Transport Engineers plan and develop transport systems to improve infrastructure efficiency and the cost effectiveness of moving people and freight.

    A bachelor degree in civil engineering is needed to work as a Transport Engineer. Some Transport Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Assesses present and future travel flow patterns taking into account population increases and needs changes.
    • Designs the physical aspects of transportation systems such as highways, railroads, urban transit, air transportation, logistical supply systems and their terminals.

    All Civil Engineering Professionals

    • $1,962 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Transport Engineers

    • 3,900 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 38 years Average age
    • 15% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Transport Engineers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 3,800 in 2011 to 3,900 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Transport Engineers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 15% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Civil Engineering Professionals in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Civil Engineering Professionals.

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Public Administration and Safety31.6
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services29.4
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing20.8
    Construction11.0
    Other Industries7.2

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateTransport EngineersAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.831.6
    VIC29.425.6
    QLD21.720.0
    SA5.17.0
    WA9.610.8
    TAS0.92.0
    NT0.41.0
    ACT1.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketTransport EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.2-5.05.0
    20-248.1-9.39.3
    25-3431.9-22.922.9
    35-4425.0-22.022.0
    45-5417.0-21.621.6
    55-597.9-9.09.0
    60-646.2-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationTransport EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate23.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree55.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV5.2-21.121.1
    Year 126.0-18.118.1
    Year 110.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.9-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in civil engineering is needed to work as a Transport Engineer. Some Transport Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

    Registration may be compulsory in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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    Employers look for Civil Engineering Professionals who have a positive and enthusiastic attitude and connect well with others.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Engineering and technology

      92% Skill level

      Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    2. Technical design

      87% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    3. Transportation

      77% Skill level

      Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

    4. Mathematics

      77% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Building and construction

      69% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2051.01 - Transportation Engineers.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic mail

      99% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Telephone

      96% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    3. Face-to-face discussions

      95% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    4. Indoors, heat controlled

      93% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    5. Being exact or accurate

      87% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

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