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Associate Engineer - Traffic - City of Sammamish ( Job # 19-0036)

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Minimum Salary: $80,553.00 per year
Maximum Salary: $110,242.00 per year
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Public Works
Open until filled.
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


Under the supervision of the Traffic Engineering Manager, this position serves as an in-house traffic/transportation engineer able to independently develop alternative engineering methods and detailed analysis based on sound professional judgment to make design or technical decisions on moderately complex issues and interpret policy with general oversight or review.  The Associate Engineer - Traffic position will assist with overseeing the transportation program, including: participating in the planning, design and implementation of moderately complex public works capital improvement projects; assisting with establishing and implementing traffic engineering and operations programs; participating in and overseeing the review of new development proposals with respect to transportation related issues; assisting with implementation and management of the City’s transportation concurrency and road impact fee programs; representing the City in coordinating with regional planning and funding agencies; assisting with managing and preparing funding grant applications such as with King County, Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) and WSDOT; and coordinating traffic issues with neighbor agencies; and responding to citizen’s traffic concerns and requests.

Each staff member is expected to perform a wide range of office and field duties as may be required from time to time.  The position serves at-will at the pleasure and discretion of the City.

The Associate Engineer - Traffic position works under the direct supervision of the City’s Traffic Engineering Manager.

  • Manages and oversees the planning, design and implementation of moderately complex Transportation Improvement Program projects to meet the scope, schedule and budget.
  • Prepares and delivers presentations to various citizen and special interest groups, management staff, committees, other agencies and regional forums.
  • Help monitor and identify deficiencies and problems in the transportation systems, investigate and prepare recommended solutions.
  • Oversees, prepares, and manages consultant contracts for capital transportation projects or concurrency projects.
  • Works with schools and parents regarding school zone safety and traffic improvement projects.
  • Reviews engineering studies, plans, specifications, estimates and other engineering documents for road and bridge, drainage, erosion control and development projects for adequacy.
  • Assists in the development of short, intermediate and long-range transportation plans for roads, transit and non-motorized projects, programs and services and coordinates with other agencies and other City departments.
  • Assures projects are completed in compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws, codes, specifications and standards.
  • Keeps up-to-date on transportation funding programs, prepares grant applications and represents the City in coordinating with and answering questions from various grant agencies.
  • Attends various meetings with citizens, developers, contractors, consultants, City departments and outside agencies.
  • Participates in the coordination of planning, resource allocation and budget development to ensure efficient program performance.
  • Responds to questions and requests from the public concerning traffic, street and transportation related issues.
  • Coordinates work elements with in-house maintenance staff, contractors, government agencies, organizations and the public.
  • Assists with oversight and management to ensure efficient operation of the City’s traffic signal system.
  • Responds to private development project issues and concerns related to concurrency and road impact fees.
  • Responsible for project communications, maintains project records, prepares pay estimates, provides engineering expertise to resolve design and construction problems
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned.

Knowledge of:

  • City organization, operations, policies, objectives and budgeting.
  • Interpersonal customer relations skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
  • Transportation and traffic engineering, planning, programming and operations.
  • Transportation planning, concurrency, road impact fee process and procedures, familiarity with the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA), mitigation payment systems, 6-year Transportation Improvement Plan, roadway classification systems, Level-of-service establishment, traffic modeling, etc.
  • Principles, practices and procedures of the civil engineering field of design including roadway design standards, construction practices and materials.
  • Project management tools, practices, including preparation of contract documents, bidding and construction management, grant application and management.
  • Preparing and maintaining records and files, including project/program records, equipment and material purchasing and accounting.
  • Environmental review and permitting requirements for roadway design.
  • Research techniques and procedures.
  • Office practices, procedures, software and equipment.
  • Federal, State, and local regulations and standards and City policies and procedures Multi-modal transportation program planning, implementation and management.
  • Conflict resolution and negotiation.


Skills / Abilities:

  • Interact with the public in an effective, customer friendly manner and establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Get along with others and work as a member of a team.
  • Foster collaborative group process and efficiently use resources.
  • Work with minimal supervision and make appropriate decisions regarding work methods and priorities.
  • Demonstrate a strong sense of personal ethics along with professional judgment and discretion.
  • Research and analyze complex problems and develop, recommend, and implement sound solutions.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports.
  • Manage projects to meet scope, schedule and budget.
  • Develop comprehensive street facility plans and related transportation system plans.
  • Review and develop engineering plans, specifications and estimates.
  • Interpret and explain City, State, Federal and WSDOT/APWA specifications, ordinances, specifications, policies, procedures and standards.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.

Requires Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering; Engineer in Training (E.I.T.); minimum three (3) years progressive experience in design and construction of transportation projects, traffic engineering and planning, policy development, other related civil engineering areas (in either municipal or consulting setting) or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience.  Valid Washington State driver’s license and a good driving record.


Valid Washington State Professional Engineer’s (P.E.) license or the ability to obtain within twelve (12) months of hire. Previous municipal government traffic engineering operations, transportation program planning, development, implementation and management experience. 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work is performed in both field and office settings.  Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate various pieces of office equipment.  Position requires the ability to transport oneself to a variety of locations, primarily in and around the City of Sammamish and King County.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is required to talk and hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work is performed outdoors and in the office environment and may involve travel to a variety of locations to perform site visit work to attend meetings.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.


While performing the duties of this job the employee divides his or her time between an outdoor and an indoor office environment, connected by travel in a vehicle on city streets and sometimes unimproved roads.  Employee may be exposed to noise from basic office machine operation and may be required to walk rough terrain and climb inclines at work sites in inclement weather.  May also be exposed to conditions and hazards associated with construction sites and potentially hazardous materials and equipment, fumes or vapors.

Duties are performed both individually and as part of a work team.  The work environment is fast-paced and moderately noisy.  Attendance at night meetings and meeting project deadlines may require working evenings or more than forty hours per week.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.  The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. 


Good driving record, ability to drive a city vehicle and possession of a valid Washington State Driver’s license is required


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City and the employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the City and the requirements of the job change.




Sammamish City Hall
801 - 228th Ave SE
Sammamish, WA 98075