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Transportation Engineers

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Transportation engineers usually have four years of experience working under a licensed engineer. Many hold the professional engineering license and have experience working on transportation engineering projects. They may have participated in a cooperative engineering work study program, receiving on-the-job training while still in school. The job requires strong math skills, deep knowledge of design principles and tools, and an understanding of technical blueprints and drawings. Transportation engineers are well versed in engineering science and technology. They know the different types of materials, methods, and tools needed for construction and repair of transportation structures and systems. Other skills needed for this job include decision-making, leadership, organizational, problem-solving, speaking, and writing. The ability to work well with others is essential, because transportation engineering projects involve teams of various engineers, technicians, contractors, subcontractors, and others. People who do best in this field are realistic and investigative, detail oriented, good-natured, and honest and ethical.

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