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A Day in the Life of a Traffic Engineer at Barker Ryan Stewart: Robert Day

At Barker Ryan Stewart, we’re proud to have a highly motivated and passionate team that works together to deliver infrastructure and create better outcomes for our communities.

In our day in the life of blog series, we aim to showcase the work of our talented team and help you get to know the faces behind our projects a little bit better. This month, we sat down with Rob, one of our Traffic Engineers, to chat a bit more about what led him to a career in traffic engineering and the biggest highlight of working at Barker Ryan Stewart so far.

Tell us a bit about yourself and what interested you in Traffic Engineering

I started my work life as a survey draftsman working for the NSW Government, then progressed to a road design position at Wyong Council. An opportunity arose at Council to move into a Traffic Engineering role which seemed to be a natural progression from road design. I have since worked as a Road Safety / Traffic Engineer in various positions including the former RTA, Transport for NSW, MWH consultants in Fiji, Seca Solution in Newcastle and joined BRS in December 2018.

What does a typical workday look like for you? 

Since early 2022 I have been employed as a casual so my routines often vary from week to week. I usually work one day at home and one day in the Central Coast office, however, there are days when I will do extra hours at home when the need arises. This arrangement provides me with a good work / life balance.

What’s it like being part of Barker Ryan Stewart’s Traffic Engineer team? Are there any stand-out projects that you’re currently working on? 

I enjoy being part of the Traffic Team at BRS. Our team is highly skilled and motivated and we support and encourage each other in practical ways. I have said to people who ask me about work, that BRS is by far the best work environment that I have experienced. (And they laugh at my “Dad Jokes”. Thanks Team!)

What’s been the most memorable aspect of working at Barker Ryan Stewart so far? 

I would have to say that the work environment has been the most memorable aspect of working at BRS. I owe this to the management team and staff who have created a harmonious, rewarding and flexible work environment where we have a good balance of achievement and fun. I have particularly enjoyed the social events and look forward to the next one (hint, hint!). The only complaint that I have is receiving the Dan Andrews biography as a secret santa gift. Cruel and extraordinary punishment!

Looking back at your career, is there anything that’s surprised you about being a Traffic Engineer? 

I surprised myself by acquiring most of my skills and knowledge on the job. It wasn’t until I had worked as traffic engineer for 10 years that I gained formal qualifications. Although I don’t have a degree I have post graduate qualifications from Monash and Sydney Universities. This proves that you can achieve your goals if you put your mind to it!

Finally, what advice do you have for anyone considering a career in Traffic Engineer? 

If you are interested in data collection, analysis and problem solving in a practical environment then I would recommend traffic engineering. In some ways it is a “niche” area of engineering and if you can acquire the right skills you will be in great demand.

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