and results
  • Serving as an expert witness
  • Overseeing, coordinating, and reviewing the work of support staff, technical, and junior level engineering staff, and inspect field installations by contractors and city personnel

An Ideal Candidate: The Traffic Engineer works with a broad range of customers and is expected to deliver a high level of customer service and to carry out their individual responsibilities with initiative, independence, and creativity while exercising sound professional problem-solving skills.

Specific Vacancies:

Signal, Street Lighting, and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS): There are currently two vacancies within signals, street lighting, and ITS division. Duties of traffic engineer in ITS section will include co-managing operation and maintenance of ITS assets that include traffic monitoring cameras, variable message signs, ITS network communication, central signal system, and other ITS devices. Evaluating and testing new immerging ITS technologies that help address PBOT's Strategic Plan. Managing, co-managing, and reviewing various federally, locally, and development funded ITS projects from systems engineering, design, construction, and project evaluation phases.

Duties of the SSL position will include working to ensure that traffic signals and street lights are planned, designed, constructed, operated, and maintained to standards set by the division and the City. Typically SSL traffic engineers are assigned a geographic section in the City in which they manage the existing and future assets in that area.

Development Review: The traffic engineer within Development Review will serve as traffic engineering support for the Land Use, Building Plan and Permit Engineering Review sections with the Development Services Division. The work will include the review of Transportation Impact Studies, signage and striping review for public works permits, driveway design exceptions, sight distance evaluations and other traffic related review for development projects. The traffic engineer will also serve as lead engineer for a senior e ngineering associate in the division.

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Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package , including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here .

Work Location
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID-19. Some employees are working from home full-time, while other roles cannot be filled in a remote status (firefighter, vehicle mechanic, street maintenance, etc.). In the future, current positions classified as "full-time remote" could: 1) remain full-time remote, 2) become a remote/onsite mix, or 3) revert to full-time at a city work location.

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Experience applying the theory, principles and practices of traffic engineering design and project management.

  1. Experience applying relevant traffic regulatory laws, ordinances, codes, standards and/or specs applicable to work design such as the City and ODOT standards and specifications, the provisions of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

  1. Experience using software applications directly related to the design, construction, operation, and/or asset management of traffic signals, street lights , ITS communication, or traffic operation systems.
  1. Experience interacting effectively with staff and other agencies to problem solve and partner with citizens, community groups, consultants, developers and contractors.

  1. Experience in engineering contract administration and engineering project management.

Applicant Must Also Possess:

  • Certificate of registration as a Professional Engineer
  • Oregon PE within 6 months of hire
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and answers to supplemental questions, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested . Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

** PLEASE NOTE : The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

Recruitment Timeline: Posting Closes: Applications Reviewed: Eligible List: Selection Phase Begins: Job Offer: *Timeline is approximate and subject to change without notice
Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a professional resume and responses to the supplemental questions online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

  • Your résumé and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Additional Information

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.
Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.
ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.
Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Did you know? The City of Portland offers How to Apply Classes that are free and review best practices for applying to the City. Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates:

Questions?/ Recruiter Contact Information:
Emily Sargent (Mavraganis), Senior Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-3314

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer Closing Date/Time: 11/1/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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