Arlington, Virginia
$45,801.60 - $69,971.20 Annually
May 14, 2021
Jun 04, 2021
Full Time
Position Information

Salary listed above is the salary range effective July 1, 2021.

Arlington County is seeking an experienced Engineering Technician to perform transportation-related technical and investigative work in the Transportation Engineering & Operations Bureau of the Department of Environmental Services. This position requires a working knowledge of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), and its use relative to traffic signs, pavement markings and street operations. The ideal employee in this position can use national standards and the County's standard practices as a guide to make quick decisions based on onsite operating conditions and sound technical judgement.

Specific duties include:
  • Investigating, collecting and analyzing data related to traffic signs, pavement markings, parking, pedestrian activity, and multi-modal elements of the urban street network;
  • Exercising judgment in making decisions on placement of traffic signs, installation of pavement markings and other transportation engineering solutions to improve safety;
  • Investigating, generating, and issuing right-of-way permits for construction equipment, PODS, block parties, moving vans, and other events that require temporary closure of the public right-of-way;
  • Representing the TE&O Bureau as the transportation expert during the County's special events' initiative;
  • Understanding, applying, and communicating transportation codes and standards verbally and in writing;
  • Preparing graphic materials, reports, and documented operational decisions using Microsoft Office Suite, or other transportation engineering software applications; and
  • Entering work requests orders into the data management system for implementation and following up to ensure the tasks are executed accurately.
The successful candidate will be able to exercise diplomacy while working with the public and County stakeholders, as well as being responsive to inquiries and clearly communicating approved decisions. The ability to maintain organized records to analyze information accurately, and a working knowledge of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and County Code will be beneficial.

Selection Criteria

  • High school diploma or GED; and
  • At least two years of experience in transportation engineering operations, which also must include at least a year of experience using software to track data and generate reports.
Substitution: Completion of college courses in engineering or other directly related field may be substituted for up to one year of experience on a year-for-year basis. Additional qualifying experience may substitute for up to two years of the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Experience conducting transportation engineering studies;
  • Working knowledge of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and the Virginia Work Area Protection Manual (VAPM); and/or
  • Undergraduate degree or coursework in an engineering field.

Special Requirements

The applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. 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 may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Additional Information

Work Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday with flexibility upon supervisor approval.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The official classification title for this position is Engineering Technician III.

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.


How much experience do you have in transportation operations?
  • None
  • Less than a year
  • 1 year
  • 2 years
  • 3 years or more


Please describe your experience using software to track data and generate reports. Specify the type of data you tracked, the software used, and what the data was used for.


Describe your experience in transportation engineering operations including but not limited to signs and markings, permitting, and conducting transportation engineering studies. If you do not have this experience, type "N/A."


Describe your experience using the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and the Virginia Work Area Protection Manual (VAPM). If you do not have this experience, type "N/A."

Required Question

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