TCA Building

TCA is a public agency responsible for planning, financing, constructing and operating California’s largest network of toll roads. Our 51 miles of roadway include State Routes 73, 133, 241 and 261, which are public roads owned by Caltrans and financed with private funds. The Toll Roads were built with virtually no tax dollars.

Our one staff reports to two Boards of Directors comprised of elected official from 18 member cities and three members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. We work every day to provide a time-saving and reliable alternative to Southern California’s congested freeways. If you love driving The Toll Roads, you’ll love working at The Toll Roads.

Current Employment Opportunities

  • Chief Engineer

    Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Engineer plans, organizes, and directs the staffing, budget, and operations of the Engineering Division including engineering projects assigned to consultant and staff engineers, related contracts, and the TCA’s facilities.  The selected candidate will lead a staff of seven as well as inter-agency cooperation and consultant work on corridor projects, and partner with executive team members on the interdependent components.

    Examples of a few core responsibilities:

    • Plan and develop strategies, programs, work plans, policies, and processes to accomplish the strategic mission of the TCA such as preparation and review of engineering and construction plans and specifications.
    • Work closely with the Chief of Environmental Planning in the review of environmental impact reports; jointly discuss EIR/EIS recommendations with TCA’s management team, Board of Directors, citizen groups, and local, state, and federal agencies and others.
    • Represent the TCA at various meetings and appear before a variety of professional and civic groups to provide information on TCA project and development plans; may give testimony in court or other venues as an expert witness.

    The Chief Engineer must have in depth knowledge and experience related to the Caltrans project delivery process for CA state highway projects. Additionally, he or she will be a technically competent Civil Engineer, an effective leader who is articulate, politically savvy, able to remain poised under pressure, and experienced at giving public presentations. He or she will be a problem-solver who balances patience with an energetic drive for results.

    Required Education, Certifications and Experience 

    • Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited college or university along with at least 10 years of directly related experience managing and directing technical engineering work pertaining to highway, bridge, or other major infrastructure design and construction.
    • A current Professional Engineer license issued by the State of California.
    • Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Class C California Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record.

    Skills and Knowledge 

    The ideal candidate will have skills in: 

    • Planning, directing and coordinating the professional, administrative and technical functions of a complex engineering department; creating and making effective oral and written presentations; writing logical and concise reports; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the Boards, management, staff, contractors, consultants, regulatory bodies, and other public and private representatives.
    • Handling/overseeing all phases of the Caltrans project delivery process including planning, design and construction of state highway facilities.

    In addition, he/she should have knowledge of: 

    • Laws and regulations related to public facilities, construction, and grant funding; transportation planning; principles and practices of civil engineering and environmental processes; engineering highway construction plans and specifications;
    • Strategic planning, organizational mission, development standards, and expectations of Boards and community representatives.

    Starting salary is expected to be in the range of $175-$190K annually and will depend on the selected candidate’s relevant qualifications and experience. The compensation package includes excellent benefits including choice of PPO or HMO health insurance, dental, vision and life insurance; retirement through the Orange County Employees Retirement System; 401 and 457 plans; Comprehensive Annual Leave accruals for personal time off; paid holidays, a car or car allowance, and a 9/80 work schedule. 

    The Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) is a public agency responsible for planning, financing, constructing, and operating California’s largest toll road network, which includes State Routes 73, 133, 241, and 261. These are public roads owned by Caltrans, financed with private funds, and built with virtually no tax dollars. At TCA, we strive every day to provide a time-saving and reliable alternative to Southern California’s congested freeways.

    Our offices are in Irvine/Orange County, CA. Orange County has 3 million residents who enjoy a nearly perfect climate in which parks and beaches provide abundant opportunities for outdoor activities. Orange County is the home of professional sports teams, a wide range of tourist attractions, quality venues for visual and performing arts, several colleges and universities, and some of the state’s best public schools. Orange County boasts a thriving business economy and a diverse, well-educated workforce.

    If you are interested and qualified, please submit a resumé along with a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the job and how your qualifications are especially relevant to this position as soon as possible to:  Resumés will be considered as they are received. This posting may close at any time.

    For questions and inquiries, please contact Human Resources at (949) 754-3403 or by email at

    An Equal Opportunity/ADA Employer 

    Principals only
    Unsolicited resumes from third party agencies will not be accepted. 

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