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Old 06-27-2014, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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We've been having trouble finding qualified candidates almost every time a position was posted. Most of the applicants had little or no TransCAD experience, much less being able to run a four step. H1-B visa workers can probably fill most of the gaps, but this is not the ideal way to address the issue. Thoughts and experience?
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Training.

Nobody is coming out of school TransCad experience. It's not difficult to use.
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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How do you even get into Transportation Modeling?

<---- interested urban planning and GIS student
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Old 06-27-2014, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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How do you even get into Transportation Modeling?

<---- interested urban planning and GIS student
Being affiliated with the right department at the right university helps. In Texas University of Texas has a Center for Transportation Research that does a lot of this, but this is more the exception than the rule.

This really should be a track in Planning Masters programs, but lots of people seem to fall into it once they start working for an MPO, COG or similar.
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Old 06-28-2014, 05:32 AM
 
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We've been having trouble finding qualified candidates almost every time a position was posted. Most of the applicants had little or no TransCAD experience, much less being able to run a four step. H1-B visa workers can probably fill most of the gaps, but this is not the ideal way to address the issue. Thoughts and experience?
You should expect to train new people on specific software you use or pay a premium for people someone else has trained. This is the problem with many companies today. They have cut their internal training programs and then whine when they cannot get people trained to their specific requirements. I just looked at the TransCAD web site. The cheapest licenses start at $4000. You expect people to get experience on their own when the cost of entry is that high? Sure H1-B visa workers can, they probably trained on pirated software
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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You should expect to train new people on specific software you use or pay a premium for people someone else has trained. This is the problem with many companies today. They have cut their internal training programs and then whine when they cannot get people trained to their specific requirements. I just looked at the TransCAD web site. The cheapest licenses start at $4000. You expect people to get experience on their own when the cost of entry is that high? Sure H1-B visa workers can, they probably trained on pirated software
Actually $4k is better than I thought and competitive with a lot of GIS. But you are right that there is nothing like a 90 trial version included free with an exercise book.

Yeah for the modeling software I'm referring to they have always used a USB key which might make it harder to procure a workaround. Now they are going to some type of machine-specific ID system that I guess is the next generation of protection.

I think part of the problem is the way modeling is presented to students. I never actually knew of it as an application, but rather a vague concept, until I got into the industry. I remember an urban planning textbook having one paragraph on it that really lived up to the "black box" reputation.
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