Transportation Engineering is an important part of the foundation of our society. Mobility enables every individual to participate in education, work and leisure. Increasing demands for living, working, hobbies and leisure have led to a strong increase in passenger transport. Its central location in Europe has made Germany an important transport region. The eastward expansion of the EU, globalisation and an economy that is increasingly based on the division of labour will also lead to an increase in passenger and goods transport in the future. On the one hand, the mobility of the individual is a guarantor of freedom, growth and prosperity; on the other hand, transport as a mass phenomenon also creates considerable problems for society and its environment, which can only be mastered with innovative technologies and methods.
Verkehrsingenieurwesen ist ein wichtiger Teil des Fundaments unserer Gesellschaft. Mobilität ermöglicht jedem Einzelnen die Teilhabechancen in der Ausbildung, im Beruf und in der Freizeit. Steigende Ansprüche an Wohnen, Arbeiten, Hobby und Freizeit haben zu einer starken Zunahme des Personenverkehrs geführt. Seine zentrale Lage in Europa hat Deutschland zu einer bedeutenden Verkehrsregion werden lassen. Die Osterweiterung der EU, die Globalisierung und eine zunehmend arbeitsteilige Wirtschaft führen auch in der Zukunft zu einem Anwachsen des Personen- und Güterverkehrs. Die Mobilität des Einzelnen ist einerseits Garant für Freiheit, Wachstum und Wohlstand, Verkehr als Massenphänomen schafft andererseits aber auch erhebliche Probleme für die Gesellschaft und ihre Umwelt, die nur mit innovativen Techniken und Methoden zu meistern sind.
The classical path to becoming a transportation engineer led via civil engineering and the methods of planning, building and operating the traffic infrastructure, i.e. the traffic routes, or via mechanical engineering and its methods of planning, building and operating vehicles. The modern methods of transportation management, i.e. traffic information and traffic control, combine the elements of traffic infrastructure (e.g. for recording traffic conditions) and vehicles (e.g. for navigation) and are only possible to a limited extent without traffic telematics, i.e. telecommunications and information technology. In addition, the demands on transportation engineers have increased significantly due to the increasing privatisation and market orientation of previously state-run institutions, the increasing mechanisation of traffic and the resulting primarily private-sector information and communication services.
The necessity of developing new and improved methods and techniques for solving future traffic problems placesnew high demands on the traffic engineer and must also be reflected in engineering education. It is obvious that for this purpose, the appropriate combination of relevant contents of the transport specialisation in the civil engineering degree programme with the vehicle and systems engineering of the mechanical engineering degree programme, the communications engineering in the electrical engineering and computer science degree programmes as well as the social and economic sciences including logistics is necessary and expedient. The transportation engineer of the future must thus have at least basic knowledge from all these fields (bachelor's degree) before specialising in a particular direction according to his or her own abilities (master's degree). The interdisciplinary degree programme in transportation engineering at the TU Braunschweig is the first undergraduate Bachelor's-Master's degree programme with the entire breadth of transport engineering at a German university.
The location for an interdisciplinary degree programme in transportion engineering could not be better chosen than at the TU Braunschweig. The economy in the Braunschweig region is strongly characterised by transport-related industrial and commercial enterprises (e.g. Volkswagen AG, Siemens Verkehrstechnik, Alstom), but also by public institutions in the transport sector (e.g. Federal Aviation Authority, DLR, research airport). A large part of the population in the region derives its livelihood from the transport sector. The region is quite rightly described as a transport competence region. The development planning of the Technical University of Braunschweig includes this reference to the economic and social environment in its strategic goals with the establishment of the study programme in transportion engineering.
With the establishment of the degree course in transportion engineering, an intensification of cooperation between the faculties and with business enterprises in and outside the Braunschweig region can also be expected in research.
The mobility sector is one of the major consumers of labour in developed economies. Transport-related education as part of traditional engineering and economics degree programmes naturally covers only narrow areas of transport. However, due to the increasing interconnectedness and complexity of transport systems, there is a growing need for interdisciplinarily trained transport professionals who have both a cross-system understanding of transport processes and in-depth specialised knowledge in selected sub-areas. This is exactly what the Bachelor's/Master's degree programme in Transport Engineering offers.
In the Bachelor's degree programme, solid, cross-system basic knowledge is taught in the areas of planning, manufacturing, testing and operation. The transport systems of road transport, rail transport, aviation and, to a lesser extent, inland navigation are covered. Bachelor graduates are able to successfully take on tasks in transport-related fields of work under the guidance of experienced employees. The Bachelor's degree is particularly suitable as a career entry at larger companies in the transport industry, where in-house further education programmes offer the possibility of acquiring company-specific specialised knowledge, building on existing knowledge.
In the Master's degree programme, students have the opportunity to specialise according to their personal interests by combining suitable elective modules either for a specific field of work (e.g. professional profile transport planner by combining modules from the field of planning for several modes of transport) or for a specific mode of transport (e.g. professional profile railway engineer by combining railway-related modules from different fields). (See also: Master's degree / Structure) The Master's degree is a high-quality engineering qualification that enables career entry into demanding specialist and management positions through the special knowledge imparted. For students with a special aptitude and inclination for research work, the Master's degree is the entry requirement for scientific qualification measures with the goal of a doctorate.
Due to the extraordinarily broad spectrum of fields of work in the transport sector, graduates of the Bachelor's/Master's degree programme in Transportation Engineering have a wide range of job opportunities, particularly with the following employers:
Engineering and transport planning offices
Freight forwarding and logistics service providers
Rail transport companies
Local transport companies
Railway infrastructure companies
Airport and port operators
Technical supervisory authorities (e.g. Federal Railway Authority, Federal Aviation Authority)
Regulatory authorities for transport infrastructure (e.g. Federal Network Agency)
Transport departments in local, state and federal authorities