Senior Engineer

City of Carlsbad | Carlsbad, CA

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Posted Date 2/04/2021


Salary: $94,657.00 - $130,398.00 Annually

The City of Carlsbad seeks a dynamic Senior Engineer with a strong working knowledge of traffic engineering and traffic signal systems principles to join the Traffic and Mobility Division of the Transportation Department of the Public Works Branch. The Senior Engineer is the first management level in the engineering professional series and will supervise the Traffic Signal Systems Unit and support staff in the implementation of their assigned projects. This position reports to the City Traffic Engineer.

The Senior Engineer will manage and perform professional engineering tasks that include contract administration, design and project management of various traffic and signal systems, review plans, specifications, and cost estimates, and conduct technical studies to ensure compliance with applicable Federal, State, County, and local standards and regulations.

Carlsbad -The Community: This nearly 40 square mile city is ideally situated in north San Diego County with an approximate population of 115,000. It offers a great climate, beautiful beaches, lagoons, and abundant natural open space. World-class resorts, family attractions, well-planned neighborhoods, a diverse business sector, and a charming village atmosphere combine to create the ideal California experience.

The Branch: The Public Works Branch is responsible for planning, providing and maintaining the infrastructure that supports Carlsbad's excellent quality of life. The Branch includes a variety of Divisions including Administration, Environmental Management, General Services, Utilities and Transportation. More than 173 full-time staff support the Branch which has an annual budget of $90 million, along with a total Capital Improvement Program appropriation of $260 million.
The Department: The Transportation Department supports the planning, design, and construction of the city and private development projects; keeps people and traffic moving; and cares for transportation and drainage infrastructure systems.

The Position:  The City of Carlsbad is recruiting for a Senior Engineer that will be the supervisor of the Traffic Signal Systems Unit and a key member of the Traffic and Mobility Division. This individual will be part of an engineering team which manages a variety of traffic engineering  and traffic signal systems projects and will report directly to the City Traffic Engineer.
The Senior Engineer will oversee professional civil engineering work in the design and construction of roadways and traffic control devices including traffic signals and other public capital projects with a focus on traffic signal systems infrastructure.  The Senior Engineer will also supervise and coordinate work related to transportation projects and do related work as assigned.

Key Responsibilities

Typical duties assigned to this position include but are not limited to:

  • Evaluate and make recommendations on traffic-related matters and traffic control device requests from internal and external shareholders
  • Investigate and respond to requests from the public
  • Analyze and interpret traffic data including traffic counts, speed measurements and collision records
  • Oversee successful installations of traffic signal and communication equipment 
  • Manage the regular maintenance and repairs of traffic signal systems infrastructure
  • Establish, monitor and evaluate traffic signal system performance and benefits for central control software including closed-loop, distributive and adaptive type systems
  • Manage the operation of the Traffic Management Center, traffic control and communications systems
  • Assist with traffic signal systems and communications integration
  • Operate and monitor the Advanced Traffic Management System and ITS field components during daily and special event operations
  • Review and analyze traffic characteristics in the system
  • Prepare and implement signal timing plans and strategies
  • Implement traffic signal timing and fine-tuning in the field as required
  • Compile data for and prepare a variety of technical reports related to traffic engineering, traffic systems planning and automated traffic signal systems
  • Design and implementation of traffic signal and ITS projects and coordination with outside vendors, consultants, and agencies as needed
  • Develop and enhance traffic signal control software for embedded systems as necessary
  • Train and assist system users; give tours and demonstrate systems capabilities
  • Respond to emergency calls as needed. Ability to work weekends and evenings on occasion
  • Complete or supervise the design of traffic signals, signing/striping, temporary traffic control and other transportation improvement plans
  • Review plans, maps, specifications, estimates, and other work for accuracy, presentation, and conduct inspection as appropriate to assure conformance with established practices, laws, policies and ordinances
  • Participate in the development of standard engineering specifications, criteria and policy and procedure statements on engineering matters; provide technical advice to maintenance and operations staff and construction inspectors. Assist other city departments and the general public in the interpretation of city ordinances, policies, regulations and procedures
  • Supervise and coordinate project management activities in technical areas assigned, including using standard practices of project and program management
  • Develop detailed project schedules and manage execution of projects to be delivered on time and within budget
  • Work with and manage external consultants
  • Coordinate project scope and design with outside consultants
  • Prepare Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals; and evaluate Statements of Qualifications and Proposals
  • Negotiate scopes of work and fee proposals and work with Contracts Administration in the development and execution of Professional Service Agreements
  • Prepare professional services agreement, contracts and contact documents related to the execution of city capital projects
  • Review and approve invoices related to projects assigned
  • Provide technical advice to field operations, other city departments and the general public in the interpretation of traffic-related city ordinances, policies, regulations and practices
  • Perform field inspection of project sites and collect any data required for analysis and study
  • Prepare and present staff reports to the Traffic and Mobility Commission and City Council
  • Represent the City in the community and at professional meetings as required



Knowledge of:   

  • Advanced traffic and signal systems engineering and practices as applied to private developments and municipal public works
  • The City's mission, vision and values
  • Techniques and methods for preparing designs, plans, specifications, cost estimates, reports, and recommendations related to transportation and public works projects
  • City policies and procedures governing engineering operations
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, policies and procedures related to the engineering, development and construction of projects.
  • Principles, practices and techniques of public administration including budget and personnel administration
  • Municipal operations as they relate to other city departments and divisions.
  • Principles and techniques of supervision and management
  • The principles, practices and methods of civil engineering with an emphasis on traffic signal system operations and traffic engineering


 Ability to:

  • Perform traffic engineering and traffic signal systems work of a complex nature with a minimum of supervision
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate professional and technical staff
  • Plan, organize, and direct the activities of assigned area of responsibility
  • Apply initiative and be innovative within all aspects of the work
  • Understand the organizational structure of the city and the roles and responsibilities of this position and how they relate to the organization
  • Interpret applicable laws, rules and regulations
  • Develop and administer a division budget
  • Prepare and analyze technical reports, statements, contracts and legal documents
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships
  • Maintain effective work relationships with staff, other governmental agencies, contractors and the general public
  • Plan, design, and provide engineering support services for transportation and traffic CIP projects
  • Able to work independently and with a team
  • Able to speak to all levels of staff and various agencies
  • Able to offer alternative solutions to complex situations
  • Skillfully, effectively, and compellingly communicate, with both written and oral presentations


Experience & Education


  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field is required
  • Master's degree in Civil Engineering or a related field is preferable and may be substituted for work experience
  • Possession of a valid license as a Registered Civil Engineer or Registered Traffic Engineer issued by the State of California is required
  • Minimum seven years of increasingly responsible and professional engineering experience involving the design and construction of a variety of public facilities and projects


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Local Government
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