Transportation Planning Engineer – Cary, NC

Name of Employer: Town of Cary

Employer Website:

Cary, NC

Job title: Transportation Planning Engineer

Job Details / Description

The Town of Cary is seeking a highly motivated Transportation Planning Engineer to perform difficult professional work participating in the planning, design, construction and project management of a variety of multi-modal transportation projects. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Facilities Planning Manager.

The anticipated hiring salary range is $58,073 – $82,492 depending on qualifications.

Typical Tasks

  • Organizes transportation project requests and prepares grant applications;
  • Represents the Town at regional meetings and promotes both Cary and regional transportation projects;
  • Provides information to a variety of groups increasing awareness of transportation projects;
  • Serves as one of the Town’s staff voting members at the MPO and other meetings and advises the Council’s voting member on meeting agendas, projects, etc.;
  • Coordinates transportation issues with Town Council and interdepartmental staff;
  • Manages the Town’s bike program and the certification as a nationally recognized Bicycle Friendly Community;
  • Performs planning, design and administration of projects and negotiates project approval by Town, County, State and other agencies;
  • Manages professional services consulting contracts; develops and issues RFQ’s and RFP’s; leads consultant selection process; negotiates and prepares contracts; monitors contract progress, payments and performance to ensure contract compliance;
  • Reviews plans and related documents for compliance with Town Standard Specifications and Details, adopted technical codes, zoning ordinances, State and Federal regulations, etc.; works with architects and engineers on required corrections;
  • Performs and/or reviews complex engineering calculations using computers, calculators, design manuals and other resources;
  • Supervises and participates in the preparation of designs, drawings, estimates, specifications, contracts and related planning and engineering work;
  • Prepares and presents reports pertaining to technical subject matter and ordinance requirements on projects appearing before Town officials, homeowner groups and other community organizations;
  • Provides technical information, code interpretations and answers complex questions from architects, engineers, developers, contractors and the general public relating to transportation projects, and serves as the point of contact in this process;
  • Coordinates data collection and other research such as traffic counts, regional model data, etc.;
  • Meets and confers with the public, engineers, developers, architects, governing officials, and contractors in a variety of situations and conditions, mediates disputes, resolves conflicts, and provides solutions to both technical and non-technical problems;
  • Assists in departmental planning and program management, including maintaining, updating and enforcing the Comprehensive Transportation Plan, Standard Specifications and Details Manual, Land Development Ordinance, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Master Plan and various Standard Procedures and Town Policies;
  • Participates in the preparation and administration of the department’s Capital Improvement Plan and Budget;
  • Researches new products, practices, procedures and alternatives, including providing interpretations as necessary to Town staff, sales representatives, suppliers, manufacturers and distributors regarding the acceptance of new engineering products and technology;
  • Performs other job-related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of civil engineering and/or transportation planning as related to the preparation of plans and specifications in the area assigned; thorough knowledge of modern methods and techniques as applied to the planning and design of infrastructure projects; comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of contract negotiations and administration; comprehensive knowledge of applicable laws, regulations and standards related to the design and construction of structures; comprehensive knowledge of engineering cost estimating; thorough knowledge of CADD and/or GIS software; ability to perform or oversee difficult engineering computations and to make comprehensive recommendations on engineering problems and planning; ability to manage multiple complex projects; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Town officials, employees, contractors and the general public; ability to communicate complete ideas effectively, orally and in writing; ability to perform complex cost calculations

Job Candidate Qualifications

Requires graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in transportation planning, civil engineering or closely related field and a minimum of three years experience in the planning, design and/or construction of public infrastructure.

Preference will be given to candidates that have a minimum of five years progressively complex experience in transportation planning and environmental screening of a wide variety of multimodal transportation projects. Strongly prefer candidates with experience working with a regional transportation planning agency and a North Carolina Professional Engineering License or AICP certification or the ability to obtain within six months. Extensive transportation planning project management experience and the ability to write technical reports is highly desired. Must have strong organizational skills, extensive public participation experience and be able to interact with Town officials, employees and the general public. Must have excellent oral and written presentation skills and a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.

Requires drug testing and background check (which may include criminal check, education verification and credit history review) prior to employment

How to Apply


Town of Cary


316 N. Academy Street, Human Resources

Cary, North Carolina, 27513.





$58,073.60 – $95,825.60 Annually


Cary, NC

Job Type

Regular, Full-Time


Transportation & Facilities

Job Number



5/10/2017 11:59 PM Eastern


Posted on

April 19, 2017

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