Engineering Manager - Train Control

Sound Transit Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 9 months ago

SALARY RANGE: 105,000.00 to 135,000.00 Annually.


Under general direction, directs, manages, supervises and coordinates the signals and train control systems engineering activities for capital projects and operations support on transit and commuter rail systems.


The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties

  • Plans, directs, coordinates and reviews the work of assigned staff; assigns work activities and coordinates schedules, projects and programs; provides constructive feedback; reviews and evaluates work, and makes effective suggestions and recommendations.

  • Coaches, trains and motivates staff; coordinates and/or provides staff training; and manages employee relations; manages the workflow and prioritization of projects and measures the performance of the signals and train control systems engineering discipline and all related staff and takes appropriate corrective action when necessary; provides advice and counsel to staff; develops developmental work plans for staff; implements or recommends corrective actions, discipline and termination procedures as appropriate/necessary.

  • Provides support to the department on matters as directed and requested; serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepares and presents reports, presentations, and other necessary correspondence; attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; incorporates new developments as appropriate; ensures processes, policies and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively; ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable state and federal laws, Agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations.

  • Provides overall responsibility for Sound Transit's technical requirements and criteria for signals and train control systems, including but not limited to design criteria, standard specifications and drawings, design build project requirements etc. Collaborates closely with Operations to validate functional and technical requirements.

  • Performs the role of Design Criteria Manual Chapter Manager (for signals and train control systems), assuring assigned Chapter Owners are continuously improving requirements based on best practices and operational experience, and properly processing requests for deviation against established requirements.

  • Review, approve (sign and seal) and maintain standard drawings and specifications within area of assignment.

  • Collaborate with systems and civil Corridor Design Managers to assure systems design consultant submittals, and design-build contractor submittals conform to specified design criteria and federal, state and local codes.

  • Provides technical support to systems construction managers and construction management consultants throughout the construction phase of capital projects. Support includes but is not limited to submittal review, response to requests for information, preparation of field clarifications, field inspection etc.

  • Participates in the procurement of consultant agreements and construction contracts.

  • Reviews commissioning and testing documentation and witnesses tests as necessary in support of the Agency's Systems Integration Test Plan.

  • Responsible for assuring that signals and train control systems engineers are assigned to and diligently working to deliver the necessary engineering effort to address and close out Engineering Service Requests generated by Operations in a timely manner.

  • It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.

  • It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor's Degree (from an ABET accredited college) in an engineering discipline relevant to the assigned systems engineering discipline, eight years of technical systems engineering experience (four of which must include management functions), that includes working with consultants and contractors, preferably in a rail or transit related environment; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

A valid certificate of registration as a Professional Engineer issued by the State of Washington

Possession of a valid State Driver's License.

Required Knowledge of:

  • Transit and commuter rail signaling and train control systems

  • Positive Train Control and associated Federal Railroad Administration rules and regulations

  • Project management techniques and principles.

  • Strong communications skills to coordinate with co-workers, customers, and vendors.

  • Established engineering principles, methods, and techniques; and equipment and systems relevant to the assigned systems engineering discipline.

  • Federal, state and local codes, OSHA requirements, and related regulations. Specifically, Federal Transit Administration and Federal Railroad Administration signaling and train control rules and regulations.

  • Engineering consulting services and methods including reports, studies, cost estimates, plans, and specifications.

  • Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to innovations and trends in transit systems engineering.

  • Techniques to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities.

  • Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.

  • English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

  • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.

Required Skill in:

  • Execution of all essential functions detailed herein.

  • Utilizing computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports.

  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.

  • Supervising, leading and delegating tasks and authority.

  • Reviewing or checking the work products of others to ensure conformance to standards.

  • Applying project management techniques and principles and defining a detailed project scope and control scope as a means of achieving overall project objectives.

  • Presentation development and public speaking skills.

  • Applying appropriate oral and written communication skills to various individuals ranging from Agency employees, engineering consultants, and local, state, and federal agencies.


  • Work is performed in a standard office environment and in a transit system field environment including rail tunnels and equipment rooms.

  • Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds; may occasionally be exposed

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