WFRC Modeler Job Description and Announcement

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Blog |

Wasatch Front Regional Council
Modeler III/IV
Job Description and Announcement

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Association of Governments (AOG) for the area of Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Morgan, Tooele, and the southern portion of Box Elder Counties in Utah, is seeking a full-time travel modeler, with an emphasis on model development. WFRC develops and maintains a Regional Travel Demand Model (TDM) and a Real Estate Market Model (REMM). WFRC also applies an EPA approved air quality model which is integrated with the TDM. This position would focus primarily on TDM development for the models maintained by WFRC and its partners.

WFRC is continually updating its models to keep them state of the practice and to improve their forecasting capabilities. The TDM runs on a CUBE software platform, and the REMM runs on UrbanSim. Recent updates to the TDM include:

  • Recalibration based on data from the 2012 Utah Household Travel Survey
  • Update of the transit module
  • Addition of a freight module
  • Addition of a life cycle variable
  • Addition of a K-12 school trip module
  • Expansion of the employment categories
  • Improved integration with GIS

The WFRC model is jointly operated with the Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG). MAG is a close partner in all model development decisions. In addition, WFRC and MAG coordinate modeling with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Transit Authority (UTA). UDOT maintains a statewide model which is integrated with the WFRC/MAG model, as well as the other models throughout the state, all on the CUBE software platform. WFRC provides ongoing modeling support to UTA for mode choice and transit modeling.

WFRC is seeking a modeler to lead the development, refinement, and maintenance of the WFRC/MAG Travel Demand Model, as well as provide support for the Utah Statewide travel demand model, and the three smaller models representing three counties adjacent to the Wasatch Front Urbanized area (Wasatch, Summit, and Tooele Counties). This modeler will play a leading role in the development of the WFRC/MAG model, and provide support to UDOT in the statewide and county models to ensure that these models are state of the practice and provide support for exceptional decision making.

Description:
The modeler position will be an integral part of the WFRC Modeling, Forecasting, and Information Services team. Under supervision, this position will be part of the team which is responsible for the development and enhancement of a suite of models. We are seeking a creative problem solver who is capable of understanding and communicating complex concepts and data.
Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Quantitative and statistical analysis
  • Maintaining a strong relationship with WFRC’s partners
  • Specification and estimation of model parameters
  • Scripting
  • Model calibration
  • 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
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualification Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Urban Planning, Economics, Statistics, Computer Science or closely related field
  • At least 8 years of travel and/or land use modeling or equivalent experience
  • Detailed understanding of all phases of traditional n-step travel models (implementation and development), including land-use forecasting techniques, including an awareness of state-of-art in travel and land-use forecasting. Should have the ability to critique the state-of-the-art, recommend improvements and manage a model development team.

Knowledge of planning processes, specifically:

  • Regional Transportation Plan/Transportation Improvement Program
  • NEPA
  • New Starts/Small Starts

Project management experience

Computer Skills

  • Understanding of data analysis techniques and software [R, SPSS, SAS preferred]
  • Computer programming experience
  • Knowledge of how to use GIS effectively [ArcGIS skills preferred]
  • Transportation modeling software [Familiarity with CUBE preferred]
  • Model estimation software (e.g. R, SPSS, SAS, Alogit, Limdep) [preferred]

Interpersonal Skills

  • Must be able to work and communicate modeling effectively with all levels of government, including management and technical staff, as well as local stakeholders to assure comfort with models, understand needs and concerns, and create realistic expectations.
  • Ability to document technical work clearly.
  • Work with members of the modeling team to teach varying skills and techniques related to model development and application.
  • Work with other members of the modeling team to help project consultants produce analyses and solve modeling issues or concerns.
  • Professionalism, integrity, and a public-service attitude.

