The City of Avondale Development and Engineering Services Department is currently seeking qualified applicants for a full time Assistant Traffic Engineer position. This recruitment will remain open until filled.
The purpose of this position is to perform moderately advanced professional traffic engineering work. Such duties involve identifying, evaluating and solving transportation-related challenges that affect public safety; improving the efficiency of the City's transportation systems; supporting economic growth; and enhancing the overall quality of life within Avondale.
The Assistant Traffic Engineer's primary responsibilities generally include the day to day management of technical activities that produce technical analyzes and reporting of data involving traffic volumes, travel speeds, accidents associated with neighborhoods and school areas, monitoring of traffic signal operations along key corridors, review of traffic impact studies and roadway/traffic control construction plans for private development and Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects.
Essential Duties Include:
Manages the City's Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) to include tracking of a database of local homeowner's associations/neighborhoods requesting traffic calming and managing the City's on-call consultants hired to conduct traffic studies. Leads neighborhood involvement meetings and oversees the design and construction of traffic calming measures.
Responsible for the day to day management of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, under the direction of the Traffic Engineer. Works with the City's on-call consultants to manage data collection. Reviews results and recommendations and coordinates stakeholder meetings.
Assists the Traffic Engineer in the administration and coordination with Police and Fire Departments of the City's adopted Strategic Transportation Safety Plan (STSP) which includes the NTMP, SRTS and other traffic safety-related activities focused on Engineering, Education, Enforcement and Encouragement. Assists with researching potential funding sources, developing applications to receive financial grants to support these safety programs, and executing these programs as permitted.
Receives and processes phone and email work order requests from the general public for repair work to streetlights, traffic signs, and traffic signals. Follows up with customers when necessary to resolve outstanding issues in a professional manner.
Reviews development site plans as related to traffic circulation, identifying appropriate traffic control devices, pedestrian/bicycle/transit access and review of the accompanying traffic impact studies.
Reviews special event applications and provides feedback on proposed traffic control and pedestrian/vehicular circulation requirements. Coordinates with Avondale Police/Fire and other affected departments in providing clear direction of required safety conditions to the event applicant.
Assists in the coordination of the City's traffic count database program and development of illustrations and reports as needed.
Assists in the development and review of conceptual design plans for pedestrian/bicycle transportation elements for corridors included in the CIP and periodic updates of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan. This includes working as a team with the Planning Division and Environmental Programs Manager to create a sustainable multi modal circulation system.
Reviews traffic signal phasing/timing plans, traffic signal design plans, and incorporates necessary changes to such plans as needed.
Assists in the development and management of the City's signs, streetlights, and traffic signal system assets; actively updates the asset management database. This requires close collaboration with the traffic operations staff and IT Department to maintain and enhance the functionality of the software.
Responds to requests for information and assistance related to traffic, parking and safety; conducts field traffic studies; compiles data and prepares appropriate recommendations and brief reports.
Provides information and assistance to other departments, divisions, outside agencies and citizens; meets with other engineers, architects and developers to resolve issues, and prepares news releases for publication.
Assists the Traffic Engineer and Traffic Field Operations Supervisor in the development of the operating and CIP annual budgets and the tracking of current budget activities.
Performs comprehensive traffic engineering analyses using computer software including Synchro, HCS, Crash Magic or other crash analysis software. Provides recommendations that involve the development of conceptual level design plans.
Manages ITS-based CIP projects such as further development of the City's fiber optic communications network, including review and general oversight of day-to-day activities with the City's inspector and contractor.
Works part-time in the Traffic Operations Center, particularly during peak hour periods by monitoring traffic operations and communicating with traffic operations staff to resolve/trouble shoot issues that arise. Monitors and performs diagnostics on controllers and other key equipment connected into the traffic signal system using Centracts software.
Prepares and presents reports and power point presentations during public meetings, including Planning Commission and City Council.
Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Traffic Engineering or a closely-related engineering field from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) college or university.
Minimum of four (4) years of directly related traffic engineering/transportation planning experience under the direction of a professional engineer. Possession of a Master's Degree may substitute for two years of direct engineering experience.
Current certification for Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and the ability to obtain the State of Arizona Professional Engineering license in Civil Engineering within two years of hire and maintain said professional license in good standing throughout employment with the City.
Must be able to utilize a wide variety of reference materials, design data, professional literature, blueprints, schematic drawings, signing, and striping plans, etc. Also, the ability to understand plans, contracts and legal documents.
Work requires the ability to perform general math calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, calculate decimals and percentages; perform mathematical operations involving basic algebraic and geometric principles and formulas.
Work requires the ability to write traffic studies, traffic development plan reviews, computer-aided design, budget documents, update traffic ordinances, Council reports and memorandums.
Work is widely varied, involving analyzing and evaluating many complex and significant variables. City-wide policies, procedures, or precedents are developed and/or recommended. Deals with civil and traffic engineering principles. Provides plan and specification clarification.
With a population of 85,167, the City of Avondale is located
in the Southwest Valley of the metropolitan Phoenix hub,
off Interstate-10. Avondale is nestled at the base of the
scenic Estrella Mountains where the Agua Fria and Gila
Rivers meet, and is located literally in the heart of Arizona.
Avondale prides itself as a vibrant, diverse and friendly
community, with safe and attractive neig...hborhoods and a
close-knit historic downtown. As one of the area’s fastest
growing communities, and with a median age of 32,
Avondale strives to provide open spaces and recreational
amenities, and works to attract quality businesses and
employers to the area. Avondale is a community that
focuses on the family and a special quality of life, one
that is involved in the region but stands apart based on
affordability and livability. Avondale is a young family
oriented community, homes in virtually every price range
and a local government that actively stays in contact with
its residents while strongly supporting and encouraging
With six independent public school districts, private and
charter schools, Estrella Mountain Community College,
Rio Salado College and Universal Technical Institute (UTI),
Avondale offers a wide range of educational opportunities
to ensure the foundation for a diversified workforce.
Medical-related professions also thrive here with two
hospitals on Avondale’s border and Phoenix Children’s
Hospital in Avondale.
To keep pace with the rapidly-growing population, a
variety of cultural, economic, recreational and educational
advantages have evolved. From the soccer fields of
Friendship Park to the high excitement of Phoenix
International Raceway (PIR), Avondale has something for
everyone. PIR is billed as the world’s fastest one-mile paved
oval and plays host to multiple NASCAR events annually,
each attracting nearly 400,000 enthusiasts and hundreds
of race teams, contributing hundreds of millions of dollars
in the state and local economy. Avondale is also home to
the Randall McDaniel Sports Complex, which offers indoor
arena type sports, while multiple city parks provide nearly
200 acres for tournaments and special events year round.
The Tres Rios Corridor, is a rich riparian habitat located
along the Gila River abounding with many species of fish,
birds and wildlife. It has been designated as a significant
birding corridor by the National Audubon Society. As
the only city in the Valley where three rivers converge,
Avondale celebrates its lush natural resources with the Tres
Rios Nature Festival each Spring.
City of Avondale operates under a Council-Manager form
of government with a labor force of over 500 employees.