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Now Hiring - Transportation Technician



The Transportation Technician performs and participates in administrative, technical and professional work related to transportation planning work and serves as staff to the Greater Hickory Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Work includes preparing planning documents; coordinating and presenting transportation planning and related studies and long term and short term comprehensive transportation plans; analyzing relevant data sets collected, manipulated or corrected to produce geographic datasets, statistics, reports and maps using basic office software for either members or other COG staff; analyzing ordinances, laws and policies and developing recommendations, evaluating programs and preparing and presenting reports; conducting planning studies; and collecting public transportation passenger sampling data. Work requires working knowledge of word-processing, spreadsheets, and maps, plus skill in manipulation of data tables including the production of tables in the performance of duties. Work is performed in both an inside environment and in field conditions environments.



  • Graduation from a technical school or college with associate’s degree in urban studies, political science, sociology, geography, public administration, planning or related field

  • Some experience in municipal, county or regional transportation preferred but not required

  • Ability to communicate with general public, professional staff and elected/appointed officials in oral/written forms

  • A working knowledge of office equipment, computers and current software

  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered



The hiring rate for this position is $40,018. New hires are eligible for up to a 5% increase with the successful completion of probationary period.

  • WPCOG is a member of the North Carolina Local Governmental Employees' Retirement System. This entitles vested employees with at least five years of employment to a defined benefit at the time of retirement. Members contribute 6% of gross compensation each month. This is a before-tax deduction. Western Piedmont Council of Governments contributes an actuarially determined percentage of the gross payroll of members each month.

  • The Western Piedmont Council of Governments will contribute 4.2% of each employee’s salary and match 4%, for a possible total of 8.2%, to either the NC 401k or the NC 457.

  • WPCOG pays 100% of an employee's health and vision coverage. The current plan is a high deductible health plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA). Contributions to the HSA are made pre-tax through payroll deduction.

  • WPCOG pays 100% of the following premiums:

    • Life Insurance - $100,000 o Accidental Death & Dismemberment

    • Dental Insurance - Employee and Family

    • Short-Term Disability (Weekly Indemnity)

    • Long-Term Disability

  • WPCOG provides for the following payroll deduction and retirement options:

    • NC 457 Plan

    • NC 401(k) Plan

    • Voluntary additional life insurance

  • WPCOG provides for the following paid leave options:

    • 11 Paid Holidays Per Year

    • Annual Leave earned on a sliding scale based on years of service

    • 12 Sick Leave Days Per Year

    • Longevity Pay




Position is open until filled. Submit by September 11, 2020 for first consideration.


Please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and WPCOG application to Director of Administrative Services and Human Resources, Ashley Bolick, at WPCOG, P.O. Box 9026, Hickory, NC 28603. Emailing application materials is acceptable, Questions should be directed to Ashley at (828) 485-4221. Final candidates will be subject to an interview process. The WPCOG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Western Piedmont Council of Governments shall serve all local government members in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties with professional, cost-effective assistance on a variety of local, regional, state and federal issues and programs.

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Telephone: ​828.322.9191

Fax: 828.322.5991

Mailing: P.O. Box 9026 | Hickory, NC 28603
Location: 1880 2nd Avenue NW
Hickory, NC 28601

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This institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. Auxiliary aids and services for individuals with disabilities are available upon request. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.