Engineering Specialist II - Public Works - Bureau of Highways - Traffic Division

Howard County Government

7125 Riverwood Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

Full Time

Duties & Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  • Works and cooperates with co-workers and supervisors at all levels.

  • Learns and performs all essential job functions accurately.

  • Traffic Engineering Studies: signing and marking; parking; intersection control; intersection improvement; sight distance: stopping, passing, intersection; street lighting; traffic calming; accident investigations; pedestrian/school walking routes.

  • Intelligent Transportation Systems: investigations of ITS components for possible implementation including: digital cameras for the red light program; automated speed enforcement; telemetry for permanent counting stations; rapid response teams for traffic control; network signal coordination.

  • Operational Improvements to County Transportation System: design and field layout for improvements based on studies; manage consultant projects for improvements; project manager during construction of improvements.

  • Customer Service: respond to citizen inquiries; speak at community/business forums; serve on community based traffic action teams and committees.

  • Consultant for other County Agencies: Police Dept: red light camera program; parking and speeding problems; Dept Planning and Zoning: review of traffic impact studies; review of developer plans; traffic counts; Board of Education: analysis of walking routes; crossing guard studies; bus stop locations; parking lot entrances; Recreation and Parks: pedestrian crossings; deer accident reductions; hiker/biker paths; Bureau of Engineering: work zone traffic control; detour routes; Bureau of Facilities: parking lot design/layout; permit parking; Health Dept: drive-up flue shots; County Council: traffic related constituent concerns Management: initiate/maintain consultant and construction contracts; manage consultant/construction projects.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering and two years experience.

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents.

  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies or members of the business community.

  • Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.

  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups and/or boards of directors.

  • Ability to apply advance mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations and permutations.

  • Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory and factor analysis.

  • Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.

  • Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc) in its most difficult phases.

  • Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

Job Preferences


  • Master's degree or equivalent; or four to ten years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Registered Professional Engineer in State of Maryland preferred but not required.

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