Traffic Engineer

  • City of McKinney, TX
  • McKinney, Texas
  • Sep 02, 2020
Full Time Engineering Transportation or Transit
  • Salary: $82,834.00 - $120,109.00 Annually USD

Job Description


Working for the City of McKinney is more than a job. It is an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. It is also an opportunity to have a hand in the development of one of the fastest growing communities in the nation. In 2014, our community was named "The #1 Best Place to Live in America." Although proud of that honor, everyone on our team is committed to making McKinney an even better place to live, work and raise a family. That's why we exist.

City of McKinney employees work hard and at a very fast pace. However, we also look after and support one another. All of us are guided by four employee-inspired values - Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence (RISE). We are also supported by servant-based leaders who foster and support a healthy, family-oriented culture. All new employees are expected to embrace and live by our core values and commit to helping us sustain our exceptional work environment as a high performance organization.

Under the direction of the Transportation Engineering Manager, supervise and perform complex and professional engineering duties in the management, planning, programming, design, coordination, and direction of Traffic/Transportation Engineering projects; prepare and/or review traffic studies; prepare and/or review construction plans, temporary traffic control plans and provide traffic engineering support for CIP, commercial and residential development projects; manage Consultant engineering projects; develop Citywide strategies for traffic infrastructure maintenance and improvements, including pavement markings, signage, street lighting, traffic signals, and ITS; assist in development of design criteria, standard details, and manuals; provide technical assistance necessary for the operation and maintenance of the City's traffic signals, ITS, and street lighting systems; and contribute to the efficient and effective functioning of the Traffic/Transportation Engineering section. Performs related work as required.

Essential Functions/Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

In order for us to continue to achieve our primary function of making McKinney a better place to live, work, and raise a family, we hold these expectations for all employees.
  • Learn and demonstrate an understanding of how team, department, and City goals are interconnected.
  • Contribute to a positive work culture.
  • Maintain regular and reliable attendance.
  • Ability to assess his/her work performance or the work performance of the team.
  • Contribute to the development of others and/or the working unit or overall organization.
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team, to demonstrate team skills, and to perform a fair share of team responsibilities.
  • Ability to continuously learn and develop through a mix of internal and external training opportunities, and if applicable, encourage subordinates to do the same.

  • Prepare and review traffic studies including TIA's, safety studies, operational analysis, etc.
  • Perform detailed review of construction plans, specifications, and estimates for traffic, transportation, CIP, and development projects.
  • Manage and implement Traffic CIP projects, traffic studies, and other safety improvement projects while working with contractors, consultants and other city departments and/or state agencies.
  • Assist the Transportation Engineering Manager in workload planning and scheduling for the Traffic/Transportation Section, and ensuring adherence to such.
  • Prepare construction documents and Contractor work orders for construction of traffic signals, ITS, and Illumination infrastructure.
  • Assists the Transportation Engineering Manager in the supervision and guidance of the Traffic Control Group, including work assignments, financial management, and staff development.
  • Develop and implement citywide strategies for traffic infrastructure maintenance and asset management.
  • Perform proactive roadway safety audits to detect problems such as visibility obstructions, operational deficiencies, and other roadway safety concerns.
  • Monitor and evaluate traffic patterns in the field and develop recommendations to improve the flow of traffic during peak periods and respond to citizen requests related to traffic flow.
  • Direct and conduct appropriate traffic engineering investigations, surveys and studies to justify the implementation of traffic safety projects and/or programs.
  • Effectively use and interpret traffic modeling software including but not limited to Synchro.
  • Prepare detailed work orders for installation, modification, and/or removal of traffic control devices; deployment of data collection devices including traffic counters and monitoring equipment; and deployment of radar speed trailers and changeable message signs by City forces.
  • Design, review, and approve traffic control plans.
  • Provide engineering support for the traffic signal system, video traffic monitoring, communication systems, traffic signal timing plans, and operation of the Traffic Management Center.
  • Monitor trends in the development of innovative technical advances in the transportation industry and offer recommendations for implementation.
  • Ensure that existing and proposed traffic control devices meet the standards specified in the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (TMUTCD).
  • Review, recommend and implement traffic engineering improvements including changes to and application of City and State standards.
  • Review, recommend, design, and implement roadway lighting systems.
  • Conduct accident reviews at high accident locations and recommend countermeasures for implementation.
  • Develop specifications and contract documents for procurement and purchasing of traffic-related goods and services.
  • Conduct consultant selection procedures, including scope, definition, bidding, negotiation, and contract preparation and project administration.
  • Prepare written technical reports and make presentations to City Council, subcommittees and external agencies.
  • Work is performed with limited managerial direction. The supervisor provides the employee with assignments in terms of broad practice, precedents, policies, and goals. Work may be reviewed for fulfillment of program objectives and conformance with departmental policy, practice, and/or objective.
  • Provide traffic/transportation engineering support to other departments in the city.
  • Comply with all written City policies and procedures.
  • Adhere to assigned work schedule as outlined in City and department attendance policies and procedures.

