Career

Traffic Engineer

Traffic engineers specialise in the design of safe and efficient roads and highways. They plan locations for traffic signals, intersections, overpasses, exits, and rest stops with the aim of reducing motor vehicle accidents and enhancing transport efficiency. They develop and implement traffic management schemes, and study population projections, commercial development, and existing traffic data patterns to predict road and highway needs in the future.

Traffic engineers are frequently employed by local, city, and state government transport authorities (for example, the RTA) to solve transport problems like traffic jams and parking congestion. Others are involved with planning efficient and economical public transport routes, coordinating the timing of traffic lights, investigating causes of accidents, and taking preventative action (for example, placing speed limit signs, removing tress blocking vision, and constructing rest stops).

Entry level positions in this field typically require an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, and relevant work experience may be highly advantageous. Graduates seeking senior positions may benefit from postgraduate qualifications in civil or transportation engineering.