PRINCIPAL ENGINEER TRAFFIC
Under direction of a Supervising Engineer or other supervisory
official, organizes, and takes the lead in, various traffic
engineering studies, the design, installation, maintenance and
construction of traffic control systems for the regulation and flow of
traffic; in some jurisdictions, may supervise a staff conducting traffic
engineering work; does other related work.
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform
all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties
performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Organizes, and takes the lead in, various traffic engineering studies,
the design, installation, maintenance and construction of traffic control
systems for the regulation and flow of traffic.
Analyzes traffic data and patterns, operational condition of roadways,
intersections or interchanges.
Determines need for traffic control devices on highways.
Confers with representatives from local and State government to
discuss and resolve traffic problems.
Participates in the planning of traffic operations.
Investigates causes of highway accidents; interprets accident
Takes the lead in the gathering of data and conduct of data analysis
for traffic engineering surveys.
Conducts and oversees the conduct of field investigations for
traffic control programs and activities.
Make recommendations for the location of proposed traffic control
devices; designs traffic control installations and traffic flow
Identifies potential safety problems in road or highway construction
Conducts traffic signal and highway lighting tests or surveys; records
Monitors and inspects construction projects.
Designs charts, graphs, and maps from raw data.
Plans, organizes and prioritizes engineering projects.
Provides guidance and instruction to engineering staff.
May supervise the work operations and/or functional programs and
have responsibility for effectively recommending the hiring, firing,
promoting, demoting and/or disciplining of employees.
May prepare annual budget requests.
Prepares clear, sound, accurate and informative reports containing
findings, conclusions and recommendations.
Reviews and prepares specifications for materials, supplies or
Establishes and maintains records and files.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and
manual recording and/or information systems used by the agency,
office, or related units.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a
Bachelor's degree in Engineering.
NOTE: Possession of a valid license as a Professional Engineer
issued by the NJ State Board of Professional Engineers and Land
Surveyors may be substituted for the Bachelor's degree in Engineering.
Three (3) years of experience in traffic engineering work which
shall have included the collection, analysis and interpretation of
data for highway design and/or traffic operations.
NOTE: Possession of a Master's degree in Engineering may be
substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.
NOTE: Appointees may be required to possess a valid Professional
Engineering (PE) license issued by the NJ State Board of Professional
Engineers and Land Surveyors, particularly for positions assuming
“responsible charge” over staff as defined by NJAC 13:40-1.3
NOTE: Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid
in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee
mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of the principles of engineering and the procedures involved
in planning and designing engineering projects.
Knowledge of the theories, principles and techniques of traffic
Knowledge of the methods and techniques used to investigate and
resolve traffic problems.
Knowledge of the factors to be considered in preparing traffic
Knowledge of the factors used for the classification of traffic
Knowledge of the techniques used to conduct tests of traffic control
Knowledge of the techniques used to collect, compile, record,
interpret and analyze data.
Knowledge of engineering mathematics, including trigonometry and
Ability to take the lead and give assignments and guidance to
Ability to read, interpret and apply the laws, rules and regulations
relating to traffic control.
Ability to compile, record, interpret and analyze traffic data.
Ability to conduct research, investigations and surveys for traffic
control programs and related traffic activities.
Ability to draw appropriate conclusions from the analysis of data
Ability to design charts, graphs and maps from raw data.
Ability to provide guidance and instruction to staff.
Ability to determine the appropriate use of traffic control devices,
and to design traffic flow systems.
Ability to review and prepare specifications.
Ability to identify safety problems in road or highway construction
Ability to supervise the work operations and/or functional programs
and effectively recommend the hiring, firing, promoting, demoting
and/or disciplining of employees may be required.
Ability to maintain essential records and files.
Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate and informative reports
containing findings, conclusions and recommendations.
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual
recording and information systems used by the agency, office or
Ability to read, write, speak, understand or communicate in English
sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign
Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they
can perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable
accommodation. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would
cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.