Yakima County Human Resources

  • 121-09 Senior Engineer - Public Services County Road

    Working Title
    Senior Traffic Engineer
    Regular Full Time Budgeted
    FLSA Status
    Public Services-County Road
    Required Testing/Exercises
    Open Date
    Close Date
    $33.92 - $44.80 per hour
  • Overview

    There is one opening with the Yakima County Public Services, County Road. This position is responsible for ensuring that the design, installation and maintenance of traffic control devices on County roads are in compliance with accepted standardsThis recruitment may be used to fill future openings which may occur within 90 days of the posted closing date.


    Assists with the administration, coordination and evaluation of the Traffic Engineering Division by monitoring operations, identifying resources and providing technical expertise; analyzes work load; forecasts future Traffic Operations and Safety Management needs; develops plans and strategies to meet needs; evaluates pending revisions to laws, rules, specifications and traffic control device standards that have an impact on area of responsibility.


    Evaluates relevant traffic data and recommends plans to promote safety and reduce congestion.

    Prepares/reviews plans for the placement of traffic control signals, road signs and other traffic control devices; recommends changes in speed limit and stop sign ordinances; prepares/reviews contracts for street light projects. Assures timely and proper repair and installation of traffic signs and devices to ensure compliance with Federal and State standards; ensures that permanent records of all traffic control signs are maintained; ensures that annual striping and pavement marking programs are adequate to meet Federal and State standards.


    Meets with citizens regarding complaints and resolves problems within County policies and guidelines.

    Responds to inquiries from contractors, public agencies, elected officials, and the general public regarding County traffic control policies, practices and procedures.


    Exchanges project information with other agencies including towns, cities, counties, state agencies, railroads, and public and private utilities to coordinate county projects and improvements; represents Yakima County at meetings, seminars and workshops to learn of new developments to increase efficiency and reduce costs; attends pre-bid and preconstruction meetings to represent traffic concerns.


    Other duties as assigned.


    Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or related Engineering field and Six years engineering experience, including two years in engineering project management; or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.


    Equipment Used: Computer and engineering software (must be proficient with a variety of traffic analysis software, roadway lighting software), vehicle, calculator, telephone, fax, copier, camera, measuring equipment and specialized construction monitoring equipment.


    Working Conditions: Environmental Demands: exposure to weather, multiple work locations, field work. Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work. Physical Demands: sitting, standing, walking, fingering, hearing, smelling, talking, visual acuity.




    • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington. Applications will be accepted from registered engineers residing in another state, and appointments of such individuals shall be contingent upon obtaining the Washington State Registration within 6 months of appointment


    • Possession of a valid Washington State driver’s license is required at time of appointment.


    Preferred: None listed.




    • Traffic Signal and roadway lighting design
    • Traffic Engineering Theories and Principles
    • Traffic demand and intersection operational analysis
    • Federal, state and local laws, standards and regulations governing traffic engineering practices
    • National Electrical Code
    • Safety precautions
    • Customer service techniques




    • Monitoring and reviewing the work of consultants
    • Prioritizing, monitoring and supervising engineering projects
    • Coordinating complex traffic engineering projects
    • Providing technical advice to professional level staff
    • Writing contract specifications
    • Reading and interpreting maps, blueprints, schematics, plans and specifications
    • Performing higher level traffic analysis
    • Reviewing complex traffic impact analysis
    • Making complex mathematical calculations
    • Tracking and monitoring records for projects
    • Using traffic demand and operational analysis applications
    • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships at all organizational levels and with the public
    • Oral and written communication sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction






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