Road Safety Engineer - CIHT Member
Is a career in road safety right for me?
Enjoy analysing data to unearth the secrets within? Want a career where you’ll help to bring about real improvements and even save lives? Want to be involved in big projects like the improvement of roads and motorways?
If this sounds like you, then a career in road safety engineering could be the answer.
Perks and challenges of being a Road Safety Engineer
- The problems you solve can save lives. You’ll play a big part in improving the roads and helping people be safer as a result.
- You’ll work as part of a team to solve problems and spot new and better ways of doing things. Knowing you’ve made a difference to the safety of roads and motorways will give you a great sense of achievement.
- You’ll find that there’ll always be new issues to identify. You’ll rise to the challenge by putting a focus on improving what you can and making roads safer for everyone. Every difference you help to make is a real achievement.
The following skills are very useful:
- Analytical – you’ll need to be able to analyse collision data, traffic flows, number of breakdowns and a wide variety of information. Having a good head for numbers, spotting connections and joining the dots will help you in this role.
- Teamwork – on every project you take on, you’ll work as part of a team to solve important real-life problems. Being able to work well as part of a team is a great skill that can take you far in this role.
- Time management – most of the projects you’ll take on will mean sticking to a time scale and staying within budget for any work that’s carried out.
People who work in this role say the following skills and qualities are useful:
- Open-minded – in road safety, there are often different solutions to be considered, so being open to all ideas is key.
- Logical – you’ll need to think logically about the road safety issues you are faced with.
What qualifications do you need to be a Road Safety Engineer?
There are many entry routes into this role, ranging from completing a civil engineering degree to beginning your career with a civil engineering apprenticeship or working your way up from a different part of an engineering business, e.g. a customer care role.
Whichever entry route into road safety you choose, it’s important to study STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) as this will prove your interest in engineering to employers. Studying STEM subjects will also equip you with the skills to learn how to analyse big data, spot patterns in traffic flow and come up with solutions to improve the roads.
What is the workplace of a Road Safety Engineer like?
You’ll mainly be office-based, working with data, equations and other team members to come up with workable solutions to improve road safety. You might sometimes travel to sites to carry out more analysis and see how construction is doing.