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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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Check construction plans, design calculations, or cost estimations to ensure completeness, accuracy, or conformity to engineering standards or practices.
    • 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.
    • Confer with contractors, utility companies, or government agencies to discuss plans, specifications, or work schedules.
    • Design or engineer drainage, erosion, or sedimentation control systems for transportation projects.
    • Prepare project budgets, schedules, or specifications for labor or materials.
    • Plan alteration or modification of existing transportation structures to improve safety or function.
    • Investigate traffic problems and recommend methods to improve traffic flow or safety.
    • Prepare final project layout drawings that include details such as stress calculations.
    • Estimate transportation project costs.
    • Present data, maps, or other information at construction-related public hearings or meetings.
    • 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.
    • Review development plans to determine potential traffic impact.
    • Inspect completed transportation projects to ensure safety or compliance with applicable standards or regulations.
    • Evaluate traffic control devices or lighting systems to determine need for modification or expansion.
    • Direct the surveying, staking, or laying-out of construction projects.
    • Model transportation scenarios to evaluate the impacts of activities such as new development or to identify possible solutions to transportation problems.
    • Investigate or test specific construction project materials to determine compliance to specifications or standards.
    • Supervise the maintenance or repair of transportation systems or system components.
    • Inspect completed transportation projects to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.
    • Evaluate construction project materials for compliance with environmental standards.
    • 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.
    • Analyze environmental impact statements for transportation projects.
    • Design transportation systems or structures with sustainable materials or products, such as porous pavement or bioretention structures.
    • Develop or assist in the development of transportation-related computer software or computer processes.


    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • 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).


    • 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.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 8,620
    • Yearly Projected Openings 710

    Typical Education


    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Persistence


    • Notebook computers
    • Laser printers
    • Laser fax machine
    • Digital cameras
    • Desktop computers


    • Word processing software
    • Project management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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