UDOT Transportation Planner Position

Posted by on Jan 7, 2020 in Blog |

https://www.governmentjobs.com/jobs/2672775/transportation-planner/agency/utah/apply

Transportation Planner description imageThe Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is looking for an individual with a unique combination of skills including technical abilities, problem solving skills, and a collaborative approach to solving complex problems. This position is a travel demand development position where you will assist in the development of travel demand tools across the state.

Principle Duties
As the Transportation Planner, you will:

  • Assist with the development and application of regional travel demand models across the state including the Utah Statewide Model (USTM), the WFRC/MAG, Dixie, and Cache MPO models and other subregion models.
  • Utilize multiple software programs to support the development of travel model scripts and input data sets including the use of CUBE Voyager, ArcGIS, and Excel.
  • Collaborate internally with other UDOT departments on model development, application, and data analysis tasks.
  • Collaborate externally with partner agencies such as WFRC, MAG, UTA, Dixie MPO, and Cache MPO on model development tasks and input dataset development.
  • Participate with the Interagency Model Technical Advisory Committee (IMTC).
  • Develop and update documentation and user guides of travel demand models.
  • Visualize travel demand model inputs and outputs for non-technical audiences.
  • Project application of travel demand models to develop forecasts.

The Ideal Candidate
The best candidate will have

  • A Bachelor’s degree, or higher, in Engineering, Planning or a related field
  • At least six years of transportation planning related experience
  • At least two years of experience with ArcGIS
  • Experience with MS Office Suite
  • A working understanding of the four-step travel demand

Preferences
Preference may be given to those with at least one of the following:

  • Experience with CUBE Voyager or other Travel Model software packages
  • Experience with statistical software packages (R, SPSS, etc.)
  • Python coding experience

Supplemental Information
Here is some information of which you should be aware:

  • Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated, e.g., safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.
  • Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc. Special physical demands are not required to perform the work.
  • Employee may be reassigned to a different location as deemed necessary by the Region Director/Group Leader.

Why Should You Join Our Team?
Aside from working for a cutting edge agency that is leading all other transportation departments in the nation, you will receive great health and retirement benefits. Working for the State of Utah provides a positive work-life balance. Click here to view a summary of the benefits we offer.

Utah Department of Transportation employees make a positive difference to the lives of Utah residents and they get to enjoy seeing the difference they make every day when they travel on Utah’s roads.  They help the State of Utah and its traveling public to get to where they are going safely and in the most efficient way possible.  As a UDOT employee you will help reach our goal of Zero Crashes, Injuries and Fatalities, which is a great goal for everyone.

The Agency
For more information on the Utah Department of Transportation please click here.

 

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Wasatch Front Regional Council Job Announcement Modeler (Filled as a Modeler/ Engineer I or II)

Posted by on Dec 6, 2019 in Blog |

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Association of Governments (AOG) for Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Tooele, Weber, and southern Box Elder Counties in Utah, is seeking a full-time Modeler/Engineer. WFRC builds consensus and enhances quality of life by developing and implementing visions and plans for a well-functioning multi-modal transportation system, livable communities, a strong economy, and a healthy environment.

Join our team! We are looking for an innovative, collaborative, and driven individual that embodies systems-level thinking, a knack for efficient problem solving, and a passion for our region and its future.

The successful candidates will work in a highly collaborative environment to address the challenges of being one of the fastest growing states in the country. You will assist in developing forecasting tools and other information resources in support of the short and long range transportation planning processes to help shape the future livability and sustainability of the region.

Located in downtown Salt Lake City, WFRC’s office is in a walkable and bikeable area accessible by foot, bikeshare, scooter, bus, light rail, commuter rail, and car. Salt Lake City is famous for offering urban amenities in close proximity to world class outdoor activities.

Description

The Modeler/Engineer positions will be an integral part of the WFRC Analytics Group. Under supervision, the position will perform a variety of professional and complex technical duties as part of the team responsible for the development, enhancement, and maintenance of a suite of regional models.

Functions and duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Desire to work in a professional, team environment – valuing above all that which can be accomplished together with colleagues, agency partners, and elected officials
  • Develop basic statistical models
  • Quantitative and statistical analysis
  • Database development and management
  • Communicating model inputs and outputs in meaningful ways that are understandable to a non-technical audience
  • Enhancing connection between models and GIS
  • Create, edit, and maintain spatial datasets
  • Perform and disseminate analysis of spatial and tabular data
  • Display and communicate complex concepts in clear, understandable ways
  • Propose and implement improvements to WFRC data management practices
  • Respond to requests for data and mapping from internal and external customers
  • Attend public meetings and open houses
  • Participate on internal teams relating to the Regional Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program, Community Development Block Grant, and others
  • Attend user group meetings
  • Maintain professionalism, integrity, and a public-service attitude
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualification requirements

