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Transportation Engineer

Traverse City, MI


Posted on July 21, 2018

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About Transportation Engineer



Employees in this job complete and oversee a variety of professional engineering assignments in one or more specialized areas of transportation systems and programs involving research, planning, design, technology, materials, construction, traffic safety, traffic operations, and maintenance of highways, bridges, airports, railways, and related structures and technological devices and applications.


Title – Transportation Engineer

This professional engineering position is required to have ten or more years, post college, of experience. The employee performs a full range of professional transportation engineering assignments in a full-functioning capacity. Considerable independent judgement is required to carry out assignments that have significant impact on services or programs. Guidelines may be available, but require adaptation or interpretation to determine appropriate courses of action.



Compiles and analyzes engineering data and prepares conclusions and recommendations.

Designs and prepares preliminary and final plans for highways, bridges, drainage structures, municipal utilities, roadway lighting, traffic control devices, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), and miscellaneous highway facilities.


May oversee the survey, staking, layout and inspection of construction projects. Participates in studies to determine sufficiency of existing highway systems and structures and programming of future construction. Estimates cost of projects and writes contracts and specifications for labor, materials and equipment. Develops preliminary engineering treatments to determine construction feasibility and estimated costs. Investigates traffic problems and recommends methods to improve traffic flow and safety. Meets with representatives of private industry, local organizations and citizens to discuss proposed highway construction activity. Interprets contracts, specifications and plans to contractors, subordinates and the public. Recommends construction methods best suited to soil types encountered. Prepares final layout drawings and stress calculations. May serve as quality assurance engineer reviewing plans, testing or construction for highway projects. Uses computers to carry out, track and troubleshoot work assignments. Maintains records and prepares reports and correspondence related to the work. Performs related work as required.

Work for this position may include:


  • Transportation Planning (Long-range Transportation Planning Development)
    • i.e. Traffic modeling, access management studies, and corridor studies
  • Traffic Engineering
    • i.e. Traffic counts, traffic impact studies, and traffic accident and safety studies
  • Traffic Signing Plans
  • Roadway and Street Design
  • Site Design
  • Water/Sewer Design
  • Construction Engineering and Inspection
  • Road Safety Audits
  • Roadway Safety Engineering
  • Road Safety Planning
  • Pedestrian and Non-motorized facility design
  • PASER Road Condition Rating
  • Roadsoft Pavement Management Plans



  • B.S. in Civil Engineering from an accredited college and be licensed in the State of Michigan
  • 10 years of related experience in traffic engineering, road safety audits, and transportation planning.  Experience in Site Planning and design of infrastructure is also preferred, but not required.
  • PE Registration in the State of Michigan is preferred
  • Demonstrated maturity in judgment, initiative and ethics.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to prepare detailed reports.
  • Ability to travel overnight for field assignments for a week or more at a time.
  • Computer skills including MS Word™, MS Excel™, MS Project™, MicroStation™, and AutoCAD™.

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