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Just recently a new Chief Financial Officer was appointed to Irish Distillers who was formerly the Pernod Ricard Group tax director! Also do your research about the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification – from my own experience, the course is very practical and relevant to my day to day job. It provides a structured framework for achieving the knowledge of tax law and skills required to be an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).
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Traffic Engineer

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Traffic Engineer
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€24 - 65 
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Traffic engineers plan and design transport improvements including junctions, parking, traffic control systems and public transport systems.


The Work header image

Traffic engineers aim to maximise road safety, minimise traffic congestion and meet environmental and community demands. They do this by planning and designing roads, junctions, roundabouts, traffic signals, traffic control systems, parking policies, pedestrianisation and public transport schemes. Traffic engineering is a branch of civil engineering.  
 
They may improve a road system because of a high number of accidents in a particular place, because of an increase in traffic, or to improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians etc. Studies are carried out to find the cause of such problems, which help the traffic engineer to find possible solutions. They look at plans and consider their costs and environmental effects. Traffic engineers may work with the public when considering new road and transport systems. As well as building infrastructure, elements such as sensors to measure traffic flow and guidance systems are being introduced to help traffic flow easier.  
 
Other duties include visiting sites, supervising work, having meetings with clients, writing reports and making calculations.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Interact with the public to answer traffic-related questions, respond to complaints or requests, or discuss traffic control ordinances, plans, policies, or procedures.

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Prepare drawings of proposed signal installations or other control devices, using drafting instruments or computer-automated drafting equipment.

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Provide technical supervision regarding traffic control devices to other traffic technicians or laborers.

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Analyze data related to traffic flow, accident rates, or proposed development to determine the most efficient methods to expedite traffic flow.

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Plan, design, and improve components of traffic control systems to accommodate current or projected traffic and to increase usability and efficiency.

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Prepare work orders for repair, maintenance, or changes in traffic systems.

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Lay out pavement markings for striping crews.

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Study factors affecting traffic conditions, such as lighting or sign and marking visibility, to assess their effectiveness.

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Gather and compile data from hand count sheets, machine count tapes, or radar speed checks and code data for computer input.

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Operate counters and record data to assess the volume, type, and movement of vehicular or pedestrian traffic at specified times.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Engineering and Technology:  Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Operations Analysis:   Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Systems Analysis:   Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Systems Evaluation:   Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a traffic engineer you need to be able to analyse and solve problems. You also need to be able to use computers and write clear reports. You should be technically and mathematically minded.


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