Senior Traffic Engineer Job at Lodi, San Joaquin County, California

Senior Traffic Engineer

City of Lodi , California

Job Information 


Public Works

Mid Level


$97,577.75 - $118,605.69 Annually

Application Deadline 


No Application Deadline

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of Lodi Public Works Department is currently recruiting for a Senior Traffic Engineer.  The City of Lodi is home to 65,000 residents, ideally located adjacent to Highway 99 and I-5, 34 miles south of Sacramento, 10 miles north of Stockton and 90 miles east of San Francisco.  The City of Lodi is a community surrounded by lush parks, wineries, museums, a lake and open space.  

The examination process will consist of a competitive evaluation of qualifications based on a review of the Application and the Supplemental Questionnaire; therefore, it is to your advantage to provide as much detailed and relevant work experience as possible, as a resume will not be accepted or reviewed in lieu of the application materials. All applications and supplemental questions must be completed fully and submitted on an official City of Lodi application form. Applications will be accepted and processed until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. This recruitment may close without further notice; interested candidates should apply as soon as possible.

New Salary - January 2021 (4% COLA)
                      January 2022 (4% COLA)


Plans, assigns, supervises, and reviews engineering work in connection with the location, design, construction, inspection and maintenance of major public works projects: administers design contracts and coordinates projects.


This is a mid-management position in the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department. This position supervises the Traffic Sections of the Division and participates in management and policy-making for the Engineering Division as a whole. This position has responsible charge for City traffic engineering work, including some contract engineering services, recordkeeping and computer traffic database.


Receives general direction from the City Engineer and Public Works Director. Exercises general direction of subordinate professional engineering positions and direct supervision of some sub-professional engineering positions.


Examples of Duties


Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
Plans, assigns, supervises, mentors,  reviews, and evaluates the work of assigned professional, technical and administrative support staff; Makes recommendations on hiring decisions and personnel related actions; oversees the work of consulting engineers; Assists subordinate engineering personnel with difficult technical problems;
Assists in preparation and administration of the Traffic Section budget; participates in policy-making for the Traffic Engineering Division; Recommend and assist in the implementation of goals and objectives for the Department;
Supervises the preparation of engineering plans and specifications for the construction of capital improvement projects; checks plans for accuracy and completeness and makes recommendations for revision and improvement; reviews specifications for composition and accuracy; prepares and/or reviews preliminary and final cost estimates;
Prepares and supervises the preparation of major program feasibility and cost studies; contract, plans, specification, resolutions, agreements and other legal documents;
Provides advice and technical engineering expertise and authority regarding a variety of traffic-related issues; Perform field inspections and operation of traffic signal equipment;
Monitors legislation and assures compliance with traffic-related laws, regulations, statutes, and codes; Reviews development plans and Environmental Impact Reviews (EIR's);
Meets with other agency officials, engineers, private individuals, and industry representatives in discussing traffic engineering problems;
Directs or conducts studies and prepare reports and correspondences on traffic control issues for presentation to the public, City Council, Planning Commission, and other bodies;
Assists in planning, organizing, and directing office and field engineering, and assists in reviewing engineering design for electrical (signal) maintenance personnel in maintenance of public works projects;
Prepares and writes general correspondence and Council Communications related to the Traffic Section's activities; prepares special reports and studies requested by the Public Works Director;
Reviews traffic investigation reports and recommends mitigation measures;
Prepares and evaluates contracts; prepares reports on Traffic Section functions and activities for City officials; Supervises and prepares grant applications;
Answers questions and provides information to the public; investigates complaints and recommends corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints;
Performs other duties related to the operation of the department and the city, including additional duties that enable the department and City to meet the diverse needs of its community.


