Traffic Engineer - Signs, Signals, and Lighting

City Hall, 555 Walnut Street, Abilene, Texas, United States of America Req #280
Friday, September 29, 2023
Under the general direction of the Director of Public Works, provides leadership and direction for all areas within Signs, Signals, and Lighting. Supervises and performs complex and professional engineering duties in the management, planning, programming, design, coordination, and direction of Traffic/Transportation projects; develops City-wide strategies and programs for traffic infrastructure maintenance and improvements, including pavement markings, signage, street lighting, traffic signals, and ITS. Responsible for the efficient and effective functioning of the Signs, Signals, and Lighting Division. Requires contact with governmental officials, private entities, and the public. Employees at this level are virtually self-supervising and assume direct accountability for the work produced.
Exercises direct supervision over supervisory, professional, technical, field, and clerical staff.
Supervises, plans, and coordinates work of the Signs, Signal, and Lighting Division.
Acts as liaison with the Federal Highway Administration, National Highway Safety Administration, Federal Transit Association, and City divisions concerning traffic operations, construction, and traffic safety projects.
Prepares plans and specifications for new and revised traffic signals, channelization, street lighting, and other traffic system projects. Reviews, signs, and seals city plans and plan revisions. Supervises and participates in the inspection of traffic system improvements.  Coordinates Traffic Services projects with other governmental agencies such as TxDOT and County Commissioners.
Delegates routine and important tasks and decisions, and has ultimate accountability for division.

Prepares and administers the annual division budgets for Signs, Signals, and Lighting and maintains project budgets to ensure projects stay within allocated budgets.
Oversees Traffic contracts, issuance of work orders, construction schedules and job progress on construction, traffic and maintenance projects including (but not limited to): installation, removal, replacement, or modification of traffic signals, signs, markings, protective structures, street lights, and transportation facilities.
Oversees the design, installation, maintenance and repair of the following (but not limited to):  traffic signals, communications, railroad crossing equipment, signs, pavement markings, and traffic management system.
Oversees and prepares traffic engineering studies and warranting of traffic signals and speed zones, including preparing reports and recommendations. 
Works with and advises developers on traffic impacts; reviews subdivision plats, site plans, and zoning requests for traffic impacts.
Provides traffic engineering expertise and assistance to other City divisions and governmental entities; represents the division before City Council, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, City Management, the public, and other Governmental Officials.
Oversees the compliance with ADA standards and practices for City of Abilene Public Works projects.
Represents the Division to the public, makes media presentations, speaks at public functions and participates in other civic endeavors.
Administers the School Crossing Guard Program and facilitates the training of city personnel for school crossing duty.
Serves and participates on various boards and committees. Examples include (but not limited to): Metropolitan Planning Organization - Technical Advisory Committee, Development Review committee.
Analyzes traffic accident reports and makes recommendations for improvements, using data and evidence regarding traffic accidents on City streets.
Performs other job related duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Available to respond to weather and emergency conditions at all times, as required.

Knowledge of:
Theory, principles and practices of civil and traffic engineering and design.
State and local traffic laws and regulations including (but not limited to): the Americans with Disabilities Act and standards, Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), and AASHATO Design Standards.
Designing and planning preparation methods and requirements.
Analyzing complex business, technical and managerial problems, in order to develop, recommend, and implement effective solutions.
Traffic & Transportation engineering studies.
Principles and practices of budget preparation.
Directing and establishing goals and objectives.
Employee supervision, training, evaluation, clarifying roles and responsibilities.
Individual and team performance plans using monitoring and performance measurement.  Evaluating results and making adjustments to meet deadlines.
Skill to:

Communicate complex ideas and information clearly, concisely, and effectively.
Interpret and apply technical standards and procedures, federal and state rules and regulations, and City policies and procedures.
Analyze problems and develop effective alternatives for their solutions.
Independently plan, perform and coordinate advanced level professional and technical traffic engineering studies and surveys.
Check designs, details, estimates, plans, and specifications of engineering projects.
Work independently in the absence of supervision.
Interpret applicable laws, rules and regulations.

Ability to:
Plan, schedule, supervise, and administer the City's Traffic Services program.
Select, supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff.
Interpret and apply pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
Deal tactfully with the public, City staff or other public and private agencies, contractors, private engineers, governmental officials.
Coordinate traffic engineering activities with activities of other divisions and outside organizations.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, both internally and externally.
Follow and embrace the City of Abilene Core Values – Respect, Integrity, Service Above Self, and Excellence in All We Do.
Lead and manage a team in a manner that accomplishes the City’s mission, and treats team members with dignity, courtesy, and respect.
Experience and Training Guidelines:
Any combination equivalent to experience and training to provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying. Knowledge, skills, and abilities may be obtained through:
Five (5) years of experience in municipal traffic engineering is required.
Three (3) years supervisory/managerial experience is required.  Project leader or lead worker experience may substitute for supervisory/managerial experience.
Work Zone Traffic Control/Qualified Flagger, and Synchro traffic simulation, or equivalent training to be obtained within six (6) months of employment is required.

The following Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) or equivalent training is preferred:
Plans, Specifications and Estimate Package
Intro to Roadway Design
Intro to Construction Contract Management
Design Concepts from AASHTO
Roadside Safety and Design Concepts
Highway Capacity Analysis
License or Certificate:
A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution in an Engineering related discipline is required.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, within six (6) months of employment a Certificate of Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas is required.
A valid Texas Driver’s License; the ability to acquire Texas Driver’s License within ninety (90) days of employment, or an appropriate military waiver is required.
The following certifications are preferred:
IMSA Level I Signs and Pavement Markings Certification
IMSA Level II Signs and Pavement Markings Certification
IMSA Level I Signal Certification
IMSA Level II Signal Certification
IMSA Level I Signal Inspection Certification
Special Requirements:
Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:

With or without accommodation:
Sedentary work: Lift up to 10 lb. at a time and occasionally carry files/small tools.
Light work: Lift up to 20 lb. at a time and frequently lift or carry objects up to 10 lb.
Standing-prolonged periods of time.
Repetitive Motion-substantial movements of the wrists, hands, and fingers.
Close Visual Acuity-work includes:  data/figures; viewing of a computer screen; and extensive reading.
Must be able to report for duty within forty five (45) minutes of notification, 24-hours a day.
Maybe required to work hours other than 8 am to 5 pm.
Maybe required to work weekends or holidays.
Required to wear personal protective equipment provided by employer and comply with all safety requirements.

Maybe exposed to the cold, heat, noise, outdoors, chemicals, mechanical hazards, and electrical hazards.


Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $90,755.12
  • Max Hiring Rate $113,444.00
Location on Google Maps
  • City Hall, 555 Walnut Street, Abilene, Texas, United States of America