Phoenix is the 5th largest city in the country, serving as Arizona’s center of government, commerce, and culture. It is emerging in the new economy with strength in high technology, manufacturing, bioscience research and advanced business services. Phoenix is a young, progressive city, brimming with sports and cultural attractions, distinctive restaurants, fascinating museums, diverse residential options, and endless outdoor opportunities.

The Streets Transportation Department is seeking a motivated and dedicated Traffic Engineer I to join a diverse hands-on team. This position involves the application of professional traffic engineering work at the entry professional level and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) knowledge including skills to a wide variety of engineering functions that will assist in developing our traffic signal infrastructure.

This position is in the Traffic Services Division, Arterial Systems Management Section. The Traffic Engineer I position will apply professional traffic engineering knowledge and skills. The primary duties of this position will be preparing transportation studies which involve computing and analyzing data gathered from field studies to plan and execute traffic signal retiming programs. The incumbent will also assist in developing and implement strategies for improving arterial traffic flow and safety, utilize system performance measurement tools, assist in evaluating ITS equipment, and assist in providing ITS engineering support to the Traffic Management Center and Traffic Signal Shop. The Traffic Engineer I will interact professionally and proactively with internal and external partners to ensure a seamless service is provided to the traveling public. The Traffic Engineer I will report to the Traffic Engineer II (ITS Engineering Analyst).


  • Proficient writing and oral presentation skills.
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office products, desktop publishing programs and other computer programs.
  • Knowledge of transportation/traffic engineering principles.
  • Ability to handle details and manage multiple priorities within specific timelines.
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure and carry out tasks through to completion.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to exercise good judgment, courtesy, patience, and tact in public contact and in problem resolution.



  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, including courses in traffic engineering.
  • Other combinations of experience and education which meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.
  • The City job description can be found here.
  • Working irregular hours, weekends, holidays and evenings may be required.
  • All finalists for positions are subject to a criminal background check applicable to the department or position.
  • Some positions require the use of personal or City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for City business will be prohibited if the employee is not authorized to drive a City vehicle or if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage.
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PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS – The minimum qualifications listed above, plus:

  • Experience using Light Rail Train (LRT) firmware.
  • Experience working within a traffic management center (TMC).
  • Experience programming Econolite ASC/2,3/Cobalt traffic controllers.
  • Experience using modeling software such as Synchro and WaySync.
  • Experience with calculating, programming, and troubleshooting traffic signal timing and operations.
  • Experience and knowledge of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) applications, technologies, including Advanced Transportation Management Systems (ATMS).
  • An Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate and/or a Professional Engineering license from any U.S. state.


Recruitment closes May 23, 2024. All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. on this date.

This is a position-based recruitment and will not result in any ongoing eligibility list. This recruitment and any selection processes resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill other related vacancies within the organization now or in the near future.

For more information and apply, check out the City of Phoenix Job Site.

Job Title: Traffic Engineer I
Pay Range: $35.08 to $51.83 per hour.
Hiring Range:
$35.08 to $44.77 per hour.
Job Type: Full-Time Regular
Job ID: 54092