Regional Signals Operation Engineer (TE5)

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Washington State Department of Transportation
WA, United States

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Regional Signals Operation Engineer (TE5)


Seattle, WA 


$86,461.00 - $116,298.00

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Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project. 


The Opportunity

WSDOT is currently seeking a to fill a Transportation Engineer 5 vacancy in Seattle, WA. This position will serve as the Region Signal Operations Engineer accountable for managing the highly specialized Signal Operations program which consists of fifty percent of all signals in the State of Washington. As the Region Signal Operations Engineer, you will be responsible for supervising a complex engineering unit with a full array of technical staff, develop and implement signal technologies, guide the signal design policy, provide regional expertise in signal programming strategies, deliver direction on research and innovation topics and provide a high-level technical training and leadership on signal operation assets. This position is critical in implementing practical solutions by optimizing existing infrastructure.

What to Expect

Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Assistant Program Development Manager will:

  • Supervise and lead the signal operations staff directly accountable for operational decisions, signal reviews, safety reviews, work orders, training, and outcomes. 
  • Routinely apply independent judgement for traffic signal operations decisions. 
  • Interpret and apply state policy and standards to traffic signal operations. 
  • Develop and implement guidelines for complex and often non-standard signal operational issues. 
  • Serve as a statewide subject matter expert and have an active role in Signal Operations utilization of new technologies; oversee, review, test, and determine the viability of these new initiatives and technologies. 
  • Be a key leader in developing & delivering statewide Signal Operations training. 
  • Be responsible for region-wide training and guidance on technical Signal Operations issues. 
  • Serve as the subject matter expert in developing signal timing for the most challenging intersections in the State of Washington.



To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering or similar degree. 
  • A Professional Engineer (PE) license – Civil, in the State of Washington (License holders from other states will be expected to obtain a WA State PE license within six (6) months of appointment).   
  • Substantial experience managing/leading traffic engineering, signal operations, traffic operations, freeway operations, traffic safety management and performance monitoring. 
  • Familiar with transportation issues across all areas of WSDOT. 
  • Ability to lead expert level professionals in technical related decisions that are required in the evolving field of Signal Operations and Traffic Design. 
  • Ability to set clear and measurable expectations to subordinate professionals with the ability to provide motivation through sharing of experiences and technical expertise. 
  • Ability to build and sustain effective teams and facilitate consensus building surrounding technical and complex issues.
  • Ability to make timely and responsive strategic decisions having long term impact by being creative and balancing competing demands.
  • Effective communication skills including written, verbal, presentation and interpersonal.
  • Ability to identify, initiate and influence positive change independently and through others.
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipating issues and developing consensus-based solutions.


It is preferred that qualified candidates also have: 

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering with traffic emphasis. 
  • Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) certification
  • Current understanding of national and state standards in traffic engineering, signal design, channelization

design and traffic engineering related chapters of the MUTCD, WSDOT Traffic Manual, specific WAC’s &

RCW’s and traffic engineering related chapters of the WSDOT Design Manual.

  • Project and budget management. 
  • WSDOT Performance measurement standards, applications, practices and polices


Important Notes 

  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.   
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
  • In additional to the salary range listed, a general wage increase of 3.25% will be applied for all state employees on July 1, 2022. 
  • This position requires periodic travel for meetings and conferences.  
  • By issuance of proclamation, the Governor of Washington State mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.   
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit



  • Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available, including occasional telework for eligible positions.  
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 11 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
  • Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.  
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.

Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?


How to Apply

Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible. 

In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application: 

  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.  

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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.


Contact us

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Eric Saniatan at SaniatE@wsdot.wa.govPlease be sure to reference 22DOT-NWR-13178e in the subject line.