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Become A Traffic Engineer

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Working As A Traffic Engineer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • $72,800

    Average Salary

What Does A Traffic Engineer Do At Thomas & Hutton Engineering

* Work as part of a team and also independently in evaluating and applying Traffic Engineering principles, standards and criteria
* Utilize various design software/tools (Synchro and HCS) for traffic analysis for a variety of conditions and needs at specific intersections, along arterial corridors, and for freeway segments
* Lead the development of signal design plans, specifications, and estimates based upon agency standards.
* Interact directly with clients and review agencies at project meetings and ensure that all client project designs meet and exceed engineering standards
* Provide support to transportation and other project managers on all aspects of transportation engineering
* Build and maintain relationships with key traffic engineering clients and review agencies.
* Work with multi-disciplinary teams on tasks such as traffic safety analysis, intersection design, roadway signing and pavement marking plans; active traffic management, and traffic and signal operations analysis.
* Adhere to project schedules and budgets and keep supervisor aware of any issues
* Prepare technical reports and papers for clients and/or internal distribution
* Other duties as assigned

What Does A Traffic Engineer Do At Siemens

* Traffic planning and Traffic Engineering consulting activities surrounding highway design and traffic safety
* Active deployment of ITS solutions including controller and central software, adaptive control solutions and connected vehicle (V2I) applications
* Troubleshooting of ITS devices such traffic controllers, road side units, cameras, and management systems
* Demonstrated knowledge of federal rules and regulations, including MUTCD, AASHTO, and ITE practices.
* Demonstrated use of various traffic engineering software (ATMS) used to conduct traffic studies, safety analysis and develop recommendations
* Professional and effective communication with management, peers, and customers - including writing and presenting technical engineering reports.
* Ability to read and interpret roadway construction/maintenance plans
* Assist in the resolution of support tickets relating to traffic management hardware and software issues.
* Ensuring proper filing/storage of engineering documentation- i.e. drawings, version history, scope documents, RFI's

What Does A Traffic Engineer Do At Parsons Corporation

* Work with a team of engineers and technicians designing and producing a variety of traffic engineering projects.
* The responsibilities will includeassisting in analysis, design and implementation of projects such as traffic impact studies, traffic operations studies, capacity analysis, traffic signal design, signal timing, signing, striping, and traffic control plans.
* Working knowledge of traffic analysisandsimulationsoftware (
* Synchro, HCS, VISSIM)** is essential.
* Provides support for other engineering activities as required.
* May supervise one or more subordinates and provide input regarding performance.
* May be assigned to a project or organizational team, or as a lead engineer for a specific discipline on a small to intermediate-size project.
* Provides input and technical guidance to CAD Designer/Drafters, Designers, and lower-level Engineers working on the same project

What Does A Traffic Engineer Do At Jacobs

* Great opportunity for a Traffic Engineer in our growing Boston office
* Key clients include federal, MassDOT, Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), MBTA and local municipalities
* Diverse project portfolio ranging from corridor studies, traffic simulation, MPT/MOT, transportation impact analysis, pedestrian and transit studies, traffic work associated with roadway and bridge projects
* In addition to technical tasks, the position will entail report writing and the opportunity for presentation of work efforts
* Opportunity to manage traffic engineering tasks and mentor junior staff
* The position offers excellent room for advancement, growth, and independent work

What Does A Traffic Engineer Do At WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff

