The Senior Railroad Civil Engineer works closely with staff, consultants, and contractors to perform project engineering and management. This position also works with staff on a variety of projects including plan reviews, preparation of applications for environmental reviews, support scope agreements with local agencies, railroads and third parties involving public works construction, new track and signal system infrastructure, station design, grade crossings, separations, and utilities to ensure compliance with railroad engineering standards and regulatory requirements.
This is the senior level of the Railroad Civil Engineer series. At this level, work may be performed under limited supervision or under limited direction. Incumbent possesses considerable latitude to accomplish tasks, which may include lead worker or supervisor duties.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED AND RECEIVED
Receives supervision from departmental management/supervisory level roles
No formal supervisory responsibilities; leads the work of consultants, contractors, and lower level staff
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The duties listed below are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not to be interpreted as an exhaustive list of responsibilities.
Support the delivery of railroad related projects from design, through construction and commissioning, and integration into the operational network.
Support projects involving track, signals and communication systems, grade crossings, bridges, culverts, tunnels, buildings, drainage and retaining structures, grading, and other right-of-way facilities.
Maintain a culture of safety by participating in activities of safety committees, reviewing work plans for compliance with safe operating practices, and making observations of work activities.
Write project descriptions, charters, project study reports, regular monthly reports, Board reports and may deliver Board presentations.
Calculate construction work quantities (quantity take-off) from plans and specifications, field survey data, or direct field measurements.
Prepare estimates of the probable cost of construction and maintenance activities using data from estimating tables, previous bids, production reports, or analysis of crew and equipment.
Write scope of work and prepare estimates for professional services task orders and evaluate proposals.
Monitor project budget expenditures during design and construction and prepare reports of cost to date for on-going work, projected cost at completion, and anticipated outlays over life of project.
Check pay applications for work performed on various contracts using measured work quantities or similar methods as specified by contract.
Prepare project budgets and track funds received for projects from grants, deposits, or other sources, and prepare reports of expenses versus budget, and assist accounting department with timely billing on projects.
Review submittals from contractors for conformance with the requirements of the contract, SCRRA standards and operating practices and safe, appropriate methods, respond to requests for information, and maintain logs, submittals, requests for information, correspondence, and other contract related documents.
Monitor inspection and Quality Control for construction, products and materials incorporated within the railroad infrastructure against Agency standards and criteria.
Assist in development of plans for construction activities using inspection and other measurement and condition data and prepare schedules for design and construction using critical path scheduling techniques (CPM).
Calculate project material requirements, prepare bid packages from standard plans and specifications, prepare purchasing requisitions, track material procurements, and record material installation locations.
Prepare plans and specifications for job order contracts and small contract packages using SCRRA standard plans and specifications and other industry standards.
Prepare or review designs of temporary structures for construction; prepare or review work plans for construction work involving railroad track and related facilities and structures including surveying and layout.
Prepare correspondence to contractors, consultants, agencies, and other railroads to address engineering and construction topics.
Coordinate the completion of projects in a live operating railroad environment, with various contractors, vendors, consultants, and internal departments.
Understand the rights, duties, and obligations of contracts and implement Agency construction management practices and guidelines.
Perform other duties as required.
Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree in Engineering or a related field.
A minimum of seven (7) years of related work experience and knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating and tracking project and resources, including monitoring and inspecting work, and contractor performance.
A combination of training, education and or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered when determining minimum qualifications. Advanced relevant coursework may also substitute for a portion of required experience.
Valid Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record of no more than three moving violations and no DUI’s within the last three years
Professional Engineer's license
Prior experience working on railroad structures projects (bridges, culverts, or tunnels) in a construction environment
Prior experience working for a Class I Railroad or Freight Railroad or understanding of railroad operational practices and requirements
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The Authority’s operations and business practices, as well as the railroad regulatory environment
Railroad engineering design and construction standards and regulations
Use of Microsoft Office
Project Control Software
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to individuals and groups at all levels within and outside of the organization
Multitask and manage multiple projects
Develop accurate material, time, and cost estimates
Learn Primavera P6
Transition between a stationary position at a desk or work location and move about Metrolink facilities or other work site locations
Operate tools to perform the duties of the position; such as computers, office equipment and work-related machinery
Transport equipment or boxes up to 25lbs
Exchange ideas by means of communication
Visual acuity to detect, identify and observe employees or train movement and any barriers to movement when working on or near railroad tracks
Hear and perceive the nature of sounds when working on or near railroad tracks
Balance, ascend/descend, climb, kneel, stoop, bend, crouch or crawl within assigned working conditions and or locations
Position requires work in a normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, or temperature. Work may also be conducted in outdoor environments, at construction sites, Railroad Track and Right-of-Way environments, and warehouse environments, with possible exposure to individuals who are hostile or irate, moving mechanical parts, and loud noises (85+ decibels, such as heavy trucks, construction, etc.)
Southern California Regional Rail Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Authority will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
Metrolink is proud to serve as the LINK between six Southern California counties with safe, seamless and reliable transportation and connectivity. By reducing 9.2 million car trips annually, Metrolink has proven to be an effective solution, taking pressure off freeways and reducing gridlock.