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ITS University Workshop #4
September 22-23, 2016 | ITS America Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Day 1 Presentation | September 22, 2016

ITS Workforce Study Project Overview

Presenter: Anthony Shaw
Presenter's Org: ITS America

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Slide 1: ITS Workforce Study Project Overview

  • Goals of the project
    • Conceptual framework for understanding the ITS workforce
    • Framework Table - compilation and classification of relevant KSAs and tasks
    • Industry interviews and subsequent findings
  • Main project deliverables
    • Spreadsheet-based Framework Table
    • Final project report that documents findings
  • For this meeting
    • Initial findings
    • Feedback on conceptual framework

Slide 2: Framework Overview | ITS Workforce Project

Slide 3: Job Description Analysis

[This slide contains a table of job titles for a number of companies.]

Slide 4: Framework: Categories for Analysis

[This slide contains a table with four columns: Generalized Position Type, Sector, Specialty Area or Discipline, and Phase of Project Cycle.]

Slide 5: (No title)

[This slide contains a screenshot of a Microsoft Excel table titled “Framework and interviewee list.” It consists of eight columns: Generalized Position Type, Organization, Sector, KSA/Task, KSA or Task, Specialty Area or Discipline, Additional Specialty Area or Discipline, and Phase of Project Cycle.]

Slide 6: (No title)

[This slide contains a screenshot of the same Microsoft Excel table as the previous slide. A dropdown menu for the column titled “Specialty Area or Discipline” is circled in red.]

Slide 7: (No title)

[This slide contains a screenshot of the same Microsoft Excel table as the previous two slides. A row midway down the table with the Organization name Atkins North America is surrounded by an orange rectangle, as is the column titled “Specialty Area or Discipline.”]

Slide 8: Framework Results

  • Created an initial conceptual framework for further analysis of ITS workforce needs and trends
  • Compiled a large sample of KSAs and tasks currently required of ITS workforce
  • Developed a tool for ITS professionals in positions with authority for hiring and developing the workforce
  • Would like feedback from University Workshop participants

Slide 9: Industry Interviews Overview | ITS Workforce Project

Slide 10: Interviewees

  • AECOM
  • APTA
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Bridj
  • Delaware DOT
  • Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • HNTB
  • Kimley-Horn
  • Maricopa County (AZ) DOT
  • Michael Baker International
  • Michigan DOT
  • Montgomery County (MD) DOT
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • RouteMatch
  • Timmons Group
  • Washington State DOT

Slide 11: Interviewees, cont’d

[This slide contains a pie chart of Interviewees by Sub-sector: Civil Engineering (10), State DOT (4), County DOT (4), Software (2), Metropolitan Planning Organization (1), Management Consulting (1), and Industry Association (1).]

Slide 12: General Findings

  • Variety of position types
    • Engineering, technician, business development, project management
  • All phases of project cycle
  • Interdisciplinary nature
    • No single college major on which organizations can recruit/rely on as a pipeline
  • Future technology
    • Short-term ITS deployment needs outweigh future technology in importance
  • Soft skills are highly valued
    • Especially as individuals advance

Slide 13: Public Sector Perspectives

  • Transportation/traffic engineering is foundational
  • Operations knowledge should be leveraged to inform design
  • Interdisciplinary knowledge is increasingly important
  • Soft skills!
    • Written/verbal communications
    • Willingness and ability to learn independently
    • Task/project management and contracts administration
  • No university pipeline - no single major on which to rely for candidates
    • Candidate pool lacks education, training, and experience in ITS
    • ITS training occurs on the job
  • Must compete with private sector for limited candidate pool
  • Job specs can be opened up successfully to widen candidate pool

Slide 14: Private Sector Perspectives

  • Transportation/traffic engineering is foundational
  • Operations knowledge should be leveraged to inform design
  • Interdisciplinary knowledge is increasingly important
  • Soft skills!
    • Written/verbal communications
    • Willingness and ability to learn independently
    • Task/project management and contracts administration
  • No university pipeline - no single major on which to rely for candidates
    • Candidate pool lacks education, training, and experience in ITS
    • ITS training occurs on the job
  • Career paths move towards task/project/program management and business development
  • Software and technology companies represent new directions for the ITS workforce
    • Come with their own unique needs

Slide 15: Next Steps

  • Report: Submit draft report for review
  • Framework table: Further refine by separating and consolidating list of KSAs and tasks
    • To resemble the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
  • Feedback from University Workshop participants:
    • On conceptual framework categories and definitions
  • Professional Capacity Building: continue to support JPO’s PCB program
    • Trainings
    • University Workshops
    • Others

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Michelle Noch
ITS Professional Capacity Building Program Manager
ITS Joint Program Office
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R)
U.S. Department of Transportation
202-366-0278
Michelle.Noch@dot.gov

 

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