CHIEF TRAFFIC ENGINEER




This is administrative engineering work directing the City's traffic engineering and maintenance program through subordinate engineering and technical supervisors and contractors. An employee in this class provides technical consultation on the City's traffic infrastructure provides resolutions to traffic problems, and maintenance contracts for work performed by outside contractors. Preparing legislation to improve City traffic conditions, presenting testimony before governmental bodies and developing and approving proposals to refine operating procedures in order to increase productivity and reduce operating costs are a significance aspect of the work.  Work is performed under the general direction of the Deputy Commissioner for Transportation.


ALLOCATING FACTORS:   (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)


1.            The position must perform the work in the Streets Department.

2.            This position must direct the City's traffic engineering and maintenance program through subordinate engineering and technical supervisors and contractors.

3.            Only one position will be allocated to this class.




            Administers the City's traffic engineering and maintenance programs; coordinates the activities of functional traffic units responsible for facilitating the flow of traffic along the City's streets; directs, through subordinate supervisors, the operations of the engineering unit of the division and a number of skilled and semi-skilled field and shop crews; approves policies and standards necessary to achieve or improve efficient coordination between the various components of the divisions.

            Reviews and approves through, subordinate supervisors and engineers, all designs and proposals for major, new and improved traffic control  projects and the modification and adjustment of existing traffic control devices to determine their effects on visibility, safety and traffic conditions in the surrounding areas; evaluates plans to decide if adequate allowances are provided in the layout of the street to accommodate the anticipated volume of traffic; requests studies and surveys from subordinate engineering staff regarding vehicular and pedestrian traffic patterns; directs the study of traffic conditions and environmental conditions to develop procedures to alleviate traffic congestion and improve traffic flow; maintains statistics and prepares reports on high accident or sensitive intersection areas; makes recommendations related to traffic controls.

            Directs, plans, assigns and reviews the activities of engineering, installation and maintenance personnel engaged in the design, construction, installation and maintenance of various traffic devices necessary for a system of safe traffic control ; ensures contractor compliance with the contract agreement and makes sure that work standards are met; reviews cost estimates for projects included in the contract; directs the coordination of construction, installation and repair of traffic controls and signs with utilities and other municipal and state agencies.

            Reviews the operational procedures and policies of the units on an ongoing basis; confers with unit supervisors and section managers in the formulation and implementation of new and improved procedures and policies; develops a city-wide preventive maintenance program utilizing data systems technology and operational analysis techniques and methods; directs the development and implementation of employee development and skills programs to maintain ongoing performance efficiency and exposure of employees to traffic technological advances.

            Directs the preparation of both the capital and operating budgets for the traffic division; determines priorities as to which programs or projects will be funded and the specific amounts of monies to be allocated to each funding category; monitors expenditures on a continual basis; confers with all unit heads on operational, budgetary, personnel, equipment and work program needs; prepares justification for new and expanded budgetary items; attends council hearings in order to resolve problems or answer questions concerning budget requirements; reviews and approves purchase requisitions; applies for grants and directs post-construction grant reporting.

            Reviews and evaluates for implementation, new technological advances pertinent to the area of traffic engineering; reviews plans and specifications and provides recommendations for installation of traffic controls; seeks approval for technology upgrades for transportation projects and coordinates with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA),  and/or Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for each individual project from planning stages through construction to final acceptance; monitors final testing of traffic control systems to determine proper installation of equipment.

            Prepares legislation essential to the needs of the traffic division and the general welfare of the public; testifies before governmental bodies to assist in the obtainment of their approval; functions as spokesperson on matters pertaining to traffic.

            Addresses civic and neighborhood groups, professional associations and others in order to resolve complaints or to acquaint the public with the City's traffic goals, objectives and programs.

            Performs related work as required.






•           supervisory methods and techniques

•           the theories, principles, practices and objectives of traffic engineering

•           the techniques and procedures involved in investigating and analyzing traffic and parking conditions

•           engineering practices, methods and techniques used in the design, testing, installation and maintenance of City-wide municipal traffic programs

•           traffic safety and control measures

•           the principles and practices involved in the management of the installation, maintenance and repair of traffic control signs

•           the principles and practices of public administration, including such areas as budgeting, organizational development and staffing

•           modern engineering methods and techniques required to directing a traffic engineering and maintenance program

•           administrative methods and practices used in the review of plans and specifications for traffic systems

•           the current developments, including related legislation and sources of technical information pertaining to traffic control

•           road and highway design, and its impact on traffic flows

•           the design, operation and use of traffic control devices

•           electrical engineering as applied to traffic control devices

           occupational safety standards for contract work

               grant management

               local, state, and federal regulations applicable to traffic engineering




•           interpreting and modifying design plans for traffic projects

•           performing and reviewing engineering calculations




•           direct the activities of a municipal department traffic division

•           maintain operating costs within budgetary constraints

•           supervise subordinate supervisors, engineers, technical and other personnel

•           apply engineering and administrative knowledge to the resolution of major engineering, technical and operational problems relating to traffic engineering

•           review, supervise and participate in the preparation of contract plans and specifications

•           evaluate proposed projects and make feasibility determinations

•           develop and enforce departmental policies affecting divisional operations.

•           establish and maintain effective working relationships with engineers, contractors, associates, subordinates and the general public

•           monitor and manage engineering contracts regarding contract compliance and achievement of work standards

               research new technologies related to traffic management


MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.  Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 10/17.)




            Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university, with major course work in engineering.





            Seven years of engineering experience in traffic engineering and/or street lighting.





            Two years of administrative engineering experience directing, through subordinate engineering or technical staff, design and development of plans for engineering or operational functions of the City’s traffic engineering and operations or street lighting program.




            Three years of administrative traffic engineering experience directing a major phase of the City’s overall traffic engineering program.




            Any equivalent combination of education and experience which has been determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources which has included the completion of a bachelor's degree program in Engineering and the specific experience.


City of Philadelphia Classes that typically qualify:


Traffic Engineer (3B33)

Streets Engineering Projects Assistant Manager (3C03)



            Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.




            Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Chief Traffic Engineer.


            Registration as a Professional Engineer in the United States is required prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Chief Traffic Engineer. Must transfer license to State of Pennsylvania upon hire.




            Registration as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) in the United States is preferred prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Chief Traffic Engineer.  Must transfer license to State of Pennsylvania upon hire.



                                                                                                               Class Established - 5/83

Spec Revision: 9/10

Spec Revision:

CSC: 6/13

Ad. Board: 7/13

Latest Spec Revision:

CSC: 9/17

Ad. Board: 10/17