To apply:
Those interested in this position should submit a letter of interest briefly outlining their experience and qualifications (1 – 2 pages) and a resume to Ned Hacker, Wasatch Front Regional Council 295 North Jimmy Doolittle Road, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84116 by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The letter and resume can be sent by email to nhacker@wfrc.org. For further information, contact Ned Hacker at the addresses above or at (801) 363-4230 x 1120. 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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EIT position available

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Blog |

O’Neill & Company is seeking a fun, self-starter, driven person to succeed in this exciting company located in the Taylorsville area.  We are seeking an Engineer in Training with 0-3 years’ experience.  The EIT position will be working on roadway and signal projects under the direction of the Project Manager.  The company offers profit sharing, paid time off and holidays, 401K, flexible work hours and a FUN environment.  If you are a high quality, detail oriented person who can think outside the box, you need to send your resume to mindy@oneillandco.net.  Please include a paragraph on why we should consider you and how you’re unique and would be an excellent addition to our outstanding team!

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UDOT Region 2 Traffic Engineer

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Blog |

We have one opening for Region Traffic Engineer over Planning and Programming, working directly under Patrick Cowley, the Region 2 Traffic Operations Engineer.  This position was recently vacated by Tyler Laing, who has moved to a different position within the Department.

Interested parties can check out the full job description on the State of Utah jobs website (filter by Department of Transportation and look for the “Region Traffic Engineer” position, Job # 11399).  See link below:

http://statejobs.utah.gov/jobseeker/

The job posting closes on Wed, Feb, 22nd.

 

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Job #: 11399
Job Title: Region Traffic Engineer
Opening Date/Time:   Tue. 02/14/17 12:00 AM Mountain Time
Closing Date/Time:   Wed. 02/22/17 11:59 PM Mountain Time
Salary: $29.97 – $38.75 Hourly
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Salt Lake County, Utah
Department: 810 Department of Transportation
Number of Openings: 1
Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, a retirement plan, plus paid leave to include annual, sick, and holiday pay. The State requires employees to receive their pay through direct deposit. If selected, you will receive more information about these benefit options and enrollment information through our onboarding process and during your first week or two on the job.
Physical Address: UDOT REGION 2 2010 S 2760 W SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84104
Recruiter Name: Jamie Anderson
Recruiter Telephone Number: 801-965-4165
Recruiter Email Address: jlanderson@utah.gov
Overtime Exempt: Yes
Schedule Code: B – Competitive Career Service – Employment in this position requires a probationary period.
Schedule Code Description: This position requires a 12 month probationary period. Current State employees who have already passed a probationary period will not be required to complete another one.
EEO Statement: The State of Utah is an equal opportunity employer. Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability. Reasonable accommodations provided to known disabilities of individuals in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For accommodation information or if you need special accommodations to complete the application process, contact the Dept. of Human Resource Mgmt. at 801-538-3025 or TTY 801-538-3696.
 
Job Description
The Utah Department of Transportation’s Region 2 is looking for an experienced engineer to serve as their Region Traffic Engineer (Engineer Manager I). This person will play an integral role in UDOT’s mission to Keep Utah Moving, by coordinating and leading the Region’s safety, active transportation, planning and traffic modeling efforts.

Principal Duties
The Region Traffic Engineer will be able to:

  • Review and respond to both public and private concerns on operational areas and on issues related to traffic engineering.
  • Coordinate with central traffic and safety and maintenance divisions to develop safety spot improvement projects as well as with central planning for capacity and choke point projects.
  • Apply the knowledge and techniques of engineering in planning, developing, designing, review, and construction of state transportation projects.
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally in private and public forms.
  • Supervises subordinate personnel including: hiring, determining workload and delegating assignments, training, monitoring and evaluating performance, and initiating corrective or disciplinary actions.
This position is responsible for traffic and safety functions, including representing traffic operations engineering in project development teams, provide assistance in concept and scoping of projects. Responsibility includes development of scope, cost and construction of the safety spot improvement projects.

The Ideal Candidate

The model candidate will have Traffic Engineering and Program Management experience.
Why You Should Join Our Team
Besides working for a cutting-edge agency that is leading all other Departments of Transportation in the nation, you will receive great health and retirement benefits. Working for the State of Utah provides a positive work-life balance.

