Transportation Engineer

Transportation Agency for Monterey County | Salinas, CA

Posted Date 2/20/2020

Transportation Engineer (Junior to Principal level)


Salary range, depending on qualifications:  $64,764-$155,820

Plus Agency paid 8% contribution to deferred compensation


FILING DEADLINE12:00 pm, Thursday, April 2, 2020



TAMC is a countywide transportation-planning agency responsible for developing long range transportation plans and distributing state and federal transportation grants.  The agency recently became a “self-help county” with the passage of the Measure X transportation sales tax and is focused in delivering a $1 billion program of projects over the next 30 years.  With 17 full-time equivalent staff positions and a 17-member Board of Directors, TAMC is a high energy, service-oriented agency. Employees are encouraged to participate in training programs and develop new skills.



The Transportation Agency for Monterey County seeks a Transportation Engineer who can independently manage the delivery of projects related to the Measure X program, as well as other priority regional projects, as designated by the Board of Directors.  The position will be filled at the appropriate level within the Transportation Engineer job classification (Junior, Assistant, Associate, Senior or Principal) based on qualifications.  The Transportation Agency has an excellent set of benefits, including PERS retirement benefits (pays employer and partial employee share), employee health, dental and vision plan contributions, a health and wellness program, and Agency-paid deferred compensation of 8% of salary.  (see Agency website for list of full benefits)



  • At the entry level, a project manager with experience in setting and achieving milestones and the desired final outcome in a timely manner.
  • At the higher levels, someone with a with a record of project delivery success working with a variety of transportation agencies, including Caltrans, utilities and local governments.
  • A collaborative person with the ability to coordinate with other parties and bring them to consensus.
  • An initiative taker who can follow through in timely manner on detailed assignments.
  • An enthusiastic, positive person who has a pleasant customer service attitude.
  • A team player that can maintain effective interpersonal relationships with staff and the public.
  • A good communicator with effective writing and oral presentation skills, and experience in dealing with the public.



  • Serve as project manager for projects that the Agency is responsible for delivering under the Measure X, State Transportation Improvement Program, and other funding sources in coordination with partner agencies.
  • Perform professional transportation engineering work in the field and office on a variety of projects; at the higher levels, may act as resident engineer on construction projects.


  • Oversee consultant or contractor work and prepare requests for proposals, consultant selection documentation or advertisements for bids, instructions to bidders, detailed specifications and contract bonds.


  • Provide transportation engineering assistance to member jurisdictions.
  • Prepare or oversee consultant preparation preliminary studies, reports, designs, calculations, cost estimates, maps, and plans.



¨       Entry level candidates:  Display the leadership and organizational skills, technical engineering education and communications abilities to become a successful project manager.

¨       Higher-level candidates:  Evidence of skills in project management and delivery of transportation projects from inception to open to the public, including corridor studies, project initiation documents, environmental review, engineering design, preparation of plans and specs, construction management and construction; they will have knowledge of and experience with Caltrans project development requirements, and state and federal procurement processes;

  • Ability to use or oversee consultants’ use of transportation-related computer software to model transportation scenarios to evaluate the impacts of activities or to identify possible solutions to transportation problems.


  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, including preparation of staff reports, studies, and plans utilizing technical and statistical information, computer systems and software applications for data analysis.


  • Ability to convey engineering information and transportation data into easy-to-understand oral presentations before members of the public, governing bodies and the Transportation Agency Board of Directors.


  • Education: equivalent to a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.


  • Minimum of : Related internships and education for Junior Engineer level; one to three years of experience in transportation engineering for appointment at the Assistant Engineer level; five years of experience in transportation engineering for appointment at the Associate Engineer level; increasingly longer experience required for appointment at Senior and Principal levels; some management experience required for appointment at the Principal level.


  • Registration as a Civil or Traffic Engineer in California is required for Associate and higher levels; Engineer in Training certificate is required for the Assistant Engineer position.



¨       Application and Supplemental Questions available from website. 

Website:             Phone: (831) 775-0903


  • Send completed application and responses to supplemental questions to:

Rita Goel, TAMC, 55-B Plaza Circle, Salinas, CA 93901or Email:  



  • Make presentations before public, government decision-making bodies.
Job Category
State Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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