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Transportation Safety, Operations, and Parking Job Duties

Engineer Positions

Engineer I/II - Traffic Signal Design

Engineer I/II positions in the Traffic Signal Design team provide traffic signal-related management and support services throughout the City of San José.

Key duties include but are not limited to:  

  • Implementing capital and grant-funded projects to enhance pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and vehicle access at intersections using signal control devices; including grant administration, consultant and vendor contract management, scoping, design review, project scheduling, budgeting, and coordination with various stakeholders;
  • Coordinating construction activities, including traffic signal “turn-ons” and mitigating signal timing impacts during construction at intersections.
  • Evaluating proposed striping and improvement plans associated with annual pavement program work and provide design details to enhance all modes of travel. Coordinating traffic signal ITS enhancements in preparation and conjunction with public improvements and pavement work.
  • Reviewing traffic signal plans and specifications for development and capital improvement projects for compliance with CA-MUTCD and City standards;
  • Coordinating with other City divisions and departments to ensure all changes to the traffic signal network conform to the future goals of the City.
  • Analyzing collision/volume data and other variables to identify ideal locations for innovative traffic signal designs (bicycle signals, HAWK signals, protected intersections, etc.) and evaluate before and after studies.
  • Managing student interns to support these activities.

Engineer I/II - Traffic Signal Operations

The Engineer I/II positions in the Signal Operations team are part of an innovative customer-oriented team responsible for managing day-to-day traffic conditions through the operations and management of the City's nearly 1000 traffic signals. The Engineer I/II will be responsible for assisting in project planning and engineering, construction coordination, and may include direct supervision of sub-professional technical staff.

Key duties include but are not limited to:  

  • Conduct analysis and field investigation related to day-to-day customer-identified traffic operations issues;  
  • Responds to service requests from the public and other city departments. 
  • Analyze traffic flow impacts of CIP/development-related traffic signals and associated improvements; 
  • Analyze effectiveness of specific signal timing standards currently utilized in San Jose and benchmark against current industry standards/trends; 
  • Prepare and implement traffic signal timing and coordination plans; 
  • Conduct performance measures of the roadway network, including evaluation of corridor timing flow and safety effectiveness; 
  • Support implementation of grant-funded traffic signal retiming projects; 
  • Prepare Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for signal timing consultant services, manage service contracts; prepare work orders, grant reports and invoices
  • Actively manage ingress and egress for planned event traffic utilizing remote signal timing 

Engineer I/II - System Management

The Systems Management Unit is responsible for the day-to-day support and management of the City’s extensive Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) infrastructure, including copper, fiber cable and wireless communication network, video surveillance cameras, and advanced traffic control system.

Key duties include but are not limited to:  

  • The candidate must have strong interest in computer and communication network and traffic control technologies. Exceptional attention to details, problem solving abilities, and customer focus are key to success in this role.
  • Performs hands-on system management duties and provide engineering and project management support to grant-funded Automated Traffic Signal Performance Management project, fiber audit and inventory project, Santana Row ITS deployments and others as needed.
  • Assists in administering professional services contracts, open purchase orders, cooperation agreements, and coordinate repair/construction/maintenance work with Electrical Shop and on-call contractors.

Engineer I/II - Traffic Safety

This Engineer I/II position is part of an innovative customer-oriented team responsible for managing day-to-day traffic conditions through the operations and management of the City's 1000 traffic signals. The Engineer will be responsible for assisting in project planning and engineering, construction coordination, and may include direct supervision of sub-professional technical staff.

Key duties include but are not limited to:  

  • Conduct analysis and field investigation related to day-to-day customer-identified traffic operations issues.
  • Respond to service requests from the public and other departments.
  • Analyze traffic flow impacts of CIP/Developer-proposed traffic signals and related improvements.
  • Analyze effectiveness of specific signal timing standards currently utilized in San Jose and benchmark against "industry standards."
  • Prepare and implement traffic signal timing and coordination plans.
  • Conduct performance measures of the roadway network including evaluation of corridor timing flow and safety effectiveness.
  • Lead implementation of grant-funded traffic signal retiming projects.
  • Support implementation of grant-funded traffic signal retiming projects.
  • Prepare Request for Proposals for signal timing consultant services, manage service contracts; prepare work orders, grant reports and invoices.
  • Actively manage ingress and egress planned event traffic utilizing remote signal timing control, traffic surveillance cameras, and dynamic message signs.

Engineer I/II - Vision Zero

The Engineer I/II position in the Vision Zero unit supports a team dedicated to redesigning streets to reduce traffic fatalities. The Engineer I/II will be responsible for assisting his team members in project planning and engineering, construction coordination, and may include direct supervision of sub-professional technical staff.

Key duties include but are not limited to:

  • Analyze effectiveness of street design currently utilized in San Jose and benchmark against current industry standards/trends, particularly those used in other Vision Zero cities.  
  • Research traffic safety countermeasures used in other Vision Zero cities for use in San Jose, particularly those that can use materials that can be implemented more quickly than capital projects (e.g., markings, thermoplastic, signs, bollards, etc).  
  • Analyze traffic crash data to identify trends and patterns, and provide recommendations for safety improvements. 
  • Prepare conceptual and basic design plans for traffic safety improvements using AutoCAD, AutoTURN, or similar CAD software 
  • Coordinate with traffic signals, geometric design, Vision Zero data, and other teams in DOT Traffic Safety Operations and Planning.  
  • Communicate and coordinate with internal and external project external project stakeholders 
  • Assist in implementation of roadway redesign projects 

