Employment in Traffic Engineering is increasing due to population increase and continues to grow in suburban areas. Demand is growing for traffic engineers who can design better roads and spur employment of traffic engineers. We work with multi-disciplinary consultancy’s that can challenge your career in traffic engineering with the latest technologies.
Traffic engineers work in a variety of capacities to manage designs and operations that enable the safe, efficient flow of vehicle traffic. Traffic Engineering Is part of a larger category of transportation engineering which encompasses automobile traffic as well as pedestrian, airplane, rail and sea. Traffic Engineers measure the flow of traffic on major motorways to eliminate congestion/bottlenecks. Traffic engineers are also involved in measuring vehicle speeds from motorways to A-roads to reduce accidents.
Traffic Engineers work on new designs as well as amending existing designs or upgrading to new roads, streets and motorways to add on new routes, or handle the traffic loads expected of them. The type of design the projects require are projecting the traffic loads and patterns that a new design will attract ensuring the road design, traffic signals and signs match so that you can use them, for example how many lanes a road should have or planning a different location that is safe and reliable.
Job Duties of a Traffic Engineer
Traffic engineers are expected to have a B-Eng/M-Eng in civil engineering or similar with an MSc (desirable) in traffic or transportation engineering to design and maintain roads and motorways. Your duties are to determine what kinds of roads are needed to make traffic flow smoothly and to find the most efficient ways to build and maintain the roads. You will be working on major highways and schemes that carry heavy traffic over long distances and use data producing models to determine how many cars, trucks and buses can be expected to use new roads and work with the highways engineers.
On average you will work 40 hours per week or more if you have to meet deadlines preparing plans and analysing data and are expected to spend time on the roads, examining the sites of accidents and checking road conditions.
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