Traffic Engineer

City of Des Moines, Iowa
September 1, 2023
Des Moines, IA
Job Type


Distinguishing Features of the Class

The principal function of an employee in this class is to develop traffic control recommendations and engineering designs, conduct engineering design review, perform project management activities and provide technical assistance to other departments. The principal duties of this class are performed in a general office environment with some field visits to project sites.

The City of Des Moines promotes a healthy work life balance and offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Residency Incentive Program
  • Alternative Work Schedule Options
  • Paid Volunteer Time-Off
  • Parental Leave
  • Vacation and Sick Leave
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Health/Dental/Life/LTD Insurance
  • Wellness Programs and Activities
  • Tuition Reimbursement and Continuing Education Programs
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Benefit
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan through IPERS
  • Deferred Compensation Plan with City Match up to 2.5%
  • Voluntary Insurance Benefit Options
  • Employee Discount Program

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil or Transportation Engineering, or a closely-related engineering field; AND
  • At least one year of experience in traffic engineering projects; OR
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work;
  • Employees in this classification who obtain a Professional Engineering License in Iowa and exhibit exemplary service may be considered for promotion to a Traffic Engineer II classification.

NOTE: Educational Transcripts must be attached to your online application or submitted separately to and received by the City of Des Moines Human Resources Department by the application deadline date to receive credit. Transcripts may be submitted electronically to , by fax to 515-237-1680, or by mail to 1551 E MLK Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50317 .

Required Special Qualifications

  • Candidates for positions in this class must pass a post-employment offer physical examination and drug screen;
  • Possession of a valid Iowa driver's license;
  • Certification in the State of Iowa as an Engineer in Training; with License in the State of Iowa, as a Professional Engineer preferred.

Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)

  • Works on assigned phases of traffic engineering projects, including the design and preparation of plans, specifications and cost estimates for traffic engineering projects to control all modes of transportation;
  • Designs and redesigns intersections;
  • Calculates costs and determines project feasibility based upon analysis;
  • Performs all phases of planning and design for traffic related projects such as traffic signs, pavement markings, and traffic signals;
  • Performs phases of complex projects such as traffic signal system interconnections or major street configuration layouts;
  • Conducts traffic safety and operations studies and recommends countermeasures to address safety and traffic operations;
  • Reviews requests from citizens, neighborhoods and schools and works with the requesting parties and others to develop appropriate traffic control measures, including traffic calming measures.
  • Conducts analyses to determine traffic signal timings for individual intersections and assists in such analyses to determine timings for complex signal systems;
  • Drafts and recommends traffic ordinances; prepares reports and correspondence;
  • Inspects and completes necessary documents for the installation of traffic signals and other traffic control devices; reviews street lighting layouts and photometrics to determine whether adequate lighting levels are provided;
  • Reviews site plans for proposed developments .to determine the traffic impacts of the development and the conformity of the proposed traffic circulation and access with existing City requirements and standards;
  • Reviews utility and contractor work sites to determine compliance with requirements for traffic control devices;
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas;
  • Responds to citizens' questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with internal and external personnel to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;
  • Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.

Closing Date/Time: 9/6/2023 4:00 PM Central

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