CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Traffic Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Traffic Technicians
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Conduct field studies to determine traffic volume, speed, effectiveness of signals, adequacy of lighting, and other factors influencing traffic conditions, under direction of traffic engineer. Interact with the public to answer traffic-related questions, respond to complaints and requests, or discuss traffic control ordinances, plans, policies, and procedures.
 
Prepare drawings of proposed signal installations or other control devices, using drafting instruments or computer-automated drafting equipment.
 
Plan, design, and improve components of traffic control systems to accommodate current and projected traffic and to increase usability and efficiency.
 
Analyze data related to traffic flow, accident rate data, and proposed development to determine the most efficient methods to expedite traffic flow.
 
Prepare work orders for repair, maintenance, and changes in traffic systems.
 
Study factors affecting traffic conditions, such as lighting and sign and marking visibility, to assess their effectiveness.
 
Visit development and work sites to determine projects' effect on traffic and the adequacy of traffic control and safety plans, or to suggest traffic control measures.
 
Lay out pavement markings for striping crews.
 
Operate counters and record data to assess the volume, type, and movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic at specified times.
 
Provide technical supervision regarding traffic control devices to other traffic technicians and laborers.
 
Gather and compile data from hand count sheets, machine count tapes, and radar speed checks, and code data for computer input.
 
Place and secure automatic counters, using power tools, and retrieve counters after counting periods end.
 
Measure and record the speed of vehicular traffic, using electrical timing devices or radar equipment.
 
Study traffic delays by noting times of delays, the numbers of vehicles affected, and vehicle speed through the delay area.
 
Review traffic control or barricade plans to issue permits for parades and other special events and for construction work that affects rights of way, providing assistance with plan preparation or revision as necessary.
 
Prepare graphs, charts, diagrams, and other aids to illustrate observations and conclusions.
 
Establish procedures for street closures and for repair or construction projects.
 
Compute time settings for traffic signals and speed restrictions, using standard formulas.
 
Monitor street and utility projects for compliance to traffic control permit conditions.
 
Maintain and make minor adjustments and field repairs to equipment used in surveys, including the replacement of parts on traffic data gathering devices.
 
Time stoplights or other delays, using stopwatches.
 
Interview motorists about specific intersections or highways to gather road-condition information for use in planning.
 
Develop plans and long-range strategies for providing adequate parking space.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Traffic Technicians
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Traffic Technicians
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Traffic Technicians
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Traffic Technicians
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Dowling Associates TRAFFIX Analytical or scientific software
 
ESRI ArcGIS software Map creation software
 
ESRI ArcView Map creation software
 
JAMAR Technologies PETRAPro Analytical or scientific software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Pd' Programming Intersection Magic Analytical or scientific software
 
Traffic control software Industrial control software
 
Traffic signal software Industrial control software
 
Trafficware SimTraffic Computer aided design CAD software
 
35 millimeter cameras Still cameras
 
Data collectors Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Digital plotters Plotter printers
 
Drafting instruments Drafting kits or sets
 
Dynamic message signs Moving message signs
 
Electric timing devices Clock timers
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Pavement cutting saws Power saws
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Pneumatic traffic counters Electronic counters
 
Portable two way radios Two way radios
 
Portable weight scales Floor or platform scales
 
Radar guns Speed sensors
 
Ramp meters Traffic signals
 
Total stations Theodolites
 
Traffic counters Electronic counters
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Traffic Technicians
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Traffic Technicians
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Agency of Transportation Technician (AOT Technician)
Automatic Traffic Recorder Technician (ATR Technician)
Civil Engineer
Civil Engineering Technician
Data Collection Technician
Engineering Aid
Engineering Planning Survey Technician
Engineering Technician
Field Traffic Data Technician
Field Traffic Investigator
GPS Analyst Technician (Global Positioning Systems Analyst Technician)
Highway Traffic Control Technician
Planning Technician
Red Light Technician
Signal Engineer
Speed Zone Investigator
Survey Technician
Traffic Analyst
Traffic Control Technician
Traffic Designer
Traffic Engineer
Traffic Engineering Technician
Traffic Field Investigator
Traffic Inspector
Traffic Investigator
Traffic Monitor Specialist
Traffic Operations Engineer
Traffic Recorder Technician
Traffic Research Field Technician
Traffic Signal Technician (TST)
Traffic Systems Technician
Traffic Technician
Transportation Analyst
Transportation Planning Technician
Transportation Specialist
Transportation Technician
Weight in Motion Field Data Collection Technician
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Traffic Technicians
 
 
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