Transportation Engineers

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About the Job

Develop plans for surface transportation projects, according to established engineering standards and state or federal construction policy. Prepare designs, specifications, or estimates for transportation facilities. Plan modifications of existing streets, highways, or freeways to improve traffic flow.

It is also Called

  • Transportation Planning Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Transportation Design Engineer
  • Transportation Consultant
  • Transportation Analyst
  • Traffic Operations Engineer
  • Traffic Engineer
  • Roadway Engineer
  • Roadway Designer
  • Rail Engineer
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What They Do

  • Develop or assist in the development of transportation-related computer software or computer processes.
  • Design transportation systems or structures, using sustainable materials or products, such as porous pavement or bioretention structures.
  • Analyze environmental impact statements for transportation projects.
  • Develop plans to deconstruct damaged or obsolete roadways or other transportation structures in a manner that is environmentally sound or prepares the land for sustainable development.
  • Evaluate construction project materials for compliance with environmental standards.
  • Inspect completed transportation projects to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.
  • Supervise the maintenance or repair of transportation systems or system components.
  • Investigate or test specific construction project materials to determine compliance to specifications or standards.
  • Model transportation scenarios to evaluate the impacts of activities such as new development or to identify possible solutions to transportation problems.
  • Participate in contract bidding, negotiation, or administration.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Recognition and Support in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $87,890 with most people making between $53,850 and $131,500

Outlook

0.83%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 13,520 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 14,640 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 112 openings due to growth and about 398 replacement openings for approximately 510 total annual openings.



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