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Adopt a Highway: Trash talk name decoder game

Adopt a Highway: Trash talk name decoder game

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Adopt a Highway: Trash talk name decoder game

Adopt a Highway: Trash talk name decoder game

By Mary Currie / ADOT Communications
August 27, 2021

Hey, kids of all ages. ADOT is taking trash talk to a whole new level. If you are up for some summer fun, check out our litterbug decoder name in this new summer game. A printable version of the game is attached at the bottom of the blog. 

This is only for fun because we know littering is serious business. Adopt a Highway volunteers collect tons of litter each year along  Arizona’s beautiful highways. No one wants to see litter tossed from vehicles or escaping a truck bed. 

We know that littering is rude and bad for the environment. “Litterbug” is the nickname frequently earned by those seen tossing, dropping and stuffing cigarette butts and fast food wrappers anywhere but where they belong—in a proper trash receptacle. 

 

ADOT Kids decoder game

 

The trash talk name decoder game is made up of trash-related words paired with some new and creative fun ones. Try it with family and friends who won’t mind a little trash talk. 

If you live in Phoenix and would like to help reduce litter in your neighborhood, visit My Beautiful Phoenix. Tucson area residents can check out Tucson Clean and Beautiful. The Maricopa Association of Governments also focuses on keeping roadways clean through its Don't Trash Arizona campaign.

Arizona, Keep It Grand!

Civil Engineers use math to design, build and maintain transportation structures

Civil Engineers use math to design, build and maintain transportation structures

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Civil Engineers use math to design, build and maintain transportation structures

Civil Engineers use math to design, build and maintain transportation structures

By Audrey St. Clair / ADOT Communications
August 3, 2021

Did you know there are 26 different types or branches of math? Math is not just solving number problems — it is also needed for physics, chemistry and engineering! Civil engineers, like the ones at ADOT, use nearly every form of math at one point in time to do their job. It’s important to have a good foundation of math, especially if you are interested in a career as an engineer. As you progress through school, you can learn more advanced types of math. Physics and chemistry are also important for civil engineers to learn. Civil engineers do not spend all of their time on math, but when it’s needed, they have to be very comfortable with the different branches of math, especially those that deal with physics. 

Here is an overview of the types of math and how civil engineers use them in their work:

  • Algebra is used by civil engineers on a daily basis. It is a branch of mathematics in which letters and other symbols are used to represent numbers and quantities, and is used to solve equations and find statistics. 
  • Calculus is defined as the mathematical study of change in respect to time, heat, wave, electric current, vibrations and the relationships of the different parts of the problem. An example of calculus in action is the relationship between a car’s speedometer (measures speed) and the odometer (measures distance traveled). One, if unknown (called a variable), can be calculated using the other.
  • Civil engineers use trigonometry when surveying a structure. Surveying deals with land elevations as well as the various angles of structures. Trigonometry is the study of the sides and angles, and their relationship in triangles.
  • Math activity
    Geometry is used to design with the best angles to make structures as strong as possible, using shape, size, position and other properties. Civil engineers use geometry to design and assemble shapes to construct freeways, tunnels, bridges and more.

Civil engineers use math equations that are derived from chemistry. Chemistry’s equations are used to measure the strength of materials. Engineers use these equations to select the right material for a project, for example, to determine the amount of force a beam can handle and to figure out where to place supports on a bridge.

Civil engineers also use physics. When a bridge is being designed, physics is used to figure out how large the supporting piers should be, how thick the steel columns of the bridge need to be and how many of them should be installed. Physics equations typically use a combination of algebra, calculus and trigonometry. 

Math is a really important part of a civil engineer’s job. At places like ADOT, the planning phase of the project (design) and the budget (how much it will cost) are all based upon mathematical calculations by the engineers. These calculations are also used to ensure safety and durability of the project by using the right measurements and materials.

Test your math skills by downloading our math activity linked below.

Learn more at #ADOTKids on social media or by visiting azdot.gov/ADOTKids.

High school students explore transportation careers

High school students explore transportation careers

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High school students explore transportation careers

High school students explore transportation careers

By Lori Baker / ADOT Communications
July 26, 2021

Zack Okun shows the robot he built to simulate a driverless vehicle stopping as part of the National Summer Transportation Institute.

Sixteen-year-old Zack Okun is intrigued about pursuing a transportation engineering career after participating in the ADOT-sponsored National Summer Transportation Institute.

