Transportation engineers oversee a variety of engineering assignments related to transportation systems. Their main objective is to ensure that all transportation projects are completed on time and stay within budget. Most of the time, transportation engineers work in the technology, traffic, construction, airport, and railway industries, but they occasionally work in other industries as well. Transportation engineers are responsible for all aspects of transportation project scheduling, planning, and pricing. They also monitor design and planning phases for highways, bridges, traffic controls, and lighting. They gather and analyze engineering data to develop recommendations and reports. Additionally, transportation engineers work with project managers to ensure that all projects are well planned and cost effective.
The transportation engineer is responsible for delegating tasks for transportation projects. They also work with other engineers, project managers, purchasing and supply chain agents, and accountants. These individuals usually reports to the head of their department or unit. This position is generally full time, and it may require the employee to work outdoors, in a lab, or in an office environment.
Transportation engineer positions typically require a bachelor's degree in civil engineering or a related field, as well as at least three to five years' experience in transportation systems or programs. They must have excellent organizational and multitasking skills, as well as possess the ability to lead other project members. A strong knowledge of engineering principles used in the transportation industry is also required. Additionally, they must be able to create and understand engineering plans and blueprints.
Transportation Engineer Tasks
- Analyze, plan, design, draw, check calculations and oversee highway, rail, and related transportation civil construction projects.