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Senior Trackwork Engineer

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald is a $2bn engineering, management and development consultancy. We’re one of the largest and most diverse firms of our kind in the world with over 16,000 staff working out of 180 principal offices, delivering projects in 150 countries.

Our global business is multisector, spanning buildings, communications, defense, education, environment, health, international development, industry, mining, oil and gas, power, transport, urban development, water and wastewater.

Equal employment opportunity is the law. English version, Spanish version, Chinese version.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, creed, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status or disability status.

Job Description

We are hiring a Senior Trackwork Engineer to support a major project for a transportation client in the Washington, DC area. The hired candidate this position will provide compliance oversight support to the project team to facilitate the acceptance of the Project into the ARS. This support will be focused on verification and oversight of trackwork for compliance with Contract requirements. This role serves primarily a field oversight function but requires substantial technical / administrative work.

Under limited supervision, incumbent shall support the Project Office in overseeing the Contractor’s engineering, installation, and testing of rail systems to ensure compliance with Contract requirements. Employee has considerable latitude for independent judgment and action within established guidelines. This role will work in coordination with the System Commissioning Manager, client Project Managers, and with the client’s Track Engineering and maintenance groups to ensure any required client support and/or test witnessing is provided. Incumbent will also interact with client and Contractor regularly. Ensures work quality and adherence to established standards, policies, and procedures; and performs related duties as assigned. Incumbent will also develop and maintain tools to track progress of trackwork installation activities and related issues and follow up their resolution.
Duties, may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop intimate knowledge and understanding of Contractual requirements related to rail system design, materials, equipment, installation, testing, and commissioning.

  • Review trackwork-related submittals, including shop drawings, product submittals, test reports, test plans, and any other related documentation. Provide comments to contractor’s submissions in relation to client standards, criteria, and good industry practices. Recommend acceptance or rejection of reviewed documentation as applicable.

  • Provide input to the Contractor’s commissioning strategy to ensure that it aligns with Contract requirements, client
    expectations, and generally accepted industry practice. This may require review of the Contractor’s commissioning plans / schedules and related documents.

  • Participate in progress meetings to monitor the Contractor’s construction, quality control, testing, and safety certification of the facilities, equipment and systems for trackwork.

  • Ensure quality of rail construction and testing activities. Ensure that work is in conformance with WMATA standards, criteria, drawings, specifications, and approved test procedures.

  • Make frequent visits to site to audit and oversee trackwork construction and commissioning activities. Prepare field report of each visit and document observed work and any deficiencies identified.

  • Observes work operations for compliance with applicable safety regulations; is alert for unsafe practices, and where appropriate, requests their correction by the contractor's representative on site. In emergency situations, stops the work involved and immediately reports the action to a supervisor; performs daily safety inspections; prepares electronic and/or hardcopy safety reports, and attends and documents contractor's tool-box safety meetings.

  • Witness rail testing activities, including SPD, and/or coordinate witnessing by other qualified client staff in accordance with established client objectives. Prepare field report of each visit and document observed test and any deficiencies identified.

  • Review Contractor’s request for Dynamic Testing Readiness Certificate and provide recommendation.

  • Work with the client’s departments in the development of an equipment list and spare parts list necessary to service and maintain new Silver Line (N-Line) trackwork facilities and systems. Review related spare parts & equipment list submittals from the contractor.

Candidate Specification

  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent business and technical writing
  • In addition to degree, a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant professional experience is desired.
  • At least five (5) years direct experience in the engineering, installation, and commissioning of track in a heavy rail transit system. Maintenance experience may be considered towards this requirement.
Experience should substantiate mastery of the following:
  • Track geometry elements such as spirals, vertical grades, compound curves, super elevation, simple curves, rail head cant and other associated track geometry properties.
  • Purpose and engineering characteristics of all track components such as special track work, cross ties, rail, contact rail, ballasted track and direct fixation fasteners.
  • Principles of rail defects to include top wear, side wear, gauge face angle wear, rolling contact fatigue and internal rail defects
  • CWR installation and maintenance practices to include the higher level engineering elements of CWR as they relate to thermal expansion and contraction.
  • Track geometry defects to include gauge, cross level, profile, alignment and other track geometry defects.
  • Wheel and rail dynamics to include friction, LN, Nadal's Criteria, contact bands, angle of attack, effects of wheel and rail lubrication, curving forces, flanging forces, centrifugal wheel taper, hollow tread and wheel flange angle.
  • AREMA, FRA, and other applicable industry standards.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of extensive, progressively more responsible experience in the management and administration of heavy rail transit systems engineering and construction programs.
  • Proficient in methods and techniques of conducting track inspections and quality audits.
  • Understanding of modern train control and signaling systems
  • Prior experience in a similar role in a comparable-size project
  • Project management / team leadership
  • Construction or engineering experience that corroborates knowledge and understanding construction contracts and ability to compose technical/contractual written communications.
  • Quality Control / quality management
  • Design-build delivery
  • Prior construction or maintenance experience.
  • Strong knowledge of applicable worksite Safety Regulations; demonstrated commitment to safe working practices
  • Computer skills, to include word processor software, spreadsheets, and construction document management system.
  • Proven team player skills with ability to build and maintain internal and external relationships
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, problem solving and analytical skills
  • Capable of reading drawings and schematics
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license

Other desired qualifications include:
  • Proficient in the interpretation of track geometry vehicle data
  • PE certification
  • PMP Certification
  • USACE/NAVFAC CQM Certification

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