“I enjoyed working on the activity in which we devised more efficient methods for redesigning and creating autonomous roads to keep our community much safer,” he said.  

Okun was among 44 high school juniors and seniors who engaged in the free virtual program presented by Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering in partnership with ADOT’s On-The-Job Supportive Services program, administered through the Business Engagement and Compliance Office and funded by the Federal Highway Administration. 

Two five-day virtual sessions included activities led by ASU engineering faculty and students, as well as virtual field trips to Sky Harbor and Mesa Gateway airports, and the ASU engineering lab. Students received a kit to build a robot car to use for various activities.

The participants conducted field studies on streets in their neighborhoods. Okun, for example, focused on redesigning the intersection of Redfield and Gray roads, near Redfield Elementary School in Scottsdale, to address all transportation methods, including vehicle, pedestrian, bike and bus travel. 

“Students participated in virtual classes and projects that demonstrate how engineers plan and maintain our systems of transportation around the state of Arizona,” said ADOT Workforce Development Program Manager Steve Navis.

Besides Navis, ADOT employees who were presenters included Engineers In Training Babak Dehghani and Diana Palma, and Employee and Business Development Office Administrator Vivien Lattibeaudiere.

Students of all ages can learn about ADOT careers on the ADOT Kids website, azdot.gov/ADOTKids.

ADOT Kids: Legos and treehouses led to this engineer's career!

ADOT Kids: Legos and treehouses led to this engineer's career!

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ADOT Kids: Legos and treehouses led to this engineer's career!

ADOT Kids: Legos and treehouses led to this engineer's career!

By David Rookhuyzen / ADOT Communications
June 7, 2021

What do Legos and treehouses have to do with growing up to work for ADOT?

Well, for Micah Hannam, the assistant district engineer for the Central District in Phoenix, those helped him start on the path toward becoming an engineer. From an early age he knew that he liked math and numbers, and loved to build treehouses and play with Legos. That's why he knew he would grow up to build things.

Does that sound like you?

Then maybe you have a bright future as an engineer too! There are so many different engineers working for ADOT, from civil engineers that prepare technical drawings on how to build roads and bridges, to utility engineers who make sure water, gas and electricty are not disrupted during construction. You can read all about the different types of engineers we have in this previous blog post.

What has Hannam been able to do so far?

He was part of the team that designed and built a new bridge on State Route 347 in the City of Maricopa, where the road needed to go over some railroad tracks that trains were using up to 60 times a day!

He also helped with a project to repave State Route 88 between Apache Junction and Canyon Lake. You can see in the video above how that road looks now.

Imagine what you could make!

Hannam said the best way to get started is to just keep doing what interests you now, whether that is building treehouses, programming computers or playing with robotics. 

"As long as you are enjoying what you are doing, there's something for you in engineering," he said. 

If you are really interested in being an "engineer-as-a-career," watch for more ADOT Kids videos, blogs and activities. Also, make sure to check out the Engineer as a Career section of the ADOT Kids website or find #ADOTKids on social media!

Hey ADOT Kids! Here are some tips on bike safety

Hey ADOT Kids! Here are some tips on bike safety

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Hey ADOT Kids! Here are some tips on bike safety

Hey ADOT Kids! Here are some tips on bike safety

By Audrey St. Clair / ADOT Communications
May 17, 2021

Bicycles are a form of transportation, and because ADOT is the state's department of transportation, we want to make sure bicycle riders are safe on the roads and streets. Here are some tips for kid – and adult – riders!

Wear a helmet

Wear a bike helmet every time you’re on your bike to protect your face, head and brain if you fall down. It should fit you well and have a sticker that says it meets the rules set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Wear it so that it covers your forehead. If it tips back, have the straps tightened and always keep them fastened. Don’t wear a hat under it and take care of your helmet. If it gets damaged, it won’t protect your head as well.

The right bicycle

Having the right size bicycle is important for safety. To check the size, stand straddling the top bar of your bicycle and have both feet flat on the ground. There should be 1 to 3 inches of space between you and the top bar.

Perform a safety check

Ask your mom or dad for help to:

  • Make sure your seat, handlebars and wheels fit tightly.
  • Check and oil your chain.
  • Check your brakes to make sure they're not sticking.
  • Add air to your tires, if needed.

