Benefits of Being an ITE Member
The Institute of Transportation Engineers is an International organization of over 15,000 members in 92 countries focused on transportation and traffic engineering and planning. Members come from public agencies (federal, state, MPO, county, city), private firms, academia, manufactures and suppliers of transportation equipment/ products. The Western District, which represents the 13 western states in the USA as well as Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Marianas, provides benefits to members in five broad areas that match our goals.
ITE tailors its activities to keep our professionals at the cutting edge of transportation by sharing our expertise with others. ITE provides training through its Annual Meetings (International and Western District), Section/Chapter level meetings, and Learning Hub that can be used for professional development hours (PDH). ITE works to certify its activities for use as PDHs in all states. Because transportation is such a specialized field, getting practical in-house training or finding effective academic/continuing education can be difficult and expensive.
Retaining good staff is a goal of all agencies and firms and professional development is a key to a good retention strategy. ITE’s cost effective methods of professional development provide employers practical means of delivering highly applicable training to transportation staff. This can come from participation in meetings and councils to leadership opportunities with ITE. Employers benefit from having staff that are linked to the latest in transportation research, applications, analysis and design – and are able to apply lessons learned from others efficiently and effectively rather than “reinventing the wheel” to address emerging issues.
When it becomes time to recruit staff with unique and focused transportation skills in the west, WesternITE’s Jobs Available board links you to over 4,000 transportation professionals. As a professional looking to advance, the Jobs Available board provides you a range of opportunities to consider in searching for a new position. As an employer, the Jobs Available board provides you a range of salaries being paid in the west for various positions that you can use to establish a retention-based salary structure.
There is no better way to assure the transportation profession remains strong into the future than attracting the best and brightest to the field of transportation engineering. ITE provides numerous initiatives that allow our members to engage with students, provide financial support to students and to a link between the profession and academic environments. These structured activities allow our members to be productive with their limited volunteer time. Contact with students helps build passion in young professionals for transportation and allows our members to recruit the best potential staff members for their circumstances in engaging environments.
ITE focuses on providing a platform to achieve technical excellence both for the profession and the individual. ITE Publications link you to cutting edge information in transportation where changes are constantly emerging and research is on-going (with discounted prices for members). ITE provides a certification process through its Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) exam that demonstrates requisite knowledge, skill and ability in the specialized application of traffic operations engineering. ITE provides the most open invitation of any professional society to share your passion for transportation through research using the platform of the Technical Councils – an area where many of the profession’s emerging topics (pedestrian facilities, neighborhood traffic, parking) originate prior to development of standards and handbooks. They develop informational reports, recommended practices and handbooks for use by the profession.
ITE affords its members numerous means to share information. Through ITE organized meetings our members can build their circle of professional acquaintances from other peer agencies and firms, develop relationships that last a career. ITE provides a platform for this networking – through its meetings, councils and leadership opportunities. Our members can share experiences and perspectives on issues with people they grow to know – and be only one email or call away from support and advice.
ITE produces a monthly magazine (ITE Journal) and a quarterly newsletter for the Western District members (WesternITE), has specialized technical newsletters from Councils, web sites (both International and Western District), a web-based membership directory, topic-related ListServ’s (discussion groups) and Washington Weekly (an update of current issues in transportation from Washington DC). These all provide avenues for our members to stay abreast of current issues, share information, build lasting professional relationships and participate with a group focused on transportation and traffic engineering and planning – who have a passion for the profession.
Promoting the Profession
Western District ITE seeks to enhance the transportation profession by increasing awareness of accomplishments, recognizing professional achievement and developing better skills to contact and communicate with the public. ITE provides its members an opportunity to become recognized in the profession through awards, leadership in ITE through volunteer opportunities, research and/or elective office. An on-going element of our Western District Annual Meeting includes sessions targeted to improve public involvement methods and avenues of contact regarding transportation.
But in the end, one of the most important aspects of joining ITE is the forum it provides to build relationships. Relationships that can help you solve problems, share ideas, learn and grow in the transportation profession. Professionally, technically, personally, family – ITE is a welcoming environment for those with a passion for transportation.