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City of Torrance
Class Code: 5533

Class Designation: Civil Service

September 2009

Representation Unit: Torrance Professional &
Supervisory Association


Traffic and Lighting Supervisor


Under direction, supervises the installation and maintenance of the City's traffic signals, street signs, street/pavement markings, and outdoor overhead lighting systems; responsible for the installation, maintenance and repair of traffic control devices such as signals, signs, pavement markings and outdoor overhead lighting; assisting with the design of traffic signals and street/pavement markings; inspection of traffic signals, signs and marking installations; and managing assigned resources. Performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from the Street Operations Manager in that the incumbent is not responsible for planning and directing the entire division. This class is distinguished from subordinate positions by its responsibility for supervising and managing the personnel and activities rather than performing the skilled work and manual labor of the projects. Work is judged primarily on overall results with latitude in determining work methods and assignment requirements. Work may require the development of recommendations consistent with directives, policies and regulations.

Supervision Exercised/Received

Receives supervision from the Street Operations Manager; exercises direct supervision over subordinate personnel.

Examples Of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties; however, they are not all inclusive.

  • Plans, coordinates and supervises the installation, maintenance and repair of City traffic signals, outdoor overhead lighting, signs, pavement markings and other assigned traffic control devices; inspects timing, operations, and/or conditions of signals, markings and signs; identifies needed repair, replacement, and maintenance; estimates costs; and prioritizes and assigns work;
  • Supervises staff; supervisory duties include instructing, assigning, planning and reviewing work, evaluating work performance and completing performance evaluations, coordinating activities, maintaining standards, allocating personnel, acting on employee problems, selecting new employees, implementing employee discipline, providing training, advice and assistance as needed;
  • Manages assigned budgets; allocates resources; determines needed materials, supplies and equipment; initiates purchase requisitions; reviews and approves payment of invoices; and manages assigned inventory of stock, parts, and equipment related to electrical and lighting projects;
  • Inspects the work in progress and upon completion, including work performed by subordinate staff and by outside contractors; ensures quality and compliance with traffic control plans, standards, and safety requirements; and approves project completion and contractor payment;
  • Reviews and assists with the design of traffic control plans and works with engineers on modifications needed to meet field conditions;
  • Programs automated signal system; manipulates and modifies signal system as needed; troubleshoots related automated systems; and evaluates and purchases needed software;
  • Prepares and submits administrative reports such as payroll documents, attendance records, service orders, project status reports and monthly reports on upcoming projects, accomplishments, projected needs, etc;
  • Responds to requests, questions and complaints from City officials, contractors, citizens and the general public regarding traffic control devices, projects and related issues;
  • Responds to emergency situations that occur outside regular business hours.
  • Examples Of Other Duties

    While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Minimum Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of

  • Federal, state and local regulations, standards, and codes governing traffic signal, signs, pavement markings and other traffic control devices and related electrical components/functions;
  • Practices, materials, equipment, and techniques used in the installation, maintenance and repair of public lighting, signal components and traffic control devices;
  • Hazards and safety practices related to traffic and lighting operations and transportation projects;
  • Principles and practices of supervision, training, and employee relations;
  • Automated information systems and microprocessors used in traffic control equipment. 
  • Ability to

  • Supervise subordinates including training, assigning, monitoring and evaluating work, counseling and disciplining staff, and processing grievances;
  • Prioritize and assign work; and to manage assigned resources including budgets and inventory;
  • Inspect traffic control devices; identify needed repair, replacement and maintenance work; and to plan and supervise the execution of related projects;
  • Read traffic control plans; and to read, interpret and apply regulations, requirements and standards governing traffic control projects;
  • Program, manipulate and maintain automated information systems used in traffic control devices;
  • Establish effective working relationships with City officials, contractors, employees and the general public.
  • License or Certificate

    Must possess and maintain the following:
  • An appropriate, valid California Driver's license;
  • A Level 1 or 2 International Municipal Signal Association Traffic Signal Certification is desirable.
  • Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
    High School Graduation or equivalent; and a Vocational/Technical degree or certificate with an emphasis in traffic engineering, traffic control and signal devices; supplemented by five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in traffic control installation, repair and maintenance work; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
    Special Requirements

    Physical Ability: Tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing, kneeling, bending, climbing a ladder, and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.
    Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors. Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds. Some tasks require visual perception and discrimination. Some tasks require oral communications ability.
    Environmental Factors: Tasks may risk exposure to dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, vibrations, electric currents, and traffic hazards.
    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in this classification in addition to training, coursework and required certifications may serve to meet the qualification guidelines for promotion to Street Operations Manager.