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The Town of Wake Forest has a job opening for a Transportation Engineer.

Transportation Engineer (Community Development Department)

General Statement of Duties

Employees in this job complete and oversee a variety of professional engineering assignments in one or more specialized areas of transportation systems and programs involving research, planning, design, technology, materials, construction, traffic safety, traffic operations, and maintenance of highways, bridges, and related structures and technological devices and applications. Also responsible for the promotion of the Town’s bicycle, pedestrian and transit programs to the public.


The Transportation Engineer will perform analytical work to review traffic engineering studies and Traffic Impact Analysis’ submitted by private consultants for new development; and for Town and State transportation projects. Plan review for new development is a key role in ensuring that transportation networks are designed in a manner that meets the Town’s plans and ordinances. The Transportation Engineer will oversee transportation construction contracts and calculate the overall costs for a project; and may often serve as the project manager for contracts with professional engineering consulting firms to conduct special planning and design studies for proposed capital projects. The position will utilize data from traffic studies along with other local and regional data sources to assess system safety and capacity needs in order to develop projects, countermeasures, and funding strategies to help improve the Town’s transportation system and protect local neighborhoods. The Transportation Engineer will represent the Town with other local, state and/or federal agencies. Work is performed under general supervision of the Assistant Director of Community Development and is evaluated based on review of work, conferences, meeting performance measures, and working in accordance with assigned duties. The employee exercises considerable judgment and independence of action including contacts with citizens, contractors and developers.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reviews traffic studies, hires consultants, analyzes results and makes recommendations.
  • Ensures compliance with government standards and regulations.
  • Responds to citizen inquiries, performs field investigations as required, and develops solutions to transportation related problems
  • Assists in the management and coordination of transit services.
  • Makes estimates of time, equipment, and materials costs for in-house and contracted projects.
  • Organizes project scopes, issues requests for proposals, and conducts selection of consultants.
  • Oversees task orders and payments for assigned projects.
  • Oversees and administers construction projects including bid and contract administration, construction oversight, coordination of permitting, document reviews, and facilitation of progress meetings.
  • Serves as technical resource and liaison for Town staff, contractors, consultants, developers, community groups, commission, agencies and other stakeholders; responds to inquiries, requests and complaints; performs research; provides consultation; identifies and resolves issues.
  • Attends, conducts and delivers presentations at various meetings; performs public outreach; prepares agendas, reports, specifications, schedules, engineering drawings and other related documentation and communications materials.
  • Investigates and coordinates mitigation of construction problems with contractors and citizens to respond to issues of drainage, street construction, traffic flow and other construction-related issues.
  • Designs or reviews projects including administration of the bidding process and seals plans with PE stamp as necessary; prepares engineering studies and reports;
  • Reviews proposed development plans for compliance with area of assignment; participates as a member of the Technical Review Committee.
  • Prepares grant applications and funding requests for projects; prepares and administers professional services contracts.
  • Represents the Town and attends local and regional meetings in area of assignment to advocate for the Town’s needs and priorities; establishes and maintains collaborative working relationships with state and federal agencies and other local units of government.
  • Prepares amendments to the Town’s ordinances including the Unified Development Ordinance
  • Responds to requests for information from citizens, realtors, developers and other interested parties for issues relating to Town projects; responds to a variety of citizen complaints, resolves conflicts with developers, contractors and the general public.

Additional Job Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering and/or transportation planning as related to the preparation of plans and specifications in the area assigned; thorough knowledge of modern methods and techniques as applied to the planning and design of infrastructure projects; comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of contract negotiations and administration; comprehensive knowledge of applicable laws, regulations and standards related to the design and construction of structures; comprehensive knowledge of engineering cost estimating; thorough knowledge of CADD and/or GIS software; ability to perform or oversee difficult engineering computations and to make comprehensive recommendations on engineering problems and planning; ability to manage multiple complex projects; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Town officials, employees, contractors and the general public; ability to communicate complete ideas effectively, orally and in writing; ability to perform complex cost calculations.


  • Communication Proficiency
  • Teamwork Orientation
  • Problem Solving/Analysis
  • Technical Capacity

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational support functions of stooping, reaching, standing, walking, pulling, lifting, grasping, fingering, talking, and hearing.
  • Must be able to perform medium work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Must possess the visual acuity to compile and compute data and statistics, inspect work for quality of methods and materials, operate a computer terminal, do extensive reading, and use measuring devices.

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications

Requires graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in transportation planning, civil engineering or closely related field, and a minimum of two years of experience in the planning, design and/or construction of public infrastructure.

Special Requirements

  • Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license.
  • Possession of a Professional Engineer (PE) certification for the State of North Carolina is required.

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