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

 Example of Duties:
  • Sets goals, establishes priorities, manages resources, develops concepts and approaches, reviews projects progress and results; makes management decisions.
  • Oversees the development, evaluation or review of plans and criteria for a variety of activities; assesses feasibility of proposed plans, projects and equipment.
  • Plans and manages projects and/or programs. Writes (or discusses) project/program plan(s), recommendation(s) and/or finding(s).
  • Develops, directs, and/or evaluates programs.
  • Coordinates and/or acts as a liaison between agency or work unit and other agencies, work units, organizations, suppliers, etc.
  • Participates in the selection of consulting engineers, oversees and reviews their work product.
 Typical Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be registered as a professional engineer in Utah in accordance with the provisions of Utah Code Annotated 58-22.
  • Must have 2 years of engineering experience following licensure as a PE
  • Bachelors degree or higher in civil engineering from an accredited university

Additional knowledge, skills, and abilities required upon entry into position and/or trainable after entry into position:

  • knowledge of principles, theories, and practices of civil engineering
  • knowledge of principles, theories, and practices of group dynamics and/or team development
  • ability to use logic to analyze or identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts associated with information or data to draw conclusions
  • ability to work with or contribute to a work group or team to complete assigned task(s)
  • ability to use automated software applications
  • ability to supervise others by assigning/directing work; conducting employee evaluations, staff training and development, taking appropriate disciplinary/corrective actions, making hiring/termination recommendations, etc.
  • ability to identify the best person for a task, delegate assignments, and direct people as they work
  • ability to manage a work force to ensure fair employment practices
  • ability to speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally
  • ability to communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing
  • ability to establish objectives and specify the strategies and actions to achieve these objectives
  • ability to coordinate the activities or tasks of people, groups and/or organization(s)
  • ability to conduct a methodical examination
  • ability to evaluate information against a set of standards
  • ability to make a decision or solve a problem by using logic to identify key facts, explore alternatives, and propose quality solutions
 Supplemental Information:
Physical Requirements: Sedentary – Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying of light items such as papers, books, small parts; driving an automobile, etc. No special physical demands are required to perform the work.

Working Conditions: 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.

Employee may be reassigned to a different location as deemed necessary by the Region Director/Group Leader.

Current State employee wage will be based on UDOT and/or DHRM Rule.

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WFRC Request for Statement of Qualifications

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Blog |

Click here to access RFQ: WFRC_RFQ_POTM

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Introduction

The Point of the Mountain is the area in and around the border between Salt Lake County and Utah County. The mountains create a narrow “neck” through which the Jordan River, I-15, FrontRunner, Redwood Road, and Mountain View Corridor pass. This area is a hub of economic activity and the center of Utah’s rising tech community, Silicon Slopes. It is one of the hottest commercial markets in the country. The development of the area provides profound economic and social opportunities impacting multiple communities for future generations.

In the 2016 Utah legislative session, the Point of the Mountain Development Commission (Commission) was created. This commission was given the mandate to address complex questions about transportation, infrastructure, demographics, business growth, recreation, environment and financing for this area. This effort is currently underway.

The transportation agencies with authority to plan and implement regional transportation projects in this area have determined the need to supplement the work of the Commission by developing more detailed transportation plans (These agencies include the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Utah Transit Authority (UTA), Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG), and the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC)). This transportation planning work will be performed in close collaboration with the Commission and their consultant team. WFRC will manage this project. Sandy City is also a project partner through the Transportation and Land Use Connection (TLC) Program, which is partially funding this project. The TLC Program is a joint partnership between WFRC and Salt Lake County with UDOT and UTA also contributing resources to the program.

While the Point of the Mountain area has vast potential for economic and community development, it also has geographic and transportation constraints which will require innovative approaches to address. A transportation network is needed which is multi-modal, flexible and adaptive, and enables this area to reach its maximum economic potential.

The project transportation partners (UDOT, UTA, MAG, and WFRC), recently completed the Wasatch Front Central Corridor Study (WFCCS). This study examined innovative ways to create a set of solutions along the I-15/FrontRunner corridor in Salt Lake County and northern Utah County. The Point of the Mountain transportation analysis should incorporate and build upon the findings and recommendations of the WFCCS.

