Transportation Engineer (Continuous)

  • Oakland, California
  • Mar 03, 2023
Full Time Engineering Transportation or Transit
  • Salary: 120,684 USD

Job Description

The Position


Due to current events and pandemic-related safety concerns, all exam dates and locations are tentative. Applicants will be notified as further information becomes available. Applicants should also check their email on a regular basis for updates.

The City of Oakland is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity, inclusion, and equity. Oakland has a long history of activism around issues of justice and equity. Both oppression and this resistance to oppression have shaped the city’s historical roots and the lives of its residents to this day. As public servants to one of the most diverse cities in the nation, we strive to develop employees who understand the harm and impacts of systemic inequity to create lasting, meaningful outcomes for everyone. Oakland strives to establish an environment that embraces the richness of culture, community, and individualism of employees.

Would you like to use your engineering talents to contribute to a growing City? The City of Oakland welcomes you to apply for this exciting opportunity, where your professional development and advancement will be fostered.

The City of Oakland is currently recruiting to fill two Transportation Engineer vacancies within the Department of Transportation. Under general supervision in the Oakland Department of Transportation (DOT), the Transportation Engineer performs professional engineering transportation, traffic, and civil engineering work, which includes: preparing project documents for the planning, design, construction, integration, deployment, and operations of multi-modal transportation and related projects to enhance safety, accessibility, mobility, and sustainability; planning, designing, implementing, integrating, deploying, and maintaining traffic signals, signal and transit operations, signal systems, intelligent transportation systems, telecommunication, transportation management systems, and databases; preparing and reviewing transportation studies including Environmental Impact Reports; providing lead direction to technical and professional staff; and performs related duties as assigned.

T he Department of Transportation (OakDOT) is committed to designing traffic and transportation solutions that work to meet the needs of all Oaklanders and reduce existing inequities. OakDOT staff apply strong engineering, planning, policy and implementation expertise to advance mobility, accessibility, equity, safety and sustainability on our transportation system.

The ideal candidate is a customer service-oriented professional with the ability to develop and deliver plans, projects, and programs within the Department of Transportation. The two current vacancies will be located within one of OakDOT’s following six sections. These positions will represent and further the City's commitment to racial equity in all transportation engineering work.

Traffic Capital Projects - The Traffic Capital Projects team designs and prepares construction documents for projects that mitigate roadway hazards. Projects include roadway geometric, drainage, structural and ADA compliant elements, traffic signals, intelligent transportation elements, and major roadway improvements at freeway ingress/egress areas. Most work requires using AutoCAD Civil 3-D software. The team also leads the grants application process for project funds as well as off-site review for private projects.

Paving & Sidewalks - The Paving & Sidewalks team designs and prepares construction documents for pavement rehabilitation and striping and ADA improvements based on a new innovative equity-based model. Improvements include complete streets design components, such as bike lanes, pedestrian refugees, and various other features .

Traffic Engineering - The Traffic Engineering Section operates programs that improve roadway safety for schools and residential/commercial neighborhoods and supports inter-departmental and jurisdictional projects. Typical work involves helping residents slow down traffic in their neighborhood, working with principals to improve pedestrian safety around schools, setting speed limits for the police to enforce, restricting parking on narrow streets for the fire department to access, and reviewing neighboring jurisdictions' projects that impact Oakland streets. The team also delivers small-scale capital improvement projects funded by in house budget and outside grants for which the team competes and applies. The section has three Transportation Engineer positions of which one is vacant. The selected candidate will be the lead engineer in either citizens' requests or small capital projects, both of which are supported by two Assistant Engineers.

Bicycle & Pedestrian Program - The Bicycle & Pedestrian Program facilitates, coordinates, and oversees the implementation of the City's Pedestrian and Bicycle Plans and supports OakDOT in creating, managing, and analyzing transportation data. The Program provides staff support to the City's Bicyclist and Pedestrian Advisory Commission. The Program is seeking to fill one vacancy as the lead staff in a team of 2.5 full-time employees designing and delivering low-cost/high-impact projects that implement the City's Pedestrian and Bicycle Plans.