  1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in planning, computer science, engineering, geography or related field. Master’s degree preferred. Coursework in GIS required.
  2. Two (2) years of responsible experience working in a data-intensive analytics, modeling, or mapping position. Experience with ESRI GIS including ArcMap, ArcPro, 3D Analyst, Network Analyst, Spatial Analyst, and ArcGIS Online, as well as Microsoft Office suite (especially Excel). Demonstrated experience automating mapping, modeling, or geoprocessing processes using Python or similar programming languages.
  3. Understanding of the basic principles of economics, demographics, econometric theory, and best practices in the management of large datasets.
  4. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Compensation and benefits

Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience and responsibility. Full benefits package including pension through Utah Retirement System; 401k / 457 with employer match up to 7.65%; medical, dental, vision, life insurance; vacation; sick leave; paid holidays, paid personal days; and education assistance program.

To apply

Those interested in this position should submit a letter of interest briefly outlining their experience and qualifications (one page) and a resume by email to Amber Gonzales at amber@wfrc.org by noon on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. For further information, contact Amber Gonzales at (801) 363-4250 x1122. For general information, please visit our website at www.wfrc.org.

The Wasatch Front Regional Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Wasatch Front Regional Council Job Announcement Modeler (Filled as a Modeler/ Engineer I or II)

Posted by on Nov 15, 2019 in Blog |

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Association of Governments (AOG) for Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Tooele, Weber, and southern Box Elder Counties in Utah, is seeking a full-time Modeler/Engineer. WFRC builds consensus and enhances quality of life by developing and implementing visions and plans for a well-functioning multi-modal transportation system, livable communities, a strong economy, and a healthy environment.

Join our team! We are looking for an innovative, collaborative, and driven individual that embodies systems-level thinking, a knack for efficient problem solving, and a passion for our region and its future.

The successful candidates will work in a highly collaborative environment to address the challenges of being one of the fastest growing states in the country. You will assist in developing forecasting tools and other information resources in support of the short and long range transportation planning processes to help shape the future livability and sustainability of the region.

Located in downtown Salt Lake City, WFRC’s office is in a walkable and bikeable area accessible by foot, bikeshare, scooter, bus, light rail, commuter rail, and car. Salt Lake City is famous for offering urban amenities in close proximity to world class outdoor activities.

Description

The Modeler/Engineer positions will be an integral part of the WFRC Analytics Group. Under supervision, the position will perform a variety of professional and complex technical duties as part of the team responsible for the development, enhancement, and maintenance of a suite of regional models.

Functions and duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Desire to work in a professional, team environment – valuing above all that which can be accomplished together with colleagues, agency partners, and elected officials
  • Develop basic statistical models
  • Quantitative and statistical analysis
  • Database development and management
  • Communicating model inputs and outputs in meaningful ways that are understandable to a non-technical audience
  • Enhancing connection between models and GIS
  • Create, edit, and maintain spatial datasets
  • Perform and disseminate analysis of spatial and tabular data
  • Display and communicate complex concepts in clear, understandable ways
  • Propose and implement improvements to WFRC data management practices
  • Respond to requests for data and mapping from internal and external customers
  • Attend public meetings and open houses
  • Participate on internal teams relating to the Regional Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program, Community Development Block Grant, and others
  • Attend user group meetings
  • Maintain professionalism, integrity, and a public-service attitude
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualification requirements

  1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in planning, computer science, engineering, geography or related field. Master’s degree preferred. Coursework in GIS required.
  2. Two (2) years of responsible experience working in a data-intensive analytics, modeling, or mapping position. Experience with ESRI GIS including ArcMap, ArcPro, 3D Analyst, Network Analyst, Spatial Analyst, and ArcGIS Online, as well as Microsoft Office suite (especially Excel). Demonstrated experience automating mapping, modeling, or geoprocessing processes using Python or similar programming languages.
  3. Understanding of the basic principles of economics, demographics, econometric theory, and best practices in the management of large datasets.
  4. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Compensation and benefits

Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience and responsibility. Full benefits package including pension through Utah Retirement System; 401k / 457 with employer match up to 7.65%; medical, dental, vision, life insurance; vacation; sick leave; paid holidays, paid personal days; and education assistance program.

To apply

Those interested in this position should submit a letter of interest briefly outlining their experience and qualifications (one page) and a resume by email to Amber Gonzales at amber@wfrc.org by noon on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. For further information, contact Amber Gonzales at (801) 363-4250 x1122. For general information, please visit our website at www.wfrc.org.

