What does a Transportation Engineer do?

Transportation engineers plan, design, and build transportation systems and infrastructures such as highways, bridges, streets, and tunnels – along with supporting systems to handle things like lighting, safety, and traffic control. They devise strategies for incorporating innovative and efficient technologies into the design and building processes. They provide technical expertise, prepare drawings and schematics, and oversee day-to-day operations as projects are being executed. They perform analysis and calculations to determine capacity, identify and address safety concerns, and assist with problem resolution throughout all phases of the design, construction, and maintenance processes.

Transportation engineers typically have at least a bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline, although an advanced degree is preferred by some employers. Proficiency using CAD programs and tools is expected. In-depth familiarity with DOT design processes and standards is helpful.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Common Skill Sets

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Microsoft Office Suite
MS Office
CPM Scheduling

Transportation Engineer Seniority Levels

Structural Engineer
14% made the transition
Bridge Engineer
3% made the transition
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Transportation Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$77,553 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $78K
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