First round interviews tentatively scheduled for May 12, 2020.
A resume and cover letter are not required with your application, but highly encouraged.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. For more information about MTC, visit www.mtc.ca.gov.
MTC's Design and Project Delivery (DPD) Section is responsible for the development and delivery of innovative transportation strategies that improves the performance of the region's freeway, bridge, arterial, and transit systems, with an emphasis on operational efficiencies and demand management/high vehicle occupancy strategies.
The Associate Engineer - Traffic Operations position will be filled at the Associate level and is under the supervision and direction of the Principal and/or the Senior Transportation Planner/Engineer. In this position, the Associate Engineer will lead and support a wide range of operational improvement projects in all phases, including transportation planning, traffic operation analyses, engineering studies, corridor alternative assessments, project development and implementation. This position will lead and work collaboratively with a team of planners and engineers within and external to MTC in accomplishing these goals. The individual will lead and manage traffic operation focused projects/tasks, including:
Managing multidisciplinary projects, assessments and/or initiatives, including a support or lead role in developing work scopes, schedule, budgets, overseeing consultants and managing both internal and external stakeholders to build consensus, and implement effective strategies aimed at improving freeway and arterial performance.
Performing traffic analyses and technical reviews of traffic operations analyses performed by others, based on a variety of manual methods and analysis software packages.
Identifying and analyzing practical and innovative concepts to improve traffic performance.
Working collaboratively in a team environment.
Preparing staff memos, reports and presentation materials as assigned.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
In addition to performing the projects/tasks listed above, the ideal candidate will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
Strong knowledge of the fundamentals of traffic and transportation engineering at planning and project levels.
Ability to identify, assess and develop solutions for transportation problems, including, but not limited to active traffic and demand management strategies and other relevant operational and policy strategies.
Analytical skills and the ability to collect, organize and analyze large amounts of data and information. Distill complex data and analysis results into meaningful presentations and clearly articulate findings and recommendations to both technical and non-technical audiences.
Strong knowledge of manual and deterministic traffic analysis methods and analysis modeling tools including FREQ, FREVAL, VISSIM, and Synchro.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Ability to manage, oversee and assess the quality consultant deliverables in traffic analyses, corridor alternative assessments, and other relevant reports.
Work independently with minimal supervision and in a team environment, either in a lead or support role.
Adapt to changing priorities and schedules.
Coordination with Caltrans, county transportation authorities, and other project stakeholders.
An appropriate combination of education and experience that has provided the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is:
Education: A Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field related to the area of assignment, such as transportation planning, project management, public finance, transportation engineering, economics, business or public administration. A Master's degree is desirable. (Applicants with a degree issued from an institution outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an academic accrediting service and provide proof of equivalency along with their application.)
Experience: Two years of increasingly responsible experience in an appropriate field related to the area of assignment.
License/Certificate: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license and a safe driving record, or the ability to provide alternate transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.
A professional civil or traffic engineer license is highly desired.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the supervision and direction of the Principal and/or the Senior Transportation Planner/Engineer, specific assignments and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Conduct technical transportation/traffic operations analyses and prepare reports and presentations. Tasks: perform simple to complex data analysis using a range of datasets (including but not limited to travel time speed data from probe data vendors, origin-destination data, PeMS and other Caltrans TOS detector data, incident data, toll bridge data, express lane toll system data, transit ridership, etc.); create visualizations based on the results of data analysis; diagnose and analyze transportation issues; develop project concepts and evaluate alternatives; make recommendations on suitable operational strategies; prepare staff memos, reports and presentations; consult and/or partner with Caltrans, Congestion Management Agencies, cities/counties, and transit operators.
Advance proposed transportation and traffic operations projects. Tasks: develop implementation plan that details project elements, work scope, budget, and schedule; procure and manage consultant assistance for project delivery; coordinate with partner agencies; interface with interested business, environmental or equity organizations; etc.
Manage and provide oversight of work performed by on-call technical support consultant. Tasks: provide appropriate level of direction and review of delivered work products; ensure high-quality analyses and study recommendations; monitor compliance with project budgets and schedules, etc.
Develop and execute procurements, contract management, and budget activities. Tasks: develop procurement documents and contracts; evaluate proposals; seek contract approval by MTC executive staff or MTC committee; monitor contractor invoices to assure accuracy and conformance to contracts; administer and monitor approved budget and schedule; identify and recommend adjustments as necessary, etc.
Prepare staff memos and reports and formal presentations to MTC management and executive staff and to the Commission's Operations Committee.
Perform other job related transportation planning and traffic engineering/operations duties as needed or assigned.
All employees at MTC are classified as Disaster Services Workers.