The Wasatch Front Regional Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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October Chapter Lunch Meeting

Posted by on Oct 8, 2019 in Blog |

When: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Where: Paradise Buffet, 4425 S State St., Murray.  Previously known as Chinese Gourmet

Time:  Noon

Speaker: Fred Choa, Fehr & Peers: Moab Bypass Study and Dynamic Traffic Assignment

As part of the UDOT Recreational HotSpots program, UDOT, in cooperation with Moab and Grand County, evaluated the potential costs and benefits of a Main Street (US-191) Bypass around downtown Moab in order to improve the sense of place, alleviate the increasing freight congestion, and foster a comfortable and vibrant downtown. Fred will present on Dynamic Traffic Assignment (DTA) Models and how they developed a simple one to help address some of the questions that came up in Moab with the Bypass study.

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July Chapter Technical Tour: Autonomous Shuttle Demonstration

Posted by on Jul 19, 2019 in Blog, Calendar Of Events |

When: Friday, July 19, 2019

Where: Utah State Library Division Bldg, 250 N 1950 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Time:  1:00 PM

We will be visiting one of the sites hosting the Autonomous Shuttle Pilot for a demonstration ride. UDOT and UTA are demonstrating the state’s first fully autonomous shuttle at various locations around the state. During July it will be at the State office building complex near 1950 W & North Temple. Parking is available south east of the Library at the Utah State Tax Commission Bldg. The Green Line TRAX Train is also an option for getting there. This is a great opportunity to experience automated technology firsthand. More information about the pilot project can be found here: http://www.avshuttleutah.com/

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Job Announcement Transportation Planner/Engineer (Filled as a Planner/ Engineer I or II)–Wasatch Front Regional Council 

Posted by on Jul 3, 2019 in Blog |

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Association of Governments (AOG) for Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, southern Box Elder, Morgan, and Tooele Counties in Utah, is seeking two (2) full-time Transportation Planners/Engineers. WFRC builds consensus and enhances quality of life by developing and implementing visions and plans for a well-functioning multi-modal transportation system, livable communities, a strong economy, and a healthy environment.

The successful candidates will work in a highly collaborative environment to address the challenges of being one of the fastest growing states in the country. You will plan transportation and address interactions between land use, economic development, and transportation to help shape the future livability and sustainability of the region.

Located in downtown Salt Lake City, WFRC’s office is in a walkable and bikeable area accessible by foot, bikeshare, scooter, bus, light rail, commuter rail, and car. Salt Lake City is famous for offering urban amenities in close proximity to world class outdoor activities.

Description

The two Planner/Engineer positions will be an integral part of the WFRC Long-Range Planning Group. Under supervision, each position will be primarily responsible for both day-to-day and long-range transportation planning, and coordination of transportation projects. These positions will perform a variety of professional and complex technical duties as needed to assist in the development and maintenance of the long-range transportation plans and programs.

Functions and duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Performs professional planning, requiring the application of transportation planning principles and the analysis of socio-economic issues.
  2. Participates in strategic and analytical planning processes to identify and anticipate future multi-modal transportation demands, related land use coordination issues/opportunities, and develop and present reports to identify trends and conditions influencing long- and short-range transportation plans.
  3. Prepares preliminary cost estimates and projections for projects on the Regional Transportation Plan and prepares analysis of transportation funding options.
  4. Performs various coordinating duties and tasks related to the ongoing development, production, and maintenance of the Regional Transportation Plan and Wasatch Choice 2050 Vision, including periodic progress reports, public input, and outreach efforts.
  5. Represent WFRC by providing planning assistance to various elected officials, local government staff, state agencies, federal agencies, transit agencies, committees, task forces, and the general public.
  6. Work collaboratively with extended stakeholders including public and private sectors.
  7. Coordinate/manage/participate as a point of contact and serve as a liaison between WFRC and outside agencies/user groups, acting as staff to technical committees and monitoring various local government projects.
  8. Prepare and deliver written and oral communications to a wide variety of stakeholders, conveying complex transportation concepts and recommendations in a clear, compelling manner.
  9. Maintain professionalism, integrity, and a public-service attitude.
  10. Other duties as assigned.

Qualification requirements

  1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, engineering, geography, public or business administration, or a related field. Master’s Degree, equivalent experience, or enrollment in Master’s Degree program preferred.
  2. One to three (1-3) years of responsible professional experience in transportation planning, engineering, urban design, or a related field. Computer software experience with (MS Office Suite) word processing and spreadsheet application required. Desired skills include experience in mapping and GIS application, land use and corridor planning, and project management.
  3. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Compensation and benefits

Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience and responsibility. Full benefits package.

To apply

Those interested in this position should submit a letter of interest briefly outlining their experience and qualifications (one page) and a resume by email to Amber Gonzales at amber@wfrc.org by noon on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. For further information, contact Amber Gonzales at (801) 363-4250 x1122. For general information, please visit our website at www.wfrc.org.

The Wasatch Front Regional Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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