* ITS design and operations.
* Traffic signal design.
* Signing and Markings
* Maintenance of Traffic Plans
* Traffic engineering analysis.
* Operations analysis for arterials, intersections, freeways, ramps and interchanges.
* Traffic signal timing.
* Transportation planning (experience with corridor studies and alternatives analysis is desirable).
* Supervision and technical oversight of younger technical staff.
* Technical writing.
* CAD support.
* Coordination with other engineering disciplines.
* Substantial experience with Microstation is highly desirable.
* Experience in ITS design, traffic signal design, intersection design, pavement marking, signing and striping design, as well as preparing complete PS&E construction drawings is also desired but not essential.
* Proficiency in VISSIM and Synchro is a plus.
* Local project experience highly desirable, especially TxDOT and municipalities within the Houston region.
* Familiarity with TxDOT Traffic Design standards, Roadway Design and Access Management Manuals desired.
* Experience directing tasks and performing QA/QC is required.
* This individual will also assist in development of proposals, presentations and business development efforts.
* Experience in these areas and public sector client relationships in the Houston market, is a plus.
* Job Requirements
* Minimum of 5 years of engineering experience
* Applied project experience in the fields of traffic and transportation engineering and transportation planning required.
* Professional Engineering license in Texas or ability to obtain within 3 months is required.
* TXDOT traffic and ITS pre-certifications desired.
* Minimum education requirement is a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. (A Masters Degree in Transportation is preferred)
* The selected candidate must have the ability to work in the United States immediately.
* EOE / Veteran/ Disability/ Gender (M
* F)/Gender Identity/ Sexual Orientatio

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How To Become A Traffic Engineer

Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree. They typically need a graduate degree and licensure for promotion to senior positions. Although licensure requirements vary within the United States, civil engineers usually must be licensed in the locations where they provide services directly to the public.


Civil engineers need a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, in one of its specialties, or in civil engineering technology. Programs in civil engineering and civil engineering technology include coursework in math, statistics, engineering mechanics and systems, and fluid dynamics, among other courses, depending on the specialty. Courses include a mix of traditional classroom learning, work in laboratories, and fieldwork.

A degree from a program accredited by the ABET is needed in order to earn the professional engineer (PE) license. In many states, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology also will suffice as an academic requirement for obtaining a license.

About 1 in 4 civil engineers has a master’s degree. Further education after the bachelor’s degree, along with the PE license and previous experience, is helpful in getting a job as a manager. For more information on engineering managers, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Civil engineers often balance multiple and frequently conflicting objectives, such as determining the feasibility of plans with regard to financial costs and safety concerns. Urban and regional planners often look to civil engineers for advice on these issues. Civil engineers must be able to make good decisions based on best practices, their own technical knowledge, and their own experience.

Leadership skills. Civil engineers take ultimate responsibility for the projects that they manage or research that they perform. Therefore, they must be able to lead planners, surveyors, construction managers, civil engineering technicians, civil engineering technologists, and others in implementing their project plan.

Math skills. Civil engineers use the principles of calculus, trigonometry, and other advanced topics in mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Organizational skills. Only licensed civil engineers can sign the design documents for infrastructure projects. This requirement makes it imperative that civil engineers be able to monitor and evaluate the work at the jobsite as a project progresses. That way, they can ensure compliance with the design documents. Civil engineers also often manage several projects at the same time, and thus must be able to balance time needs and to effectively allocate resources.

Problem-solving skills. Civil engineers work at the highest level of the planning, design, construction, and operation of multifaceted projects or research. The many variables involved require that they possess the ability to identify and evaluate complex problems. They must be able to then utilize their skill and training to develop cost-effective, safe, and efficient solutions.

Speaking skills. Civil engineers must present reports and plans to audiences of people with a wide range of backgrounds and technical knowledge. This requires the ability to speak clearly and to converse with people in various settings, and to translate engineering and scientific information into easy to understand concepts.

Writing skills. Civil engineers must be able to communicate with others, such as architects, landscape architects, and urban and regional planners. They also must be able to explain projects to elected officials and citizens. This means that civil engineers must be able to write reports that are clear, concise, and understandable to those with little or no technical or scientific background.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a civil engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, approve design plans, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years working under a licensed engineer
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after earning a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Each state issues its own licenses. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements. Several states require continuing education for engineers to keep their licenses.


