Design Engineer (traffic Signal Design)

Arlington, Virginia
$57,387.20 - $114,004.80 Annually
Jun 14, 2019
Jul 03, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Transportation Engineering & Operations Bureau (TE&O) within the Department of Environmental Services (DES) is seeking a Design Engineer with experience in traffic signal design. This position will be part of the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) group in TE&O. The primary function of ITS is to manage the County's Signal and Streetlight system.

The ITS unit is responsible for maintaining 296 traffic signals along with growing ITS infrastructure and approximately 7,350 streetlights, which can be controlled from the central system. The unit also tracks/reports outages for ~11,300 Dominion Power (DP) streetlights. The team performs the design, construction, inspections, maintenance and operation of County ITS, traffic signals, and streetlights programs. The ITS group is also responsible for a portfolio of 30-40 capital projects comprising $30M in value at any given time.

Specific duties include:
  • Assisting with the execution of Signal Capital Improvement Project (CIP) program, including scoping, design, and construction, etc.
  • Designing signage and pavement marking plans, maintenance of traffic plans, and other traffic engineering tasks;
  • Creating progress reports, technical memorandum, and specifications;
  • Developing traffic signal designs and timing schemes for urban multimodal operation;
  • Conducting field investigations to resolve design issues where Right-of-way (ROW) and traffic impacts must be assessed;
  • Reviewing engineering plans to ensure compliance with County and state standards and guidelines;
  • Conducting quality review of decisions and work performed by Engineering Technicians and/or consultants;
  • Developing guidelines for installation of traffic control devices to assist technicians in applying engineering best practices to ensure safe and consistent application in the public ROW; and
  • Assisting with the Bureau's and ITS team's strategic planning efforts.
The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and be able to make technical language comprehensible to other DES colleagues and Departmental staff. The employee in this position will have excellent writing skills and be able to produce presentations, technical reports, master plans, RFPs, and compliance reports.

Selection Criteria

(Project Engineer / Journey level): Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering plus two years of professional civil engineering experience performing signal design and/or utility operations, including experience using AutoCAD (or similar design) software for signal design projects.

(Senior Engineer / Senior Level): A Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering plus significant progressively responsible civil engineering experience performing signal design and/or utility operations, including at least 2 years' experience using AutoCAD (or similar design) software for signal design projects.

Substitution: Experience may not be substituted for the Engineering Degree requirement. A Master's Degree in Civil Engineering may be substituted for one year of Engineering experience.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • Licensed as a Professional Engineer;
  • Master's degree in civil engineering or related field;
  • Familiar with federal transportation regulations such as MUTCD, AASHTO, and other state standards;
  • Public infrastructure project and contract management experience;
  • Experience in ADA ramp design and drainage;
  • Knowledge of asset management software such as Cartegraph or similar software;
  • Knowledge of signal design and developing signal/pavement marking plans; and/or
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.

Special Requirements

Applicant must possess, or have the ability to obtain, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's state of residence at the time of appointment. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Additional Information

Work hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday with infrequent required overtime, meetings (some off-site), and availability for call-back in emergency situations.

Candidates who possess a Professional Engineer License are also eligible to receive PE premium pay.

Since this class describes multiple levels of work, a special broadband pay range has been established to compensate work at any/all levels. Individuals encumbering positions within this class of work are compensated and move through the pay band based on a combination of level of work assignment and performance. The pay band does not differentiate specific pay ranges or caps within the band for entry, journey and senior level engineering work.

Salary listed above is the salary range effective July 1, 2019.

Note: This recruitment is open until the position is filled, interested applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. Qualified applicants in this first group will be referred to the hiring manager and interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when enough qualified applications have been received.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


This position requires a Bachelor's degree in Engineering plus 2 years or more of full-time (or equivalent) progressive experience in civil engineering performing signal design and/or utility operations. Please check which of the following requirements that you have. Check all that apply:
  • I have a Bachelor's degree or higher in Engineering
  • I have at least two years of civil engineering experience performing signal design and/or utility operations
  • I have three years or more of civil engineering experience performing signal design and/or utility operations
  • None of the above


Are you registered as a Professional Engineer with the Commonwealth of Virginia or in a state with reciprocity?
  • Yes
  • No


How much experience do you have using AutoCAD software for signal design projects?
  • None
  • Less than 1 year
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 years or more


Do you have project management experience as it relates to capital improvements for a public utility or jurisdiction responsible for signal operations?
  • Yes
  • No


Please list any industry specific software you are familiar with and briefly list or describe how you have utilized these programs in your career to design or manage signal design plans related to public utilities or systems. Specifically, consider experience with AutoCAD or similar design software, asset management software, and Microsoft Office Suite software in your answers.


Please use the space below to provide specific details of civil engineering experience you have with any of the following:
• Performing signal design and curb extensions/ADA ramps;
• Public infrastructure project and contract management experience; and
• Familiarity with federal transportation regulations such as MUTCD, AASHTO, and other state standards.

Required Question

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