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Traffic Technicians
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 30

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $19.52 - $26.41

Typical Annual Salary: $40,600 - $54,900

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Interact with the public to answer traffic-related questions, respond to complaints or requests, or discuss traffic control ordinances, plans, policies, or procedures.
  • Prepare drawings of proposed signal installations or other control devices, using drafting instruments or computer-automated drafting equipment.
  • Analyze data related to traffic flow, accident rates, or proposed development to determine the most efficient methods to expedite traffic flow.
  • Provide technical supervision regarding traffic control devices to other traffic technicians or laborers.
  • Plan, design, and improve components of traffic control systems to accommodate current or projected traffic and to increase usability and efficiency.
  • Prepare work orders for repair, maintenance, or changes in traffic systems.
  • Lay out pavement markings for striping crews.
  • Study factors affecting traffic conditions, such as lighting or sign and marking visibility, to assess their effectiveness.
  • Gather and compile data from hand count sheets, machine count tapes, or radar speed checks and code data for computer input.
  • Monitor street or utility projects for compliance to traffic control permit conditions.

tools & technology

  • Electronic counters
  • Floor or platform scales
  • Power saws
  • Speed sensors
  • Theodolites

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Industrial control software
  • Map creation software
  • Office suite software

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