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Traffic Engineer I AF

Department: Public Works/Engineering
Office: City Hall
Position Number:55-20-441-12170-1
Job ID#:16229
To be considered for this job:You must complete the on-line application form.
Opening Date for In-House Candidates:10/5/17
Opening Date to the Public:10/12/17
Open until filled; for best consideration, apply by:11/5/17
Starting Salary (or salary range):$28.00
Other information about this position or about working with the City of Rio Rancho:A Drivers License is required for this position. Your driving record must always meet City insurability standards.

This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.
Banner:This is the initial posting of this job opening.

This job will be posted internally for 7 calendar days for current employees to apply first, then will be released for external applicants.
If you are called for an interview or to attend a pre-employment testing session:If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted via e-mail or telephone with a date, time and place to interview.
Typical schedule :M-F


Position Title: Traffic Engineer-I AF  

Department: Public Works 

Reports to: Engineering Section Manager  

FLSA Status: non-Exempt  

Bargaining Unit: AFSCME  

Pay Grade: 28A  

Job Status: Permanent, Full-time  

Full Time Equivalent: 1.0  

Position Summary

A Traffic Engineer-I plans, monitors, budgets, implements, coordinates, inspects, oversees and/or manages City infrastructure and capital improvement projects for transportation system design, construction and maintenance. 

Education, Training and Experience – minimum required to proficiently perform the job

Education / higher education: Bachelor's Degree 

            For required college degrees, applicable field(s) of study: Civil engineering, construction management, or directly related discipline.  

Minimum number of years of directly related experience: Five years’ work experience in municipal engineering in a directly related field of engineering. 

Education and/or experience preferences: Experience is preferred in transportation engineering. 

Certifications, Licenses and Registrations

Driver’s License requirement: Infrequent Driver -- Regular Driver's License      Required Endorsements: None  

Note -- For any driver, driving record must always meet City driving and insurability standards.

Required certifications, licenses or registrations: Licensure as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of New Mexico. 

Time given after hire/promotion to obtain certification or licenses: Obtain the P.E. certification within 6 months of hire. 

Preferred certifications, licenses or registrations: Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE); TCP Supervisor Certification; and IMSA Training--certifications in Work Zone I and Traffic Signals Level I. Note that these certifications are desired for the position; if not held at time of hire, it is expected that incumbent will work toward obtaining these certifications.  

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required to proficiently perform the job

Knowledge: Specific knowledge and skills in municipal engineering, transportation drainage, and utilities construction, surveying, engineering/construction specifications, standards methods and procedures. General knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing environmental permitting. Knowledge and skills in reading and interpreting engineering plans, City codes and related ordinances, and developing reports and budgets.    

Skills: Must be able to type rapidly and accurately enough to successfully produce documents/spreadsheets, communicate via e-mail, or perform data entry as necessary to accomplish the essential functions of the position.   Use of technology, equipment and software typically used in the office environment. Operate a personal computer for word processing, spreadsheet, database, and engineering and computer mapping and modeling software.

Abilities: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical reports, general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.   Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, customers, and the general public. Ability to work with mathematical concepts to analyze problems, interpret data and apply to practical situations found in the workplace.  

Interaction with Groups/Agencies/Entities: Internal: Works   with engineering staff, inspectors and operations managers on complex engineering and special projects including   transportation, drainage, water, wastewater and development projects. Works with City Attorney, Finance   Department, and other department staff.   Maintains harmonious, courteous, and understanding relationships,   while fostering a collaborative teamwork environment.   External: Works with contractors, government agencies, consultants, public and private utility owners, and the general public on planning and implementing City infrastructure projects and resolves complaints and issues.   Presents a friendly, courteous image for the City to the general   public, customers, and public officials. 

