Traffic Eng & Safety

Travel safety, complete streets, advanced signal tech, and VMT as a metric for environmental analysis in California

California Traffic Engineering License Exam Review

This twelve-session, live online course is intended to help traffic engineers prepare for the California Traffic Engineer exam to become a professional Traffic Engineer in California.

The course includes a set of sample problems for each session with fully-developed solutions to give examinees more opportunity to hone in their test-taking skills. The twelve sessions are designed to cover the topics identified on the Traffic Engineer Examination Content Outline on the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists website.

It provides strategies and techniques needed to manage time and solve exam questions under pressure, and apply required manuals, handbooks and references, such as California Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD), Highway Capacity Manual (HCM), Caltrans Traffic Manual, ITE Trip Generation Handbook and ITE Parking Generation Handbook to solve traffic engineering problems.

Traffic Examination Reference Materials listed here for use in the open-book Traffic Engineering examination.

Throughout the course, practice exam problems and solutions covering all four main areas of traffic engineering (i.e., planning, operations, studies & analysis, and design) are used. The course is taught by a team of expert practicing and licensed professional engineers. We will be using our online learning management system (LMS). The LMS allows ongoing online communication with the expert instructors throughout the training. A new addition is two online study sessions hosted by TechTransfer to be held on Wednesday evenings.

As there are no published versions of previous California Traffic Engineer Exams, this course does not represent actual problems that could appear in the actual exam. But rather, we have included more than 100 sample problems that represent the knowledge that is expected of any entry-level transportation engineer practicing Traffic Engineering in California.

This course is intended as a review course for transportation engineers who already have the requisite education and professional experience to qualify to take the TE licensure exam in California. We assume all examinees have the appropriate knowledge of Traffic Engineering and are familiar with all the technical references required by the Board.

This course will not teach the use of these references, rather it is only a review of how to apply the reference materials in solving the TE exam problems efficiently. This course is not designed to teach basic understanding of Traffic Engineering, which should be learned either in school or at work as part of one's professional experience in Traffic Engineering.

Additional course detail is provided in the sections below.

  • Course Topics
    • Circulation & Parking
    • Level of Service & Capacity
    • Evaluation of Traffic-Related Impacts
    • Transportation Facilities Design
    • Traffic Signals & Lighting
    • Traffic Controls
    • Bicycles, Pedestrians, & Parking
    • Traffic Flow
  • Course Outline
    SESSION 1
    • Course Introduction & Overview
    • Introduction of Instructors
    • Getting Familiar with the Course
      • Course Materials
      • Canvas LMS Tutorial/Course Recordings
      • Assistance from Tech Transfer Staff
    • California Traffic PE Exam Resources
      • Navigating http://bpelsg.ca.gov/
      • Test Preparation Strategies
    • Test-taking Strategies
      • Stress Management
      • Time Management
      • Resources: What to Bring
    • Getting the Most from the Course
    • Q&A

    SESSION 2

    • Traffic Modeling / Estimating Traffic Volumes
    • Traffic Impact Analysis
      • Trip Generation
      • Trip Distribution
      • Trip Assignments
      • Pass-By Trips
      • Diverted Trips

    SESSION 3

    • Parking Analysis
      • Parking Generation
      • Parking Demand
      • Parking Studies
    • Parking Facilities & Design
      • Off-Street
      • On-Street
    • Parking Regulation & Policies
    • Shared Parking

    SESSION 4

    • Level of Service (LOS) / Capacity Analyses
      • Vehicle LOS
      • Pedestrian LOS
      • Bicycle LOS
      • Transit LOS
    • VMT vs LOS

    SESSION 5

    • Geometric Design of Roadway & Transportation Facilities
      • Vertical & Horizontal Alignments
      • Driveways
      • Intersections
      • Channelization Designs for Turning Movements
      • Roundabouts
      • Roadway Improvements
      • Interchanges

    SESSION 6

    • Engineering & Traffic Surveys
      • Speed-Zone Surveys
      • Traffic Engineering Speed Setting
    • Traffic Collisions
      • Techniques for Analyzing Collisions
      • Collision Diagrams
      • Collision Rates
    • Traffic Safety Systems
      • Clear Recovery Zone
      • Guardrail
      • Barriers
    • Mid-Course Evaluation

    SESSION 7

    • Traffic Signal Design
      • Warrants
      • Features, Standards & Specifications
      • Layout
      • Modifying Signal Hardware
    • Street/Roadway Lighting
    • Traffic Index

