A civil transit engineer will develop, analyze, inspect, and/or design transit infrastructure, transit stations, buildings, underground structures, or elevated structures or bridges. A civil transit engineer will often perform field surveys, develop transit plans, secure permitting for transit infrastructure, prepare engineering design reports, prepare constructions plans, respond to structural emergencies, and/or prepare contract documents for rail or transit engineering projects. A civil transit engineer will often participate in on-site reviews of project locations to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety standards. A civil transit engineer may also perform transit/traffic analysis, transportation operations, ITS and safety concepts, and pedestrian improvement plans. A civil transit engineer may utilize AutoCAD or Civil 3D software in plans for transit facility designs, diagrams, or models, and to execute engineering tasks. A civil transit engineer will coordinate with local officials to ensure compliance of design in accordance with transit agency standards and specifications. A civil transit engineer with project management duties will also develop and manage a transit project’s design scope, proposal, schedule, and resource estimates, as well as coordinate efforts of the design team or supervises related support staff.
Ability to be innovative or creative
A traffic engineer will execute traffic signal, traffic operations, and intelligent transportation system design projects using civil engineering principles. A traffic engineer may work on traffic warrant and parking studies, transportation planning studies, traffic event management studies, and traffic signal/roadway design projects. Other design projects may include integration of connected and automated vehicle infrastructure, roundabouts, pavement markings, signings, and temporary traffic control devices. A senior engineer may review and make recommendations on existing and proposed signals, delineation, roadway lighting, and pavement markings. A traffic engineer should execute traffic engineering functions and activities to ensure efficient and safe traffic operations. An engineer with project management duties will manage project scope, schedule, and budget and serve as lead to bring a project to completion.
Other responsibilities typically include:
● Use of engineering software and equipment to perform engineering tasks.
● Collection and preparation of data for evaluation and engineering reports.
● Coordination of projects from planning through final design.
● Design or management of transportation facilities operations.
● Management of staff and technical resources for a given engineering project.
● Coordination of project tasks across a variety of stakeholders.