Senior Traffic Noise Engineer: Raleigh, NC

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The Challenge

We are looking for an experienced Traffic Noise engineer to join our Traffic Noise and Air Quality team in our Raleigh headquarters.

In this role you will:

  • Conduct traffic noise analyses and review analyses done by contracted engineering firms.
  • Provide your acoustic expertise related to traffic noise, highway project noise impacts, and noise abatement.
  • Perform field monitoring and data collection operating Type I and Type II sound level meters.
  • Build and run noise models using Traffic Noise Model 2.5 (TNM).
  • Apply NCDOT Traffic Noise Policy feasibility and reasonableness criteria to determine recommended noise wall locations.
  • Design sound barriers/noise walls.
  • Prepare traffic and design noise reports.
  • Review and approve all of the above work when it is performed by engineering contractor firms.
  • Coordinate with private engineering firms and evaluate their work for completeness and technical accuracy.
  • Review and approve scopes of work.
  • Estimate labor and costs.
  • Negotiate fees.
  • Process invoices.
  • Assist with the public-preference balloting process for recommended noise walls.
  • Conduct planning, scheduling, assigning, tracking, and reporting.
  • Participate in project team meetings and coordinate with project teams and all 14 NCDOT Divisions to insure noise and air analysis and abatement recommendations/design are conducted in compliance with applicable law and NCDOT policy and in keeping with project schedules.
  • Participate in public meetings/hearings as a traffic noise subject matter expert.
  • Respond to citizen concerns and questions about traffic noise and abatement.
  • Provide needed expertise, technical assistance, and regulatory guidance on traffic noise and abatement, and project–level air quality considerations.
  • Assist the Traffic Noise & Air Quality Group Leader with daily group activities administration.
  • Conduct research and data collection related to emerging technologies and materials (e.g., tire/pavement noise using the On-Board Sound Intensity (OBSI) technology, evaluation of new noise wall materials).
  • Work very independently while interacting with a diverse workforce to collect, evaluate, analyze, and tabulate data for inclusion into project environmental documents, engineering designs, and contract documents.

What You Bring

  • Advanced traffic noise modeling skills and experience with Traffic Noise Model (TNM) computer noise modeling software.
  • Knowledge of highway design and proficiency with MicroStation, ArcGIS and Geopak software.
  • Knowledge of NCDOT Traffic Noise Policy, NCDOT Traffic Noise Manual, NCDOT Air Quality Manual, and Federal Highway Administration regulations related to traffic noise/abatement, project-level air quality analysis, highway planning, environment, design and construction.
  • Demonstrated planning and coordinating skills.
  • Project management skills.
  • Ability to evaluate and review work done by others.
  • Analytical skills to assess technical data to draw conclusions, make recommendations, and decisions.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to clearly express recommendations to professional colleagues and the public.
  • Advanced acoustic expertise, especially related to traffic noise and highway-related noise impacts and abatement.

Management Prefers

  • Candidates registered as a Professional Engineer or Professional Land Surveyor by the NC Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors.


  • There may be the opportunity for the position to work in a Wake County office rather than the Durham Division Office.
  • You may be required to register as a professional engineer by the NC Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, and
  • 4+ years of relevant experience; or
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience.


Call Charlene Phillips at 919-707-6060.

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