City of Tampa

Traffic Count Technician (#505000) 024

$23.38-$33.33 Hourly / $4,052.53-$5,777.20 Monthly / $48,630.40-$69,326.40 Yearly


This is semi-skilled work in the placement of traffic counting equipment on city streets and roads and in the analysis of traffic count data throughout the City.  Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class collects traffic data through the placement of traffic volume counters to establish if traffic warrants are met for new sign and signal installation and to establish the extent of impact fees where new structures are to be located. Under general supervision, employee performs tasks of more than average difficulty which require the exercise of reasonable initiative and independent judgment. While activities are based on work orders, they are generally carried out independently in the field with employee making decisions on configuration of counting equipment and validity of studies based on a variety of circumstances. Employee frequently works in proximity to vehicular traffic, requiring caution and skill to preclude injury to self and others. In addition to traffic counting work, the employee may assist in general traffic maintenance activities, including sign fabrication and installation work and in special events traffic control work. Work is reviewed through observation, reports submitted, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Performs operational field studies and analysis of traffic volume, direction of flow, turning patterns, etc. to assist in determining if warrants are met for placement of traffic signs or signals; sets tube sensor configurations at appropriate locations; evaluates sensor configurations, starting times and count interval increments to accurately program the computerized counting equipment; collects traffic data to establish impact of new construction on the traffic system so that impact fees can be determined.

Conducts speed studies to identify speeding problems and assist the police department with prioritizing placement of officers for speed checks; conducts surveys to collect traffic data for new or revised speed restrictions, passing zones, traffic signals, etc.

Maintains database of pending count locations; builds database of concurrency and special count request locations; downloads counter data into computer; establishes parameters for computer analysis; tests automated counters and other equipment to ensure proper functioning and traffic counts; responds to inquiries of residents, business owners and others as to purpose of studies being conducted.

Performs a variety of general traffic maintenance section duties; assists with sign shop fabrication work and field installation of signs; works at special event functions, installing traffic cones and barricades, placing directional signs, setting up detour signs, directing pedestrian flow, etc.; assists with markings installation and maintenance; assists with dispatch and with maintaining division inventory.

Performs related work as required. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Some knowledge of: MapInfo, Access, Excel and Power Point software; basic record keeping.

Working knowledge of: methods, practices, materials, tools and equipment used in traffic control data collection and studies; methods, practices, materials, tools and equipment used in traffic maintenance work (pavement marking; sign fabrication and installation; etc.).

Considerable knowledge of: occupational hazards and safety precautions of the work.

Ability to: establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, other city employees and the general public; maintain accurate records and prepare concise reports; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; perform duties requiring strength and stamina, out of doors and in inclement weather.

Skill in: operation, maintenance and use of power and hand tools and equipment used in traffic maintenance work, including sign fabrication tools and equipment; making field measurements using tape measures and other equipment as needed. 

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school or vocational school, with one (1) year of experience in traffic control studies, traffic control data analysis, and/or computer experience utilizing MapInfo, Access, Excel and/or Power Point software; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid State of Florida driver’s license. Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices certificate is preferred.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 505000; EST: 8/14/2013; REV: 3/1/2021;