Traffic Signal Systems Technologist – City of Richmond (Richmond, BC)

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Traffic Signal Systems Technologist

Job ID: 2020-0189

The City of Richmond is committed to be the most appealing, livable, well-managed community in Canada, a goal that is only made possible by developing our most valuable asset – our people. This is a great opportunity to join our team and shape our community. The City of Richmond offers competitive pay programs, comprehensive benefits and attractive incentives. If you are looking to make a difference, and to share our vision “to be the most appealing, livable, and well-managed community in Canada”, then please apply via our Careers site.

This Traffic Signal Systems Technologist position reports directly to the Supervisor, Traffic Signal Systems. This position is responsible for the design, construction, operations, administration and maintenance of multiple traffic signal system and related devices including a City-wide communications network (copper cable, fibre cable and radio communications) that enables the monitoring and control of these devices from a central Traffic Management Centre.

Other traffic signal and communications network related responsibilities include: reviewing and analyzing traffic camera video footage as defined in the City’s Privacy Impact Assessment Policy, processing video camera footage and responding to video requests from external agencies such as ICBC, Lawyers and the public, signal phasing and timing programming, detailed design for construction, update of specifications for new or modified systems and communication network, review and approval of external design submissions, administration of capital and operational budgets including accounting items for purchasing and invoice payment, scheduling and coordinating construction projects and maintenance activities, inspection of same, assisting in the monitoring and troubleshooting of signal devices/communications network through specialized control centre system software/hardware, detailed cost estimation of improvements, liaise with contractors, public, developers, stakeholders, consultants, suppliers, manufacturers and other outside government agencies, preparation, evaluation and evaluation of contract bids, quotations and proposals, assisting in the daily monitoring of the system and network operational status, administration of hardware parts, procurement, inventory at City stores, assisting in the evaluation of new products for potential implementation, carrying out tasks involved in the overall traffic signal and communications network related asset management.

Examples of key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Video Analysis

  • Using video editing software to obstruct vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians that are not directly involved in a motor vehicle incident or community safety event.
  • Processing video camera footage and responding to video requests from external agencies such as ICBC, Lawyers and the public.

Design and Drafting

  • Develop and program traffic signal phasing and timing plans, including pre-emption
  • Carry out detailed traffic signal systems & communications network design.
  • Conduct site visits to confirm physical geometry and take measurements/notes.
  • Identify property requirements and provide details to land acquisition staff for action.
  • Make application to B.C. Hydro for service connection.
  • Check, review and approve consultants design work and specifications to ensure City standards and requirements are complied with.
  • Produce detailed MMCD (Master Municipal Construction Documents) supplemental specifications and drawings.


  • Schedule & coordinate projects related to capital construction, development and motor vehicle incidents as well as projects with external agencies such as Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. ICBC, YVR and Translink regarding the City’s traffic signal systems and communications network.
  • Oversee construction activities with City forces and contractors to insure City standards are complied with and work is done in a cost efficient and timely manner.
  • Inspect projects and compile deficiency lists. Attend preconstruction, Project progress and site meetings.
  • Provide direction to field crews regarding changes to design due to on-site conflicts or other works.


  • Administer capital and operating budgets and receivable accounts, approve payments of all invoices, set up appropriate work orders, purchase orders & invoices.
  • Provide detailed cost and quantity estimates to City staff and developers for work related to traffic signal systems including costs- share projects with other agencies such as ICBC, MoT, YVR and Translink.
  • Prepare cost share application forms.
  • Prepare, evaluate and recommend award of contracts, quotations and proposals.


  • Assist in the administration of the traffic signal maintenance contract including scheduling, coordinating and dispatching of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance activities with City forces and contractors on traffic signals and communications network. This includes malfunctioning equipment and damage related to motor vehicle accidents.


  • Assist in the administration of traffic signal system and communications network operations.
  • Ongoing communications with the public, RCMP, ICBC, MoTi, YVR, TransLink and other agencies regarding the operation of traffic signal equipment in the field.
  • Assign and dispatch appropriate work to field crews.
  • Programming of traffic signal controllers.
  • Monitor signal control equipment including the communication network itself and troubleshoot malfunctioning equipment including Central System hardware and specialized software.
  • Monitor traffic signal systems parts inventory at City Stores to insure appropriate types and quantities are maintained.
  • Administer Traffic Signals Section of the City’s Web Site.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Technical knowledge of video editing software
  • Technical knowledge of centralized traffic signals system/ communications network and preparation of related traffic signal phasing and timing plans, design drawings for construction.
  • Technical knowledge of programming traffic signal controller.
  • Good construction project and contract management skills including cost estimation, budgeting and accounting.
  • Good infrastructure asset management skills including purchasing, storing and keeping inventory of hardware.
  • Knowledge of City design and drafting standards for civil and electrical works including the ability to interpret electrical schematics.
  • Familiarity with MMCD (Master Municipal Construction Documents) standard drawings/specifications and supplemental drawings/specifications, MUTCD (Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices) standards, National and local provincial electrical code requirements.
  • Knowledge in the application of AutoCad drafting.
  • Familiarity with City’s accounting software such as PeopleSoft and IPS (previously Hansen).
  • Skilled in the use of software applications required for the work, such as MS Office: Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to successfully clear a Police Information Check.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Completion of a two year diploma from a post-secondary educational institution specializing in drafting, traffic signal design and/or traffic engineering. A minimum of 5 years of technical and experience related to traffic signal systems is required. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Member of International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA)
  • Registered Applied Science Technologist (AScT) or eligible for certification, or its equivalent
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s Licence for the Province of British Columbia

Working Conditions:
Work is primarily performed in an office environment, with occasional visits to outdoor work sites. Requires frequent degree of effort such as extended periods of focus, including visual and mental concentration.

Additional Information:

Employee Group
CUPE Local 718

Position Status Pay Band

Pay Range/Rate
$38.78 – $45.77


Hours of Work:                                 
Monday to Friday 8:15am to 5:00pm (compressed work week)


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