Senior transportation engineers are responsible for overseeing projects related to the planning of transportation, and they often work for government agencies and companies which offer contracting services. Multitasking is important in this position to oversee several projects at once and meet all deadlines, and they are also responsible for conducting analyses of potential traffic impacts, accident studies, parking, and transit using traffic capacity analysis software.
Auto CAD and Microsoft Office skills are necessary in this position, and senior transportation engineers may also be tasked with researching potential impacts on the environment, assessing risks, and conducting cost estimates of planned transportation projects.
A bachelor's degree in an engineering field is often a minimum requirement for this position, and many employers require a master's degree and/or years of experience. Strong communication skills are important in order to prepare various reports and presentations for managers and other staff members. This work is usually carried out in an office environment, but visits to outdoor sites are also necessary. A professional engineering license is often required for this position, and a certified planner's certification may be required by some employers.