Traffic Signal Design: Engineering Concepts

Dates: March 29-30, 2017

Meets: W and Th from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: DoubleTree Anaheim-Orange County

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

This class is offered in partnership with the California Department of Transportation, Division of Local Assistance. Registration fees are subsidized with funding from the Cooperative Training Assistance Program. Reduced rates are available to employees of California's city, county, regional, and other public agencies only.


This newly updated course covers basic concepts, standards, and practices related to the design and installation of traffic signals. Within the framework of the California Vehicle Code, California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD), and Chapter 9 on Highway Lighting from Caltrans Traffic Manual, this course will explore the relationship among various engineering disciplines as foundations for signal design; introduce signal phasing diagrams, signal controllers and cabinets; explain the layouts of signal heads, signal poles, conductor schedule, and associated signal conduits, pullboxes, wiring, interconnects, detection and safety lighting. The course includes lectures, sample problems, and exercise projects that will familiarize the course participant with the design process for a simple signal design plan, and to provide for a unit-price-based cost estimate. While this course will focus only on the introductory engineering aspects in signal design and introduce some local agencies' equivalent standards and specifications that vary from Caltrans, the goal is for the course participants to become familiar with standards and specifications that guide the design and lead to successful project delivery of an operational traffic signal.

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Topics Include

  • relationship of street designs and signal designs
  • signal phasing, controllers, cabinets
  • signal phasing
  • signal heads, poles, conduits, pullboxes, detection
  • intersection safety lighting
  • the format of contract documents

What You Will Learn

Students gain a good working understanding of concepts and standards needed to develop plans for traffic signal installations, including step-by-step procedures.

Who Should Attend

This is an introductory course targeted for traffic engineers, technicians, and maintenance and construction personnel with little or no experience in how to plan for and install traffic signals.


Please bring the following tools to the course: pocket calculator, engineer's scale (with 1:20 scale), 12" straight edge, and four colored pencils (red, green, blue, black). Optional item is a template with circles, squares and rectangles. The perspective course participants will be exposed to Caltrans Standard Plans and Specifications, and are encouraged to review them online at

For More Information

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About cancellations, refunds, and substitutions, see How to Enroll

Note: Cancellation fee is $75. There are no refunds for classes with registration fees of $75 or less. For all other classes, you may cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your registration fee less $75, provided we receive your written request to cancel at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin.

In lieu of canceling your registration, you have three additional options, you may (1) transfer your registration to another class, (2) receive a tuition credit for the full amount, useable toward a future class, or (3) send a substitute in your place. Please contact us at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin so we may process your request.

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Or call us at 510-643-4393


We have a sleeping room block at the DoubleTree by Hilton Anaheim. This is a limited sleeping room block on a first come, first serve basis. To make a reservation, please use this LINK or call 714-634-4500 and use the group code "UCB". This room block expires on February 27, 2017. Tech Transfer does not guarantee a discounted rate or availability on sleeping rooms. We also cannot make reservation for students at any time. The sleeping room block is offered as a courtesy from the hotel and not included in the course tuition.

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)CA Public Agency$ 375.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Standard fee$ 750.00

DoubleTree Anaheim-Orange County

The DoubleTree by Hilton Anaheim-Orange County
The Lassen Room
100 The City Drive
Orange, CA 92868-3204

Bill Shao

PE, TE, PTOE, City of Los Angeles

Mr. Bill Shao is a principal transportation engineer with LADOT. Currently heading the Design and Construction Bureau, he was a program manager in signal systems/ITS with two plus decades of experience with the City, both in capital outlays and operational/safety projects that span across highway, transit, rail, ITS, and active transportation modes. Previously an instructor for the Los Angeles METRO, he has served in research panels for TRB-NCHRP and FHWA. A California registered civil engineer and traffic engineer, he holds a M.S. in transportation systems engineering and a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of California, Irvine; and a M.S. in transportation management from San Jose State University.

Josh Peterman

PE, TE, Principal, Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants

Mr. Peterman is a Principal in the Walnut Creek office of Fehr & Peers. He has 15 years of experience in the design and implementation of traffic signals and signal systems, ITS, striping and signing, as well as pedestrian and bicycle improvements. Josh has completed designs for dozens of agencies, public and private entities and institutions. He has been responsible for the development and implementation of specialized communications systems for transportation projects, including a wide array of hardware and software. He is a registered Civil and Traffic Engineer in CA. Mr. Peterman graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1996, obtained a M.S. degree from University of Texas at Austin in Civil Engineering in 1999, and also holds a certificate in Telecommunications and Network Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Date Day Time Location
03/29/2017Wednesday8 AM to 5 PM DoubleTree Anaheim-Orange County
03/30/2017Thursday8 AM to 5 PM DoubleTree Anaheim-Orange County


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