Brief description of the position:
Transit engineers use their expertise in planning to create time schedules for public transportation, to decide if, when, and where new routes should be located, and to create signal timing plans for the traffic lights along those routes. Transit engineers can also specialize in one of these areas and become the manager of entire sections of a public transportation system. A career as a transit engineer can be geared towards interacting with the public or working on projects from an office. For those interested in working with the public, it is necessary to be able to communicate effectively with large audiences, because a substantial portion of time may be spent speaking to the public during open houses or town hall meetings. The purpose of these meetings is to inform the public about projects and obtain public feedback. Transit engineers are becoming increasingly more important, since ridership on public transportation has increased by 25% to over 10.3 billion trips per year since 1995.
$72,560 to $82,560 annually, or, $6,000-$6,800/month
Secondary and Postsecondary Education
Transit engineers should have a firm background from high school in advanced math and science classes like calculus, physics, and chemistry. At the college level, they should take both planning and engineering classes to be fully prepared for a career in the transit industry. They should have a strong background in computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) before entering college. Transit engineers may have a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering, and need to pass both the Fundamentals of Engineering and Professional Engineering exams. They may also become certified by the American Planning Association as a certified planner.