Bechtel Corporation Senior Rail Systems (Communications) Engineer in Reston, Virginia

Requisition ID: 203743

Job Overview:

This position is for a Senior Rail systems (Comms) Engineer who will prepare designs and lead engineering teams in the development and delivery of of rail systems portion of an integrated railway comprised of system-wide components. The Senior Rail systems (Comms) Engineer is 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 rail systems engineering, including the following systems:

  • SCADA systems

  • Backbone communications systems

  • Passenger visual information systems

  • Public address, intercom and related audio systems

  • CCTV and security systems

  • Security, intrusion detection, and access control

  • Fare systems, including vending and validation

  • Radio systems, including fixed base, portable, and onboard systems. This includes propagation effects and ensuring adequacy of coverage.

  • Interfacing with signaling systems

  • Interfacing with traffic signals (for at grade crossings)

  • Emergency trip systems

  • Control center design, including HMI, wall display, and ergonomic design

  • Knowledge of engineering processes, procedures, interface management and quality control, specifically:

  • Verification and validation requirements

  • Interfaces with life safety systems

  • Interface tracking and coordination

  • Electromagnetic compatibility

  • Contractual and regulatory compliance

  • 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.

  • Is fluent in codes applicable in the United States (Canada is a plus) governing Rail systems design.

  • Has extensive experience in performing and managing self-perform rail comms or signaling 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 CAD (both 2D and 3D), CAE 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 in Electrical, I&C, Electronics, Computer Engineering from an accredited college or university

  • Minimum fifteen (15) years’ experience in the rail systems industry engineering design

  • US Professional Engineering (PE) license in Electrical or Controls Engineering or Professional Engineering Registration in Canadian Province

  • Detailed technical knowledge of rail systems listed above, 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 comms systems.

  • 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

  • Master’s degree in Electrical, I&C, Electronics, Computer Engineering from an accredited college or university

  • Professional Engineering License/Registration in both the US and Canada

  • Active participation in professional association(s) for transportation engineering

Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.