Associate Transportation Engineer Job at Berkeley, Alameda County, California

Associate Transportation Engineer

City of Berkeley , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Mid Level


$56.96 - $68.83 Hourly

Application Deadline 

Open until filled

No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


+++++++++++++++This Recruitment will be opened until filled++++++++++++++++++

The City of Berkeley Public Works Department has an exciting opportunity for an Associate Transportation Engineer. This position functions as a technical expert in the traffic/transportation engineering field, and a project leader for professional and technical staff. This position has the responsibility for administrative and technical work in traffic/transportation engineering; planning, design, and specification writing; and serves as a project leader with emphasis on field and office engineering design of traffic engineering capital improvement projects, engineering specifications, cost estimation, and contract compliance within engineering standards and specifications. The individual may be actively involved in supervising the planning, design, and delivery of some or combination of the following types of projects/activities: Traffic signal design, Complete Street projects design, review of private development projects for traffic impact, administer traffic control programs, and prepare bid package for transportation projects, amongst other transportation projects assignments.

Note: This recruitment will create an eligible list that will be used by hiring departments to fill future temporary and/or career positions at least within the next 12 months.
Typical duties of an Associate Transportation Engineer may include:
 1. Provides advice and technical assistance to City and Department management and staff, commissions and committees, and the public on traffic and transportation matters;
2. Confers with a variety of public and private officials on traffic engineering issues and may assist the Traffic Engineer as the City's representative to other governmental agencies;
3. Develops traffic administration policies and procedures;
4. Coordinates, assigns, reviews and evaluates the work and performance of assigned staff;
5. Assists in the preparation of budgets for Capital Improvement Projects;
6. Ensures Department's compliance with applicable ordinances, codes and laws; reviews traffic operating conditions in the field;
7. Issues work orders for new or changed traffic control devices; responds to public requests for traffic control changes; monitors the work of the Corporation Yard staff in installation;
8. Reviews traffic and transportation elements of environmental impact reports and major developments for compliance with City policies, rules, and regulations;
9. Directs or conducts studies and prepares reports and correspondence on traffic control issues for presentation to the City Council;
10. Answers interrogatories, and testifies in court relative to traffic violations and vehicle accident and injury claims against the City;
11. Issues street use permits for off-street construction, block parties, parades, football games; investigates contested traffic citations;
12. Applies for and administers traffic or transportation grant funds for studies and construction projects;
13. Performs engineering work on the more complex designs for traffic device and transportation construction projects; coordinates, reviews, and evaluates the activities of staff performing traffic design specifications, calculations, and inspection activities for assigned traffic construction projects;
14. Monitors developments in the traffic control field and recommends and implements policy and procedure improvements.


 Required Qualifications:

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work in civil or traffic engineering


Five years of increasingly responsible traffic engineering experience, three years of which were at a level equivalent to the Assistant Transportation Engineer class. Progressively responsible related experience may be substituted for the college course work on a year for year basis.

  • Must possess a valid California Registration as a professional Traffic Engineer (preferred) or a professional Civil Engineer. 
  • Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record.  
Desirable qualifications include master's degree in Transportation Engineering/Planning or related field.
 Knowledge and Abilities:
Knowledge of: Principles and practices of traffic and highway engineering, including highway capacity analysis; Methods and techniques of field data collection, tabulation, and analysis; Applicable traffic and zoning codes, ordinances, regulations, and guidelines; Principals of Traffic Impact Analysis, Parking Requirements, and Transportation Demand Management; Computer applications relating to traffic engineering analysis; Operation and maintenance of traffic control devices and equipment; Principles of grant funding application and administration; Principles and techniques of effective employee supervision, including selection, training, work evaluation, and discipline; and Principles and practices of budget development and administration.

Ability to: Apply traffic engineering principles and techniques to the solution of complex traffic engineering problems; Analyze complex traffic control problems, evaluating alternatives and reaching sound conclusions; Schedule, assign, review, and evaluate the work of others; Ability to set priorities among competing demands of a diverse traffic control program; Prepare clear, concise, and accurate reports, records, and correspondence; Deal tactfully and effectively with the public, City staff, other agencies, engineering firms, contractors, developers, manufacturers, and others; Exercise sound independent judgement within established guidelines; and Research and evaluating potential grants and other funding sources.
 Application Process:
Applicants must submit the following:
All materials must be received in our office no later than the closing date, at 5:00 p.m. PST. Postmarks, faxes and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Resumes are not a substitute for a completed application.

The examination process will consist of:
  1. Review of applications for minimum qualifications for the position and ensuring all materials have been submitted.
  2. Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will undergo a competitive review and assessment of their supplemental questionnaire and education/training and experience to determine the best qualified applicants.
Applicants passing all examination phases will have their names placed on an employment eligible list that hiring department(s) will use to conduct final selection interviews. Hiring Department(s) will contact applicants directly if selected to participate in their hiring/selection process.

Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City should expect to undergo an employment background / reference check that may include, but is not limited to: employment history, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver's license, registrations, certificates, and other credentials as part of the appointment process. Some positions, depending on the nature of the work, also require a credit check and a review of Summary Criminal History obtained from the State Department of Justice through Live Scan Fingerprinting.
DISCLAIMER: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures that test content. Components may include, but are not necessarily limited to, typing, math, reading, writing and analytical skills; problem solving ability; computer and software proficiency, or any other job-related knowledge, skill, ability or qualification. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.

All City employees are required to provide services as Disaster Service Workers in the event of an emergency / disaster.

Exam Access Accommodation: In compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations, the City of Berkeley will employ and promote qualified individuals without regard to disability. The City is committed to making reasonable accommodations in the examination process and in the work environment. Individuals requesting reasonable accommodations in the examination process must do so no later than the final filing date for receipt of applications, otherwise it may not be possible to arrange accommodations for the selection process. Such requests should be addressed to the Department of Human Resources | (510) 981-6800 | |  2180 Milvia Street, 1st Floor, Berkeley CA 94704.  Request can be made via email, phone, or in writing via U.S. mail.

Alternative Application Formats: This application material is available in alternative formats upon request. Alternative formats include audio-format, braille, large print, electronic text, etc. Please contact the ADA Coordinator, 2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley | Phone: (510) 981-6300 | TTY: (510) 981-6347| and allow 7-10 days for production of the material in an alternative format.

The City of Berkeley is an EEO/ADA Employer


2180 Milvia Street # 3

Berkeley, CA 94704