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Transportation Engineers

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.   (O'Net 17-2051.01)

 
Reported job 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
 
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    Wages
    for Civil Engineers which includes:
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 25.11   $ 28.71   $ 34.14   $ 39.21   $ 48.77   $ 35.58  
    Yearly $52,230   $59,720   $71,020   $81,550   $101,450   $74,010  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 24.03   $ 27.94   $ 33.32   $ 37.71   $ 44.38   $ 33.47  
    Yearly $49,980   $58,110   $69,310   $78,450   $92,310   $69,610  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 25.78   $ 29.00   $ 34.39   $ 42.34   $ 59.69   $ 37.98  
    Yearly $53,620   $60,330   $71,530   $88,080   $124,150   $79,000  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 26.16   $ 30.00   $ 35.91   $ 43.25   $ 48.48   $ 37.33  
    Yearly $54,410   $62,390   $74,690   $89,960   $100,830   $77,650  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Civil Engineers which includes:
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 665 712 0.7% 25
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Civil Engineers which includes:
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Architectural, engineering, and related services 49.5%
    State government, excluding education and hospitals 13.0%
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 10.6%
    Construction of buildings 5.6%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 3.9%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Transportation Engineers
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  • 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.
     
  • Investigate traffic problems and recommend methods to improve traffic flow or safety.
     
  • Check construction plans, design calculations, or cost estimations to ensure completeness, accuracy, or conformity to engineering standards or practices.
     
  • Prepare administrative, technical, or statistical reports on traffic-operation matters, such as accidents, safety measures, or pedestrian volume or practices.
     
  • Prepare project budgets, schedules, or specifications for labor or materials.
     
  • Evaluate traffic control devices or lighting systems to determine need for modification or expansion.
     
  • Evaluate transportation systems or traffic control devices or lighting systems to determine need for modification or expansion.
     
  • Estimate transportation project costs.
     
  • Model transportation scenarios to evaluate the impacts of activities such as new development or to identify possible solutions to transportation problems.
     
  • Confer with contractors, utility companies, or government agencies to discuss plans, specifications, or work schedules.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Transportation Engineers  updated July 2011
     


    Knowledge
    for Transportation Engineers
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  • 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.
     
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Transportation Engineers  updated July 2011
     


    Skills
    for Transportation Engineers
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Transportation Engineers  updated July 2011
     


    Abilities
    for Transportation Engineers
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  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Transportation Engineers  updated July 2011
     


    Work Activities
    for Transportation Engineers
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  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information - Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Transportation Engineers  updated July 2011
     


    Interests
    for Transportation Engineers
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Transportation Engineers  updated June 2009
     


    Work Styles
    for Transportation Engineers
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  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Transportation Engineers  updated July 2011
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Transportation Engineers
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Engineer Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Professional Engineering
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Transportation Engineers
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Transportation Engineers  updated July 2011
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Transportation Engineers
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Construction Engineering.
     
    • Structural Engineering.
     
    • Transportation and Highway Engineering.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Transportation Engineers 
     

     
     
     
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