Authorities and Accountabilities

Level of independent decision making: High--incumbent is expected to analyze complex situations and take appropriate action 

Budgetary/Financial/Asset accountability: Low -- Position is accountable to a Department Director or Division Manager and cannot make major decisions or obligate the City 

Span of control: Responsibility for own work (no supervision or leadership expectations) 

Essential Functions

The following functions are typical for this position. The omission of specific functions does not exclude them if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for this position. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Traffic Studies:

-    Conduct and review Warrant Studies

-    Review Traffic Impact Studies.

-    Review and make recommendations regarding Speed/Volume Studies. Make recommendations regarding Traffic Calming if appropriate.

-    Maintain Studies Database.

  • Traffic Signals:

-    Update/synchronize Corridor Signal Timing Plans on a semi-yearly basis or as needed.

-    Become knowledgeable regarding the operations and maintenance of traffic signal systems and ITE State of the Practice.

-    Assist the Traffic Section Manager and Traffic Staff with upgrades and maintenance projects.

-    Become familiar with Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), CCTV, System Interconnect, fiber, copper and radio basic operations and concepts.

-    Act as representative on the ITS Subcommittee at the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG).

  • Roadway Markings and Signing: Manage striping program for the City including Long Line and Symbols. Assist with layout of striping with other Traffic Staff and/or a contractor. Manage citywide sign inventory program (2013_14). Make recommendations for removal/addition of signing as needed.
  • Plan Review:

-    Provide engineering plan review for CIP projects with traffic components.

-    Provide engineering plan review for development projects with traffic components (when requested by Development Services Department).

-    Assist with TCP review for CIP permits.

  • Coordinates planning and provides research for the design and development of construction plans and specifications for infrastructure projects; estimates construction costs and prepares budgets for future projects and studies.
  • Produces Request for Proposals and schedules pre-design meetings.
  • Evaluates infrastructure needs and makes recommendations for construction, rehabilitation or maintenance projects.
  • Reviews engineering plans and specifications to ensure compliance with City standards as well as accuracy of cost estimates and other bid documents items.
  • Participates in negotiations of contracts with private developers, contractors, and engineering/design professionals.
  • Sets project schedules based on assessment of project design, budget, and other user requests.
  • Conducts pre-construction meetings to establish project protocols and compliance with applicable construction standards, and coordinates City staff, design and inspection teams.
  • Reviews, inspects and oversees progress and quality of construction; interprets design intent, facilitates solutions, and negotiates change order settlements.
  • Maintains and tracks project budget, recommends revisions, and monitors contract amendments.
  • Coordinates with contractor and other government entities to ensure contractors and projects have proper permits and licenses.
  • Represents the City at meetings with government agencies, consulting engineers, developers, contractors and the general public.
  • Trains other employees in various aspects of traffic engineering.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

Daily activity level: Blend of sedentary and physical work 

Physical characteristics: Job requires oral and aural communication; Job requires reading and comprehension of written materials; Job requires normal vision; Must be able to distinguish colors; Must be able to see in dim light; Exposure to high noise levels; Grasping with hand, gripping; Keystroking or repetitive motion of hands/fingers/arms; Work activities produce impact on hand, wrist, forearm, elbow from vibration; Involvement in verbal or physical confrontations; Bending/kneeling/crawling; Lifting/carrying/push/pull up to 50 lbs.; Working while standing for prolonged periods of time; Walking long distances; Working more than 8 hours/day; Working more than 5 days a week 

Exposures: Depending on activities of assigned department/division job may require: Exposure to excessive amounts of dust, flying particles, toxic vapors, noxious fumes or mists; Falling objects could injure feet; Working outside in inclement weather conditions. 

Extraordinary working conditions: None 

Hazardous equipment/machinery used: None 

Required personal protective equipment: Protective clothing (i.e., reflective vest, apron); safety boots; hard hat). Uses eye and/or hearing protection as necessary.  

If you need an accommodation for a disability that would enable you to apply or interview for this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 505-891-5011 (fax: 505-891-9183).


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