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Traffic Engineer - City of Kenmore ( Job # 18-0008)

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Minimum Salary: $6,555.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $9,045.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Public Works Engineering
Open until filled.. Applications first reviewed on: Friday, June 29, 2018
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The City of Kenmore is seeking a Traffic Engineer or Senior Civil Engineer to review, analyze, and make recommendations on safety and operation of the City’s transportation system. The Traffic Engineer will also manage responses to citizen requests/complaints regarding roadway issues such as speeding, traffic volumes, signals, roadway geometrics, crosswalks, bike lanes, pedestrian facilities and parking; plan and manage pavement preservation and restoration programs; manage engineering capital projects and studies; conduct research, develop preliminary plan and design civil infrastructure and transportation studies; manage construction activities and perform construction inspection for simple capital works project; and manage consultants for a variety of purposes.  Because of the small number of City employees, each staff member is expected to perform a wide range of office and field duties as may be required from time to time. The City offers an exceptional benefit package.

Essential Job Functions
  • Possess a high degree of creative problem-solving skills and provide superior customer service to both internal and external customers.
  • Effectively manage the City’s Target Zero program.
  • Conduct traffic and transportation studies and plan for existing public works infrastructure. 
  • Manage the City’s traffic count program.
  • Proactively manage responses to citizen requests and complaints regarding multimodal traffic and roadway safety.
  • Provide responsible traffic engineering coordination for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of public works engineering and operation projects. 
  • Proactively manage consultants, project and traffic budgets, track and report on grants, and cost to complete estimates.
  • Provide design and management of spot improvement and accident reduction projects in response to citizen concern reports.
  • Establish and maintain traffic records, count records, and traffic infrastructure inventories.
  • Manage the City’s pavement preservation program. Plan and execute the multi-year pavement preservation plan. Manage pavement preservation projects including asphalt overlays, slurry seals, chip and fog seals, etc.
  • Assist development review engineers with traffic impact reviews for proposed residential, commercial and industrial development to determine mitigations for safety issues for vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, truck and transit traffic. 
  • Assist with development of City traffic control plans for utility, development and public works projects (public and private) involving work in the right of way.
  • Independently design and manage simple to medium complexity capital projects and Target Zero projects.  This work includes plan development, environmental review, right of way acquisition, specification writing, cost estimating, and general understanding of plan preparation and design software, property owner coordination, contract management and construction management.
  • Perform project management duties as assigned, including preparing cost estimates, schedules, serving as liaison between the City and contractors/consultants, checking progress of work, keeping project records, interpreting design criteria, recording changes as they occur, and making reports.
  • Conduct construction inspection and prepares inspection reports for simple capital improvement projects.  Compile and maintain project records, numerical data, and documents.  Ensure documents are updated to reflect project status and changes.
  • Pursue continuing education in the traffic engineering discipline, increasing understanding of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Kenmore’s Road Standards, NACTO Guides for bicycle and pedestrian design and FHWA Small Town and Rural guide, and other similar standards and guidance documents.
  • Develop and coordinate special event traffic planning and control for parades, street closures, weather events such as flooding and windstorms, street failures and similar events.
  • Respond to requests for assistance and information from other agencies and the public.
  • Develop and manage consultant contracts (scope, schedule and budget) for projects/studies and manage contracts including review and approval of invoices.
  • Assist with development of City Capital Improvement Program as it relates to traffic and transportation projects.
  • Actively manage budget for small projects and studies.

Perform other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.

Knowledge and Skills

The position requires specialized knowledge in civil engineering discipline enabling job performance in civil, traffic engineering, design and project management applications.  The position requires an understanding of traffic engineering principles as applicable to a municipal setting.  Requires understanding of Transportation Planning and Operational Levels of Service analysis. Requires knowledge of Transportation Impact Studies and fee calculations. Requires knowledge of Neighborhood Traffic Control principles and intersection levels of service analysis, Manual on Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) applications.  Requires knowledge of principles and practices of project management including materials, costs, design, permitting, construction techniques and trends, regulations, standards and equipment, and funding/grant management. Requires a working knowledge of the principles, modern techniques and equipment used in design, construction and maintenance of various public works projects including basic principles of right of way acquisition.  Requires sufficient human relation skills to convey technical engineering concepts, to facilitate discussions and presentations, and to work cooperatively with internal and external customers.   Requires technical writing skills sufficient to prepare project specifications, process documentation, and communications suitable for external distribution.


Requires the ability to perform all the responsibilities of the position.  Requires the ability to derive information from plans, specifications, maps, laws, regulations and codes.  Requires the ability to write correct, clear and concise technical materials, such as project reports and specifications.  Requires the ability to use specialized drafting, engineering, surveying or electronic tools and equipment.   Requires the ability to evaluate engineering studies.  Requires the ability to perform technical research and analyze engineering and mathematical problems, evaluating alternatives and recommending or courses of action.  Requires the ability to compute accurate engineering calculations and cost estimates. Requires the ability to work as contributing member of a team, work productively and cooperatively with other teams and external customers, and convey a positive image of the City.  Requires ability to take Emergency Preparedness and implementation classes as required by the City.

The incumbent performs office and field work.  Requires sufficient ambulatory ability to walk to project locations, to stand for extended periods of time, and to bend and stoop for limited periods of time.  Requires sufficient arm-hand-eye coordination to operate a computer keyboard and pointing devises at a proficient level.  Requires visual acuity to create and read three-dimensional and detailed drawings and observe structural work-in-progress.  Requires verbal and auditory ability sufficient to carry on conversations with others and make presentations to groups. Requires the ability to provide up to 50 lbs. of lifting force.  Requires driving ability in order to transport oneself in and around Kenmore and King County.

Education and Experience

The position requires a bachelor’s degree in civil, transportation or a closely related engineering discipline and five years of progressively responsible professional engineering experience in traffic engineering and project management. Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering is preferred.

Licenses and Certificates

Requires a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record. Requires possession of Washington State Professional Engineering (PE) certification within six months of employment.

Working Conditions

Work is performed indoors and outdoors where some safety considerations exist from traffic, water flows, unstable surfaces, proximity to moving equipment and construction activity.  Occasional attendance at night meetings and weekend work is required.


City of Kenmore
18120 68th Ave NE
Kenmore, WA 98028