Engineering Trainee - Open Until Filled

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 2/12/2024
Description The Position

Job Appointment: This is a temporary, casual position with a maximum of 1,400 hours in a calendar year. It is anticipated that employment will be from date of hire until June 2025. The expectation is for the Engineering Trainee to work 30-40 hours per week during the summer and 10-20 hours per week during the school year.
Work Location: Hybrid-The Portland Building 1120 SW 5th Avenue, Portland OR 97204. Remote work must be performed within Oregon or Washington. For more information, click here.
Benefits: This position is not eligible for benefits.
Application Material: Please click APPLY to submit your application via the City of Portland’s online portal. You will need to respond to the supplemental questions and attach a resume.

Position Summary:
Engineering Trainees assist others within PBOT in designing and operating streets within Portland. This is a great opportunity for students of a Civil/Transportation Engineering or Planning program to learn how to apply transportation engineering principles to improve the safety of City of Portland’s transportation system. Trainees will apply technical engineering knowledge to the solution of design, maintenance, improvement, and construction problems pertaining to the City’s infrastructure and private development. They will work under the supervision of professional engineers who serve as resource experts and routinely review work in progress or upon completion for accuracy and quality.

What you'll get to do:

There are four (4) positions available:
  • Two (2) within the Signals & Street Lighting Division in the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) section.
  • Two (2) in the Traffic Operations (TRO) section.
Objectives of Trainee job experience:
  • Learn and experience transportation engineering in a real-world environment.
  • Be part of a team that delivers services and infrastructure to City of Portland residents, visitors, and business.
  • Contribute to PBOT Strategic Plan core goals of Safety, Moving People and Goods and Asset Management
Possible Duties in Signals, Street Lighting, and Intelligent Transportation System section:
  • Assist with upgrade of PBOT’s traffic signal controllers by converting signal timing, testing, and field deployment.
  • Create traffic signal intersection diagrams for intersections configured in PBOT’S new central traffic signal system.
  • Update traffic signals and ITS roadside devices on GIS Map and Microsoft Visio Diagram.
  • Help evaluate accuracy of various bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicle detection system.
  • Assist with evaluation of red light running and fixed speed cameras.
  • Assist with evaluation of street lighting needs with night drives.
  • Use Bluebeam and MicroStation for design, edits, and measurement calculations.
  • Assist with review of fiber optic test results on construction projects.
  • Assist with field evaluation of pole conditions on aerial fiber optic communication projects.

Possible Duties in Traffic Operations Section
  • Evaluate, make recommendations for potential changes and respond to traffic engineering requests from constituents.
  • Conduct field and office review of potential traffic safety issues.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data for projects and determine potential traffic impacts.
  • Under the supervision of a professional engineer, design traffic improvements.
  • Support development of contract plan sets and work orders to install traffic control devices and streetscape elements.
  • Use Bluebeam, MicroStation and Visio for design, edits, and measurement calculations.
  • Field inspect installed signing and pavement markings changes.
  • As a member of our continuous improvement driven team, offer suggestions for how we can do things better and improve effectiveness in our work.
About the Bureau:
The Portland Bureau of Transportation is a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage, and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides people and businesses access and mobility. We keep Portland moving. For more information about the Portland Bureau of Transportation, please visit Transportation | The Portland Bureau of Transportation embraces diversity, models inclusivity, and promotes equity through its service delivery, internal operations, organizational culture, and in its work with partners and the community.

Have a question?
Contact Information:
Cierra Maceo
Cierra.Maceo@portlandoregon.govThe following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

Applicants must also possess:
  1. Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  2. Knowledge of geometry and algebra math.
  3. Current student in a Civil/Transportation Engineering or Planning program (proof of student status required.)
  4. Ability to drive on City business on a project-by-project basis. Incumbents must possess a valid driver’s license.
Additional desired qualifications (not required)
  • Interest in transportation/civil engineering
  • Experience working with Computer-Aided Design software such as: MicroStation, InRoads/OpenRoads, and/or ArcMap.
  • Strong analytical skillset using excel and other geo-spatial tools.
  • General productivity suite (Microsoft Office, Google Workspace)
STEP 1: Apply online between February 12 - Until Filled

Required Application Materials:
  • Resume
  • Answer to the Supplemental Questions (click on the Questions tab to preview the questions)
Optional Application Materials:
  • If you would like to request Veteran's Preference, please submit your Veteran documents (ex, DD214-Member 4, VA Benefit Letter, etc) by the closing date of the recruitment.
Application Tips:
  • Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained, which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your résumé should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.
  • Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis: Please note per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law your salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.
  • Do not attach any additional documents.
  • Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment.
  • All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process.
  • E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.
Step 2: Minimum Qualification Evaluation: Week of February 26th, 2024, and biweekly thereafter
  • An evaluation of each applicant's training and paid and unpaid experience, as demonstrated in their resume and supplemental questions, weighted 100%.
  • Your résumé and responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • You have 14 days from the notice of the minimum qualification evaluation results to let us know if you would like to review and discuss your evaluation result. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information.
  • Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.
Step 3: Establishment of Eligible List: Week of February 26th, 2024, and biweekly thereafter
Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list.

Step 4: Selection (Interview): Last week of March
  • Hiring bureau will review and select candidates for an interview.
  • Please note, the selection process may take up to 90 days from the notification of being placed on the eligible list.
Step 5: Offer of Employment: Early April

Step 6: Start Date:
  • A start date will be determined after all conditions of employment have been met.

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.

Click here for additional information regarding the following:
  • City of Portland Core Values
  • Recruitment Process - Work Status
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Veteran Preference
  • ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations

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Salary15.80 - 29.70 Hour
Listing Type
Engineering | Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Part Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
15.80 - 29.70
Salary Type

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