Traffic Systems Engineer

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Engineering Transportation or Transit

Job Description

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Traffic Systems Engineers working within the Merit System are responsible for the coordination and oversight of traffic studies involving regulatory, warning, and informational signs (e.g., pavement markings, street lighting, traffic signal warrants, school zones, railroad crossings, pedestrian crossings, lane widening,) road construction review, and accident analysis to ensure public safety and compliance to federal and local rules and guidelines. This work involves developing systems and plans to facilitate traffic movement and control, prevent accidents, and ensure ample street lighting is provided. Individuals in this job class are also responsible for overseeing the design of traffic control systems using accepted civil engineering practices, jurisdiction-specific standards and specifications, and nationally recognized engineering codes, standards, or regulations. They also review traffic data and recommendations received by subordinate traffic staff in order to determine the appropriate measures to be taken in relation to the improvement of traffic flow. Their work is performed under the direction of a supervisor and is typically reviewed for accuracy and completeness, in compliance with professional standards and guidelines.

Prepares, monitors, and administers departmental or organizational budget by reviewing spending trends, expenditure reports, analyzing financial data and ensuring expenditures are within annual budgetary limits.
Operates and maintains the central traffic computer operations and other signal systems in order to ensure that traffic flows safely and efficiently.
Reviews and processes various permit requests (e.g., parade, street, and sidewalk barricading, noise, block parties, driveways, daycare, etc.) to ensure traffic disruptions are documented and minimized.
Supervises staff by assigning and distributing work, directing staff in their job duties, monitoring progress of work, providing feedback and/or training.
Oversees the design of traffic control systems using accepted civil engineering practices, jurisdiction-specific standards and specifications, and nationally recognized engineering codes, standards, or regulations.
Plans, coordinates, and oversees, traffic studies involving regulatory, warning, and informational signs, pavement markings, street lighting, traffic signal warrants, school zones, railroad crossings, pedestrian crossings, lane widening, road construction review, accident analysis, etc. in order to ensure public safety and compliance to federal and local rules and guidelines.
Designs and implements signal timing on traffic systems that are not connected to the central traffic computer system to ensure traffic flows efficiently.
Reviews permit requests (e.g., driveways, new buildings, etc.) to ensure they meet required specifications and will not disrupt traffic.
Approves traffic signal installation designs completed by subordinates to ensure they meet accepted traffic regulations and standards.
Reviews construction plans for work being done in the right-of-way (e.g., widening streets, building sidewalks, subdivision development, commercial development, etc.) to ensure they meet jurisdiction-specific standards and accepted traffic engineering practices.


The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board’s job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.

  • Driver's license.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a closely related degree.

  • Driver's license.
  • Completion of a Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or a closely related degree within six (6) months of the opening date of this announcement.

Active membership in a relevant professional organization such as the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Urban Land Institute, or other similar professional organizations.
Demonstrated interest and/or training in multimodal transportation systems including pedestrian access, bicycle access, and transit systems.

Computer and Technology Operations.
Heavy Equipment and Vehicle Use.
Mathematical and Statistical Skills.
Planning and Organizing.
Problem Solving and Decision Making.
Professionalism and Integrity.
Reviewing, Inspecting and Auditing.
Self Management and Initiative.
Technical and Job-Specific Knowledge.
Technical Skills.
Written Communication and Comprehension.

Knowledge of algebra (mathematics in which variables represent numbers used to solve equations).
Knowledge of engineering maps and records.
Knowledge of geometry (mathematics concerned with questions of size, shape, and relative position of figures and with properties of space).
Knowledge of mathematical science (statistics) pertaining to the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of mathematical data, including predicting and forecasting based on data.
Knowledge of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and other applicable standards related to traffic.
Knowledge of traffic planning, practices, and principles of traffic control devices (and roadways).

Work is conducted both indoors in office setting as well as regular field visits to external worksites. Work involves use of standard office equipment, such as computer, phone, copier, etc.
Work may also involve the use of various hand tools such as hammer, screwdrivers, wrenches, etc. Workers may be exposed to weather conditions, such as extreme hot or cold temperatures, or other potentially hazardous conditions such as near roadway traffic, etc.

Job involves moderate physical exertion required for occasional prolonged periods of lifting, carrying, balancing, climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling.
Job May involve occasional lifting of items or objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.


Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at, or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website:


The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

Birmingham, Alabama United States View Map