Why Transportation Needs 6 Types of Engineers


“Engineering” is a single word for many different forms of knowledge. “Transportation engineering” narrows it down a bit, but specializations branch out further still.

There are approximately 210 staff members in our Engineering Services Branch, representing six areas of expertise.

Each type of engineer is vital for building and maintaining highways that are safe, reliable and have a minimal impact on the environments they travel through.

So, without further ado, here is an infographic showing the six types of ministry engineers, and their responsibilities:

As you can see, each engineer plays a unique and integral role. Care to explore the work of these engineers in more detail? Here’s some suggested reading:

Traffic & Highway Safety
How Speed Limits are Set in BC: The Ultimate Guide

Highway Design & Geomatics
How Survey Drones Make Transportation Better

Geotechnical
Dig Into the Work of a Geotechnical Engineer

Structural
6 Types of BC Bridges Identified

Electrical & ITS
Have You Heard of Intelligent Transportation Systems?

Environmental Management
Cheers to 15 Years of Helping Fish and Wildlife Find Their Way

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