Goverment Jobs
February 11, 2019
Salem, Oregon
Job Type


Marion County is recruiting for two civil engineering associate 1 positions workingin traffic control and roadway design.

Applies a wide range of civil engineering principles and methods in carrying out assignments. Utilizes a variety of oral and written skills to communicate with county personnel and the general public. Work requires flexible hours including evenings. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Works under the supervision of the Traffic Engineering Supervisor.

Supervision is not a responsibility of positions in this class. However, incumbents may occasionally act as lead worker.

This is the second level of a four-level series. Employees complete basic to moderately complex assignments designed to continue training and development in specialized engineering disciplines. Employees typically have gained experience in applying engineering theory, principles and methods and complete assigned work without close supervision.

Employees in this classification exercise moderately independent technical judgment in work assignments where they have experience. They may decide methods, identify deficiencies in plans, and correct errors without first referring them to higher authority for approval. Employees carry out assignments and investigations that require resourcefulness and originality.

Typical Duties - Duties include, but are not limited to the following

  • Review and respond to requests and complaints about traffic signals, signing and striping, speeding, crosswalks, lighting, roadway safety and design, and other complex traffic-related requests. These requests may come from the public, other Marion County employees, or other public agencies. Review of the request often involves coordinating directly with the complainant, conducting field reviews, data collection, research, working in and around traffic, working in construction zones, coordinating with multiple agencies, applying advanced traffic analysis methods, developing and applying prioritization systems, assessing traffic control needs and warrant criteria, judging and applying engineering standards, and extensive letter and report writing. Also involves the use of engineering analysis and corresponding software to evaluate the operations of the transportation network.
  • Independently review and comment on traffic control and roadway design plans for construction projects prepared by other engineers and technicians from Marion County, outside agencies, consultants, and contractors. Prepare detailed design plans for specific projects when needed and develop Traffic Control Plans for County projects. Prepare cost estimates for traffic signals, flashers, channelization, and transportation system projects. Address engineering and construction issues as they arise.
  • Oversee various projects and act as lead worker at times for various lower level positions in the section. Provide technical assistance to others in the department and other departments. Draft and develop policies, procedures, reports and standards. Attend assorted meetings and conferences and keep abreast of industry trends in the traffic field. Participate in professional groups and committees as needed related to adopting and establishing traffic control requirements, standards, and procedures.
  • Provide engineering analysis and technical support for long-range transportation planning efforts. Provide signal and traffic-related support for asphalt overlay contracts and other capital construction or maintenance projects. Develop and/or review signal timing plans, school flasher plans, and other traffic-specific issues. Forecast future volumes on County roadways, and use advanced computer software to forecast roadway operations and geometric needs. Develop solutions for identified roadway deficiencies, and prepare preliminary designs.
  • Conduct in-depth traffic engineering analyses, traffic impact studies, and traffic signal plans and timing diagrams. Operate complex computer software, advanced camera equipment, field measuring devices, traffic count equipment, and develop computer applications in spreadsheets and databases.
  • Pursue new funding for projects through grant applications and coordination with other agencies. Prepare agreements for maintenance and construction projects. Requires coordination with Marion County employees, outside agencies, and public; and the preparation and presentation of materials to the Board of Commissioners and other groups.
  • Cover various technical duties of other section staff in their absence, and files and processes work when complete as needed. Maintains punctual and regular attendance. Works flexible hours on occasion as needed to meet obligations of the position. Established and maintains professional and effective working relationships with co-workers, other agencies, and the public. Complies with all departmental and county policies and procedures.
  • Assists in training and development of other staff as needed.
  • May participate in basic incident command training and drills to maintain proficiency in supporting ECC activities, including carrying out field work in connection with ECC operations. May be assigned clerical/support, incident liaison, or other duties at any location within or near the county. Emergency Management duties may require working long hours outside normal business hours, weekend/holiday work, and may occur with little or no advance notice.
  • Responsible for working safely and following all applicable safety health rules. Worker is responsible for reporting any unsafe condition to supervisor, crew leader or lead worker. Workers are expected to stop work when conditions are unsafe and could lead to significant property damage, serious injury, or death.
Requirements for the Position


  1. A Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or related course of study; AND
  2. One (1) year of experience applying engineering theory, principles and methods; OR
  3. Any satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience relevant to the position.


  • Possess, or obtain registration as an Engineer in Training (EIT) within six months of date of hire. The requirement for the EIT (FE) may be waived if the applicant possesses a Master's Degree(or higher) that is highly pertinent to the specific position, or possesses a unique combination of work experienceand skills that are especially pertinent to the needs of the position.
  • Must possess a current driver's license in the applicant's state of residence and an acceptable driving history. Marion County will obtain a copy of the driving record for all qualified applicants from Driver and Motor Vehicle Services and review the driving record according to the Marion County policy and procedure for Driving on County Business. The policy can be found at:
  • Must pass a criminal history background investigation; however, conviction of a crime may not necessarily disqualify an individual for this classification.
  • This assignment is represented by a union.
  • This is a full-time position, which is eligible for overtime.
  • Typical Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., with flexibility depending upon the needs of the department and program.

