Senior Traffic Engineer

September 1, 2023
Spokane, WA
Job Type



Performs responsible supervisory and specialized professional Traffic Engineering work in connection with site development, maintenance functions, parking management, access management, signal timing, design of traffic control devices, traffic control plans, and geometric design at the professional level.

Examination announcements and requisitions will specify field of activity in which vacancy exists and only those on the eligible list examined for that field will be certified.


  • Develops and reviews plans, specifications and estimates for traffic signal systems, illumination, signing and striping, and traffic control. Professionally designs and seals traffic engineering projects and supports other professional doing design work.
  • Operates traffic master computer system; troubleshoots system failures and software problems; reviews system operation for malfunctions and programming errors; writes quarterly and special count programs. Works with field crews to troubleshoot system intersection controller. Tracks maintenance functions related to signing, striping and parking management.
  • Recommends changes and develops proposals for system changes and completes funding applications, including live cycle cost analysis and cost estimates. Prepares RFPs, RFQs, and contracts. Organizes review and selection process. Administers contracts.
  • Designs and directs special traffic studies, including capacity analysis, traffic count inventories, and related traffic problems.
  • Works with private developers and professionals. Reviews development plans for Traffic Engineering issues. Establishes scope, reviews submittals and recommends mitigation for traffic impact analyses. Reviews and accepts access management plans and traffic studies.
  • Performs related work as required.


Open Entry Requirements
(Open-entry applicants must meet all requirements when they apply.)

  • Education: Must possess a valid certificate of registration as a Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering or Traffic Engineering; AND
  • Experience: Four years of experience in Traffic Engineering at the Professional level. For ITS/Signal Operations Engineer positions, at least two of the four years of experience must be in the ITS/Signal Operations area.
  • License Applicants with PE certificates from other states must obtain Washington State certification within six months of appointment.

Promotional Requirements
(Current employees of the City of Spokane may meet the promotional requirements. All promotional requirements must be met at the date of the examination.)

  • Experience : Two years of experience with the City in the classification of Associate Traffic Engineer (SPN: 252). For ITS/Signal Operations Engineer positions, at least two years of experience must be in the ITS/Signal Operations area.
  • License : All applicants must possess a valid certificate of registration as a PE in the State of Washington as a Civil Engineer.


  • All applicants must possess a driver's license.


Recruitment for this job classification is open until further notice. Candidates must pass the examination for this classification to be eligible for employment by the City of Spokane. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. All applicants must complete and submit a City of Spokane employment application online.

Upon request, at time of application, the City will provide alternative accessible tests to individuals with disabilities that impair manual, sensory or speaking skills needed to take the test, unless the test is intended to measure those skills.

The examination will consist of a Training and Experience examination (T&E) with scoring weight assigned as follows:
• T&E: 100%

T&E Examination Details
The Training and Experience examination with instructions will be emailed out via a link from FastTest ( upon review of the applicant's minimum qualifications. Once you receive the link, the testing window is Thursday to the following Tuesday at 4:00 PM.

  • Responses to your T&E questions should be consistent with the information given in your application details.
  • Answers are subject to verification.
  • Failure to complete all of the questions or incomplete responses will result in a lower score; therefore, it is advantageous for you to provide a full and complete response to each examination question.
  • Resumes or questionnaires uploaded as attachments will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question online.
  • "See Resume" or "See Above", etc., are not qualifying responses and will not be considered.

Additional examinations shall be administered as applications are received with results merged into one eligible list according to final ratings, pursuant to the Merit System Rules of the Civil Service Commission: Rule IV, Section 13 - Continuous Examinations.

Promotional Examination Details:
The examination will consist of an online, Training and Experience Evaluation, with weights assigned as follows:

  • T&E: 80%
  • PAR: 20%

Pursuant to Civil Service Rule VI, Section 9, an evaluation of an employee's job performance (in the form of a Performance Appraisal Review (PAR)) shall be a subject in all promotion exams. The PAR should be administered by the employee's supervisor within the past year.

  • The employee's most recent PAR is the Promotional Evaluation for this position. If the most recent PAR is expired (older than one year), the employee's payroll clerk and supervisor are notified. The supervisor is responsible for submitting an updated PAR to the HR department for approval prior to the closing date.
  • If an updated PAR is not received by the closing date, the most recent PAR on file will be used, regardless of date administered.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity within our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, familial status, genetic information, veteran/military status or disability status. As a Fair Chance employer, City of Spokane does not conduct initial background screening for non-public safety positions.

Closing Date/Time: 2023-09-11

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