New Traffic Engineers Bring Expanded Expertise to Signal Design, Pedestrian Signals, and Illumination

Engineers George Hilen (let) and Aaron Knight pose for an SCJ mugshot.

Aaron Knight, PE, and George Hilen, PE, recently joined SCJ Alliance’s transportation design group. The two engineers have been teaming together on projects for years and have a strong reputation in the Puget Sound region.

Aaron, a project manager, and George, a project engineer, are working in an SCJ location in Gig Harbor. Since SCJ’s founding in 2006, traffic engineering has been a key service area for the firm. Aaron and George bring expanded design expertise and capability, with an emphasis on signal design, pedestrian signals, and illumination.

Aaron Knight, PE

“Aaron and George have vast experience preparing construction plans, specifications, and cost estimates for new and modified traffic signals, Intelligent Transporation Systems, ADA pedestrian facilities, and various types of roadway illumination systems,” says SCJ’s Executive Vice President Eric Johnston. “We are delighted to have them join us.”

From Aaron’s perspective, he sees added value too. “As I help clients evaluate which options will best suit their intersection needs, it’s great to be working with a firm with so much roundabout expertise. To also be able to offer in-house services related to permitting and environmental reviews is a huge bonus.”

George shares, “I love the collaboration, seamlessly working across disciplines and offices.” SCJ has eight offices in total including Ballard, Seattle, Lacey, Centralia, Wenatchee and Spokane, Wash, and another in Boulder, Colo.

George Hilen, PE

Aaron is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. He is a father of five…kind of. He has two children, a dog, and two cats. He and his wife recently moved to a new house on 10 acres where they are enjoying preparing their vegetable garden for its first season. For Aaron, who grew up in Tumwater, one of his favorite “tools” is his tractor.

George also has a civil engineering degree, his from Gonzaga University, located near SCJ’s Spokane office. He’s originally from Gig Harbor and he and his wife have a cocker spaniel, Oscar. George, a big Sounders fan,  is also an avid golfer and his bucket list definitely includes attending a PGA event.


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