    SESSION 8

    • Traffic Control Devices
    • Roadway Signing
      • Regulatory Sign Warrants & Placement
      • Warning Signs
      • Parking Signs
    • Pavement Markings/Striping
    • Temporary Traffic Controls

    SESSION 9

    • Traffic Signal Operations
      • Timing/Phasing
      • Coordination
    • Intelligent Transportation Systems

    SESSION 10

    • Traffic Calming
    • Access Management
    • Surface Transit Accommodations
    • Cost-Benefit Evaluation

    SESSION 11

    • Bicycle Facilities Design
      • Signing & Marking
      • Bicycle Facilities Improvements
    • Pedestrian Facilities Design
      • Signing & Marking
      • ADA Compliance
    • School Zones

    SESSION 12

    • Q&A (All Instructors)
      • Joy Bhattacharya
      • Obaid Khan
      • Tom Mericle
    • Final Course Evaluation (post-training)
  • What you will learn

    Students will learn how to prepare for the TE exam and will receive an overview of the subjects covered in the TE exam. Students will also learn techniques to solve exam questions in a short period of time while applying reference material

  • Who should attend

    Transportation engineers preparing for the California Traffic Engineer (TE) licensure exam.

    Examinees are assumed to have the requisite education and professional experience to qualify to take the California Traffic Engineer Exam.

    This online class will have a 90-minute introductory session that will include all of the class instructors. The following 10 sessions will all be 2.5 hours on consecutive Mondays & Thursdays. The final session will be a final question-and-answer session for 90-minutes, when students can ask their questions from all of the instructors and collaborate on final exam test-taking procedures.

    Examinees who may have deficiencies in any of the subjects covered in the CA Traffic Engineer Exam test plan may consider taking one or more of our training courses in our Engineering section.

  • Course Prerequisites

      Examinees are assumed to have the requisite education and professional experience to qualify to take the California Traffic Engineer Exam.

  • Course Instructors

      Thomas Mericle, PE, TE, Traffic Engineer, Interwest Consulting Group

      Mr. Mericle is a Traffic Engineer with Interwest Consulting Group providing traffic engineering and municipal services to local agencies and has over 30 years of experience. He previously was the Principal Traffic Engineer for Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates and, prior to that, was the Transportation Manager for the City of Ventura for over 20 years. He is active in the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and has served on local, regional, and national ITE committees. His experience includes city traffic engineering, traffic operations, parking, bicycle facilities, traffic laws and legislation, local transit, transportation planning and traffic impact studies, neighborhood traffic management, SB 743 implementation, and automated traffic enforcement strategies.

      He was on the steering committee for the NACTO publication, Urban Street Stormwater Guide, and co-wrote a recently released book titled Parking and the City.He earned his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and his master's degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. His is licensed as a Traffic Engineer in California and as a Civil Engineer in California and Colorado.

      Joy Bhattacharya, PE, PTOE, Vice President, Advanced Mobility Group

      Mr. Bhattacharya serves as the Director of Innovative Transportation Solutions at Advanced Mobility Group's (AMG). He provides innovative Traffic Engineering, Transportation Planning, and ITS solutions for the Global Market. He has expertise in traffic engineering, traffic simulation, traffic signal systems with traffic simulation, traffic signal timing, traffic operations, ITS, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, and Smart Cities. He is an ITE fellow and has approximately 25 years of transportation engineering experience.

      Obaid Khan, PE, Senior Project Manager, Gray-Bowen-Scott

      Mr. Khan is a registered Civil Engineer in California with over 28 years of professional experience in civil and transportation engineering. Mr. Khan recently retired from the City of Dublin, where he oversaw the Transportation Division since 2012. After retiring from Dublin, Mr. Khan joined Gray Bowen Scott as a Senior Project Manager. At the City of Dublin, he oversaw the planning, design, and construction of transportation capital projects as well as the operation of all traffic signals, intelligent transportation systems, and management of all transportation facilities. Prior to joining the City of Dublin, Mr. Khan managed the Transportation Division at the City of Alameda.

      At the City of Alameda, he oversaw the City's Transportation Commission and represented the City at various regional forums and committees. He led the development of the City's Pedestrian Master Plan, Bicycle Master Plan, and the update of the City's Transportation Element, including the creation of a multimodal street functional classification system.

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      If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the TechTransfer Registrar at (510) 643-4393 or registrar@techtransfer.berkeley.edu.

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