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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5141 - Traffic Engineer

Job Description

GRADE: 316

Under general direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in all aspects of traffic engineering and construction and utility permitting for the DuPage County Division of Transportation; performs related work as required.

The employee in this class manages, reviews, and performs complex engineering tasks focused upon evaluating and making recommendations to improve traffic safety and capacity on the County Highway System in accordance with current traffic engineering principles and practices.  Work requires the application of skilled judgment in making technical decisions and the management of subordinate engineers and engineering technicians.  Work is performed under the general direction of Assistant County Engineer. 

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Performs traffic engineering analysis
• Investigates, researches and recommends improvements to high accident locations or sections of roadways and intersections with long delays to traffic
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Develops, manages and oversees the Traffic Signal and Street Light Maintenance contract for over 335 traffic signals on the County Highway System
• Recommends replacement, redesign or retiming of traffic signals as required
• Coordinates and supervises the maintenance of various traffic and construction permit databases
• Collects and coordinates information for litigation involving traffic related matters
• Manages and reviews plans and approves or denies proposed access for new developments adjacent to County Highways as a part of construction permit operations
• Performs, assigns and reviews analysis of traffic studies for traffic signal systems
• Prepares exhibits and presentations related to highway traffic programs
• Compiles data and conducts analysis for input into long range transportation plans
• Recommends items for inclusion into Division of Transportation annual and long range improvement plan, manages engineers and engineering technicians engaged in the collection and analysis of a variety of data pertaining to the traffic engineering for the County Highway System
• Coordinates the work of consultants to implement traffic improvement projects
• Manages the collection and analysis of data and prepares responses to requests from Township Highway Commissioners for traffic control devices and speed limit studies
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• The principles, practices, policies, and regulations of traffic engineering, transportation planning and civil engineering
• Work zone safety
• Traffic impact studies, roadway capacity analysis and traffic signal systems
• Traffic modeling and analysis tools
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
• Management and leadership principles

Skill in:
• Applying project management principles
• The application of good practical judgment in the decision making
• The analysis of traffic related data
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc.
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office
• Planning, scheduling and supervising the work of others

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other agencies, consultants and contractors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality
• Monitor and evaluate employees
• Prioritize and assign work
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Plan, analyze, and evaluate programs and services, operational needs, and fiscal constraints
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Completion of Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, and eight (8) years of traffic engineering or related experience, which included two (2) years of supervisory experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

This position requires an Illinois Professional Engineer license. Must possess and maintain in good standing a valid Illinois driver's license.