Job Details

Transportation Engineering Trainee (Engineering Trainee)

City of Portland, Portland, OR

Job - Engineering

Close Date: 01/24/2020

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is seeking qualified candidates to fill an Trainee position in the Engineering Services workgroup!

PBOT's Traffic Signals, Street Lighting & ITS Division specifically plans, designs, builds, and maintains the city's traffic signals, street lighting systems, and ITS systems, which consist of approximately 1,100 traffic signals, 55,000 street lights, 70 rectangular rapid flash beacons, 170
school beacons, CCTV cameras, Variable Message Signs, Communication equipment and various other electrical elements throughout the City of Portland.

The trainee will assist the SSL & ITS staff by performing routine evaluation of various traffic detection equipment, help monitor detection systems, and other tasks that SSL & ITS staff need help on. The intern will also update maps with as-built information and reproduce and
distribute maps and drawings for engineering staff.

Objectives of intern job experience:
The trainee will learn about traffic engineering in a real-world environment and gain skills in using computer-aided software.
Accomplish necessary work in the aid of the Engineering Services Division.
Possible Duties:
Work on configuring phasing diagrams for intersections
Help monitor and evaluate detection systems for traffic signals
Update traffic signals and ITS devices on GIS Map
Create intersection diagrams for intersections configured in the traffic signal system
Grid Smart evaluation
Work on getting system detectors fixed
Set up some 90+ intersections on the UDOT ATSPM site
Configure SDLC at locations with existing Wavetronix to collect ATSPMs
Validate setup and accuracy of ATSPMs
Help evaluate accuracy of Wavetronix for bike detection
Assist in ATC swap-outs

Compensation: $18/hour

Work Schedule: Flexible, hours not to exceed 40 hours per week.

Note: This is a casual position with a maximum of 1,400 hours in a calendar year.

PBOT is a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides people and businesses access and mobility. We keep Portland moving. For more information about PBOT, please visit

PBOT embraces diversity, models inclusivity, and promotes equity through its service delivery, internal operations, organizational culture, and in its work with partners and the community.


The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

This position is not benefits eligible.
To Qualify
The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

Ability to follow written and oral instructions
Knowledge of geometry and algebra math
Current student in an engineering program (proof of student status required)
Additional desired qualifications (not required)
SQL experience, specifically in creating SQL reports.
The Recruitment Process
Applicants must submit the following to be considered for the internship:
Cover Letter
Professional Online Resume
Enrollment Status Verification (unofficial or official transcript, class schedule, etc)

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