Civil engineers with ample experience may move into senior positions, such as project managers or functional managers of design, construction, operation, or maintenance. However, they would first need to obtain the Professional Engineering (PE) license, because only licensed engineers can assume responsibilities for public projects.

After gaining licensure, a professional engineer may seek credentialing that attests to his or her expertise in a civil engineering specialty. Such a credential may be of help for advancement to senior technical or even managerial positions.

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Traffic Engineer Demographics


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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Czech

  • Cantonese

  • Japanese

  • Carrier

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Real Traffic Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Maps Traffic Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jun 08, 2015 $175,000 -
Transportation/Traffic Engineer 3 Ch2M Hill, Inc. Herndon, VA Jul 13, 2016 $110,011
Transportation/Traffic Engineer 4 Ch2M Hill, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 27, 2016 $104,657
Senior Traffic Engineer NAGA, LLC Cambridge, MA Jun 29, 2016 $100,776
Senior Traffic Engineer NAGA, LLC Cambridge, MA Mar 23, 2016 $100,776
Senior Traffic Engineer NAGA, LLC Cambridge, MA Jan 09, 2016 $100,776
Senior Traffic Engineer NAGA, LLC Cambridge, MA Oct 03, 2016 $100,766
Senior Traffic Engineer Precision Systems, Inc. Rockville, MD Sep 05, 2014 $98,384
Project Engineer-Traffic Engineering HNTB Corporation Atlanta, GA Aug 04, 2016 $96,512
Transportation/Traffic Engineer 3 Ch2M Hill, Inc. Herndon, VA May 01, 2015 $95,720
Senior Traffic Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jan 10, 2013 $95,534
Transportation/Traffic Engineer 3 Ch2M Hill, Inc. Herndon, VA May 01, 2015 $95,000
Traffic Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Dallas, TX Aug 31, 2015 $77,750
Transportation/Traffic Engineer 3 Ch2M Hill, Inc. Columbus, OH Oct 01, 2016 $77,000
Transportation/Traffic Engineer 3 Ch2M Hill, Inc. Columbus, OH Aug 17, 2016 $77,000
Transportation/Traffic Engineer 3 Ch2M Hill, Inc. Columbus, OH Jan 10, 2016 $77,000
Senior Traffic Engineer Buchart Horn, Inc. Memphis, TN Aug 02, 2015 $76,066
Civil Traffic Engineer URS Corporation San Jose, CA Sep 23, 2014 $75,967
Traffic Engineer LJB Inc. Miamisburg, OH May 19, 2016 $75,962
Traffic Engineer HDR Engineering, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 18, 2015 $75,962
Transportation/Traffic Engineer 2 Ch2M Hill, Inc. Henderson, NV Oct 24, 2013 $68,000
Associate Traffic Engineer Ck Group, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Feb 06, 2015 $68,000
Associate Traffic Engineer Ck Group, Inc. Grand Prairie, TX Jan 30, 2014 $68,000
Associate Traffic Engineer Ck Group, Inc. Grand Prairie, TX Feb 11, 2013 $68,000
Associate Traffic Engineer Ck Group, Inc. Fort Worth, TX Feb 06, 2014 $68,000
Traffic Engineer URS Corporation New York, NY Aug 09, 2015 $67,201
Traffic Engineer CTS Engineering, Inc. Doral, FL Sep 18, 2016 $66,784
Traffic Engineer Simco Engineering, P.C. New York, NY Aug 24, 2014 $65,520

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Top Skills for A Traffic Engineer


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Top Traffic Engineer Skills

  1. Capacity Analysis
  2. Safety
  3. Synchro
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform capacity analysis for the current conditions, opening year and twenty years from the year of opening.
  • Responded to questions on complex roadway, traffic, and safety projects.
  • Performed SYNCHRO analysis to develop new signal timings necessary to accommodate both the bus and bike traffic.
  • Conducted traffic analysis, warrant analysis and project reviews.
  • Responded to comments from state engineers regarding traffic impact analysis, intersection analysis, and other traffic studies.

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