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Transportation Careers

A career in transportation focuses on how to most effectively move goods and people.  The life cycle of transportation begins in the early stages with policy, financing, and a great deal of planning, including many stages of design.  This often includes the work of urban developers, drafters, environmental planners and engineers and civil engineers.  Because a transportation project often has a significant impact on the public, it is not uncommon for a team of marketing professionals to present the plans to residents, in an effort to involve the public in the planning process and address any opposition that may occur.  From there, a project moves into implementation, where professional engineers take the designs and work with contractors to turn them into reality.  This process is quite extensive and requires project managers who are responsible for monitoring risk and keeping the project within budget and on schedule.

Once a transportation project is built, there are many implications for operations and maintenance.  Technology is often applied to transportation projects to increase efficiency.  In addition, constant use often requires upkeep to ensure safety. As you can imagine, there are a lot of components to a transportation project.  As with most businesses, there are a team of people working behind the scenes to ensure that legal risks are mitigated by attorneys, checks are processed by accountants, people are hired by human resource professionals, etc.

A successful transportation project is multi-faceted and requires the expertise of a variety of disciplines, including Civil Engineers, Traffic Engineers, Water Engineers, Municipal Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Software Engineers, Systems Engineers and Environmental Planners and Engineers, to name a few.  All of these professionals must work together to achieve many goals involved in building transportation infrastructure, including minimizing any impacts to the environment, and providing maximal benefits to the users of highways, roadways, bridges, pedestrian and bicycle trails, railroads, transit systems and aviation, while enhancing safety, convenience, and sustainability.  Transportation is a growing and rapidly changing field which has impact on people’s daily lives.

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