Senior Rail Systems ( Communications ) Engineer

Bechtel   •  

Reston, VA

Industry: Real Estate & Construction


15+ years

Posted 238 days ago

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Job Overview:

This position is for a Senior Rail systems (OCS) Engineer who will prepare designs and lead engineering teams in the development and delivery of rail systems portion of an integrated railway comprised of system-wide components.  Experience in conceptual, preliminary and final design of OCS for Light Rail, Heavy Rail, Commuter Rail and High Speed Rail Projects operating on Overhead Contact Systems is must.  OCS design would include design for bridges, tunnels, underground structures, different track and road alignments, above ground and underground stations & stops, cut and cover sections, at grade guideway, elevated structures, rail yard, rail depot etc.  The Senior Rail systems (OCS) Engineer will be responsible for direct production of design work by Bechtel as well as for managing the scope and integration of work assigned to subcontracted design entities.  The position will include work supporting business development and delivery of studies and proposals, and may ultimately transition to a project-specific assignment, typically in a lump-sum, design-build project environment.  The successful candidate must have strong organizational and teamwork skills, proven problem-solving abilities, and the desire to innovate designs and engineering work processes. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Plan and conduct independent work requiring judgment in the evaluation, selection, application and adaptation of engineering techniques, procedures and criteria to rail projects
  • Prepare conceptual studies, designs, reports, proposals, value engineering studies or alternate technical concepts (ATCs) in accordance with Bechtel Engineering Procedures
  • Coordinate design development with other departments which may include construction, estimating, project controls, procurement, and contracts management
  • Perform standard engineering work planning, scheduling, and job hour estimating
  • Monitor and ensure compliance with project budgets, schedules, quantities and quality requirements
  • Provide technical direction and assign work to subordinate engineers, designers, and drafters who assist on specific assignments
  • Review and check work of subordinate engineers
  • Coordinate and integrate design work between engineering disciplines and other design entities
  • Interface with clients and stakeholders to make presentations, define project requirements, and obtain contractual and statutory approvals
  • Assist in on-the-job-training of assigned personnel and provide input for their performance evaluations.
  • Prepare procurement and subcontract requisition documents and perform associated technical bid evaluations
  • Prepare and/or assists in the preparation of cost estimates, quantity take-offs and staffing requirements for proposals, forecasts and change orders
  • Resolve technical issues with construction and travel to the field to assist as required
  • Support the creation of a work environment that fosters openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and satisfaction.
  • Co-operate in all matters relating to health and safety, including following safe working procedures at all times
  • Make business trips, or potentially relocate, to construction site, project office or client location as required


Job Knowledge:

  • Detailed knowledge of OCS engineering, including the following:
    • Knowledge of OCS system (catalogue) parameters and ability to implement design
    • Prepare catenary plans and profile diagrams for mainline, rail depot and rail yard.
    • Prepare OCS support structures and wiring diagrams.
    • Prepare OCS single line and sectionalizing diagrams.
    • Prepare OCS equipment specifications.
    • Prepare OCS clearance and interference checks.
    • Prepare OCS grounding and lightning/surge protection design.
    • Prepare structural erection diagrams.
    • Prepare assembly and component drawings.
    • Knowledge of pole and foundation loading calculations
    • Prepare catenary tension calculations, sag & tension calculations.
    • Prepare bill of materials and material take off.
    • Proficient in computational and structural analysis software packages for complete OCS design.
    • Review contractor submittals.
    • Prepare Inspection and Test Plans for OCS systems
  • Able to reference Codes and Standards: NEC, NESC C2, Canadian Electrical Code, IEC 62236 series, IEC 62128 series, AREMA standards
  • Accountable for the delivery of rail systems portion of an integrated railway comprised of system-wide components
  • Reviewing and assessing technical submissions from Professional Service Consultants (PSCs) determining compliance with standards and requirements
  • Coordinates rail systems infrastructure design with other engineering specialties, including signaling and traction power
  • Responsible for maintaining the quality of design and making the facility safe for construction and operations personnel
  • Establish detailed project scope when required, including basic engineering criteria and assumptions
  • Has broad working knowledge of precedents in the rail industry.
  • Has extensive experience in performing and managing self-perform rail TPSS design work
  • Has experience with cold weather design
  • Has experience with engineering work planning, scheduling and cost estimating,
  • Thorough knowledge of discipline engineering techniques, design of engineered systems, and engineering and calculations.
  • Knowledge of current computer applications for engineering and design including appropriate knowledge of:
    • PLSCAD
    • STAAD
    • MathCAD
    • AutoCAD
    • Microstation V8
    • MS Office Suite and relevant Bechtel Standard Computer Applications to perform the work.
  • Understanding of engineering planning and control methods
  • Demonstrated Value Engineering experience

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or experience in lieu in Electrical Engineering or OCS design
  • Minimum fifteen (10) years’ experience in the rail systems industry OCS engineering design
  • Detailed technical knowledge of rail systems, engineering calculations, application of engineering and construction methods and materials.  Knowledge of the infrastructure and interconnections with these systems is required to properly engineer these interfaces
  • Extensive knowledge of engineering design principles required for achieving optimal design outputs
  • Practical work experience sufficient to demonstrate competence and breadth in Rail systems engineering design
  • Experience in the supervision of less experienced engineers and CAD designers
  • Experience and proficiency with design software for OCS design.
  • Experience in customer-facing roles, presenting to customers and working with authorities having jurisdiction
  • Must have the right to work and remain in the US without visa sponsorship
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Electrical, Engineering from an accredited college or university
  • Professional Engineering License/Registration in the US and/or Canada
  • Active participation in professional association(s) for transportation engineering