Transportation Engineer 3/Traffic & Safety Engineer

Website ODOT_Columbus ODOT District Six

To provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place

What You Will Do:
– Prepare and review safety studies to develop improvements on Ohio roadway’s
-Prepare and present funding applications for safety improvements
-Respond to local government and public inquires about traffic controls & safety issues
-Review plans and permits for traffic control & safety aspects

Who we are looking for:

-Skilled, adaptable problem solver
-Strong communicator who can interact with the public
-Knowledgeable in ODOT Traffic Engineering Manual, Highway Capacity Manual, Highway Safety Manual & associated software
-Committed and passionate about improving safety for the public

Official Position Description:


In District Capital Programs, acts as staff specialist (i.e., develops & evaluates plans & criteria for variety of projects & activities to be carried out by others; assesses feasibility & soundness of proposed engineering designs, evaluation tests, products or equipment when necessary data is insufficient or confirmation by testing is advisable; represents organization at conferences in order to answer questions; directs engineering/technical activities on behalf of supervisor; plans & coordinates work; assists in development of section policy, budget preparation &/or long-range planning; advises offices, consulting firms, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), local public agencies (LPAs) & others regarding projects/problems in assigned area of expertise); signs plans & other engineering documents as registered professional engineer. Independently manages complex projects (e.g., traffic engineering studies related to safety engineering, no-parking zones, proposed speed limit revisions, etc.; analyzes fatal accident reports for accidents involving suspect traffic control &/or highway features). Acts as District Access Management Coordinator (e.g., administers District Access Management Program, maintains District Access Management inventory & files). Reviews highway & traffic signal & safety plans. Prepares designs incorporating proper use of traffic control devices in order to ensure safe & efficient movement of traffic. Assists District Safety Review Chairperson & Safety & Congestion Coordinator in preparing Highway Safety Program (HSP), Safety & Congestion & District annual work plans. Assists District Work Zone Traffic Coordinator in administration of District Work Zone Traffic Control Program. Performs & reviews rate of turn analyses for proposed highway projects & traffic studies (e.g., signal warrant analysis, speed warrant analysis, no-parking studies, level of service studies, turn lane warrants, access management studies) using personal computer (e.g., Synchro, Highway Capacity Software (HCS), PETRA, PC Warrant). Operates state vehicle to travel to project sites as needed in order to evaluate signing needs for all types of roadways.

Assists staff in Studies Section with work plan preparation. Gathers & summarizes raw technical field data & data collected from existing records; prepares reports to provide detailed information &/or technical data to higher-level engineers. Generates cost-related data & recommends improvements. Performs transportation-related tests & research & prepares reports of findings. Represents agency at meetings concerning traffic & access management issues. Recommends safety improvement projects.
Responds to inquiries regarding traffic laws, sign applications, traffic counts & speed limits. Provides technical support to county managers regarding traffic control & safety issues (e.g., issues work orders). Assists local governments by providing expertise regarding traffic control & safety issues. Assists supervisor &/or higher-level engineers in resolving unusual &/or complex problems. Maintains documentation regarding meetings with public officials, consultants, utility companies & ODOT officials. Testifies in civil court proceedings as ODOT employee. Operates state vehicle to travel throughout District as needed in order to conduct field reviews of projects & reviews sites of proposed projects to ensure project adaptability. Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Licensed as registered professional engineer by Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Surveyors; 12 mos. exp. as Transportation Engineer 2, 85642; if assigned to operate a state vehicle to travel to & inspect project sites, must possess valid driver’s license.

-Or licensed as registered professional engineer by Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers & Surveyors; 12 mos. exp. as group or project leader providing work direction & training to engineering technicians &/or lower-level engineers or 12 mos. exp. in conducting engineering related research (i.e., conducting engineering related research only applies to staff specialist positions); if assigned to operate a state vehicle to travel to & inspect project sites, must possess valid driver’s license.

-Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above may be substituted for the experience required, but not for the mandated registration.

Knowledge of civil engineering; public relations*; OSHA safety practices; employee training & development; supervisory principles & techniques*. Skill in use of computer, CADD & drafting equipment. Ability to comprehend & interpret variety of civil engineering principles, techniques, procedures, criteria, plans & specifications & related data; define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid engineering/technical conclusions; use statistical analysis; calculate fractions, decimals & percentages; cooperate with co-workers on group projects &/or establish friendly atmosphere as supervisor; handle routine & sensitive contacts with government officials, consulting firms/contractors & general public.


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