Entry-Level Engineer/Planner

Entry-Level Engineer/Planner

Find your career here as an entry-level transportation engineer/planner. See below for highlights of our offices with immediate needs, however, we’re always accepting applications for each of our locations. Let us know your location preferences when you apply.

Entry-Level Engineer Planner

 We are a diverse group of individuals with one thing in common – a passion for transportation. That passion is one thing we value highly in candidates for our team. Our Entry-Level Engineers and Planners may expect to build a career foundation through a wide variety of experiences. An emphasis is placed on early development of project management and technical skills. You’ll maximize opportunities for personal and professional growth through experience in both planning and engineering project work by being exposed to a multitude of project types and tasks, including the following:

  • Transportation impact studies
  • Bicycle and pedestrian planning
  • Access, circulation, and parking studies
  • Multimodal operations assessment
  • Complete Streets planning, operations, and design
  • Preparation of cost estimates and project specifications
  • Transit forecasting and operations
  • Travel behavior forecasting
  • Vehicle miles of travel (VMT) assessment
  • Systemic safety studies
  • Highway interchange/corridor studies
  • Climate Action Plans
  • Freight planning
  • Transportation Demand Management plans
  • Preparation of design drawings from the conceptual stage all the way to construction-ready documents, including the following:
    • Bikeways/Complete Streets
    • Signing and striping
    • Traffic signals/ITS
    • Street lighting
    • Roundabouts
    • Temporary traffic control

Career Process

You will apply your local knowledge and skills to the following:

  • Transportation analysis and report writing
  • Meeting participation, including preparation of presentations and public outreach materials
  • Project management
  • Participation in professional organizations
  • Site visits and field data collection
  • The Fehr & Peers internal Research and Development program

On Day 1…

  • Be ready to ask many questions.

By the end of the first month you will have…

  • On-the-job training and mentoring.
  • Worked on a few different projects.
  • Started seeking your own work from project managers.

By the end of six months you will have…

  • Worked on a variety of projects, and with most staff in the office.
  • Used several technical software programs.
  • Prepared deliverables, including memos, reports, and presentations.

By the end of the first year you will have…

  • Attended client meetings.
  • Increased responsibility with managing small projects.

Qualifications

We look for the following qualifications, and encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet all qualifications, as long as you demonstrate an ability and willingness to learn:

  • An entrepreneurial spirit and a proactive approach to communication and getting work done
  • Genuine curiosity for the work and familiarity with the challenges of day-to-day travel within your community
  • A completed or in-process Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in transportation, civil or electrical engineering, urban and regional planning, or a related major (e.g. geography, math, statistics, economics)
  • Coursework in transportation, engineering, urban and regional planning, geography, math, statistics, economics, or other related courses (An EIT for engineering candidates is preferred)
  • Experience or exposure related to the following topic areas and the corresponding relevant software, but experience in all these areas and software is not required:
    • Topic Areas: Field work, traffic operations analysis, signal design, transportation planning (e.g. bicycle or transit plans, infrastructure finance, transportation and land use policy, and/or travel demand modeling).
    • Software:
      • General: Excel, GIS (ArcGIS, QGIS), CAD (AutoCAD, Microstation)
      • Traffic Operations Analysis: HCS, Synchro/SimTraffic, Vistro, VISSIM, Sidra
      • Travel Demand Modeling: Cube/Voyager, TransCAD, VISUM, Emme
      • Programming: Python, R
    • Previous work experience in an office setting related to an area listed above
    • Experience with technical writing and public speaking through school and/or work
    • Interpersonal skills, a desire to collaborate, and a creative approach to problem-solving
    • Organizational skills and the ability to balance priorities between multiple tasks within a defined timeline
    • Experience with Microsoft Excel, GIS, or CAD (desirable)

 

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Entry-Level Positions

Oakland Engineer / Planner

Our Oakland office is looking for a local student with transportation interest and enthusiasm. Our team of 17 fosters a warm and welcoming environment for junior staff and emphasizes early development of project management and technical skills. If you have a passion for improving transportation in East Bay communities and are keen to learn, we encourage you to apply – even if you don’t meet all qualifications. You’ll contribute to a wide variety of projects, including bicycle and pedestrian planning, transportation impact studies, and transit forecasting and operations. The Oakland team has worked on many notable projects, including the Caltrain Business Plan, transportation planning for the proposed Oakland A’s Ballpark, and the Telegraph Avenue Bike Lanes. We also value gathering monthly for happy hours, volunteering, or holiday parties. Apply here!

Fehr & Peers is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment in the workplace. We welcome applicants of diverse backgrounds, and hire without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, disability, genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or any other characteristic protected by law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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