Jun 01, 2021

Senior Engineer

  • City of Carlsbad
  • Carlsbad, CA, USA
Full time Engineering Civil Engineer Director Principal

Job Description

The Position

The City of Carlsbad seeks a dynamic Senior Engineer with strong working knowledge of transportation and traffic engineering principles to join the Traffic and Mobility Division of the Transportation Department of the Public Works Branch. The Senior Engineer is the first management level in the engineering professional series and will supervise the Traffic Engineering Unit and support staff in the implementation of their assigned projects. This position reports to the City Traffic Engineer.

The Senior Engineer will manage and perform professional engineering tasks that include contract administration, design and project management of various transportation and traffic systems, review plans, specifications, and cost estimates, and conduct technical studies to ensure compliance with applicable Federal, State, County, and local standards and regulations.

Carlsbad -The Community: This nearly 40 square mile city is ideally situated in north San Diego County with an approximate population of 115,000. It offers a great climate, beautiful beaches, lagoons and abundant natural open space. World class resorts, family attractions, well planned neighborhoods, a diverse business sector and a charming village atmosphere combine to create the ideal California experience.

The Branch: The Public Works Branch is responsible for planning, providing and maintaining infrastructure that supports Carlsbad's excellent quality of life. The Branch includes a variety of Divisions including Administration, Environmental Management, General Services, Utilities and Transportation. More than 173 full time staff support the Branch which has an annual budget of $90 million, along with a total Capital Improvement Program appropriation of $260 million.


The Department: The Transportation Department supports the planning, design, and construction and inspection of the city and private development projects; keeps people and traffic moving; and cares for transportation and drainage infrastructure systems.

The Position: The City of Carlsbad is recruiting for a Senior Engineer that will be the supervisor of the Traffic Engineering Unit and a key member of the Traffic and Mobility Division. This individual will be part of an engineering team which manages a variety of transportation and traffic engineering projects and will report directly to the City Traffic Engineer.


The Senior Engineer will oversee professional civil engineering work in the design and construction of streets, sidewalks, traffic control devices and other public capital projects with a focus on traffic and mobility infrastructure. The Senior Engineer will also supervise and coordinate work related to transportation projects and do related work as assigned.


  • 7+ years proven experience working in a similar role, for a public agency or as a consultant
  • Able to work independently and with a team
  • Able to speak to all levels of staff and various agencies
  • Skilled, effective and compelling communicator, with both written and oral presentations
  • Problem-solving; able to offer alternative solutions to complex situations
  • Understands the principles, practices and methods of civil engineering with an emphasis on transportation and traffic engineering
  • Extensive experience planning, designing and providing engineering support services for transportation and traffic CIP projects

Experience & Education

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering or a related field is required. 
  • Master's degree in Civil Engineering or a related field is preferable and may be substituted for work experience.
  • Possession of a valid license as a Registered Civil Engineer or Registered Traffic Engineer issued by the State of California is required.
  • Minimum seven years of increasingly responsible and professional engineering experience involving the design and construction of a variety of public facilities and projects.

We will consider candidates that require VISA transfer/sponsorship for this position.


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