Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Traffic Engineer IV
Closing Date/Time:Continuous
Salary:$9,026.00 - $10,989.00 Monthly
$108,312.00 - $131,868.00 Annually
Job Type:Regular Full-time
Location: 220 4th Ave. S., Kent, Washington

Have you had proven success managing transportation engineering projects and personnel?  The City of Kent is currently accepting applications for the position of Traffic Engineer IV in our Public Works Department.  The ideal candidate will be an experienced engineer who is able to effectively oversee traffic operations, various transportation-related programs and assigned projects.  Supervisory skills are also essential for success in this position. A bachelor's degree in civil or transportation engineering and at least eight (8) years of increasingly responsible civil engineering experience are required. The possession of a Professional Engineer (PE) license is also required.

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This position is open until filled.  An initial review of applications will take place in early March.

Under the direction of the Transportation Engineering Manager, supervise Transportation Engineering staff in the preparation of the studies, design, development review, work plans, traffic signal system design, operation and maintenance, and perform complex and professional engineering duties in the planning, programming design, coordination of Public Works Transportation Engineering projects.
Work is characterized by supervisory, project and administrative functions in the performance of advanced-level, professional engineering duties involved in the review, approval, and permitting of engineering projects.  The incumbent is responsible for oversight of traffic operations, overseeing the operation and maintenance of the City's traffic signal and street lighting systems; managing the city's Commute Trip Reduction program, and Residential Traffic Calming program; overseeing development and execution of assigned transportation engineering projects; reviewing city capital projects and private development proposals for compliance with transportation engineering guidelines; and mentoring engineering staff regarding transportation engineering topics.   The incumbent serves as the City Traffic Engineer with responsibilities and authority as outlined in the Model Traffic Ordinance, WAC 308-330-265 as adopted by the City of Kent per KCC 9.36.010.
Work is performed under limited supervision.  The manager sets the overall objectives and resources available.  The incumbent and manager work together to develop the deadlines, projects, and work to be completed.  The incumbent is responsible for the work, plans and carries out the assignment, resolves most conflicts that arise, and interprets policies on own initiative in terms of established objectives.  The incumbent keeps the manager informed of progress, potentially controversial matters, or far reaching implications.  Work is reviewed in terms of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness of results.
 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Plan, organize, coordinate, oversee, and participate in the traffic engineering duties of the Transportation Engineering Section.

Analyze and review requests, plans, and proposals concerning traffic signals, roadway design, temporary traffic control, street signs, ordinances, state and federal funding and inter-agency coordination; oversee the review of capital projects and development plans to determine transportation impacts.

Prepare and review engineering designs, specifications, and cost and quantity estimates for a variety of Public Works projects involving traffic flow and safety, such as traffic signals, traffic signing, pavement markings, traffic control plans and channelization.

Review proposals for professional services contracts related to the design of transportation system, traffic engineering studies, and transportation planning and assist in the coordination and review of consultants' work.

Review and make recommendations for transportation improvements based on travel demand and traffic simulation models.

Oversee traffic operations within the city including the design and placement of signs, traffic signals, pavement markings, roadway lighting, work zone traffic control and intelligent transportation systems.

Oversee transportation engineers in the preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates; review of capital projects and private development and implementation of transportation related projects and programs.

Review and approve work related to design, installation and maintenance of the traffic signal and intelligent transportation systems including traffic signal timing, work orders and system improvements.

Assure that project designs are in compliance with a variety of federal, state, and city laws, codes, and ordinances, and specific regulations governing transportation projects.

Review and comment on professional transportation studies and reports prepared by professional transportation engineers for both public and private development projects.

Perform the duties of the Traffic Engineer as described in the Kent City Code (KCC) under those sections of the KCC that reference the Traffic Engineer or City Traffic Engineer.

Participate in various transportation committees, and/or work groups; attend a variety of meetings including staff meetings as necessary; deliver oral presentations as requested.

Participate in the selection of professional transportation consultants; review and approve consultants' scopes of work, contracts, reports, and plans; manage consultant contracts.

Prepare information, requests, and recommendations regarding public information requests, City resolutions, and ordinances; prepare reports, information, and other materials for public hearings, City Council Workshops, and City Council meetings; and prepare in-depth assessment of traffic impacts from changes in public policy or emphasis.

Actively support the City's mission, vision, values, and goals of the department and City.


Perform related duties as assigned.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Principles, practices, methods, and standards of Civil and Traffic Engineering
  • Design, engineering, and construction of Public Works projects
  • Municipal Public Works construction techniques
  • Established standards and specifications applicable to construction of public facilities
  • Municipal government policies, procedures, and structure; and applicable local, state, and federal laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances
  • Principals of planning including the research and application of City, state, and federal regulations pertaining to land use decisions
  • Application of policies found in the Comprehensive Plans for land use and public facilities
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty including:  the identification of and mitigation measures required for potential adverse transportation impacts, trip generation, traffic signals and systems
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures, especially as they relate to public infrastructure.  
  • Established standards and the preparation of drawings and specifications applicable to construction
  • Engineering research, analysis, and problem-solving methods
  • Trends, legislation, and other developments in the fields of Civil and Traffic Engineering
  • Preparation of construction drawings and specifications
  • Communicating effectively both in oral and written communications
  • Demonstrating interpersonal relations using tact, patience, and courtesy
  • Analyzing, preparing, and reviewing technical engineering plans, drawings, specifications, and estimates
  • Maintaining records and preparing reports
  • Using telephone techniques and etiquette to assist a diverse assortment of individuals and inquiries
  • Supervise, train, motivate and provide work direction to others
  • Coordinate engineering projects and resolve conflicts with other agencies and organizations
  • Review, understand, and interpret complex designs, engineering plans, drawings, and specifications
  • Prepare clear and concise project plans
  • Plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines
  • Compose, proofread, and edit correspondence and technical papers related to transportation engineering.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Read, interpret, apply, and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Effectively present information and respond to questions from elected officials, managers, contractors, developers, engineers, and the general public
  • Make extensive mathematical and engineering computations accurately
  • Interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables
  • Review and understand complex designs and interpret engineering plans
 Education, Experience and Other Requirements:

Education:  Bachelor's degree in civil or transportation engineering, or related field; and
Experience:  Eight (8) years of Civil Engineering experience.
Or:  In place of the above requirement, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.
  •  Professional Engineer's License (PE) is required
  • Valid Washington State driver's license, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of employment
  • Must successfully pass the City's pre-employment driver's records check; successfully complete the City's Defensive Driving Course; and maintain an excellent driving record
  • Must successfully pass a Washington State Patrol background inquiry
  • A minimum of three (3) years directly related to the supervision of professional and technical engineering staff is desired


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