Principal Traffic Engineer

City Of Riverside Riverside , CA 92501

Posted 2 months ago

The Position

The City of Riverside is accepting applications for the position of PRINCIPAL TRAFFIC ENGINEER to fill one (1) vacancy in the Traffic Engineering Division of the Public Works Department. The eligibility list established may be used to fill the current and/or upcoming vacancies within this classification for up to six (6) months.

The Riverside Public Works Department is seeking an individual with demonstrable experience in the hands-on design, review and administration of municipal traffic improvements to fill the position of Principal Engineer for the Traffic Engineering Division. An individual licensed as both a Professional and Traffic Engineer in the State of California is highly desired. The Public Works Traffic Engineering Division prepares signing, striping, and traffic signal plans, specifications and estimates (PS&E) as part of the City's Capital Improvement Program, and team members serve as the resident engineer for ongoing capital projects. The Principal Engineer would have an active and direct role in the preparation of most PS&E efforts, in addition to the education and supervision of assigned staff. Applicants for the position should be confident in their ability to make quick, informed decisions for active projects and requests for traffic control modifications in the field through verbal and written communication. The Principal Engineer would have an equally engaged role in the research, preparation, and submittal of grant applications to fund traffic projects.

Principal Engineers, under general direction, plan, assign, supervise and review professional engineering work as the head of a major engineering section; assist in developing and carrying out policies and programs; and do related work as required. Work Performed

Typical duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities.

  • Confer with supervisors and assistants regarding project priorities and progress.

  • Supervise and participate in the preparation and administration of the capital improvement program and budget.

  • Supervise and participate in the preparation of special engineering studies and reports.

  • Coordinate activities with other City Departments, Divisions, and Sections and with outside agencies.

  • Prepare and administer section budget.

  • Supervise, train, and evaluate professional and technical subordinates.

In addition, when assigned as a Principal Engineer in Public Works:

  • Supervise the development of plans and estimates for construction and major repair of public works systems.

  • Review and sign engineering drawings, work orders and purchase orders.

  • Serve as staff to a variety of City commissions, boards and committees on public works matters.

  • Serve as Acting Engineering Manager or Deputy Public Works Director/City Engineer - Engineering Services as required.


Recruitment Guidelines:

Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering.

Experience: Five years' experience in the performance of professional engineering work in the area of assignment including some supervisory experience.

Necessary Special Requirements:

Possession of an appropriate, valid class "C" California Motor Vehicle Operator's License.

Registration in California as a professional engineer in Civil and Traffic Engineering is highly desirable or may be required as a matter of law, depending on the assigned responsibilities.

Highly Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience preparing and/or reviewing traffic engineering plans including: Signing & Striping, Signal Communications, Traffic Control, Traffic Signal Design, and Lighting.

  • Experience preparing and reviewing Plans, Specifications, & Estimates (PS&E).

  • Registration in California as a professional engineer in Civil and Traffic Engineering.

Selection Process


  1. Completed Employment Application
  2. Completed Supplemental Questionnaire
  3. Resume, Cover Letter, including fully detailed experience for each of the highly desirable qualifications listed, and (3) three professional references.



If you are selected to move forward in the assessment process, you may be required to self-schedule your appointment. You will be notified via email of your status and provided with self-scheduling instructions. Please check your email regularly following the closing date of this recruitment.

The selection process will begin with an employment application package screening, with the best qualified candidates being invited to participate further in the assessment process. This process may include any combination of written, performance, and oral assessments to evaluate job-related education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities. Those who successfully complete the selection process will be placed on the eligibility list for this classification.

It is the responsibility of candidates with a disability requiring accommodation in the assessment process to contact the Human Resources Department in writing to request such accommodation prior to the closing date of this recruitment.

Appointment may be subject to the successful completion of a pre-employment background investigation, drug screen, and/or medical/physical examination.

NOTE: The City reserves the right to modify selection devices and test instruments in accordance with accepted legal, ethical, and professional standards. Candidates may reapply when there is a posting to establish an eligibility list.


Proof of education listed in your application will be requested at the time of conditional offer. Acceptable documentation consists of transcripts or degree, if applicable, by the accredited U.S. college or university.

Education obtained outside the United States (US) require one of the following options:

  • An equivalency statement from an evaluation company certified by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) at or the Association of International Credential Evaluators Inc. (AICE) at

  • An advanced-level degree from an accredited US college or university.

All applicants will be notified via e-mail or telephone of their application status and the assessment dates/times/locations after the closing date of this announcement.


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