Wear the right clothes

Brightly colored clothing and reflectors on your bicycle will help others on the road to see you. Be careful not to have loose pant legs, straps or shoelaces that can get caught in your bicycle chain. Sneakers are the best kind of shoes to wear when you bicycle. Sandals, flip-flops or shoes with cleats won’t help you grip the pedals. And never go riding barefoot! Don't wear headphones or earbuds because the music can distract you from noises such as a car blowing its horn so you can get out of the way.

On the road

Always watch for cars. At intersections stop, look left, look right and look left again. It’s best to make eye contact with a driver to make sure they see you. Watch for rocks or other road hazards to prevent a crash.

Use hand signals to let others know what you plan to do. For a left turn: left arm extended straight out. Right turn: left arm bent at the elbow, or right arm extended straight out. Stopping: left arm bent down at the elbow. Now that you know more about bicycle safety, including hand signals, give yourself a big thumbs up!

Maps are an important part of transportation communication. Practice drawing a map of your neighborhood and then draw a line showing your bicycle route with this printable activity sheet. Just click on the image above and have your parents print it out! Check out the ADOT Kids website for more fun activities and information about transportation engineering and other related topics. You can also find us on social media under the hashtag #ADOTKids.

Ride safe!

ADOT Kids: Careers at ADOT

ADOT Kids: Careers at ADOT

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ADOT Kids: Careers at ADOT

ADOT Kids: Careers at ADOT

By Audrey St. Clair / ADOT Communications
April 20, 2021

While engineers play a big role at ADOT, employees working in a wide range of jobs also are vital in helping run Arizona’s transportation system.

Director John Halikowski agrees. 

“Everybody’s job is important at ADOT,” he said. “I don’t care where you’re working at or what you’re working on, we’re an incredibly complex and diverse agency ... we all have to rely on each other to make sure that we are safe and we get home safely to our loved ones at night.”

You can read about all the different jobs at ADOT from past blog articles. Here are just a few:

Geologists study the earth at sites before major projects are built. They also examine soil, rocks and moisture properties at the scenes of geologic hazards such as landslides and mudflows.

Landscape architects plan and populate Arizona’s highway road banks and medians with native vegetation (like wildflowers!) that require minimal water.

Materials lab experts run tests on materials from rocks in cement to bolts on bridges to keep the roads and bridges safe.

Snowplow drivers work in 45-foot long, 30-ton machines, which costs an average of $320,000! They keep the roads up north clear of snow using snowplows with cameras and camera laser systems.

Road sign designers and manufacturers turn out 300 to 400 signs a month. Installers make sure the signs stand up to weather, wind and strong drafts created by passing vehicles, especially from semi trucks.

The Incident Response Team is dedicated to keeping the freeways clear. They can push or pull stalled cars out of traffic and clear the roadway after a crash. This can prevent a secondary crash.

Biologists at ADOT work to keep wildlife safe during all design and construction projects. For example, a bridge rebuilding project was put on hold because lesser long-nosed bats (which are an endangered species) were “hanging out” under a bridge. ADOT biologists are part of ADOT’s Environmental Planning group, which also includes archaeologists; planners; and noise, air, water quality and hazardous materials experts.

Highway Operation Technicians are also known as HOT workers. They are taught to use heavy equipment like loaders, graders, skid steers and dump trucks to maintain Arizona’s highways. Maintenance workers are encouraged to innovate to help them improve their work, like this invention called the pokey-picker-upper.

Staff at the Traffic Operations Center, including public information officers and Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers, monitor the state’s highway system 24 hours a day,  seven days a week, using about 460 traffic cameras located throughout the state, which can be put up on any of the 40 55-inch flat-panel displays lining the main wall. They let the driving public know about bad weather, what’s happening on the road using social media and AZ511.gov

Motor Vehicle Division customer service representatives issue driver licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations and more. 

Graphic designers develop and manage ADOT’s brand. You can see in the blog how the different ADOT logos have evolved over time. They work as part of the Creative Services team that includes in-house web developers/designers and video services.

Magazine writers and photographers are also a part of ADOT. Arizona Highways, a world-renowned magazine, brings more than $43 million annually of direct tourism revenue to Arizona, and helps showcase our state’s beauty, diverse culture and rich history with stunning photography and compelling articles.

