County of Alameda

Supervising Traffic Technician (#2190)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Public Works Mgmt (U44)
$44.95-$54.60 Hourly / $3,596.00-$4,368.00 BiWeekly /
$7,791.33-$9,464.00 Monthly / $93,496.00-$113,568.00 Yearly

Under general direction, to plan, coordinate and supervise the Traffic Operations section of the Engineering Division, of the Road Department; to direct, perform, organize and evaluate plans, studies and special programs related to the improvement of traffic devices, services and safety regulations; and to do related work as required.


The Supervising Traffic Technician reports to a Supervising Civil Engineer who is responsible to Assistant Chief, Road Department. The incumbent of this one position class is responsible for the coordination of a major technical function, and also the direct supervision of a small staff consisting of Engineering Staff Assistants, sub-professional technicians and aides.

This position has full program responsibility for traffic operations and serves as the departmental expert in areas affecting traffic regulation, flow, street lighting, and regulatory traffic ordinances. This position also provides technical guidance and assistance to maintenance and construction field personnel and also to other units within the Department, as well as other public agencies.

This class is distinguished from the class of Traffic Signal Supervisor, in that the Traffic Signal Supervisor is responsible for the installation, maintenance, repair and testing of traffic signal and lighting systems and other related electrical equipment; and also acts as field inspector on electrical traffic signal installations done by private contractors.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Plans, coordinates and reviews the work of the Traffic Operations Section; and acts as the departmental resident expert on matters affecting traffic services, lighting systems, safety and traffic regulations and ordinance.

2. Directs and evaluates the planning and implementing of major projects such as railroad crossing improvements, street lighting and traffic movement.

3. Performs complex studies and analyzes a variety of data in order to provide justification for support for action or lack of action, related to the improvement of service and safety aspects of traffic engineering activities.

4. Reviews and examines engineering projects and permit applications for adequacy of service and compliance to appropriate safety standards.

5. Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates, on an ongoing basis, studies involving specific traffic conditions and any relevant changes that affect street lighting, parking regulations, speed zoning, school safety, intersection control, warning signs and pavement marking and striping.

6. Coordinates and performs special studies and projects involving traffic engineering work by the County, City, State or private agencies; and coordinates various traffic engineering activities with representatives of State departments and commissions, local park and school districts, public utilities and others.

7. Receives complaints and requests for service from the public and determines the necessary action to resolve related problems; meets with division staff, other departments and the general public to interpret and explain County policies and procedures related to traffic engineering operations.

8. Initiates and monitors orders for street lighting equipment and services for road signs and traffic control devices; examines installations and makes field investigations for operational measurement studies; maintains accident spot maps and subsequent reports and data.

9. Prepares budget requests for the Traffic Operations Section; drafts and prepares additions to the County Ordinance Code; reviews and/or prepares resolutions, contracts, agreements, purchase orders and related correspondence.

10. Interviews and recommends on the hiring of new employees in the division; trains, supervises and evaluates assigned personnel; and provides technical guidance and assistance to other field personnel on matters related to traffic engineering operations.

11. Compiles and/or obtains traffic data for use in responding to interrogatories resulting from legal claims against the County.

Either I

The equivalent of three years’ full-time related experience in the Traffic Engineering field in a position comparable to the County's class of Engineering Staff Assistant III.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with specialization in Traffic or Civil Engineering Technology,

The equivalent of four years’ full-time progressively responsible traffic engineering experience, of which at least one year was spent in a supervisory capacity.

License Requirement:

Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• The principles, practices and methods of Traffic Engineering.
• Engineering mathematics and economics.
• Local County and State regulations, codes and policies, related to regulatory traffic devices, operations and safety programs.
• Laws, requirements and procedures contained in the Highway Safety Act and State of California Codes.
• Principles and practices of supervision.

Ability to:

• Direct, perform and evaluate major traffic engineering projects.
• Perform complex studies and analyze a variety of data.
• Coordinate work with other branch and departmental staff and provide guidance and instruction in Traffic Engineering practices and procedures.
• Communicate and deal effectively with the public and other County, State, Federal and local agencies.
• Train, assign and review the work of others.
• Supervise and evaluate subordinate employees.
• Draft and prepare a variety of contractual and/or comprehensive agreements, reports and related correspondence.

Old document: 0263h
Revised 8/79
Revised 11/05/93
New document: Jobspecs/2190
CSC Date: 11/17/1993


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.