Associate Engineer - Public Works

  • City of Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Nov 28, 2021
Full Time Engineering Public Works
  • Salary: $74,006.40 - $94,889.60 Annually USD

Job Description

Position Description

**This position is open until filled, applications received by July 28, 2021 will receive first consideration.**

The City of Tacoma Public Works Engineering Division is recruiting for two (2) appointive Associate Engineer positions in the Engineering Division's Traffic Engineering section.

1. Associate Engineer: Complete Streets
2. Associate Engineer: Neighborhood Programs

Traffic Engineering is seeking collaborative team members with knowledge of street design, public right-of-way management, general engineering concepts and associated applications. The Associate Engineers will have an active role performing various duties in the emerging service area focused on Complete Streets and Neighborhood Programs which help to manage the City's transportation system in a safe, effective, and equitable manner.

Tacoma is a sustainable community with many diverse residents, businesses, and visitors who have various transportation priorities. The City is strategic in how it plans its transportation system with an emphasis on carrying people and goods that foster Tacoma's culture, character, and competitiveness. The City's transportation system offers multimodal travel options from micromobility to high capacity transit that provide safe access for all users and neighborhoods, encourages healthy living, and protects the environment.

Our ideal candidates will exhibit the following:
  • Strong customer service skills and the ability to organize and express ideas through excellent oral and written communication to a wide variety of audiences,
  • Knowledge and ability to apply sound engineering and project management practices,
  • Hard-working and approachable with the ability to work well with others in a collaborative team setting and independently,
  • Ability to work with diverse audiences and build relationships with internal and external partners,
  • Demonstrated ability to manage many demands simultaneously, and to oversee highly visible and sometime controversial projects effectively and with sensitivity,
  • Knowledge of innovative and current transportation engineering/planning best practices, and
  • Conversant in AutoCAD or GIS, MS Office, and possess the ability to learn new applications.

Position Profile Overview:
The Associate Engineer positions are responsible for the development of designs and procedures to manage the City's public right-of-way with respect to operational efficiencies and safety that require the application of professional judgment and collaborative operational relationships.

Under the general direction of the City's Traffic Engineer, and in partnership with the other members of the Traffic Engineering section, both Associate Engineer positions independently, or with direction/guidance, will perform engineering task assignments which support their related focal areas, but also include the following: creative curb space design/allocation, traffic calming solutions for design/coordination, temporary traffic control plan development/review, access point review/management for efficient and safe roadways, support for safety programs, community outreach and coordination, and customer service requests and interactions. Ultimately, both positions will be collaborating with internal city staff, agency partners, advocacy organizations, and the community to develop decisions that are effective and supportive of the City's goal for a safe and equitable transportation system.

Candidate Profile Overview:

Associate Engineer - Complete Streets
This position will focus on developing designs and recommendations consistent with the City's Transportation Master Plan and applicable regulations, for the efficient and equitable allocation of transportation elements within public rights-of-way, through right-of-way management and enhancement policies and their implementation.

Other responsibilities include:
  • Supporting the implementation, coordination, and/or management of residential parking zones, public ADA parking (including residential), public loading zones, and parking/curb space areas to support various transportation needs and services, such as parklets and bike corrals
  • Assisting with streets initiative projects and residential street maintenance projects, including elements related to construction traffic control, signing, traffic calming, and channelization.
  • Developing and implementing right-of-way management and enhancement procedures,

Associate Engineer - Neighborhood Programs
This position will focus on providing comprehensive traffic engineering services to neighborhoods and supporting programs, such as Vision Zero . Duties also include addressing citizen requests, attending/participating in public meetings, and traffic calming design and implementation.

Other responsibilities include:
  • Conducting and analyzing traffic calming and traffic safety evaluations for safe routes to schools and neighborhood greenways
  • Supporting streets initiative projects and programs, residential street maintenance projects, and utility partnership projects, including elements related to implementation of the Transportation Master Plan , traffic calming, and residential development.

The Principles that Guide Us:
Tacoma, the City of Destiny , has a workforce of dedicated, talented employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement. The Principles that Guide Us, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity, speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.


Four-year degree from an accredited college or university in civil, mechanical, or electrical engineering or related field.

A Four-year degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering is preferred for the work associated with this position.

Engineer in Training Certificate for advancement to pay step four or higher.
Some positions may require a valid Washington Driver's License at the time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.

Knowledge & Skills

Develop methods of data collection and results interpretation. As necessary, implement results of research studies or programs with an appropriate and effective course of action based upon outcome or findings.

Ability to communicate clearly and prepare effective oral and written communications for professional and general public use.

Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with co-workers, the general public, city, county, state and federal agencies while coordinating research in support of assigned department programs.

Plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines.

Remain current on applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures within engineering field assigned.

Operate a personal computer and be self-reliant with operating system software to include peripheral office support equipment in order to accomplish assigned tasks. Database, CAD, and GIS experience desirable, but not required.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

To be considered for this opportunity:
Interested individuals must complete the online application and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

This is a competitive selection process. Your application will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of education, certifications, professional license and related experience. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and who most closely correspond to the City of Tacoma's needs will be placed on a referral list for review and potential interview selection. Appointment is subject to passing a pre-employment background and references check.

Supplemental questions regarding an applicant's experience and training are also included in the application form. These questions will be used to assess candidate minimum qualifications and to provide additional information to the hiring managers regarding candidate experience.

**Applications received by July 28, 2021 will receive first consideration.**

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Our City:
With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.

When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible work schedules (with some job classifications), continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
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For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, call the Human Resources office at (253) 591.5400 before 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement.
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