Multimodal Corridor Operations - The Multimodal Corridor Operations Section is staffed by engineers and electricians who maintain, operate, and improve Oakland's network of about 700 traffic signals. The section works closely with AC Transit on transit priority and the operation of the International Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit corridor. The section also works systematically to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety through traffic signal timing and traffic signal upgrades.

Right of Way (ROW) Management and Engineering Services -ROW Management and Engineering Services administer Oakland's public space regulations. Engineering Services issues permits for privately funded projects or work in the City Right of Way, and processes Subdivision maps. Engineering Service team includes OakDOT Permit Counter, the Plan Review unit with engineers, and construction inspectors. Engineering Service issues sewer lateral permit, curb gutter sidewalk permit, excavation permit, utility excavation permit, encroachment permit, private development design review permit, certificate of compliance, parcel map, final map, ROW vacation and easement dedication. Engineering Service work closely with the Planning and Building Department, Public Works, Environmental Service, Electrical Service, City Attorney’s office and external agencies, including Caltrans, BART, Utility companies and Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC). Engineering Service has expert level command of the Municipal Code and speaks for the agency in meetings with key stakeholders, including Oakland residents, developers, and public utilities.

This is the journey-level classification in the professional transportation engineering series. incumbents are required to have registration as a Civil or Traffic Engineer in the State of California. Transportation Engineers perform complex professional civil and traffic engineering work and may lead and direct the work of lower level professional and technical staff. Appointment to this level requires considerable knowledge of all aspects of transportation engineering. Incumbents exercise a high degree of independent judgment designing and interpreting engineering plans and specifications, resolving technical problems, and interacting with the public. Incumbents receive general supervision from management staff including Supervising Transportation Engineer, Project Manager or Senior Transportation Planner and directs and supervises assigned technical and professional staff.

The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be used to fill other vacancies that occur within the City including full-time and permanent part-time positions, if applicable.

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Examples of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Supervise, prepare, and review transportation improvement plans, specifications, and cost estimates; conduct traffic investigations; design traffic signal configurations and operations; develop project, street, intersection, and parking geometric layouts; prepare and review traffic control plans; oversee consultants.
  • Review transportation studies, perform investigations and submit recommendations regarding the installation of traffic control devices including neighborhood traffic control measures.
  • Meet with and serve as liaison to City departments, other agencies, and business and citizen groups; provide technical information as needed; present information at public meetings.
  • Participate in the planning and design of capital improvement projects as they relate to traffic and transportation; administer consultant and construction contracts; perform project inspection.
  • Provide lead direction and technical training to assigned technical and professional staff.
  • Drive a vehicle to work site; may be required to walk uneven surfaces in order to perform site inspections or conduct transportation studies.

Minimum Requirements for Application

Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following minimum qualifications is acceptable:

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering, transportation or a closely related field.

Three (3) years of professional engineering experience in transportation or traffic engineering. Possession of a Master's Degree in Transportation Engineering may be substituted for one (1) year of professional experience.

License or Certificate / Other Requirements:

Incumbents in this position are expected to operate automotive vehicles in the performance of assigned duties. Due to the nature of the assignment and the hours worked, public transportation may not be a cost effective or efficient method of traveling to the various locations required. Individuals who are appointed to this position will be required to maintain a valid California Drivers' License throughout the tenure of employment OR demonstrate the ability to travel to various locations in a timely manner as required in the performance of duties.

Possession of a valid registration as a civil or traffic engineer in the State of California or possession of a valid registration as a civil or traffic engineer in another state and the ability to obtain California registration either by reciprocity or at the next available examination for which the candidate can apply.


Knowledge of:
  • Transportation engineering principles, practices, and methods, and the familiarity with computer programs used to assist in analyses.
  • Applying civil engineering principles related to transportation projects.
  • Computerized civil engineering design and construction documentation programs such as AutoCAD Civil 3-D for complex transportation projects design Traffic control devices and practices relating system design, installation and equipment and operation.
  • Principles of project and personnel management.
  • Federal, state and local traffic engineering laws and ordinances.
  • Contract preparation, contractor selection, administration of contract work, change orders, disputes, claims, and closing contracts.
  • Principles of supervision and training.
  • Computer systems and software applications.
Ability to:
  • Use computerized civil engineering design and construction documentation programs such as AutoCAD Civil 3-D to prepare accurate plans, specifications and cost estimates.
  • Read and interpret plans specifications; and engineering reports.
  • Provide lead direction to staff.
  • Write clear, concise, and accurate technical and non-technical reports, studies, correspondence, and memoranda; prepare agreements; keep accurate records.
  • Speak clearly and effectively during oral presentations before public and community groups and address transportation related concerns.
  • Define areas of responsibility for work to be performed by consultant or contractor; administer contracts for professional engineering services.
  • Research, analyze, and solve complex problems; apply statistical methods.
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.

