Design Engineer (transportation)

Arlington, Virginia
$57,387.20 - $114,004.80 Annually
Jun 14, 2019
Jul 08, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

NOTE: This recruitment is being re-announced to reflect fiscal year 2019 and to increase the applicant pool. If you have previously applied for this position under a former announcement number, you do not need to re-apply unless you wish to update your application.

Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services is seeking a Design Engineer to join the Operations group for the Transportation Engineering and Operations Bureau (TE&O).

Specific duties Include:
  • Drafting and reviewing AutoCAD roadway design plans (i.e., sign & marking, pedestrian improvement, transit stop improvement, and Maintenance of Transportation), and concept and preliminary design plans to address operational safety concerns;
  • Reviewing site plans for school expansion and/or renovation projects and coordinating with Arlington Public School officials to provide technical expertise concerning safety operations;
  • Coordinating with other agencies and programs to provide technical support and expertise on transportation operational, access, and safety matters;
  • Developing design concepts, reviewing plans, and/or providing technical expertise for multi-modal urban safety improvement projects to include ADA and pedestrian requirements, bicycle accommodations, transit operations, and shared curb space usage;
  • Performing synchronization/capacity analysis and developing design alternatives for enhancements to the roadway network;
  • Conducting safety studies (i.e., all-way stop, pedestrian, collision, and speed) to develop short term and longer term design alternatives for small-scaled transportation enhancements to improve safety, mobility, and access;
  • Engaging with Arlington County customers by gathering transportation-related data to investigate customer concerns, attending civic association meetings, and responding to these concerns via written and/or verbal communication;
  • Developing, reviewing and/or evaluating procedural guidelines, technical standards, and policies for onsite surveys, investigations, evaluations, analyses, and the application of safety and access mitigation measures; and
  • Assisting with reviews and updates to the County Code and the development of a Standard Operating Safety Manual, the Operations team's webpage, and the TE&O bureau's Sharepoint site.
The ideal candidate will have excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills, and be proficient in a variety of software applications such as Microsoft Office Suite, AutoCAD, etc.

Arlington County offers a competitive salary and a great benefits package including a Defined Benefit (pension) plan. For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits click here .

Selection Criteria

Minimum (Senior Engineer Level): A Bachelor's degree in Engineering plus considerable professional experience in transportation design and/or operations with a focus on multi-modal access, analysis, and safety.

Minimum (Journey Engineer Level): A Bachelor's degree in Engineering plus some professional experience in transportation design and/or operations with a focus on multi-modal access, analysis, and safety.

Minimum (Junior Engineer Level): A Bachelor's degree in Engineering plus experience using Autodesk Civil3D or similar CAD software.

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:
  • Experience developing technical policies, guidelines, and/or standards;
  • Experience investigating transportation operational & safety concerns and documenting findings and recommendations in a technical format;
  • Experience in project management and GIS coding and manipulation skills;
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD design and review and GIS programming applications; and/or
  • Certification as a Professional Engineer.

Special Requirements

This position will require travel around Arlington County for various meetings and field inspections. Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence, or be willing to use alternative means of transportation. The applicant must provide or 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 favorable review of the applicants driving record.

Additional Information

Work hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Employees that are registered as a Professional Engineer will be eligible for a pay premium of $2,600 annually.

This position is part of a broadband, competency based pay plan which encompasses a variety of responsibility levels from junior through senior and for which the overall annual salary range is $57,387.20 - $114,004.80. Individuals appointed to positions in this pay plan will be appointed at a salary based on their experience and training and the nature of the work assigned. Within pay guidelines, pay plan participants are eligible for variable salary increases based on performance, growth in responsibilities, and employee development on a yearly basis.

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

Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

NOTE: This position is listed as "open continuous." Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants referred on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of 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.


Do you have a Bachelor's degree in Engineering?
  • Yes
  • No


How much professional engineering experience have you had in transportation design and/or operations with a focus on multi-modal access, analysis, and safety?
  • Less than 6 months
  • 6 to less than 12 months
  • 1 to less than 2 years
  • 2 to less than 3 years
  • 3 years or more


Please describe your experience in drafting and/or reviewing CAD roadway design plans (i.e. signing & marking, pedestrian improvements, transit stop improvements, and Maintenance of Transportation.


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


Describe your experience with technical standards, guidelines, and/or policy development.


Describe your experience conducting safety studies, performing synchronization/capacity analysis and developing design alternatives.


Describe your experience managing, designing, or implementing multi-modal transportation projects (roadway, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit).

Required Question

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