Job Overview


About the Agency

This position is located in the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Resource Center. The primary function of this position is to ensure delivery expertise to FHWA, state and local transportation partners nationwide in the areas of highway engineering and to provide national expertise for application of traffic control devices and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) to foster safe and efficient movement on all open corridors to the traveling public. The position will draw on the seven competencies of the Operations Discipline, with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and Work Zone Management serving as the primary competencies of focus. The position will provide leadership to influence and improve operations and advance business processes critical to the success of Transportation System Management & Operations (TSM&O).

The Civil Engineer serves in a national role by being involved in policy formulation, problem solving nationally, and developing, promoting, and demonstrating state-of-the-art technology in the incumbent's particular specialty areas within the field of traffic operations. This position requires the application of professional civil engineering knowledge in the area of safety and operations, as well as extensive knowledge of agency policies, federal law, regulations and practices as they relate to highway design.

The ideal candidate for this position is a senior level Civil Engineer looking for a new challenge. This is an excellent opportunity to join the Federal Highway Administration and work with the Resource Center’s Operations Technical Service Team to advance the strategic goals and objectives of the Federal Highway Administration and meet the challenges of advancing the best transportation system in the world. We offer an excellent benefits package, teleworking, and alternative work schedules.

At the interview stage you will be required to respond to work related scenarios in writing and in person.

PLEASE NOTE: There is one position that can be filled in any of the 4 locations.


As a Civil Engineer (Highway), you will:

  • Provide authoritative technical advice, assistance and leadership to FHWA personnel and FHWA's external partners in the area of traffic control devices and their applications, the evaluation of projects and design concepts, highway safety improvement programs, interpretation of federal laws and regulations related to the safety and operations program, capacity analyses, railroad-highway crossings, safety and operation countermeasures to problems, performance management systems, safe accommodation of pedestrians and bicyclists, and sign, signal and marking issues (MUTCD).
  • Provide technical advice and assistance on traffic control devices and related standards, maintains a current knowledge and reference on approved products, technologies and practices and brings this knowledge to FHWA and its partners through training and technical assistance activities. Launch initiatives to evaluate the performance of traffic control devices and supports process, program and project reviews to enhance the overall transportation program. In all of these areas, provides authoritative interpretations of extremely complex data, policy, legislation and regulations, procedures, requirements, technological advancements and/or approaches as well as lending assistance in the most complex/unusual and/or unique issues/situations and/or problems which develop and which have been resistant to resolution through normal approaches.
  • Provide authoritative technical advice, assistance, and leadership, as described above, to officials of State, local and regional agencies over a multistate geographical area and to high level officials of industry and representatives of other entities, associations, groups, etc. which have a nationwide interest-base/operations.
  • Participate with and provide technical expertise in the area of traffic engineering to Headquarter policy officials. Take a lead role in developing national policy in certain areas of the Operations Program Area through evaluating new techniques, and in developing approaches for agency wide use.
  • Participate as a technical authority with Headquarters officials to plan and implement national efforts for extremely complex and/or broad-based new initiatives and technological advances/technology transfer on the use of new or experimental and innovative measures that improve safety and the operational characteristics of highway facilities, proactively promoting advanced/best practices. Plan, implement, and evaluate innovative/sophisticated models within the Center's scope as tests of potential national initiatives.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Travel is required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation is authorized.