Transportation Specialist Positions

Transportation Specialist - Downtown Operations & Engineering 

The Transportation Specialist in the Parking Operations Division has excellent analytical and problem solving skills, exhibits superior project management skills, and is very focused on providing exceptional customer service, demonstrates good empathic listening skills, is able to respond effectively to various customer concerns, is sensitive and experienced in interacting within a working environment of individuals in a variety of professional and sub-professional trades, and are able to foster a team environment. Excellent written and oral communication skills that can effectively facilitate technical and administrative discussions with both internal and external customers is required. This position is also the lead for the planning, development, and management of vehicular and pedestrian traffic control plans necessary due to outdoor special events impacting City streets.  Key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coordination of special event traffic and parking control services 
  • Prepare equipment work orders and cost estimates for street and lane closures 
  • Assist with development of State standard traffic control plans and pedestrian access plans 
  • Review, approve, and coordinate tow away permits for outdoor special events and construction activities 
  • Secure encroachment permits from Caltrans and Santa Clara County 
  • Participate in pre-event planning meetings 
  • Review and modify proposed outdoor event sites and walking/running routes 
  • Attend all major events and provide traffic and parking management coordination during the event, including real-time traffic modifications during the event to reduce congestion and improve overall traffic flow and pedestrian access 
  • Provide post event written critiques and develop operational improvement plans  
  • Work with the Valley Transportation Agency to minimize impacts to light rail and bus service during special events 
  • Review and approve downtown lane closure and haul route permit applications for construction projects as needed
  • Represent the Department of Transportation at meetings with internal and external stakeholders.

Transportation Specialist - Signal System Management & Operations

San Jose operates and manages over 900 traffic signals citywide. The Transportation Specialist will be part of the Signal Operations group that supports Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to enhance transit operations. This position is also responsible for the delivery of grant funded projects, signal operations, retiming and controller configuration work necessary to achieve project demonstration goals. This position reports to an Associate Engineer. Key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following

  • Review and analyze traffic data to make data-driven decisions. Traffic data include but not limit to traffic signal phasing and performance data, traffic counts, crash data, and transit operations data.  
  • With guidance of the Associate Engineer, troubleshoot and address transit system operations issues and optimization needs, including light rail detection issues, transit signal priority level setting and system integration.
  • Conduct analyses and field investigations related to customer-identified traffic operations issues.
  • Respond to service requests from the public and other departments.
  • Analyze traffic flow impacts of CIP/Developer-proposed traffic signals and related improvements.
  • Participate grant funded traffic signal retiming projects.
  • Conduct performance measures of the roadway network including evaluation of corridor timing flow and safety effectiveness.
  • Help manage ingress and egress planned event traffic utilizing remote signal timing control and dynamic message signs.

Transportation Specialist - Walk 'n' Roll/Safe Routes to School

Created in 2012 under emission reduction funding, Walk ‘n’ Roll is San José’s Education and Encouragement/Safe Routes to School program, which aims to reduce traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions, and create a safer environment in areas around schools. As of 2019, the program has grown to serve 55 schools.

This position works with the Walk ‘n’ Roll, Vision Zero, and Traffic Safety managers to add new offerings to Walk ‘n’ Roll that could serve more of San José’s 240 public schools. These new areas could include emphases or modules on Vision Zero, sustainability, active transportation and wellness, increasing public transit use, decreasing emissions, new mobility, creating a self-sustaining Transportation Demand Management strategy for schools, and/or other innovative approach to incorporate the City’s and funding’s policy priorities.

The primary responsibility for this position is to help create, manage and implement new programs for Walk ‘n’ Roll, work with community partners, as well as engineers and planners in Traffic Safety Operations and Vision Zero.

Additionally, this position conducts traffic and pedestrian education workshops and bicycle rodeos for groups of various ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. This position is also responsible for grant administrative duties, as well as managing project schedules, budgets, and associated vendor contracts.

This position requires strong analytical and interpersonal skills, and must demonstrate the ability to work effectively with elementary, middle and high school youth. Additionally, evening and weekend work is required occasionally.  The ability to speak another language common in San Jose, such as Spanish or Vietnamese, is preferred.  Key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Proactively work with school representatives (such as principals, parent clubs, teachers and school district staff) to coordinate safety assemblies, bike rodeos, and other education and encouragement activities in a way that best fits a particular school’s needs
  • Work with supervisor to develop/update curriculum covering safe walking and biking skills, and create strategies to motivate youth and parents to engage in healthy, sustainable transportation (walking, biking, and public transit)
  • Develop contacts with prospective schools and work to increase the reach of the Walk n’ Roll program
  • Conduct pedestrian and bicycle safety presentations and rodeos for adults and school age children at school sites and community events. Some events may be requested in Spanish or Vietnamese
  • Facilitate meetings with parents to establish Walk n' Roll suggested routes to school, including map preparation for meetings and school-wide distribution
  • Develop program newsletter, flyers, and use social media to increase engagement
  • Solicit event and program sponsorship
  • Represent Walk n’ Roll San Jose at local and regional agency collaboratives and task forces, including presentations on various topics related to promoting active transportation and public transit for youth
  • Monitor project budget, schedule, contracts, and data tracking
  • Prepare progress reports and grant invoices
  • Coordinate Walk n’ Roll activities with other departments such as Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services where applicable to promote walking and biking in communities surrounding schools
  • Use prior planning or engineering experience to conduct walk audits, and recommend or review pedestrian/bike Vision Zero/street safety improvements in CAD
  • Work with data pertaining to environmental studies, public health, wellness, active transportation, sustainability, or Transportation Demand Management
  • Use GIS tools to create maps of suggested walking, biking, and public transit routes to school
  • Organize community and school events to educate the public about environmental and health benefit outcomes of walking and biking
  • In addition to the technical knowledge requirements being added, independent judgement is required with the day to day operations of the program, including managing project schedules, budgets, and grant reporting