Typical Qualifications


Knowledge of:
Principles, practices, and methods of traffic engineering such as: Arterial street traffic signal timing for progressive systems design; Federal and State requirements pertaining to traffic circulation for developments and projects; and procedures for conducting and interpreting traffic engineering studies;
Principles and practices of civil engineering or electrical engineering as they relate to transportation systems and travel on those systems,
Field survey and construction practices; Municipal public works administration; and Safety principles, practices, and procedures;
Principles of management and supervision; and Basic municipal accounting and budgeting practices;
Laws and regulations relating to public works improvements; Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, and regulations pertaining to highway programs and their funding, traffic signal and light system design, and traffic signs and markings;
Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
Ability to:
Organize, implement and direct traffic engineering and planning operations and activities;
Perform a variety of responsible traffic and transportation engineering functions; Perform required traffic/transportation studies and analysis;
Design, prepare, and review plans, specifications and engineer's estimate on traffic related projects; Analyze complex traffic control problems, evaluate alternatives and use sound judgement in making determination or conclusions;
Understand community traffic concerns; Interpret and explain pertinent City and Department policies and procedures; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work;
Supervise, train, mentor and evaluate assigned staff;
Estimate project costs and keep neat and accurate records.
Any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the qualifying knowledge and ability.  A typical combination is:
A Bachelor's Degree with major course work in civil and/or traffic engineering.
Three years of progressively responsible professional traffic engineering experience;  One year of technical and functional supervision over assigned personnel highly desired. 
Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Traffic Engineer by the California State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.
Possession of a valid Driver's License issued from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Work is generally performed in an office setting with occasional outside work with exposure to weather, odors, dust and pollen.  Occasional exposure to chemicals, skin irritants, fumes and solvents; Position may require working with the public and attendance at night and/or weekend meetings and driving a motor vehicle.
Work may include prolonged sitting, as well as light to moderate lifting, reaching, stooping, pulling, pushing, manual dexterity, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination when using a computer keyboard, clear speech, visual and hearing acuity; acute hearing to distinguish audible alarms; hear and speak well enough to converse by telephone, in person, and to large groups and be clearly understood. Stamina to work additional hours to meet deadlines.
Must be able to wear personal protection equipment (PPE) appropriate for job assignments.


Supplemental Information

Evaluation of Qualifications: Application materials and resumes will be screened to determine if applicants are considered to be among the most qualified as outlined on the job announcement. Only applicants who are among the most qualified will be invited to participate in the testing process. Resumes may not be substituted for a completed application.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER - The City of Lodi is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of fair employment practices regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation, marital status, age, mental or physical disability or perceived disability, medical condition, pregnancy, political affiliation or belief, or other unlawful discrimination.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT - In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the City of Lodi provides reasonable accommodation for qualified
individuals with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations must contact the Human Resources Division upon application submittal to confirm the request.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION - City of Lodi is authorized and required by the state of California to access Local, State, and/or Federal criminal history has part of the testing process. This process can be completed by initial fingerprinting and/or a full Background investigation pursuant to Penal Code §11105(b)(10), §11105.3, §13300(b)(10); Education Code §10911.5; Public Resources Code §5164) and in compliance with the City of Lodi's Fingerprinting Policy ad Procedure. As a future employee or volunteer, you are required to be fingerprinted and processed through the Department of Justice and cleared before you can start. All information obtained will be kept in strict confidentiality.

HIRING PROCEDURE - Applicants must possess the minimum qualifications by the final filing date. Eligible lists are established upon successful completion of the selection process. The candidates must be successful in each part of the testing. To fill each vacancy the hiring department will request names to be certified from the eligible list and will make a selection from this certification list.

CONDITIONAL JOB OFFERS - Conditional job offers are subject to successful completion of a medical drug screen and/or physical. Candidates should not quit or give notice to their current employer until final notification has been awarded by the Human Resources Division.

MEDICAL-DRUG SCREENING – All positions may be subject to a physical or drug screen issued by a qualified medical physician assigned by the Human Resources Division. Under the requirements of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, the City of Lodi has been designated as a drug-free workplace.

APPOINTMENT - At the time of appointment all candidates will be required to execute an oath of allegiance and complete Form I-9 - Employment Eligibility Verification in compliance with the Immigration and Naturalization Act. United States citizenship is not required. All new appointees are required to successfully complete a probationary period of twelve months.


SALARY - The starting salary is the first rate shown on the job announcement. Advancement to the higher steps of the salary range is based upon merit in accordance with the Salary Ordinance and Rules for Personnel Administration. Eligibility for the first merit increase is effective after 12 months and for additional merit increases after one year intervals until the employee has reached the maximum step.

HOLIDAY, VACATION, SICK, AND ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE - Holiday - An average of 13 paid holidays per year. Vacation - 2 weeks paid vacation annually, increasing with length of service depending upon the appropriate labor agreement. Sick Leave - 10 days per year depending upon the appropriate labor agreement. Administrative Leave - Management/Mid-Management positions receive 80 hours per fiscal year, and specified professional/technical positions receive 40 hours per fiscal year (Pro-Rated).

HEALTH INSURANCE - Medical, Dental and Vision plans are available for employee and dependents. A portion of the premiums may be the employee's responsibility.

LIFE INSURANCE AND LONG TERM DISABILITY - The City pays the full premium for employee and dependent life insurance, and offers a long-term disability plan that provides up to approximately 2/3 of an employee's salary.

RETIREMENT AND DEFERRED COMPENSATION - The City of Lodi is a member of the Public Employees' Retirement System (P.E.R.S.). Lodi is not a member of the Social Security System except for the required medical contribution. Employees may participate in a 457 Deferred Compensation program.

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT - Employees may participate in a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This bulletin does not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provisions or job duties contained in this bulletin may include modifications pending labor agreements and/or council approval.


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