Transport modellers use specialist computer software to help with the design and development of transport models to forecast future usage, meaning potential problems can be predicted and avoided in advance.
- Transport modellers use specialist computer software to help with the design and development of transport models to forecast future usage.
- An understanding of environmental concerns is also important as models need to demonstrate that sustainability has been taken into account.
- Keeping up to date with current regulations and directives
- Creating models using specialist software, such as SATURN, VISUM, Cube/Voyager, or EMME
- Working within a team to find the most time and cost efficient solutions
- Creating precise technical drawings
- Updating databases with new information
- Analysing models
- Liaising between departments
- Visiting locations to assess sites first hand
- Typically, transport modellers work around 40 hours a week, usually between 9am and 6pm
- It is uncommon for overnight or weekend work to apply but could in exceptional circumstances
- Newly trained transport modellers can earn in the region of £30,000–£35,000
- Trained with experience transport modellers can earn in the region of £35,000–£40,000
- Senior, chartered or master transport modellers can earn in the region of £40,000–£60,000
Qualifications & TrainingAs a specialist role, a BSc Honours Degree in engineering, construction or transport planning in England; the equivalent L6 NVQ / HNC in Wales, or the Scottish equivalent, will most likely be required. Some positions will require a Masters Degree as well, or chartered status with a relevant body. However, experience is often very important too, so entrants with other qualifications might be considered; for example, those with extensive experience in modelling software or in the field of transport management.