  • Perform other duties as assigned or directed.

  • Ability to embrace and embody the City's core values of Respect, Integrity, Service, and Excellence (R.I.S.E.).
  • Ability to communicate effectively with peers, supervisors, subordinates, and people to whom service is provided.
  • Ability to produce desired work outcomes, including quality, quantity, and timeliness.
  • Ability to plan and organize work, time, and resources, and if applicable, that of subordinates.
  • Know the principles and practices of civil engineering as related to the preparation of plans and specifications of various projects with emphases on traffic and transportation engineering.
  • Know the principles of logical or synthesis functions and working with several concrete and abstract variables as necessary to analyze major problems.
  • Ability to keep up with current trends, developments, and legislation pertinent to civil, traffic, and transportation engineering.
  • Know the materials, techniques, and equipment applicable to the area of specialization and the technical aspects of the field. Perform skilled coordinated movements, such as drafting on AutoCAD, utilizing drafting and engineering instruments and equipment.
  • Ability to research methods, analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Ability to know, interpret and explain the applicable laws, codes, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures as they relate to Civil Engineering and Traffic Engineering.
  • Ability to know and use engineering and legal professional language.
  • Ability to prepare and control the budget.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Able to effectively use interpersonal skills in a tactful, patient, and courteous manner.
  • Exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.
  • Ability to mentor, train, and motivate others.
  • Supervise and perform complex and technical engineering duties in the coordination and direction of civil engineering projects.
  • Prepare plans and specifications and review engineering project cost estimates.
  • Adapt approved engineering methods and standards to the design and construction of a variety of projects.
  • Utilize a variety of advisory and design data and information, such as technical study reports, engineering drawings, budget printouts, zoning and subdivision codes, planning maps, engineering designs and city ordinances.
  • Ability to work from construction plans, shop drawings, and sketches, perform data entry, maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Able to work independently with minimum supervision and meet schedules and timelines.
  • The ability to work in a team environment; contribute as a team member and treat co-workers, subordinates and customers with respect.
  • Build professional relationships with internal staff and customers.
  • Offer flexibility and adaptability, especially during times of change.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Traffic Engineering, or related field; supplemented by seven (7) years of increasingly responsible transportation engineering experience, traffic engineering experience, or related fields.

Texas Professional Engineer (Civil) License required, or the ability to obtain within six (6) months of employment.

Any work related experience resulting in acceptable proficiency levels in the above Minimum Qualifications may be an acceptable substitute for the above specified education and experience requirements.

Ten (10) years of traffic engineering experience; Three (3) years of experience in design, review, and/or management of transportation PS&E projects.

  • Must pass a drug screen and background check.
  • Must have Class C Texas Driver's License.

Physical Demands/Supplemental

Tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station. Some tasks require visual and sound perception and discrimination and oral communications ability.

Tasks are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, toxic agents, violence, disease, or pathogenic substances.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed as of the date of preparation and approval. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the position. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by management. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and all requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

The City of McKinney is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) committed to an alcohol / drug free workplace and to providing equal opportunities regardless of age, race, color, gender, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.
Closing Date/Time: 10/30/2020 5:00 PM Central

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