Infrastructure is a critical component to the career fields and industries related to transportation. Infrastructure projects create thousands of jobs and strengthen the backbone of the economy. As President Obama said in a State of the Union address, “There’s never been a better time to build.” A few key sectors related to modern transportation are public transit (buses, trains, light rail, streetcars, trams), bicycle pathways, urban design and planning, government policy, and community-based organizations.
- US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, highways, bridges, mass transit, and railroads.
- California’s High-Speed Rail Authority: By 2029, the high-speed rail system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour.
- Reimagining Infrastructure: Orion Magazine examines infrastructure solutions for the next generation.
- Cal Poly Institute of Transportation Engineers - ITE is an organization dedicated to connecting and educating transportation professionals. The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student chapter aims to connect students with peers and professionals, to explore the opportunities within the field, and to make a lasting and meaningful impact on our community and profession.
- Cal Poly Associated Students in Planning - ASP is a Cal Poly and American Planning Association accredited club for pre-professional students interested in the field of urban design and City and Regional Planning.
- Design-Build Institute of America, Cal Poly Student Chapter - DBIA is a national association dedicated to creating strong partnerships between students and industry professionals. It focuses on collaboration with students from Construction Management, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, City and Regional Planning and Architectural Engineering.
Programs and Courses
- Transportation Planning (MCRP/MS Engineering)
- CRP 334 - Cities in a Global World
- CRP 425 - Biking, Walking, and the City
- CRP 435 - Transportation Theory
- CE 321 – Fundamentals of Transportation Engineering
- CE 423 - Intelligent Transportation Systems
- CE 424 - Public Transportation
- American Planning Association Emerging Professionals - for students, recent graduates, and others starting planning careers.
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- Highways, Transportation & Civil Engineering Jobs - LinkedIn group open to job seekers, recruiters, and networkers.
- Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineers - LinkedIn networking group
- Cal Poly City and Regional Planning - LinkedIn group for Cal Poly CRP students, alumni, faculty, and friends
- Cal Poly CRP Internship guide
- Department of Transportation Pathways Program
- San Francisco County Transportation Authority Internships
Example Job Titles
- Bicycle Planner
- Civil Engineer
- Transportation Planning Coordinator
- Urban Planner
Job Listing Links
- Cal Poly City and Regional Planning Job Listing Links: Employment resource links are organized into the categories of California Planning Employment, Nationwide Planning Employment, and General Employment.
- Transportation Career Guide: Explore transportation careers using links to job descriptions, which include information such as daily activities, skill requirements, salary, and training required.
- Transportation Careers, Jobs, and Employment Information: Find detailed information on job opportunities, earnings, training requirements and much more.
- Planning Jobs: This site, created to connect students with planning jobs, is sponsored jointly by UC-Berkeley’s Department of City & Regional Planning and Center for Community Innovation.