JOB TITLE:           Traffic Signal Operations Engineer-in-Training


LOCATION:           Salem, VA


REPORTS TO:      Chief Multimodal Transportation Engineer and Client


FLSA STATUS:     Exempt


SUMMARY:           The Traffic Signal Operations Engineer-in-Training will be a direct report to the Chief Multimodal Transportation Engineer from TranSmart Technologies (TranSmart). Their daily report will be to the Client Freeway Signal Operations Senior Engineer and the Prime Regional Operations Manager, with direct multi-agency communications.



  • This position maintains business hours (Monday – Friday)

  • Responsible for monitoring traffic signal systems

  • Signal System Central Software set-up and maintenance

  • Signal System Performance Metric set-up and maintenance

  • Collection of traffic data, including intersection lane measurements, grades and signal phasing

  • Troubleshooting traffic signals, active traffic management systems, computer network, or traffic surveillance camera malfunctions

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

  • Conduct traffic and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) engineering studies

  • Coordinate effectively with agency staff, contractors, and other consultants

  • Implement signal timing plans and signal timing changes in relation to current traffic trends

  • Adherence to signal timing plan protocols

  • Assess performance of traffic signal system and relative report preparation

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

  • Performs other duties as assigned


QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to 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.



  • Signal Systems Technician experience or Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, or related engineering or technology field

  • Virginia State Driver’s License in good standing

  • Engineer-in-Training or IMSA Traffic Signal Field Technician Level 2 certified

  • Geographic familiarity with regional freeway system and arterial roads

  • Radio and telecommunications experience is a plus

  • Implementation and maintenance of traffic signals and timings

  • Travel within region of responsibility

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

  • Sometimes requires working outside of regular business hours to complete tasks

  • Adherence to protocols in task execution

  • Adherence to established timelines

  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely

  • Performs other duties as assigned



  • Customer service – the individual is responsive to employee and customer requests and is proactive in preventing potential schedule issues.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • Detail oriented, professional attitude and reliable

  • Strong organizational and time management skills

  • Self-motivated team player with a customer service orientation

  • 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 Technologies is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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