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Engineering Project Coordinator #2402-230200-02

(Signal Systems Engineer)

Date Opened
Wednesday, February 07, 2024 8:00 AM
Close Date
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 11:59 AM
Charlotte Department of Transportation
  • $71,486-$89,357, commensurate with experience
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 15th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 897,000 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


The Signal Systems Engineer is responsible for applying professional traffic engineering skills and knowledge to the development and implementation of signal timing plans, evaluating new signal or signal modification requests, evaluating signalized intersection operational and safety deficiencies, designing potential improvements, and related traffic engineering activities.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop signal timing plans for coordinated systems and isolated intersections, including special events and detours.
  • Be available to perform field observations of traffic operations and fine-tune signal timing plans at times as early as 6:00 am and as late as 7:00 pm during the week, as well as, for special circumstances on the weekend.
  • Evaluate and respond to requests for modifications to existing signal operations, as well as, requests for new traffic signals.
  • Review signal design plans prepared by others to ensure correctness of signal phasing, timing and detection information.
  • Periodically staff the Traffic Management Center for special events.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of traffic engineering and operations, signalized intersection design, and the operation of actuated traffic signal controllers and systems.
  • Knowledge of approaches and techniques for evaluating and optimizing signalized intersection capacity and operations, and arterial/network flow conditions.
  • Ability to exercise good engineering judgment when conflicting and competing objectives are involved.
  • Ability to adapt both local and State analysis and design criteria to a variety of geometric and traffic control improvement plans.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse workforce.
  • Ability to exhibit good customer service skills.
  • Ability to coordinate and facilitate a variety of work tasks within and outside of the Section.
  • Ability to explain technical issues to a non-technical audience both verbally and in written communications.
  • Knowledge with Synchro or other signal system analysis and/or simulation tool.
  • Knowledge of Advanced Transportation Management Systems software.

Preferred Qualification

  • Minimum of two years of experience in the traffic engineering field with progressively increasing responsibilities, including task management with a fundamental understanding of signal system operations and analysis.
  • A graduate degree focused on traffic engineering and operations can be substituted for two years of experience.
  • EI or PE Registration preferred.
  • Bachelor’s level degree in civil, electrical or transportation engineering and one year of relevant experience.
  • An equivalent combination of education and relevant experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the essential job duties.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Level Degree - Engineering and one year relevant experience.

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

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You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.

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The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

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The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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