People who work in Transport Engineering and Planning

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    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

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    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

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    Natalia Palamo

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  • 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

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  • Ellery Marsh

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    Justin Johnson

    Construction Engineer, Justin Johnson at work

    Saiful Islam

    Project Manager, Saiful Islam at work

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  • 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
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    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
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    Traffic Signals Engineer, Veronica Maka at work

    Andrew Metge

    Traffic Engineer, Andrew Metge at work

    Ashley Gray

    Transportation Engineer, Ashley Gray at work

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Traffic Engineer

Traffic Engineer

Brian Yip, Auckland Transport

Earning: $60-70,000
In a nutshell:  Keeping Auckland roads operating safely and effectively, with responsibility for a particular geographic area. 
Why? “People may not be aware of it, but I know that my work keeps them safe on the roads. It’s particularly rewarding when I’m working on projects that protect older people and children.”

Pathway Massey High School, Year 13: Physics, Calculus, Biology, Statistics, Biology
University of Auckland: Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in Civil Engineering

Brian Yip is a traffic engineer with responsibility for the Orakei ward in East Auckland. His team  keeps traffic flowing smoothly and makes using the road safer for everybody, whether they drive, use public transport, walk or cycle.

His job requires excellent communication skills as well as in depth technical knowledge because he has to deal with all types of issues ranging from minor public enquiries to major roading works. When people ask for any changes to a road, such as a new pedestrian crossing or to accommodate a new super market, Brian investigates to see if it’s a good idea. He has to balance the needs of different road users and figure out what is best for the community as a whole.

“When a problem arises from during an investigation then that’s when we have to get creative,” he says. “I use what I learnt at university and my experience to find solutions that work for the customer but there are the limitations of what we can do without having negative effects on other road users. That’s a good challenge.”

Brian says that the most rewarding part of his job is resolving people’s issues, and being able to make people happy by saying, “Yes, we will do something that will make your life so much easier.” And he says, “Whenever I drive around and see people using something like a pedestrian crossing that I’ve designed, I feel I’m leaving a legacy.”

Travelling around the city is a big part of his job. “To me that’s a good thing because I am not just sitting behind a desk all day,” he says. “Because I’m the area engineer, I spend about 30% of my time out looking at issues and coming up with appropriate solutions.”

There are lots of options for what he might do next, including becoming a consultant responsible for delivering roading changes or he could become a team leader and move into a management role. “Transport is important everywhere so there will be a role for me anywhere in the world,” he says. “I do have opportunities, but for now, I’m really happy where I am.”

Posted October 2011