Feb 03, 2023

Transportation Modeler

$54,856 - $100,108 yearly
  • Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
  • Hybrid (1001 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, USA)
Full-Time Government

Job Description

Modeler I: $54,856 – $82,284*

Modeler II: $60,506 – $90,759*

Modeler III: $66,739 – $100,108*

*Depending On Qualifications, with annual performance-based merit increase program

First Review of Applications: February 22, 2023 (open until filled)

Role and Responsibilities

SEMCOG (EOE) is seeking a Modeler, Transportation Engineer, regional/urban Planner, or experienced professional with relevant experience to join the Transportation Modeling and Mobility group. SEMCOG Modelers run and analyze simulation models; code and apply models for the Regional Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program; perform transportation studies for partners; assist in model development activities including calibration, validation, and estimation; develop, maintain, and apply complex models in land use, transportation, or air quality analysis; integrate input for model runs; and produce modeling output for policy analysis.

The successful candidate will have strong technical skills and abilities to provide assistance in the field of travel demand modeling (using TransCAD and/or other modeling packages) and related work in regional transportation planning such as data collection, management and analytical analysis; statistical skills; technical skills in computer programming such as Python, R, etc.; GIS analytical skills; mobility planning techniques; data visualization; dynamic traffic assignment model familiarity; and coordinating with member governments and planning partners. Additional transportation-related work, or work in other disciplines, may also be assigned. This position is part of a job series and offers employee development and promotional opportunities. Employment offer of I, II or III will be commensurate with applicant experience and qualifications.

Total Compensation / Benefits

In addition to annual base salary, SEMCOG offers a valuable mix of health and fringe benefits! Here’s an estimate of Total Compensation, including salary and benefits, for the Modeler position. On average, employee benefits account for 43% of Total Compensation.

Total Compensation = $119,767 (assumes midpoint of Modeler II position and family enrollment in medical, dental, and vision insurances.)

*Please see full job posting and employment application at www.semcog.org/careers.


SEMCOG is a voluntary association of local governments fostering cooperative efforts in order to move the region forward. Since its inception in 1968, SEMCOG has acted as a regional planning partner with local governments in the seven-county Southeast Michigan region, which is made up of Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties. Membership is open to all counties, cities, villages, townships, intermediate school districts, and community colleges.

SEMCOG is committed to building a staff team that represents the rich diversity of the Southeast Michigan region. As a result, we place an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work, as well as our internal culture. SEMCOG’s core values below are the basis of our workplace culture and how we perform our work.

  • Visionary – We work holistically, inspiring innovative regional and local solution.
  • Collaborative and Inclusive – We are respectful, approachable, and embrace different perspectives to meet the diverse needs of our region.
  • Strategic – We are intentional, yet flexible in order to leverage opportunities
  • Integrity – We are committed to the ethical and honest stewardship of our fiscal, natural, and built resources.
  • Knowledgeable – We strive for excellence through sound data and research and continuous learning, ensuring we are a credible and influential voice for Southeast Michigan
  • SEMCOG promotes a positive, fun, flexible, and inclusive workplace that encourages staff to celebrate what makes them unique while learning about the things that they share. We accomplish by asking questions engaging in areas of work that are aligned with our interests. SEMCOG understands the importance of work/life balance, offering the flexibility our staff needs to accommodate their personal needs. SEMCOG values the importance of continuing education and encourages staff to seek opportunities for personal and professional growth.


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Job Requirements

Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Civil or Transportation Engineering, data or computer science, information systems, geography or related field.
  • Experience or knowledge in statistical, regional travel demand or traffic simulation models. Familiarity with analytical software such as Access, Excel, SPSS, TransCad, ActivitySim, and/or ArcGIS platforms.
  • Experience with or knowledge of Python, R, or other object-oriented programming languages; and SQL, or other relational databases.
  • Experience in assisting or managing some or part of the development, monitoring, and implementation of projects involving several group members.
  • Effective organization and time management skills to ensure timely completion and delivery of work; be detailed, self-motivated, and capable of working on multiple tasks.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to interact with a range of individuals; ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with internal staff and external partners.
  • Effective written, verbal, and presentation skills required, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Support and promote a strong internal culture based on SEMCOG core values and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives.

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