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Railroad Safety Inspector-Signal And Train Control

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Department Of Transportation West Palm Beach , FL 33409

Posted 4 months ago

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A is committed to fostering a diverse, highly skilled workforce capable of meeting or exceeding our strategic goals with efficiency, innovation, and a constant focus on better serving our customers.

You will serve as a Railroad Safety Inspector (Signal & Train Control). As an inspector, you will enforce Federal safety and health regulations that are concern with signal and train control and highway crossing warning systems within an assigned territory. The objective of this position is to inspect for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, rules and standards and seeks corrections for unsafe conditions pertaining to the installation, operation, maintenance or manufacturing of railroad signal and train control and highway-rail crossing warning systems. The demands of the position require skills in evaluation, fact-finding, report writing; comprehension and application of technical and regulatory standards, as well as the ability to gain cooperation of individuals and organizations.

This position is perfect for a mid-level professional with strong technical background in applying current Federal railroad safety standards pertaining to railroad signal systems and highway-rail grade crossing warning systems, as well as strong analytical and communication skills; and experience with conducting inspections pertaining to signal and train control systems and their capabilities and limitations; mission focused, and is looking for great health benefits and a stable work-life environment.

A writing sample will be requested from applicants who are determined as qualified and referred to the selecting official.

There is 1 position which will be filled in either of the advertised duty locations. The difference in the salary is determined by the locality pay in each location. Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at:

This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for these locations.

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As a Railroad Safety Inspector (Signal & Train Control) you will:

  • Plan and carry out an itinerary of periodic inspections of all signal and train control and highway-rail grade crossing warning systems in the territory to ensure that they are properly installed, operated, tested, and maintained.

  • Conduct investigations regarding complaints regarding unsafe or hazardous signal and train control or highway-rail grade crossing conditions; e.g. "false proceed signals", "activation failures"; as well as investigate independently or as part of a team, reportable collisions, derailments, and other accidents (especially those involving possible signals or train control failures); includes highway-rail grade crossing warning equipment when the accident involves on track railroad equipment and vehicle collision.

  • Evaluate railroads' request to install, modify, or remove limited portions of a signal or train control system; e.g., redesign of several miles of automatic block signals; assists the Regional Signal Specialist in evaluating more complex requests by analyzing portions of the regional inspection plan and making preliminary recommendations.

Travel Required
75% or less - This position requires extensive travel. The travel is a condition of employment.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

Who May ApplyThis job is open to

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.

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    2121 Railroad Safety

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must meet specialized experience.

  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

  • Position is eligible for Full time telework, see Benefits tab for info.


  • Announcement also advertised Status & VEOA Applicants: FRA.R3-2018-0072.


  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • INTERVIEW: Applicants may be required to demonstrate in a pre-employment interview that they possess the personal characteristics necessary for Railroad Safety work.
  • DECLARATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT: The selectees for railroad safety positions will be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.
  • TRAVEL: This position requires extensive travel. The travel is a condition of employment.
  • RELOCATION EXPENSES: Expenses related to relocation (e.g. travel and transportation) will not be paid.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD REQUIREMENT: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • DRUG TEST: Railroad Safety Inspectors have been determined to be a critical safety/security position as defined in the Department of Transportation (DOT) Order, DOT 3910.1D entitled "Drug and Alcohol-Free Departmental Workplace." Therefore, if selected for the position you will be required to submit to a pre-employment/pre-appointment drug test, you will also be subject to Random Drug Testing.
  • DRIVER'S LICENSE: Railroad Safety Inspectors travel frequently, which requires being away from the official duty station for several consecutive nights. All railroad safety inspectors are required to possess a valid state drivers license at all times while employed by the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) in order to perform the duties of their positions.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).


To be qualified for a Railroad Signal & Train Control Safety Inspector, the Qualifications Standard state you MUST have demonstrated knowledge in the following areas:

  • Railroad industry, including economic and operating considerations and equipment.

  • General safety and health principles and practices applicable to the railroad industry.

  • Railroad accident investigation techniques.

  • Design, installation, maintenance, testing or inspection of signal and train control systems and their capabilities and limitation.

  • Applicable Federal laws and regulations pertaining to railroad signal systems and highway-rail grade crossing warning systems.

  • Locomotive braking systems and their relationship to and interface with train control or automatic train stop systems and braking distances.

In addition for the GS-12, you must have the following Selective Factors:

  • Experience testing and providing maintenance on signal and train control systems and highway-rail grade crossing warning systems.

  • Experience in the railroad industry that has provided you with knowledge of general railroad safety health principles and practices; as well as railroad investigation and inspection techniques.

To qualify for the GS-12, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11, which includes the following:

  • Experience applying your knowledge of the applicable Federal laws and regulations pertaining to railroad signal systems and highway-rail grade crossing warning systems.

  • Experience analyzing data that can be used during the course of conducting railroad inspections, or used to determine probable cause of railroad related collisions, derailments, or other accidents/incidents.

  • Experience writing and presenting information pertaining to signal and train control systems and highway-rail grade crossing active warning systems.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.

Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


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Railroad Safety Inspector-Signal And Train Control

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Department Of Transportation