Assistant Traffic Engineers supervise the signal section, sign and pavement marking section, and engineering section to ensure that all responsibilities and assignments are completed. Assistant Traffic Engineers also prepare signal timing plans for traffic signals, handle citizen complaints relating to traffic and traffic operations, complete complex traffic-related studies such as traffic generation and distribution studies and highway capacity studies. This position involves working with employees in the preparation of traffic signal plan layouts, pavement marking plans and parking facility plans, providing assistance and direction to contractors relating to handling traffic during construction and maintenance operations, and assisting in preparing specifications for traffic-engineering related equipment. Finally, Assistant Traffic Engineers compile and prepare traffic engineering data for public presentations and public hearings and prepare work orders for the installation and removal of traffic control devices and for the completion of traffic studies on local roadways.
Engineering Technicians read and review project drawings and plans to determine the sizes of structures, observe project sites and evaluate contractors’ work to detect problems with a design, and help to ensure that project construction conforms to design specifications and applicable codes. Also, Technicians confer with engineers about preparing plans, evaluate field conditions, and develop plans and estimate costs for constructing systems and operating facilities. During and after projects, Engineering Technicians use computer design software under the charge of engineers, set up and help maintain project files and records, and prepare reports and document project activities and data.
An Associate Civil Engineer review private project development plans for compliance with codes, regulations, standards, and compliance with approved master plans. Civil Engineers also evaluate transportation, traffic and other public works related impacts related to private projects while determining applicable codes, regulations, and requirements for assigned projects. They coordinate the preparation of, or develops, engineering plans, specifications, estimates for complex public works projects, required advertising for bids, reviews construction bids and makes necessary recommendations based on lowest and best bids, competency of vendors and consultants, and the selection criteria. Finally, an Associate Civil Engineer provides project management for the construction of the municipal public works projects, inspects and oversees assigned projects to ensure contractor compliance with contract documents, schedules, and budget parameters for the project.
A Traffic Signal Technician installs and repairs traffic control equipment, and maintains electrical systems and microprocessor-based controllers including relays, wiring, conflict monitors, signal suspension cables, poles, communication modules, underground conduits, related lighting, and vehicle detectors. Technicians also handle calibration, troubleshoot circuit boards, run diagnostic tests, analyze data of traffic flow and design timing of signal control devices. Lastly, Traffic Signal Technicians review inventory to ensure you have the tools and replacement parts needed. Technicians usually work independently and reports to administrative management.
Road Construction Workers have duties ranging from installing the cones, signs and barricades that warn drivers and control the flow of traffic, acting as flagmen to stop or direct traffic, clearing debris from the work site, using jackhammers to break up existing pavement and tending equipment such as cement mixers or asphalt heaters. Road construction workers are typically trained by employers on the job, but some contractor associations and trade unions offer apprenticeship programs. During an apprenticeship, workers spend two to four years attending class part-time and working part-time while earning a wage. Apprentices normally need to be at least 18, and program sponsors usually prefer candidates who have graduated high school or earned an equivalency diploma.
TMC Technicians provide daily traffic management activities in the TMC consisting of operating traffic management systems, tunnel control systems, and radio communications as well as perform advanced traffic management activities and analysis. Technicians’ role is to manage daily traffic, accidents, construction, and maintenance closures in their area of jurisdiction. Decisions made by Technicians directly affect the safety and traffic flow on the freeway and the adjacent arterial system. In addition, this position includes data retrieval and analysis for traffic engineering studies, and traffic flow analysis.