Learn more on the Careers with ADOT page on azdot.gov

ADOT Kids: Meet Engineer-in-Training Babak Dehghani

ADOT Kids: Meet Engineer-in-Training Babak Dehghani

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ADOT Kids: Meet Engineer-in-Training Babak Dehghani

ADOT Kids: Meet Engineer-in-Training Babak Dehghani

By John LaBarbera / ADOT Communications
February 25, 2021

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be an ADOT engineer? 

Meet Babak Dehghani. He’s a construction engineer in ADOT’s Engineer-In-Training (EIT) program. He decided to become an engineer because “you could literally change the world.”

That’s barely a brag! Our engineers certainly make Arizona move by ensuring that every road, bridge, airport, water supply and mass transit system is well-planned and completed.

Babak entered the EIT program in January 2020 and in just over a year has worked for a lot of different groups ranging from roadside development to the bridge group.

“Currently I am in construction operations,” Babak said. “The ADOT EIT program is an amazing introduction to the professional world. By working under registered professionals you get the training and experience you need to become a professional engineer. ”

How did he get here? Well, first, Babak went to school. To be accepted in the EIT program, you must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering. A few lessons Babak picked up from his time attending the Fulton School at Arizona State University have stuck with him. 

“The important things you learn from school are in the methods of learning and working well with others,” Babak continued,  “The most important lesson is how to deal with the real world.”

Engineers play an important role for all ADOT projects. Babak says. “It is the transportation engineer's responsibility to plan, design, build, maintain and operate these systems of transport, in such a way as to provide for the safe, efficient and convenient movement for the public.”

He says he’s most happy with his work to build a brand new type of freeway interchange at I-10 and Houghton

“I was very proud to work under registered professionals and paraprofessional staff members to see the first diverging diamond interchange built in Tucson.”

Do you have an interest in becoming an engineer? Well, Babak has some tips for you.

“Take the FE exam before graduation.”

That’s the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, and passing it is one of the first steps you’ll take to become a professional engineer. Babak also said it’s important to pick exactly what type of engineer you want to be. Plus, when you are in school, you can find engineering groups to be a part of on campus. Groups like the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Concrete Institute, and Construction Management Association of America will help when you go searching for your dream job.

“It needs to be on your resume,” Babak said.

Just what does Babak want to do when he graduates from the EIT program in 2022?

“I would love to be part of the I-10 Broadway Curve Improvements project.” He may well get that chance, as the project is slated to start soon and last until 2024.

For now, though, he’s thrilled to be part of the EIT program.

“I’m lucky to work alongside extremely capable and experienced engineers who are always willing to help, guide, and prepare you for the professional world of engineering.”

And he’s keeping a positive outlook as to what’s on the horizon for transportation in Arizona.

“Future technologies can improve the safety, efficiency, reliability, and resilience of our transportation network."

 If you are interested in being an "engineer-as-a-career," stayed tuned for more ADOT Kids videos, blogs and activities running this week for National Engineers Week. And make sure to check out the ADOT Kids website or find #ADOTKids on social media!

ADOT Kids: Engineer Joselyn Valero loves her job

ADOT Kids: Engineer Joselyn Valero loves her job

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ADOT Kids: Engineer Joselyn Valero loves her job

ADOT Kids: Engineer Joselyn Valero loves her job

By Lori Baker and Laurie Merrill / ADOT Communications
February 24, 2021

Hey, kids, do you like math and science, and helping people?

Then it’s not too early to think about becoming an engineer! You might even decide you want to work as an engineer for the Arizona Department of Transportation.

That’s what Joselyn Valero did! Ever since she was a little girl, Joselyn knew she wanted to grow up and become an engineer.

After all, she has always had a knack for numbers and an affinity for science. She also wanted a career that would enable her to help people.

So working as a development engineer for ADOT is a perfect fit.

“I always loved math and I knew I wanted to be something where math was a big part of it. The idea of building a bridge or a skyscraper fascinated me,” said Joselyn.

Not only is Joselyn an engineer, she is also a project supervisor at the Casa Grande Construction Field Office!

One thing she is really excited about is a first-of-its kind dust detection and warning system on a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 10 near Casa Grande. This system warns drivers if they are about to drive into dust storms – and how severe the storms are. The system can even lower speed limits to match the weather!

“It will definitely make driving safer,” Joselyn said.

Joselyn studied hard to meet her goal. She earned high grades, graduated from high school and then attended Arizona State University. She got not just one, but two degrees in engineering; a bachelor’s and master’s degree.