Work performed in a general office or field environment. Office work includes the use of a computer using word processing, spreadsheet, databases, E-mail programs or programs specific to the position. Fieldwork includes working in a variety of inclement weather conditions, sometime working in close proximity to roadway traffic. Occasionally may traverse rough and uneven terrain. Must be able to lift and carry up to 20 pounds of equipment. May be required to work flexible schedules and long hours throughout the year, especially during construction season (May through October). Some work involves short time frames with inflexible deadlines.

Knowledge of: civil engineering principles and methods, with special reference to public works facilities at the level of local government; civil engineering materials and methods of construction; engineering aspects of land use and development; modern traffic engineering principles and practices.

Skill and ability to: do complex calculations, prepare cost estimates, plans and specifications; effectively communicate orally and in writing with engineers, planners, developers and members of the general public; engage in creative problem solving and to blend theory with practical application; establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with coworkers, other jurisdictions, and the general public, including significant interpersonal skill in defusing emotional and/or adversarial situations; and use CAD and other engineering related computer software; conduct engineering analyses and impact studies; use complex computer software for analysis and modeling; prepare and make presentations; work safely in and around traffic, and in weather extremes.

Operates a motor vehicle; sees using depth perception; stands; sits; moves about the work area; bends forward; stoops; climbs 1 flight of stairs; crawls; reaches overhead; lifts and carries up to20 lbs.;pushes and pulls up to 50 lbs.; moves carts weighing up to 200 lbs.; operates a keyboard; uses rapid mental/hand/eye coordination; speaks with a clear and audible voice; reads a 12 pt. font; distinguishes colors and shades; hears a whispered speech level and discerns moving traffic and construction noises, speeds and proximity; works in areas exposed to heat, cold, humidity, dust, smoke, radiation, vibration, chemicalsand noise; traverses wet and uneven areas; uses ladders and/or scaffolding.

Marion County offers a generous benefits package to regular employees working 50% or more of the regularly scheduled work week and their eligible dependents. Temporary employees and part-time regular employees workingless than 50% of the regularly scheduled work week are not eligible for benefits.

Most regular positions in this classification arerepresented by Marion County Employees Association (MCEA).For a summary of benefits, click here. For a complete and detailed overview of theMCEA benefits package, click here, and selectMCEA Benefits from the left menu or Marion County Employees Association (MCEA) from the page links. Regular and temporary employees are represented by MCEA.

Salary and benefits are subject to union contract negotiations and may change as a result.

In order to receive credit for your supplemental questions, your answers must be supported by details in the education and/or work experience section of your application form. Do you understand this statement?

  • Yes
  • No
What is the highest level of education you have successfully completed?

  • GED
  • High school
  • At least 1 year of college (31 semester or 45 quarter credits)
  • Associate degree (62 semester or 90 quarter credits)
  • At least 3 years of college (93 semester or 135 quarter credits)
  • Bachelor's degree (124 semester or 180 quarter credits)
  • Master's degree (155 semester or 225 quarter credits)
  • Doctorate degree (186 semester or 270 quarter credits)
  • None of the above
Indicate area of study for college education.

  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • An area of study related to any of the above (specify below)
  • None of the above
Please specify your area of study if not listed in the previous question. Write NA in the box if this question does not apply to you. Education listed in this answer must be supported by the education section of your application. "See resume" is not an acceptable answer.

    Indicate how many years of full-time work experience you have applying engineering theory, principles and methods. (One year of work experience is equal to 2080 hours.)

    • Less than 1 year
    • 1 year to less than 2 years
    • 2 years to less than 3 years
    • 3 years to less than 4 years
    • 4 years to less than 5 years
    • 5 years to less than 6 years
    • 6 years to less than 7 years
    • 7 years to less than 8 years
    • 8 years to less than 9 years
    • 9 years to less than 10 years
    • 10 years or more
    • None of the above
    Please specify the place(s) of employment where you gained the work experience listed in the previous question. Write NA in the box if this question does not apply to you. Experience listed in this answer must be supported by the work experience section of your application. "See resume" is not an acceptable answer.

      Choose the option that best describes your highest level of engineering registration or licensure.

      • I am registered as an Engineer in Training
      • I can become registered as an Engineer in Training within six months of hire
      • I am registered as a Professional Engineer
      • I have another equivalent, closely related professional engineering license or registration (specify below)
      • None of the above
      If you answered "another equivalent" in the above question, please indicate the professional engineering license or registration that you possess. Write NA in the box if this question does not apply to you.

        Describe your experience developing and using spreadsheets and databases in complex engineering applications. Include the level of complexity, your proficiency in developing such applications, and the duration.

          Describe your experience applying traffic control principles and the MUTCD to a road network.

            Discuss your work experience developing and/or reviewing traffic control plans, signing plans, temporary pedestrian access routes, signals and/or other traffic control devises for construction and land development work.

              Describe the extent and type of your experience conducting traffic engineering analysis, including any software you have used, and your proficiency with each in doing analysis work.

                Discuss your experience with CAD, GIS and other engineering graphics products. Include your level of proficiency, duration of experience, and give examples of the uses you have made in your engineering work.

                  * Required Question

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