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[ Senior Rail Engineer ] Job Information
North County Transit District Department
Category Administration Sub Category
Job Type Full-Time Job Status Sourcing
Salary Range Per Month Shift Morning
Minimum Education University Degree Title
Minimum Exerience No of Jobs 1
Duration Start Publishing 12/10/2013
Stop Publishing 01/10/2014 Country United States
State California County
City Oceanside


Under the general direction of the Deputy Chief Operations Officer - Rail Operations, the Senior Rail Engineer will play an integral role in the engineering aspects of rail related services and the development and maintenance of the rail infrastructure necessary to deliver safe, convenient, reliable and user-friendly public transportation services. The types of projects typically developed include basic infrastructure and support facilities for light and heavy rail systems; including track additions and replacements, rail bridge renovations and replacements, drainage structures and systems, coastal bluff stabilization, environmental permitting and habitat restoration.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This position is distinguished by its role in representing NCTD in the coordination of all phases of railroad projects, requiring a high level interaction between multiple departments, outside agencies including SANDAG, and consultants. An additional distinguishing characteristic is this position’s role as configuration manager for the District’s rail infrastructure. A qualifying applicant will possess advanced knowledge of facets of railroad engineering, including stations, earthwork, drainage, grades, clearances, signaling, surveying, operations, alignment, and special track work structure. The incumbent must demonstrate a high degree of creativity, foresight and mature judgment in planning, organizing, coordinating and solving engineering and construction problems.

Supervision Received and Exercised

This position works under the general direction of the Deputy Chief Operations Officer - Rail Operations, and under the specific direction of other Managers in the Operations Division for assigned projects. This position will be responsible for project oversight, including supervision of contractors, consultants, and subordinate staff. Further, this position is expected to participate in the sharing of expert knowledge and as a vital member of various project teams that may be instituted.

Working Conditions

Normal working conditions for this position are in both an office and field setting. Business travel may be required periodically between District sites, governmental agencies, consultant’s facilities, and other locations as required.  

Examples of Duties:

Essential Functions

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

·         Reviews and/or monitors the progress of railroad development and restoration projects. Directs and reviews the work of design consultants. 

·         Ensures that projects are completed within budget and on schedule.

·         Develops and updates design standards, manages the configuration of railroad assets, verifies consultant work, performs constructability reviews and responds to daily railroad engineering matters.

·         Directs development of Rail Projects in conjunction with SANDAG.

·         Troubleshoots issues with key personnel within the District, as well as with consultants and other agency personnel on the Local, State and Federal level.

·         Duties include, but are not limited to, coordinating, facilitating and providing direct engineering assistance for activities related to capital facility design, construction of railroad and other engineering projects within North County Transit District.

·         Acts as a prime point of contact representing NCTD on the development and execution of railroad projects by NCTD and third parties.  

·         Ensures that District and third-party rail projects conform to federal, state, and District design standards, inter-agency agreements and MOU’s, and other governmental regulations.

·         Perform other related duties as assigned.



·         Qualified candidates should have a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or related field required.

·         Minimum of seven (7) years of civil engineering experience, of which five (5) years will be in project management and rail construction. 

·         Experience in civil, structural, geotechnical, environmental, CEQA/NEPA and transportation engineering, with specific experience in railroad and/or light rail design and construction is required.

A combination of experience/skills and education to fulfill the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position may be considered.


·         Possession of and the ability to maintain a California driver’s license, Class C, and a satisfactory driving record for the last five years.

·         Must be able to become GCOR Qualified on NCTD owned railroad properties. 

·         Maintain compliance with the District’s policy regarding Conflict of Interest and Ethics.

General Requirements

·         Advanced knowledge of principles of civil and structural engineering, with demonstrated experience with railroad facilities and railroad operations.

·         Familiar with pertinent code and regulatory requirements of agencies such as the FRA and the CPUC.

·         Working knowledge of engineering standards such as AREMA, ACI, ASTM, Amtrak MW1000, and BNSF.

·         Working knowledge of computer-aided design systems, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation, and scheduling software as it relates to project management.

·         Able to create and maintain good working relationships through excellent communication and teambuilding skills; including the ability to engage successfully with both internal and external contacts and the public.

·         Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to prepare and deliver clear and concise reports.

·         Strong analytical and critical thinking skills; ability to gather, organize, analyze and present data to appropriate sources.

·         Demonstrated use of discretion and judgment in execution of duties. 

·         Must be able to manage and maintain simultaneous, transitional, and emerging priorities.

·         Demonstrated proficiency in computer software programs including the Microsoft Office Suite.  

·         Able to respond in-person to system emergencies and system problems on any shift and under any weather or time-of-day circumstances.

Supplemental Information:

Physical Requirements 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to use the phone and computer for extended periods, manual dexterity to complete clerical functions, work with office equipment, and daily lifting of equipment up to 25 pounds is required. Ability to hear, see and to communicate verbally to exchange information. Ability to physically travel between District locations and other destinations, work in evenings when required, work in hazardous conditions, and negotiate a variety of different and irregular terrain as is typical along a railway right of way. May be subject to fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals. Ability to walk, climb, balance, bend, carry, push, reach, sit, and stand.

Machines / Tools / Equipment

·         Ability to operate a personal computer and Microsoft Office Suite programs.

·         Ability to operate standard office equipment, including a fax and scanner machine, copy machine, and telephone.

·         Ability to carry and operate a Blackberry/iPhone on-call device.

Application Information:  All applicants must complete and submit an online application.  A job offer is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check.  Salary based upon experience, not to exceed midpoint of stated range.

Preferred Skills
Posted 12/10/2013 11:21:38