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Develop plans for surface transportation projects, according to established engineering standards and state or federal construction policy. Prepare designs, specifications, or estimates for transportation facilities. Plan modifications of existing streets, highways, or freeways to improve traffic flow.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Special purpose telephones
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  • Two way radios
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  • Notebook computers
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  • Desktop computers
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  • Personal computers
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  • Computer aided design CAD software
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  • Analytical or scientific software
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  • Project management software
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  • Office suite software
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  • Map creation software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Present data, maps, or other information at construction-related public hearings or meetings.
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  • Review development plans to determine potential traffic impact.
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  • Prepare administrative, technical, or statistical reports on traffic-operation matters, such as accidents, safety measures, or pedestrian volume or practices.
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  • Evaluate transportation systems or traffic control devices or lighting systems to determine need for modification or expansion.
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  • Evaluate traffic control devices or lighting systems to determine need for modification or expansion.
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  • Develop or assist in the development of transportation-related computer software or computer processes.
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  • Prepare project budgets, schedules, or specifications for labor or materials.
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  • Prepare final project layout drawings that include details such as stress calculations.
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  • Plan alteration or modification of existing transportation structures to improve safety or function.
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  • Participate in contract bidding, negotiation, or administration.
  •  Skills
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
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  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
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  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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     Education & Training
      Education:   Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
      Related Experience:   A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $90,429.00 $43.47  $30.91  $34.01 - $51.22 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $91,401.00 $43.94  $31.88  $34.29 - $51.13 
    Danbury $98,236.00 $47.23  $29.50  $31.15 - $59.50 
    Hartford $90,388.00 $43.45  $30.54  $33.78 - $51.47 
    New Haven $86,824.00 $41.74  $30.26  $34.02 - $48.27 
    New London/Norwich $96,099.00 $46.20  $33.60  $37.51 - $55.90 
    Waterbury $65,315.00 $31.40  $26.03  $26.71 - $34.93 
    Torrington $84,576.00 $40.66  $30.29  $31.85 - $46.80 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2014 - 2024 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   136
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow about as fast as average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.
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