Transportation Modeler / Analyst

Transportation Engineer/Research Analyst I/II
Job Recruitment #19-11

OPENING DATE: December 2019
SALARY RANGE: Low $50,000s to Mid $60,000s (position level & salary commensurate with education & experience)
LOCATION: Office of Travel Modeling
CLOSING DATE: When position is filled
AREAS OF CONSIDERATION: All sources


The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is the Philadelphia region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization. We believe DVRPC is a place to work, learn, and create a career in a professional and stimulating environment that values diversity, innovation, and bringing your best self to work. If your background and experience match the following vacancy in the Office of Transportation Modeling, we would like to hear from you.

Job Description

DVRPC is seeking a Transportation Modeler/Analyst with good knowledge of computer programming, travel demand modeling, and data analytics to join a vibrant modeling and research team. The Office of Travel Modeling maintains DVRPC’s regional travel simulation models, including a best-in-class trip-based model and a newly developed activity-based model, and applies the models to evaluate the impacts and benefits of various transportation investment and planning scenarios. The Office is also very active in integrating emerging technology and data for model enhancement and analysis. DVRPC’s travel demand models are highly customized, and rely on numerous Python scripts to prepare model inputs and summarize model outputs.

The position will assist the development and enhancement of DVRPC’s regional travel models, and support model applications for various projects. Based on the employee’s experience and desire to learn, assignments may include programming for model development and data analysis; conducting and analyzing travel surveys; preparing travel model inputs such as land use, transportation, demographic and employment data; estimating future demand for the design of individual highway and transit facilities; and calculating travel time, delay, and level-of-service. Work is performed in accordance with well-defined objectives and professional standards under the close technical direction of senior engineers and planners.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain, update, calibrate, and validate the regional travel forecasting models.
  • Develop tools and scripts to enhance and customize the regional models and their applications.
  • Develop tools and scripts to process and visualize various model inputs, validation data, and model outputs.
  • Collect travel surveys, traffic or transit volumes, and other data on transportation systems and to support model development and applications. This may require field work.
  • Support model applications, develop forecasts at the regional, corridor, and project level, and present findings and recommendations to technical committees and the public.
  • Provide technical assistance to internal and external partners, and respond to requests of data and information, as needed.
  • Perform related technical work, as required.

Qualifications

  • Strong analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving skills.
  • Hands-on experience with Python, C#, or other programming languages.
  • Knowledge of the principles of traffic engineering, econometrics, statistics, or computer science that is applicable to transportation system modeling and analysis.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Access, SQL, or other database programs.
  • Knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS).
  • Knowledge of prevailing travel demand modeling software, such as VISUM, TransCAD, CUBE, or EMME is desired.
  • Ability to be detailed, self-motivated, and work on multiple tasks.
  • Ability to effectively present analysis results in oral, written and graphic form.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, planning partners, and the general public.

Experience & Training

To classify as a Level TE/RA I, a minimum of one year of professional experience in civil engineering, transportation planning, or a related discipline is required. To classify as a Level TE/RA II, a minimum of three years is required. Such experience may have been gained from a combination of experience and training. Training may have been gained through graduation from an accredited college or university. A Master’s degree or a full year of intern or co-operative education experience can be substituted for one year of experience.