What does a Transportation Engineer do?

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.

Jobs Roles

  • 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.
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