Traffic Signals Engineer

Traffic signals engineers determine the sequence and timing of traffic lights and other signals that control the movement of cars, cyclists and pedestrians through an intersection.

Most traffic signals engineers have qualifications in electronics or computer systems engineering, but others have a background in transportation (civil) engineering.

Traffic signals engineers may be involved in:

  • Modelling traffic movements through intersections using specialised computer software to figure out the best way to configure the lights
  • Monitoring traffic flows via cameras, particularly during peak hours
  • Balancing the demands of different road users – as well as motorists, traffic signals need to work for pedestrians, cyclists and buses
  • Investigating and responding to complaints from the public
  • Maintaining and improving the way the traffic lights at each intersection are connected to the network and to neighbouring intersections

Most traffic signals engineers are employed by:

  • Urban transport agencies, such as Auckland Transport
  • Transport engineering consultancies
  • New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA)

Traffic signals engineers generally earn:

  • $40-55,000 starting salary
  • $60-70,000 with two years’ experience

Key tertiary qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology or Engineering in Electronic Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science or Technology in Electronics

Required and recommended school subjects:

  • Calculus (required for engineering pathway)
  • Physics (required for engineering pathway)
  • English
  • Digital Technologies

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Traffic Signals Engineer: People who work in this role

  • Imran Rashid

    Traffic Signals Engineer, Imran Rashid at work

    Kipi Wallbridge-Paea

    Traffic Systems Engineer, Kipi Wallbridge-Paea at work

    Veronica Maka

    Traffic Signals Engineer, Veronica Maka at work

    Andrew Metge

    Traffic Engineer, Andrew Metge at work

Traffic Signals Engineer: Companies that employ people in this job role

  • Engineers Without Borders New Zealand
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