Are you passionate about cities? Interested in transport? Want to find out about potential careers in the transport industry?

Then come along to the IPENZ Transportation Careers evening. Come listen to speakers from a broad range of backgrounds talk about how they fell into a career in transport.

There will also be an opportunity to informally talk to people from a range of transport companies over some light refreshments.

Interested students from all universities, disciplines and stages of study are welcome to attend. Last year we had students from Arts, Science, Law, Commerce, Architecture and Engineering attend.

Speakers are:
Martin McMullan (National Zero Harm Manager, NZTA)
Michelle Ye (Transport Modeller – AECOM / Air New Zealand)
Georgia Luxton, Mark Fisher (84 Recruitment)
Niko Elsen (Generation Zero)

The networking will include representatives from the following sponsors:
NZTA, Auckland Transport, Ableys Transportation Consultants, AECOM, Aurecon, Beca, GHD, MRCagney, TDG, Tonkin +Taylor and Eighty4 Recruitment

29th September, 5pm
University of Auckland General Library, B28

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  1. I can give you some advice for free. Don’t do it! In this country the market is small so you really have to be both a transport planner and traffic engineer to be sure of continued work. Public transport projects are lumpy so you will end up getting most of your lifetime income from road projects or from development work. Quite frankly it is a sunset industry. It will work for the 15 years I want but if you are 25 your are better off looking for something else to do.

    1. Sunset industry. LOL

      In some aspects yes. Going back to the romans we will always have a need for transport engineers, they just won’t be doing the same thing that they used to.

    2. Don’t get me wrong. It is a great thing to do if you are a geography graduate – far better than your other option of teaching geography. But my prediction is in 15 years there will be few engineers involved doing things, just a bunch of geography grads writing reports describing stuff.

    3. Just to clarify, this event is intended be about the broad range of potential careers in transport, not just transport engineering. Also includes land use planning which I hope isn’t a sunset industry!

    4. “Quite frankly it is a sunset industry”

      Hilarious. Will people stop moving around? Will we stop building things for them to move around in or on? No. So there will be transport jobs, both engineering and otherwise. probably at similar rates than before (short term fluctuations aside).

      There might be less roading engineers (and even of those there will still be quite a few). If that frightens you, meh.

  2. If most of your effort is focussed on roading why are our roads, layouts and laning so bad? Not having a go, just wondering why we have such under par links.

    1. Fair question I think, and I guess it depends on the design brief – are we designing for driver and pedestrian safety, for speed (‘traffic flow’), for civic amenity, for spatial efficiency or what? You get he roads you ask for, and it’s not a failure of road engineering but of specified priority. We have too many roads that are too fast and which cut communities in half, and too many that make driving confusing and inconvenient, and too many that are unsafe for cyclists and drivers alike.

      Maybe we need clarity on which roads have which function, for example we have arterial traffic corridors that also provide car-parking spaces, and narrow roads through dense populations where drivers aren’t made aware of what is required for the safety of all around them. Road design is a difficult science, it’s by no means well documented, and best of all everyone has an opinion on your work!

      1. “Maybe we need clarity on which roads have which function”

        To some extent the ONRC does this for traffic. We need an equivalent for place value of streets.

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