People who work in Transport Engineering and Planning

  • Jacinda Harries

    Transportation Consultant, Jacinda Harries at work

    Dale Harris

    GIS Analyst, Dale Harris at work

    Te Iwa Fisher

    Civil Engineer, Te Iwa Fisher at work

    Michael Kemsley

    Transportation Projects Engineer, Michael Kemsley at work
  • Aaron Washington

    Transportation Engineer, Aaron Washington at work

    Guan-Chuan Tay

    , Guan-Chuan Tay at work

    Nic Grgec

    Transportation Engineer, Nic Grgec at work

    Cara Lauder

    Contract Manager, Cara Lauder at work
  • Cedric Ropati

    Road Maintenance Engineer, Cedric Ropati at work

    Laura Bates

    GIS Analyst, Laura Bates at work

    Nick Etherton

    Transportation Engineer, Nick Etherton at work

    Jas Singh

    Transportation Engineer, Jas Singh at work
  • Rachel Blewden

    Transportation Engineer, Rachel Blewden at work

    Dan Beesley

    Project Manager, Dan Beesley at work

    Ruby Mak

    Transportation Engineer, Ruby Mak at work

    Simon Prosee

    Transportation Engineer, Simon Prosee at work
  • Mansee Latawa

    Transportation Modeller, Mansee Latawa at work

    Kuany Sang

    Transportation Engineer, Kuany Sang at work

    Jeff Carter

    Company Director , Jeff Carter at work

    Natalia Palamo

    Civil Engineer, Natalia Palamo at work
  • Brian Yip

    Traffic Engineer, Brian Yip at work

    Jenson Varghese

    Transportation Engineer, Jenson Varghese at work

    Richard Greatrex

    Civil engineer, Richard Greatrex at work

    Matthew Yu

    Engineer, Matthew Yu at work
  • Ellery Marsh

    Site Engineer, Ellery Marsh at work

    Justin Johnson

    Construction Engineer, Justin Johnson at work

    Saiful Islam

    Project Manager, Saiful Islam at work

    Ameer Bahho

    Network Engineer, Ameer Bahho at work
  • Vicky Li

    Transportation Planner, Vicky Li at work

    Martin Peat

    Transportation Engineer, Martin Peat at work

    Shaun Kay

    Traffic Engineer, Shaun Kay at work

    Peter Rose

    Transportation Engineer, Peter Rose at work
  • Courtney Groundwater

    Transportation Engineer, Courtney Groundwater at work

    Kipi Wallbridge-Paea

    Traffic Systems Engineer, Kipi Wallbridge-Paea at work

    Randulah Abeysekera

    Transportation Engineer, Randulah Abeysekera at work

    Anneliese Sabrowski

    Network Engineer, Anneliese Sabrowski at work
  • Veronica Maka

    Traffic Signals Engineer, Veronica Maka at work

    Andrew Metge

    Traffic Engineer, Andrew Metge at work

    Ashley Gray

    Transportation Engineer, Ashley Gray at work

    Humam Jasim

    Project Engineer, Humam Jasim at work

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Transportation Engineer

Transportation Engineer

Ruby Mak, Traffic Design Group

Earning: $50,000+
In a nutshell: Investigating, assessing and designing solutions to transport related issues for land developments and to help make people’s journeys better.
Why? “I like helping other people by coming up with an innovative solution that works and fixes the problem.”

Pathway Mahurangi College, Warkworth, Year 13: English, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Graphic Design
University of Auckland: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), majoring in Civil Engineering

Because she was good at maths and sciences as well as enjoying graphic design at school, Ruby Mak had narrowed her choices down to architecture and engineering.

“I’d thought about leaving school early and doing an architecture diploma but my career advisor talked me out of it and suggested engineering,” she says. “I’m glad I stayed – it gave me another year with my classmates, it kept my options open and it set me up for university.”

As a transportation engineer at Traffic Design Group, Ruby spends part of her time in a team that assesses how new land developments could affect traffic patterns and flows.

“Developers really need us to be part of the process so we can minimise traffic disruption when a new building is constructed. Having a road network that functions efficiently and keeps everybody moving makes such a difference to the way a community works.”

Her role includes supervising traffic surveys – counts of the number of passing cars, cyclists or pedestrians – and analysing the survey results and using specialised computer programs to assess and predict  the effects of any changes to the area such as new developments or road closures. Ruby is also involved in various traffic research projects, as well as investigation and communication tasks on a daily basis.
Her projects vary from small jobs such as driveways to adding a new intersection or analysing the impact of a major commercial or infrastructure development. An interesting project she’s worked on recently was the temporary traffic management installed for the 2012 Rugby World Cup in Auckland. She designed the detailed layout to minimise traffic delays and queues while ensuring that everyone got to the games on time.
For big projects, her team makes a computer model of how the road network is handling the traffic at the moment and uses it to predict how well traffic will flow afterwards. Ruby is currently helping Auckland Airport develop their 20 year development Masterplan.

“I’m enjoying this opportunity to be involved in something significant that could affect the way all of Auckland works in the future. It’s hard to predict how people might be behaving in 20 years’ time, so it’s exciting.”

“The maths, physics and chemistry I did at school are helpful as they put you into a logical thinking mode,” she says. “And I enjoy the creativity of my work – it would suit people who are logical but can also think outside the box.”

“Sometimes in transport, you change one thing and it has a magnifying effect and can change all sorts of other things. You need to be able to think ahead and come up with innovative and practical solutions.”

Posted February 2012

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