Signal Engineer - North County Transit District



invites applications for the position of: Signal Engineer

SALARY: $30.32 - $50.00 Hourly
$5,255.00 - $8,666.00 Monthly
$63,060.00 - $103,992.00 Annually
OPENING DATE: 06/04/13
CLOSING DATE: Continuous
DEFINITIONUnder the general direction of the Deputy Chief Operations Officer, the Signal Engineer will assist with all aspects related to railroad signaling including but not limited to plan reviews, cutover reviews, field inspection of signal maintenance activities, review of maintenance records, field inspections of construction projects and oversight of signal cutovers. Distinguishing Characteristics This position is distinguished by its role in representing NCTD in the coordination of all phases of railroad signal projects. This individual must possess advanced knowledge of facets of railroad signal systems and grade crossing warning systems. The Signal Engineer position requires technical knowledge, analytical skills, and ability to work with multiple different projects in various states of completion.  Supervision Received and ExercisedThis position reports to the Deputy Chief Operations Officer. This position may also oversee the work of consultants and staff in support of railroad signal related functions, as required. 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 ConditionsNormal 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.  Work hours will vary in length and schedule. Night and weekend work will be required.
Essential FunctionsDuties may include, but are not limited to the following:·
        Review contractor/project work plans and cutover plans for compliance with NCTD Standards, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requirements.·         Review, monitor and generate reports, documents and records for compliance with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) signal system requirements.·         Assist in the evaluation and investigation of signal system failures and accidents relating to the signaling systems.·         Monitor the work of the maintenance contractor(s) in the troubleshooting of highway grade crossings, wayside signals and hazard detector systems.·         Conduct field inspections of completed work jointly with contractor(s) for conformance to NCTD and regulatory requirements, specifications and project requirements as specified in various Contract Task Orders and agreements.·         Conduct field inspections of ongoing NCTD & SANDAG construction projects for conformance to NCTD and regulatory requirements.·         Respond to priority/emergency situations and provide on-call assistance and service when needed.·         Assist in managing NCTD signal software management control plan. (FRA subpart H)·         Assist in managing NCTD configuration management control plan. (FRA subpart I)·         Ensures that District and third-party rail signal and communication projects conform to federal, state, and District design standards, inter-agency agreements and MOU, and other governmental regulations.·         Perform other related duties as assigned.
        Bachelor’s Degree in related field desired·         Minimum of 5 years’ experience on a Class I railroad or major commuter rail system including experience in overseeing the installation, adjustment, and testing of signal-related work. ·         Experience as signal engineer with specific experience in railroad signal system design and construction required. A combination of experience/skills and education to fulfill the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position may be considered. Certificates/Licenses·         Signal Training Certificate·         Possession of and the ability to maintain a California driver’s license, Class C, and a satisfactory driving record for the last five years. General Requirements·         An advanced knowledge of principles of railroad signal and communications engineering is required, with demonstrated experience with railroad systems and railroad operations.·         Ability to program and configure VHLC, EL1A, EC4, EC5 and HXP3’s.·         Knowledge of the General Code of Operating Rules (GCOR), including CPUC and FRA rules and regulations.·         Working knowledge of engineering standards such as AREMA, ACI, ASTM, GCOR, and BNSF standard plans.·         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.
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 240 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.


810 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92054

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