With limited direction, performs advanced senior level professional engineering duties in the area of responsibility. Serves as the agency subject matter expert for all phases of Sound Transit corridor and non-corridor projects. Provides technical and strategic support to project directors and managers. Oversees a full range of traffic engineering analyses, functions, and design. Ensures conformance with standards; and responds to questions and inquiries from local jurisdictions, the public, contractors, consultants, engineering professionals, and Agency staff regarding traffic engineering.
The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties
In area of assignment:
Serves as Sound Transit's technical matter expert and point of contact for all matters related to traffic engineering. Responds to questions and inquiries from the general public, contractors, consultants, and agency staff in area of expertise.
Represents Sound Transit on traffic engineering related matters with local jurisdictions, consultants, management, contractors, and other departments.
Initiates, directs, and applies the results of studies to evaluate existing and projected transportation systems, traffic impacts of projects, and proposed remedial treatments at problem locations.
Develops and maintains Sound Transit's technical requirements and criteria related to traffic design, including but not limited to design criteria, standard specifications and drawings. May be required to sign and seal technical requirements.
Provides traffic engineering support to Project Managers throughout the planning, design and construction phase of capital projects. Support includes but is not limited to design reviews, construction submittal reviews, traffic analysis reviews, alternative reviews, etc. Ensures projects are meeting Sound Transit and local agency standards for traffic design.
Provides support to project managers, corridor design managers, and project directors by identifying critical engineering issues, evaluating alternative solutions, and giving recommendations for the preferred approach.
Works with staff and consultants creating and validating design alternatives with the help of various design software tools. Interacts with design staff to ensure that light rail design and civil engineering design are appropriate, compatible, and safe.
Collaborates with Safety Office staff and Operations Department staff in evaluation of existing Link, Sounder, and ST Express operations and grade crossings. Identifies potential changes to the system to address safety, speed, and reliability. Documents findings and makes recommendations.
Assists in negotiations and establishment of formal agreements with individual contractors and firms; administers assigned engineering contracts, and monitors traffic engineering activities to assure contract compliance.
Provides technical assistance in preparation of public education materials, outreach documents, and public meeting presentations. Provide technical support to outreach staff at public meetings.
Provides support to the department/division and others on matters as directed; serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; incorporates new developments as appropriate; ensures processes, policies and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively; ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable state and federal laws, Agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations.
It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.
It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices.
Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience: Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering and six years of experience in the area of traffic engineering and transportation systems operations, preferably in a rail or transit related environment.
Required Licenses or Certifications:
Possession of a valid State Driver's License.
Professional Civil Engineer License issued by the State of Washington.
NOTE: Candidates with a Professional Engineer license in Washington State will be given precedence; however, those licensed in other states will be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on their ability to obtain a WA state PE license.
Required Knowledge of:
Principles and practices of traffic engineering including traffic control methods, statistical and research procedures, traffic laws and regulations.
Design concepts for interstate highways, local highways, arterial streets, and local streets.
Design concepts for traffic control devices including signals, signs, and markings.
Principles and practices of Intelligent Transportation Systems and street lighting.
ADA requirements for public rights of way.
Operation of traffic signal systems, traffic signal modeling, and micro simulation.
Transportation elements of environmental review.
Construction means and methods typically used for transportation projects.
Agency design criteria manuals, policies and procedures, standard contract documents.
Engineering consulting services and methods including reports, studies, cost estimates, plans, and specifications.
Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to innovations and trends in traffic engineering design and development.
Contract and procurement strategies and management principles.
Required Skill in:
Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports.
Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the public.
Strong written and verbal communication skills to concisely and accurately convey detailed technical information to others.
Preparing, reviewing, interpreting, analyzing, and modifying complex engineering plans, drawings, specifications, contract documents, and engineering reports for conformance to professional standards and approved budgets.
Presentation development and public speaking skills.
Preparing and analyzing complex data and comprehensive reports.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS / WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Work is performed in a standard office environment.
Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather conditions, physical harm, hazardous chemicals, and extreme noise when conducting site visits and working in the field.
The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.
Sound Transit is an equal employment opportunity employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment action based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or other protected class.
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