Click here to access RFQ: WFRC_RFQ_POTM

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Traffic Engineer, Lochner

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Blog |

Description

Lochner, a leader in transportation engineering, seeks a Professional Traffic Engineer for its Salt Lake City, UT location. Professional Engineering license in Utah or ability to obtain a Utah PE within one year required. Ideal candidate is a collaborative problem solver who produces organized, accurate work. Our team seeks someone with a positive attitude who works well with others, learns quickly and wants to make a difference. We seek those who strive for excellence in their own work.

Compensation: $60k – $90k/annually depending on experience and qualifications.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct traffic analysis, microsimulation, and forecast modeling.
  • Design signing, striping, and safety improvements for urban streets, rural highways, and interstates.
  • Design ITS, traffic signal, and lighting systems.
  • Coordinate with reviewers to ensure accuracy and quality of work.
  • Perform work within project deadlines.
  • Clearly communicate work through drawings, documents, reports, and verbal exchange.

Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in Civil Engineering.
  • Professional License in Utah or ability to obtain Utah PE within one year of hire.
  • 3-8 years of traffic/transportation engineering experience.
  • Experience with traffic analysis, microsimulation, and forecast modeling software.
  • Experience with VISSIM and Citilabs software preferred.
  • Experience using Bentley and Autodesk design software.
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Design Build Experience preferred.

Apply Online at http://www.hwlochner.com/career.html.

EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability

All positions at Lochner require an applicant who has accepted an employment offer to undergo a background check. Background checks include SSN validation, education verification, employment verification, a criminal check, search against global sanctions and government watch lists, fingerprint verification, and oral drug test. All employment offers are contingent upon successful results of the background check.

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Transportation Planner (Filled as a Planner I-II) at WFRC

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Blog |

Wasatch Front Regional Council
Transportation Planner (Filled as a Planner I-II)
Job Description and Announcement

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) – the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Association of Governments (AOG) for the area of Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Morgan, Tooele and southern Box Elder counties in Utah – is seeking a full-time Transportation Planner.

Description:

The Planner will work on the WFRC Transportation and Land Use Connection (TLC) program. This position will be part of a core team that is responsible for assisting local communities in their planning and implementation efforts that address anticipated growth and seek to enhance quality of life. The TLC program encourages communities to integrate their land use with regional transportation plans consistent with the Wasatch Choice Vision.

Functions and Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Performs coordinating duties and tasks related to the ongoing development, production and maintenance of the TLC Program, including an annual progress report and public outreach efforts.
  • Provide land use planning assistance to local governments which may include public engagement activities, policy recommendations, graphical and written communications, and plan writing.
  • Represent the agency by providing planning assistance to various local professionals, elected officials, general public, committees, task forces, local governments and state and federal agencies.
  • Coordinate/ manage/ participate as point of contact for the TLC program and serve as liaison between the WFRC and TLC Partners and outside agencies/ user groups. Act as staff to technical committees and facilitate various local government projects.
  • Prepare and deliver written and oral communications to a wide variety of stakeholders, conveying transportation and land use concepts and recommendations in a clear, compelling manner. This may entail training activities related to the Wasatch Choice Toolbox.

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 related field. Master’s, equivalent experience or enrollment in Master’s degree program preferred.
  2. Three+ (3+) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in transportation planning, engineering, urban design or related field. Personal computer software experience with (MS Office Suite) word processing, project management and spreadsheet application required. Mapping and GIS application experience desired.
  3. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Compensation:
The Planner position is a full-time, salaried position that includes a generous benefits package. Salary based on experience and qualifications.

To apply:
Interested applicants should submit their resume and a letter of interest briefly outlining their experience and qualifications via e-mail to Ned Hacker at nhacker@wfrc.org, by the close of business, Wednesday, February 8, 2016, or by regular mail to 295 North Jimmy Doolittle Road, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116. If you have questions you may also call him at (801) 363-4230 x 1120. 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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