Transportation Engineers
SOC: 17-2051.01

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
281,400 employed

Projected (2024):
305,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Airport Engineer
  • Civil Transportation Engineer
  • Highway Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Roadway Engineer
  • Traffic Engineer
  • Traffic Operations Engineer
  • Transportation Analyst
  • Transportation Consultant
  • Transportation Design Engineer
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Transportation Planning Engineer


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

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

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Present data, maps, or other information at construction-related public hearings or meetings.
  • Review development plans to determine potential traffic impact.
  • Prepare administrative, technical, or statistical reports on traffic-operation matters, such as accidents, safety measures, or pedestrian volume or practices.
  • Evaluate transportation systems or traffic control devices or lighting systems to determine need for modification or expansion.
  • Evaluate traffic control devices or lighting systems to determine need for modification or expansion.
  • Develop or assist in the development of transportation-related computer software or computer processes.
  • Prepare project budgets, schedules, or specifications for labor or materials.
  • Prepare final project layout drawings that include details such as stress calculations.
  • Plan alteration or modification of existing transportation structures to improve safety or function.
  • Participate in contract bidding, negotiation, or administration.
  • Model transportation scenarios to evaluate the impacts of activities such as new development or to identify possible solutions to transportation problems.
  • Investigate traffic problems and recommend methods to improve traffic flow or safety.
  • Investigate or test specific construction project materials to determine compliance to specifications or standards.
  • Inspect completed transportation projects to ensure safety or compliance with applicable standards or regulations.
  • Direct the surveying, staking, or laying-out of construction projects.
  • Estimate transportation project costs.
  • Confer with contractors, utility companies, or government agencies to discuss plans, specifications, or work schedules.
  • Check construction plans, design calculations, or cost estimations to ensure completeness, accuracy, or conformity to engineering standards or practices.
  • Analyze environmental impact statements for transportation projects.
  • Supervise the maintenance or repair of transportation systems or system components.
  • Design or prepare plans for new transportation systems or parts of systems, such as airports, commuter trains, highways, streets, bridges, drainage structures, or roadway lighting.
  • Design or engineer drainage, erosion, or sedimentation control systems for transportation projects.
  • Design transportation systems or structures using sustainable materials or products, such as porous pavement or bioretention structures.
  • 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.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Computer laser printers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Mobile radios
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk Land Desktop
  • Bentley GEOPAK Civil Engineering Suite
  • Bentley InRoads Suite
  • Bentley MicroStation
  • Citilabs Cube
  • Computer aided design and drafting software CADD
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • McTrans HCS+
  • McTrans TRANSYT-7F
  • McTrans TSIS-CORSIM
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Word
  • Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management software
  • SIDRA INTERSECTION
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Trafficware SimTraffic
  • Trafficware SynchroGreen
  • Visual Solutions VisSIM
  • Web browser software


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980