Job Description

Title: Engineer Signals

State Role Title: Architect/Engineer I

Hiring Range: $72,738 to $118,200

Pay Band: 5

Agency: VA Dept of Transportation

Location: Suffolk Office

Agency Website:

Recruitment Type: General Public - G

Job Duties

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Hampton Roads District has an exciting opportunity for an Engineer Signals to operate and manage Hampton Roads traffic signals using traffic management system, applications and traffic engineering software. Analyze traffic patterns and adjust traffic signal timings to mitigate traffic congestion and address changing traffic patterns, special events, construction and maintenance, and emergency operations.

Core responsibilities:

  • Analyze and interpret engineering data and information. Prepare complete, clear and concise reports and recommendations.

  • Support and maintain traffic signal system, software applications. Administer and maintain the reliability of the central operating system (KITs) for signal timing optimization. Install and configure new hardware and software and develop test plans. Maintain critical system availability and resolve component issues. Maintain inventory of signal system assets. Provide technical support to signal system users. Develop backup plans for emergency conditions.

  • Monitor signal operation status during emergency situations. Respond to complaints and malfunctions of system software database, hardware, and other components.

  • Oversee system support contract pertaining to signal operations. Develop and manage consultant task orders. Evaluate the quality of deliverables. Approve invoices and ensure expenditures are within allocations. Identify user needs for system software and hardware. Procure software, hardware, and equipment in compliance with procurement policies.

  • Plan, schedule and coordinate engineering program activities such that deliverables are met within the established scope and timeline.

  • Support the development of policies and procedures that demonstrate proactive management of the arterial transportation network. Assist in the performance of in-house assessments and the development of alternatives for managing and coordinating traffic signal system operations, non-routine lane closures, special events and emergency evacuation strategies.

  • Manage special program initiatives and projects as assigned. Serve and represent VDOT or assigned program area on various committees and work groups.

  • Use established VDOT policies and procedures in the development and delivery of engineering projects. Engineering projects are completed in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.

  • Support the implementation of new technology for signal systems and advanced signal control strategies. Manage and oversee signal-related projects and adaptive traffic control systems. Assist with the development of signal specifications and reviews for compliance with standards and policies.

  • Establish an effective line of communication between VDOT, contractors, government agencies and the public. Investigate issues and resolve complaints.

  • Assist in the management of projects and tasks including development of and managing the scope, schedule, budget, deliverables, change management, quality, and status reports. Complete multiple concurrent tasks and assignments, and report updates on their status.

Required Skills:

  • Knowledge of federal and state policies and regulations relative to traffic control devices.

  • Skill in the use of computers and software applications to include MS Office, and engineering software programs.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities with competing deadlines and limited resources.

  • Ability to interpret technical data and prepare and maintain detailed reports.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

  • Ability to apply engineering principles and practices.

  • Ability to enforce and demonstrate safety behaviors, as well as advocate and practice safety in everyday work activities.

  • Knowledge of engineering principles and practices; transportation management-related computer programming, traffic signal-modeling software.

  • Ability to read and understand highway construction plans.

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with diverse groups.

  • Ability to provide detailed reports on review findings.

  • Knowledge of VDOT, state, and federal policies and procedures relating to transportation engineering.

  • Ability to negotiate outcomes and work with diverse customer groups.

  • Knowledge of engineering specifications and standards.

  • Knowledge of project management procedures and principles.

  • Skill in providing and promoting good customer service to internal and external customers.

  • Ability to draw rational conclusions and develop solutions from analysis; make independent decisions; and manage multiple assignments.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to effectively communicate technical information.

  • Experience applying engineering principles and practices; transportation management-related computer programming, traffic signal-modeling software.

  • Experience applying federal and state policies and regulations relative to traffic control devices.

  • Experience with traffic signal system operations and timing optimization.

  • Experience applying engineering principles and practices.

Additional Considerations

  • Experience in traffic signal optimization and systems engineering.

  • A combination of training, experience, or education in Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Systems Engineering or related field desired.

  • Knowledge of KITs (signal system), and Next Generations Signal Controllers.

Special Instructions

You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your account to check the status of your application for this position.

Fingerprint-based criminal history background check, DMV driving record check, references, and work history will be required prior to employment. Valid Driver's License Required.

Position is designated as essential and, as such, will be required to work outside normal hours, weekends, and holidays during emergency situations which may include but are not limited to inclement weather, disaster response and emergency operations. Travel may be required.

In addition to a rewarding work experience, VDOT offers excellent health and life insurance benefits, pre-tax spending accounts, state funded Short- and Long-Term Disability, paid holidays, vacation, tuition assistance, free wellness programs, and a state retirement plan with options for tax-deferred retirement savings including employer matching.

DHRM has also published a companion guidance document for the Alternative Hiring Process for persons with disabilities which can be found here.

VDOT utilizes a market-based pay program, which has been approved by DHRM. Therefore, advertised rates of pay may or may not align with the Commonwealth pay bands.

State applications will only be accepted as submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date through the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Job Board/Recruitment Management System (RMS).

Multiple positions may be filled from this recruitment.

The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided in the application and optional resume; therefore, those who fully represent their qualifications and work history will be more successful with obtaining an interview. Submitting an incomplete application and/or resume lacking job history and relevant experience detail may impact interview eligibility. State applications submitted via email, postal mail, fax, or in person will not be considered.

We are a “Virginia Values Veterans” (V3) official certified company and state agency that provides hiring preference to Veterans and Members of the Virginia National Guard in support of Executive Order 29, (2010). If you are a Veteran or Virginia National Guard Member, we urge you to respond accordingly on your state application.

Contact Information

Name: David Keesee

Phone: 757-956-3291



In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their AHP Letter (formerly COD) provided by the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Service-Connected Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their AHP Letter. Requesting an AHP Letter can be found at AHP Letter or by calling DARS at 800-552-5019.

Note: Applicants who received a Certificate of Disability from DARS or DBVI dated between April 1, 2022- February 29, 2024, can still use that COD as applicable documentation for the Alternative Hiring Process.


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Job Overview
Job Posted:
2 weeks ago
Job Expires:
4w 1d
Job Type
Full Time

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