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Traffic Transportation Engineering Supervisor


Under general supervision, plans, directs, supervises and coordinates traffic planning and transportation activities related to public transit systems, traffic control devices, street lighting, and other traffic control systems; and performs other job related work as required.

This position is designated as un-represented for Labor Relations purposes and is considered exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


General supervision is provided by the City Engineer. The job incumbent is expected to work with minimal direct supervision, exercising independent judgment and initiative in a number of complex responsible and sensitive areas. The Traffic/Transportation Engineering Supervisor supervises engineering technicians and office support staff.


This is a professional engineering position with first level supervisory duties in a discrete sub-divisional organizational component involving traffic and transportation programs/functional areas within the department. The job incumbent personally performs administrative support and engineering duties and has responsibility for assigning, supervising, and directing the work of staff assigned to the transportation and transit planning functions of the City. Duties and responsibilities are performed in accordance with law, ordinance, and City policy.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervises and personally participates in the development, implementation, administration, and modification of a variety of traffic systems and traffic regulations.
  • Researches and obtains grant funding for projects including the preparation of plans, specifications and estimates.
  • Oversee and personally performs the more complex transportation and traffic engineering design and implementation work.
  • Administers and oversees the City transit bus and dial-a-ride systems operated under contract.
  • Participates master planning for City facilities and systems.
  • Recommends approval of detailed facilities' design including plans, specifications, contract documents, and cost estimates.
  • Oversees contract administration; participates in the discussions and examination of proposals; interprets and implements Department and City policies and objectives.
  • Prepares administrative and operational reports for review by others.
  • Develops recommendations for consideration and action;
  • Provides supervision, training, and work evaluation for assigned personnel; assists in the selection of new staff; recommends resolution of employee disputes, grievances and problems.

  • Represents the City engineering and construction activities with other governmental agencies, regulatory bodies, contractors, consultants, civic groups and concerned citizens.
  • Prepares highly complex and technical reports; documents policies and procedures; performs research
  • Makes and assists with presentations before various groups, including City Council, Commissions, and professional and public meetings, as needed.
  • Ensures close coordination with other City departments and affected outside groups.

  • Assists in the development of long-term capital improvement plans.
  • Develops project operating budget and controls expenditures for lighting and street maintenance.
  • Supervises and/or checks the preparation of construction plans and specifications; directs contract preparation and administration activities.
  • Oversees construction inspection and approval of payments; insures proper quality controls on construction projects.
  • Confers with and provides consultation to others on work priorities, potential problems, and solutions to current problems.

  • Studies and recommends improvements for traffic and transportation system operations; and provides technical information and data to concerned parties. Participates in recruitment and selection activities; makes recommendations for appointment of new staff; assists with staff orientation and training.
  • Supervises staff including provision of timely performance evaluations; recommends and implements approved discipline; provides staff development; and maintains high standards necessary for efficient, professional operations.
  • Answers questions; provides information to the public; recommends corrective actions; investigates, reports, documents and resolves complaints.
  • Builds and maintains respectful, positive working relationships with staff, supervisors, outside agencies and the public using principles of good customer service; provides effective conflict resolution, as needed.
  • Models appropriate professional management conduct; maintains appropriate confidentiality of sensitive information; complies with and supports City policies and procedures, labor laws, and MOU provisions.
  • Attends assigned meetings and training; interacts with outside agencies and commissions; provides leadership for teams, or committees, as needed.
  • Assures staff works in a safe manner; follows safety requirements; monitors and assures compliance with regulations and other legal requirements.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of engineering and administration as applied to the design and construction of public works facilities, public works maintenance services, technical inspection services as related to traffic and transportation systems operations and maintenance.

  • Materials and equipment used in the construction of public works facilities and systems.
  • Construction methods and inspection techniques.
  • Federal, State, regional, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines related to public works construction and operations.
  • Development of engineering designs, construction standards and specifications.
  • Cost estimating and contract administration.
  • Technical report writing.

  • Project budget development and expenditure control, including development of capital improvement plans.
  • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, staff selection, training and personnel management.
  • Safe work practices and related regulations.
  • Principles of public speaking, conflict resolution and excellent customer service.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, direct, coordinate and supervise the functions and activities necessary to design, construction and maintenance public works traffic and transportation facilities and systems.

  • Plan, organize, direct and supervise the work of technical, and office support staff.
  • Organize, analyze, manage and implement a variety of programs.
  • Forecast and administer a budget.

  • Select, train and evaluate staff.
  • Delegate authority and responsibility and schedule and program work on a long-term basis.
  • Develop plans, designs, specifications, cost estimates, and engineering standards for construction and improvement projects.
  • Develop budgets and control expenditures, including capital improvement plans.
  • Coordinate the work of consultants, engineering, and maintenance and operations staff, other department staff and agencies concerning major construction projects and capital improvements programs.
  • Conduct engineering research work and solve complex engineering problems utilizing a variety of engineering techniques.
  • Analyze operations, initiate improvements and respond to City growth.
  • Prepare comprehensive technical reports and recommendations.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with elective officials, administration, other employees, and the general public.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing.

  • Read and comprehend complex laws and regulations and initiate policies and procedures for their implementation.
  • Organize, implement and supervise departmental goals and City objectives.
  • Use computer and needed programs effectively.


Four years of increasingly responsible municipal engineering experience in the design, construction and maintenance of public works traffic and transportation facilities and systems, including at least one year in a supervisory capacity.


Equivalent to graduation from a four year accredited college or university with major coursework in engineering or a closely related field.


Possession of a valid California Driverís License in the category necessary to perform essential duties of the position may be required at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be considered for accommodation on a case-by-case basis. Maintenance of a valid California Driverís license and proof of automobile liability insurance thereafter is a condition of continued employment.


While performing the essential duties of the position, the employee is regularly required to stand; sit; walk; use hands; move fingers to feel objects tools controls, reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. Specific vision abilities required for this position include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 15 pounds; the employee may occasionally be required to work outdoors in different types of weather and cold/heat.

    For questions about City employment, please contact:

    Human Relations
    156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
    Turlock, CA 95380-5454
    (209) 668-5150
    Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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