JOB TITLE:          Senior Traffic Signal Operations Engineer


LOCATION:          Salem, Virginia

REPORTS TO:     Chief Multimodal Transportation Engineer and Client


FLSA STATUS:    Exempt, Part-Time or Full-Time

JOB FLEXIBILITY is negotiable - from retired and wanting to work 20 hours per week, to full-time working remotely up to 3 days per week.

Visa support available.


SUMMARY:         The Senior Traffic Signal Operations Engineer is a great opportunity to use technology and intelligent transportation systems to monitor, operate, and maintain traffic control devices. This position will be a direct report to the Chief Multimodal Transportation Engineer from TranSmart Technologies (TranSmart). Their daily report will be to the Prime Regional Operations Manager, with direct multi-agency communications.  



  • Develop PS&E packages of traffic and pedestrian signals.

  • Assist in the development of coordinated traffic signal timing plans, development of timing databases, and conducting before and after studies.

  • Mentor and train staff on traffic signal design and timing using Synchro and VISSIM.

  • Assist with getting ASTPM platform configured.

  • Responsible for monitoring traffic signal systems through KITS.

  • Set-up and maintain Transportation Signal System Central Software and Performance Metrics.

  • Supervise collection of traffic data, including intersection lane measurements, grades and signal phasing.

  • Work with staff to troubleshoot traffic signals, active traffic management systems, computer network, or traffic surveillance camera malfunctions.

  • Support traffic and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) engineering studies.

  • Work cooperatively with agency staff, contractors, and other consultants.

  • Implement signal timing plans and signal timing changes.

  • Other ad-hoc initiatives as assigned by the Project Management Team.


QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to lead and perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a Professional Engineering License, specializing in transportation

  • Traffic Signal Design and Timing experience 5+ years

  • Proficiency in the ASTPM platform.

  • Synchro and VISSIM competency are required.

  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local construction regulations and codes applicable to traffic signal design and construction.

  • Experience mentoring staff a plus.

  • Virginia State Driver’s License in good standing.

  • Geographic familiarity with regional freeway system and arterial roads.

  • Familiarity with and interest in implementation and maintenance of traffic signals and timings.

  • Travel within region of responsibility.



  • Customer service – the individual is responsive to employee and customer requests and is proactive in preventing potential schedule issues.  The individual is a self-motivated team player with a customer service orientation.

  • Attention to detail – this individual achieves thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing a task through concern for all the areas involved.

  • Problem solving – the individual identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully.

  • Interpersonal skills – the individual maintains confidentiality, remains open to others’ ideas and exhibits willingness to try new things.

  • Written Communication – the individual edits work for spelling and grammar, presents numerical data effectively and is able to read and interpret written information.

  • Oral communication – the individual’s ability to communicate clearly and effectively with superiors, colleagues, and staff is essential.

  • Planning/organizing – the individual prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans.

  • Quality control – the individual demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness and monitors work to ensure quality.

  • Dependability – the individual is consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.

  • Ability to interact with employees and customers in a professional manner and with strong communication skills (written and verbal).

  • Flexibility and willingness to work outside of regular business hours and in the field (position works with other staff that are a 24/7/365 operation).

  • Ability to work independently and with a team in a fast-paced and high-volume environment with emphasis on accuracy and timeliness.

  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Safety related activities are performed primarily in the field. For design and engineering phases of safety work, a standard office environment with extensive contact and frequent interruptions is to be expected.



  • Work is performed in a standard office environment and in the field.

  • Daily works tasks require walking and working outside on uneven concrete or asphalt surfaces, construction worksites, public streets, and city parkways.

  • May occasionally crawl, reach above shoulder level, and carry equipment; frequently balance, bend/stoop, kneel, crouch, squat, sit, stand, finger/enter data/keystroke, feel, smell, and perform repetitive motions; and continuously climb steps, walk, push/pull, lift, carry, talk, hear, and drive.

  • Use right hand and left hand for simple handling or grasping, firm handling or grasping, and fine handling or manipulation.

  • Use right foot and left foot for repetitive motions.

  • The employee is expected to lift up to 20 pounds occasionally.

  • Vision – See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

  • Hearing – Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.


This job description does not list all the duties of the job. You may be asked by supervisors or managers to perform other instructions and duties. This job description may be revised from time to time and does not constitute a contract for employment.


TranSmart is a drug free workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer. TranSmart utilizes E-Verify for employee work eligibility verification.

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