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ITS Washington Member Organizations can post their employment openings by emailing Traci Ulberg, ITS Washington Administrator.


Engineer (Signals & Beacons)
Tacoma, WA


The City of Tacoma Public Works Department is recruiting for an Appointive position of Engineer within the Transportation Division.  


We are seeking an experienced Engineer to develop and review designs and engineering aspects, under the supervision of a licensed engineer, relating to the City's traffic signal (including beacons), streetlight, and Intelligent Transportation systems.  


This is a position requiring a high level of expertise relating to traffic engineering and will be expected carry out (with due level of independence) a variety of duties to review, maintain, and improve the City's transportation network.  Projects and tasks may include leading assigned staff and working with Sound Transit and Pierce Transit on light rail and bus rapid transit projects. The ideal candidate would also have experience in other areas of civil engineering and project management, including traffic operations and safety, right-of-way design, and permitting regulations. The selected candidate should have a good work ethic and be approachable given the duties will include working in internal and external inter-discipline teams.  The selected candidate should also be able to organize and express ideas through excellent oral and written communications to a wide variety of audiences. 

The Principles that Guide Us:
Tacoma, the City of Destiny, has a workforce of dedicated, talented employees with unique skills and perspectives.  We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement.  The Principles that Guide Us, Integrity, Service, Excellence, and Equity, speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.



Four (4) year degree from an accredited college or university in civil engineering or related field and three (3) years' experience in a highly technical division specialty (HTDS).

*Engineer in Training Certificate or Professional Engineer Certificate may be substituted for degree.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible professional traffic engineering experience (and specifically relating to signal/streetlight/ITS systems), preferably within a local government setting.

  • EIT certification.

  • IMSA-related certification(s) preferred. 

May require a valid Washington Driver's License at the time of appointment with maintenance thereafter.


Knowledge & Skills


  • Experience with traffic signal, streetlight, and intelligent transportation system design.

  • Experience with transportation planning and engineering, and knowledge of civil engineering standards and practices.

  • Ability to research, prepare, and present technical recommendations to other departments, officials, and external groups.

  • Experience with direct customer service which includes the general public plus internal customers representing other sections, divisions, and departments of the City.  

  • Ability to work in a sometimes hectic and high-pressure atmosphere. 

  • Participate in and/or lead multi-disciplinary teams. 

  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and assignments. 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 

To be considered for this opportunity: 
Interested individuals must complete the online application and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position. 

**Applications received by December 19, 2022, will receive first consideration. **

In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement. 

This is a competitive selection process. Your application will be reviewed and evaluated on the basis of education, certifications, professional license and related experience. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and who most closely correspond to the City of Tacoma's needs will be placed on a referral list for review and potential interview selection. Appointment is subject to passing a pre-employment background and references check.

Supplemental questions regarding an applicant's experience and training are also included in the application form. These questions will be used to assess candidate minimum qualifications and to provide additional information to the hiring managers regarding candidate experience.  

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Our City:
With a population of over 220,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, our schools are exceptional and our housing is affordable.

When you work for the City of Tacoma you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible work schedules (with some job classifications), continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny

The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. 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.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, call the Human Resources office at (253) 591.5400 before 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement.


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