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Traffic Technicians

Also called: Engineering Technician, Traffic Technician, Transportation Technician, Traffic Signal Technician (TST)

What they do:
Conduct field studies to determine traffic volume, speed, effectiveness of signals, adequacy of lighting, and other factors influencing traffic conditions, under direction of traffic engineer.
On the job, you would:
  • Interact with the public to answer traffic-related questions, respond to complaints or requests, or discuss traffic control ordinances, plans, policies, or procedures.
  • Prepare drawings of proposed signal installations or other control devices, using drafting instruments or computer-automated drafting equipment.
  • Provide technical supervision regarding traffic control devices to other traffic technicians or laborers.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Dowling Associates TRAFFIX
  • Pd' Programming Intersection Magic
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Trafficware SimTraffic
Map creation software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • ESRI ArcView

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$39,830
per year, on average
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