She interned at ADOT in 2013 and two years later, she joined ADOT’s popular, two-year Engineer-in-Training program. She worked for a number of different teams and was able to piece together how each relates and relies on one another.  It gave her a big picture view and diverse experience.

“You get to see what all the different groups in engineering do as opposed to getting a job at a specific group where all you experience is what that one group does,” she said.  “I also really enjoyed going to different parts of the state and meeting so many people!”

Here are some of her training experiences:

  • In the Kingman construction field office, she worked on a mill and fill project for US 93 to Las Vegas. A mill and fill project is when a layer of asphalt pavement is removed and replaced with a new layer.
  • In the Prescott Regional Laboratory, Joselyn tested materials before they were  put into highways.

“I was able to run every test that we do when testing asphalt, soils and concrete,” Joselyn said.

  • In the Contracts and Specifications Group, Joselyn worked on the plans and contract for the Earley Road to Interstate 8 project. This was part of the I-10 widening project between mileposts 196 and 200 near Casa Grande.

For Joselyn, working for ADOT is a career dream come true.

You can make YOUR dream come true, too! Are you interested in being an “engineer-as-a-career?” We hope so! There are many different kinds of engineers at ADOT.

Check out more ADOT Kids videos, blogs and activities during National Engineers week. You can search for #ADOTKids on Twitter and Facebook. If you want to learn even more about engineering, go to the ADOT Kids website: azdot.gov/ADOTKids.

ADOT encourages kids to consider transportation careers during National Engineers Week

ADOT encourages kids to consider transportation careers during National Engineers Week

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ADOT encourages kids to consider transportation careers during National Engineers Week

ADOT encourages kids to consider transportation careers during National Engineers Week

February 23, 2021

PHOENIX – When many school children started staying home when the pandemic hit last year, the Arizona Department of Transportation launched a new outreach campaign called “ADOT Kids,” which seeks to educate children on transportation through videos, games and activities geared for them. 

With National Engineers Week being recognized this week, ADOT Kids has launched new content to get children interested in engineering as a career, including videos and activities to help kids learn about different areas of engineering. Part of the content includes Joselyn Valero, a development engineer with ADOT, who shares her story in a video to encourage kids to pursue engineering careers.

“I always loved math and I wanted to be where math is a big part of it. The idea of building a bridge or a skyscraper fascinated me,” Valero said.  

ADOT Kids piques children’s natural curiosity in how things work and what makes things go with fun, interactive, educational activities to encourage future engineers. ADOT Kids teaches students about careers in engineering and supports schools’ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiatives.

The program was recognized by the National Academies for Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Transportation Research Board at its annual meeting in January. It also won the 14th Annual Communicating Concepts with John and Jane Q. Public Competition which showcases creative and fresh ways of communicating technical transportation issues with a general audience.

Snowplows, bridges, litter, dust storms and safety messages are among topics explored since ADOT Kids launched in April 2020 when schools switched to remote learning because of COVID-19.  

ADOT staff creates all ADOT Kids interactive educational content, including the ADOT Kids website, azdot.gov/ADOTKids, featuring cartoon characters, games, photos, videos and Zoom video backgrounds of large equipment and Arizona landscapes. 

ADOT Kids is searchable on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ADOTKids. Special contests like creating chalk art drawings and writing safety messages are occasionally featured on ADOT’s social media accounts using this hashtag. 

For more information, visit azdot.gov/ADOTKids.

ADOT Kids: Here's how to have 'engineer as a career!'

ADOT Kids: Here's how to have 'engineer as a career!'

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ADOT Kids: Here's how to have 'engineer as a career!'

ADOT Kids: Here's how to have 'engineer as a career!'

By David Rookhuyzen / ADOT Communications
February 23, 2021

We love engineers!

But do you know that there are many different types of engineers? Just at ADOT we have many different kinds who look at everything from the best way to get cars over a bridge to the water and power lines that go underground. 

If you've ever thought about being an engineer, here are some of the options available to you!

And once you have read about all the different types of engineers, click on the photo to have your parents download our seek-and-find activity to match them with the type of work they do!

Civil Engineers:

If you’ve got the inclination to draw, design, problem solve and create order, you might want to be a civil engineer. Civil engineers uses computer-aided design and drafting to prepare the technical drawings used to build freeways, bridges, and more. Civil engineering deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment. This includes public works such as roads, bridges, canals, dams, airports, sewage systems, pipelines as well as structural components of buildings and railways.

