Transportation Engineer (Continuous)

City of Oakland, CA
Full time Full day
Oakland, CA

The Position

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 six Transportation Engineer vacancies within the Department of Transportation (OakDOT). The 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 Transportation Engineer is a 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.

Ideal Candidate: 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 six current vacancies are located within OakDOT's following five 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, protected 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 Com mission . 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.

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:

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 is required.

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


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.

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.

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 work stations at the Human Resources Management Department, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Work stations are available during regular business hours (normally 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Due to current events and the statewide shelter-in-place order, City facilities may be closed to the public.

Our on-line 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:

Tentatively scheduled for the week of: TBD - Continuous Recruitment

The City of Oakland is an EEO/ADA Employer.

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