Supplemental Information

The Selection Process

Stage I: The first stage in the selection process will consist of a review of each applicant's employment application, a copy of a valid registration as a civil or traffic engineer in the State of California or possession of a valid registration as a civil or traffic engineer in another state and the ability to obtain California registration either by reciprocity or at the next available examination for which the candidate can apply, and supplemental questionnaire for minimum qualifications (weighted pass/fail). Be sure to scan and attach a copy of your valid registration as a civil or traffic engineer to your on-line application. Applications submitted without all required materials will not be given further consideration.

Stage II: The second stage will consist of subject matter experts evaluating and rating the completed supplemental questionnaires. Applicant responses to the supplemental questions must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities listed in the qualifications section of this announcement. The evaluation of supplemental questions may be weighted 100% of an applicant score (before residency and/or veteran points) and may determine rank on the eligible list. If a sufficient number of quality application packets are received, the supplemental screening may be followed by a third stage and the most qualified applicants will be invited to the next stage. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement to Stage III.

Stage III:

The third stage may consist of an oral interview examination that may be preceded by a brief written exercise (weighted100%) that will test the knowledge, skills and abilities listed in the qualifications section.

The ranked eligible list may be developed directly from the supplemental screening OR the results of Stage III. Candidates must earn a scale score of 70 in this examination process to be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration.

The ranked eligible list may be developed directly from the supplemental screening OR the results of Stage III. Candidates must earn a scale score of 70 in this examination process to be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration. This is a continuous recruitment; additional names of successful candidates may be added to the eligible list periodically; candidates’ names will be merged onto the existing eligible list and referred to hiring departments according to rank. Candidates who are on an active eligible list may not re-apply for the duration of the eligible list.

Applicants are required to submit criminal history information upon request after receiving a conditional offer of employment. If the requested information is not furnished in a timely manner, applicants will not qualify for further consideration and will be removed from the eligible list.

The City of Oakland reserves the right to modify the selection process and date of examination as necessary to conform to administrative or business necessity. The information contained in this announcement is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

How to Apply

Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least two to three hours to submit your application if you are a new user on the system. APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY. You may apply and view current openings by visiting our employment opportunities webpage at

If you do not have access to a computer, there are computer stations available at any City of Oakland Public Library. There are also workstations at the Human Resources Management Department, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Workstations are available during regular business hours (normally 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Due to current events and pandemic-related safety concerns, City facilities may be closed to the public.

Our online application system is provided by NeoGov. If you have problems while applying online, please contact NeoGov's Live Applicant Support at (855) 524-5627 between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time, Monday - Friday. You may also call the City of Oakland Human Resources Management Department during regular business hours at (510) 238-3112 for information; however, we are unable to provide technical support for the online application system.

Date of Examination:
Applications must be submitted no later than February 13, 2022, to be considered for the first exam in this continuous recruitment, which is tentatively scheduled for the week of February 21, 2022 .

The City of Oakland is an EEO/ADA Employer.

The City complies with all Federal, State and local laws mandating Equal Employment Opportunities. All qualified applicants will be considered in accordance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

The City of Oakland is committed to the wellbeing of its employees and offers comprehensive health and wellness services along with an array of other benefits for most positions. Benefits may include*:

• CalPERS Medical
• Dental
• Vision
• Medical Waiver Plan - Cash-In-Lieu
• Flexible Spending Accounts
• Commuter Benefits
• Group & Supplemental Life Insurance
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH)
• Pension Benefits
• Deferred Compensation

* Specific benefits may vary depending on the assignedspecific bargaining unit. Information regarding most benefits can be reviewed here: Employee Benefits Information Current MOUs may be reviewed here: City of Oakland Labor Agreements

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


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