ADOT has many specific kinds of civil engineers. These include:

  • Geotechnical engineers, whose knowledge of soils and rocks are important to building roads and bridges.
  • Drainage engineers with expertise in designing for flooding and erosion control.
  • Environmental engineers with expertise in minimizing the negative impacts to the environment while constructing and maintaining transportation features.

Civil engineering also includes what we are going to look at next: roadway, traffic and bridge engineers. 

Roadway, Bridge and Traffic Engineers:

Roadway, Bridge and Traffic engineers use mathematics and science to determine where or how to build new highways and to make existing highways better.

  • Roadway engineers work with many other types of engineers and together they make plans for construction to make the highways. Roadway engineers design the geometric parts of a road such as widths, curves and slopes.  They also design road safety hardware like guardrails.
  • Bridge engineers use computer programs to design the bridges that carry cars and trucks over waterways, rivers, washes, railroads and other roadways.  
  • Traffic engineers design the signs, pavement markings and roadway lighting that help make the highways safe to drive on and help people understand where they need to go. They also design traffic control plans used to help traffic move safely through a work zone.

Resident Engineers:

Resident engineers work in ADOT district offices around the state and make sure contractors who build the projects follow the design plans. They also help resolve challenges and find solutions while the project is being constructed.

Survey Engineers and Surveyors:

Before a designer can prepare construction plans for highways, roads and bridges, they need more information about the land they wish to build on.

  • Surveyors use tools to measure and locate features like mountains and rivers that can be used to make topographic maps. Topographic maps detail the “topography” of the land, showing the surface of the earth and features such as hills, rivers and houses. These maps and plans help engineers design highways and bridges. Aerial photography is done by planes or drones taking pictures from the sky. Did you know that George Washington was a surveyor?
  • Survey engineers and surveyors provide engineering surveys and topographic maps to assist designers of ADOT highway projects. They collect and analyze 3-D information about the land, roads and bridges. They use sophisticated equipment such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS), levels and electronic theodolites. Theodolites are special telescopes that help them measure angles while surveying. They then use computers to make 3-D digital drawings for other engineers to use while designing highways. Survey engineers and surveyors also help ADOT’s Right of Way group by performing property surveys. 

Transportation technology engineers:

Transportation technology engineers use computers, electronics, control systems (like traffic lights), communications technologies and management strategies for transportation systems to provide travel information to improve road safety and efficiency. As new transportation technologies emerge, like self-driving vehicles and smart/connected cars, transportation technology engineers are needed to make sure our infrastructure safely accommodates these new transportation trends.

Have you seen the message boards along the freeway? These are types of transportation technology. Technology is also used to calculate the travel times displayed on the boards like how long it will take to get from Phoenix to Tucson based on distance and how fast cars are traveling. If there is a crash on a road and a lane is closed, it will take much longer to get to Tucson from Phoenix. 

Utility and railroad engineers:

Utility and railroad engineers work with utility companies and design engineers to locate underground utilities. Did you know that things like the water, electricity and gas that come into your house are called “utilities?” The pipes and wires that bring these utilities are located underground or strung from large poles. Utility engineers help place all these pipes and wires under the ground or on poles.

When highway projects are happening, utility engineers help locate these utilities and other items that could interfere with construction. They use non-invasive technology and techniques along with carefully controlled excavation methods to provide detailed information on underground features so they can either be avoided or relocated. This process is important to construction workers’ safety, controlling costs and making sure people nearby can still have water and electricity.

ADOT does not have engineers that drive trains but they have engineers to determine what to do when a road and a railroad meet at a crossing or when a bridge goes over or under a railroad. To ensure that trains and cars can travel safely while sometimes crossing paths, utility and railroad engineers ensure the safety of motorists and train operators by using signs, signals and pavement markings.

Engineer as a career

There you have it! There are so many different types of engineers you can grow up to be. But all of them are important in designing and building highways and bridges, not to mention keeping people safe. 

While deciding what kind of engineer you want to be, have fun with the seek-and-find activity! And if you are really interested in being an "engineer-as-a-career," watch for more ADOT Kids videos, blogs and activities running this week for National Engineers Week. And make sure to check out the ADOT Kids website or find #ADOTKids on social media!