The Signal System Engineer is responsible for applying professional traffic engineering skills and knowledge to the development and implementation of signal timing plans, evaluating new signal or signal modification requests, evaluating signalized intersection operational and safety deficiencies, designing potential improvements, and related traffic engineering activities. Engineer is responsible for project management and coordination which involves organizing and scheduling of multiple tasks and complex design elements, with a minimum amount of supervision from a senior engineer.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop signal timing plans for coordinated systems and isolated intersections.
Be available to perform field observations of traffic operations and fine-tune signal timing plans at times as early as 6:00 am and as late as 7:00 pm during the week, as well as, for special circumstances on the weekend.
In conjunction with developing and implementing signal timing plans, identify intersection deficiencies that detract from the safe and efficient operation of the roadway system.
Evaluate requests for modifications to existing signal operations, as well as, requests for new traffic signals.
Is a team member in the Capital Improvement and Land Development Programs; provide expertise on signal timing and operations to consultants performing traffic analysis.
Write clear, concise responses to citizen inquiries about signal phasing and timing issues.
Evaluate the effect on signal operations of proposed geometric, signing and pavement marking modifications at intersections.
Review signal design plans prepared by others to ensure correctness of signal phasing, timing and detection information.
Periodically staff the Traffic Management Center when assigned personnel are absent at times as early as 6:00 am and as late as 7:00 pm during the week.
Periodically staff the Traffic Management Center for special events.
Perform other work as required
Graduation from a four-year college or university with major course work or a degree in civil, electrical or transportation engineering at the bachelor or graduate level; or any equivalent combination of experience and training with at least 1 year of experience.
E.I. Certification preferred.
Prefer minimum of two years of experience in the traffic engineering field with progressively increasing responsibilities, including task management with a fundamental understanding of signal system operations and analysis.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of the principles and practices of traffic engineering and operations, signalized intersection design, and the operation of actuated traffic signal controllers and systems.
Knowledge of approaches and techniques for evaluating and optimizing signalized intersection capacity and operations, and arterial/network flow conditions.
Ability to exercise good engineering judgment when conflicting and competing objectives are involved.
Ability to adapt both local and State analysis and design criteria to a variety of geometric and traffic control improvement plans.
Ability to communicate effectively with diverse workforce.
Ability to exhibit good customer service skills.
Ability to coordinate and facilitate a variety of work tasks within and outside of the signals section.
Ability to explain technical issues to a non-technical audience both verbally and in written communications.
Experience with Synchro or other signal system analysis and/or simulation tool.
Experience with ATMS software is desired.
Experience with video encoding such as H.264 a plus.
Ability to communicate via department issued equipment
Effective written and oral communication
Insight to prepare and analyze data
Operate equipment such as: smart phone, laptop and other department equipment as required
Field work in close proximity to, and occasionally within, roadways and intersections located in all areas of the City.
Depending on qualifications up to $79,898
How to Apply
All applicants must apply online
If you need assistance completing your online application, you are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available.
Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays. Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to CityHrJobPostingsNotify@ci.charlotte.nc.us.
Conditions of Employment:
The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.
Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.
Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments. Some positions may require the ability to obtain a City Driving Permit. Candidates may also be required to pass a physical examination, polygraph exam, other skill evaluations and background check screens.
The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.