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Transportation Engineering

What is Transportation Engineering?

Transportation engineering is a branch of civil engineering involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of transport systems such as roads, bridges, tunnels, railways and bridges. Demand is the total number of people expected to use a particular transportation facility, while supply is an estimate of demand for the same amount of space, time, materials or other resources.

Several attributes of transport Engineering influence the kind of statistical theory used in this field.  An important aspect is that transport engineers are also interested in the Users and individual units (cars, trucks and railcars) that use the infrastructure.

What are the jobs and responsibilities of a Transportation Engineer?

  • A transportation engineer supervises technical tasks related to transport systems.

  • Their main objective is to ensure that transport projects are completed on time and within budget.

  • They are responsible for the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of motorways, bridges, traffic control and lighting.

  • Technical data is collected and analyzed to develop recommendations and reports.

  • They are also responsible for delegating tasks to transport projects.

  • They also work with project managers project engineers and project planners to ensure that projects are well planned and cost-effective.

What are the skills required?

  • Outstanding Organisation and multitasking skills

  • Team leading capabilities

  • Excellent knowledge of Transportation Engineering Principles

  • Can create and design Engineering plans and blueprints


12th PCM; Exam - JEE (Joint Entrance Examination)

Top colleges for Btech Transportation Engineering in India

There are very few Btech programs available in India. As Transportation Engineering is a specialization field, hence, doing a Mtech through GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) will be helpful in making a career in this field

  • School of Engineering, MIT ADTU, Pune

  • Sir Padampat Singhania University, Udaipur

  • NIT Rourkela - National Institute of Technology

  • KL College of Engineering, KL University, Guntur

  • School of Engineering and Technology, Ansal University

Best Transportation Engineering MTech colleges in India

  • IIT Bombay - Indian Institute of Technology

  • IIT Madras - Indian Institute of Technology

  • IIT Delhi - Indian Institute of Technology

  • IIT Kharagpur - Indian Institute of Technology

  • IIT Kanpur - Indian Institute of Technology

  • IT Roorkee - Indian Institute of Technology

  • IIEST Shibpur - Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology

What is the scope of Transportation Engineering?

  • Can work in different industries such as technology, traffic, construction, airport, and railway industries.

  • You can opt for higher studies (Masters or PhD) through NET/JRF and GATE exams.

  • Can take an academic job after fulfilling the requirements

  • Can look for Employment opportunities in PSUs (Public Sector Undertakings) through GATE

  • Some Top job profiles are

    • Traffic Engineer

    • Assistant Bridge Engineer

    • Consultant Transportation

    • Highway Engineer

    • Bridge Design Engineer

    • Execution Engineer

How much do they earn in India?

The average salary in India is Rs 489,796/yr

How to prepare and what are the study material and books available?

  • Mock tests available online

  • NCERT syllabus of class 11th and 12th

  • Study material available by prestigious institutes

  • Consult your seniors (who have already given such exams) for guidance

  • Previous year question papers

  • Allen IIT JEE Mains 11th & 12th study material with solutions

  • FIITJEE Complete Study Package (JEE Main & Advanced)

  • Bansal Classes Achievers Package


  • JEE Main Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics Combo

Some popular books are O.P. Tandon (Physical Chemistry), P.Bahadur (G.R.Bathla & Sons) for Numerical chemistry. Concept of Physics by HC Verma (Vol 1, Vol 2); Problems In General Physics by IE Irodov. IIT Mathematics, M.L. Khanna; Trigonometry, S L Loney; Calculus & Analytic Geometry, Thomas & Finney.


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Who are the Top Transporation companies in India?

  • Efkon India

  • Jacobs

  • Brunel India Pvt Ltd

  • Ceinsys Tech Limited

  • Foursis Technical Solutions

  • Walter P Moore

  • Camp Dresser and McKee (India) Pvt Ltd

  • HiTech Engineering Services


  • ADCC Infocad Limited

Interesting Facts

The 1st wheel was invented in Iraq (In 3500 BC).