Senior Railroad Civil Engineer (Limited Term)

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Aug 11, 2022
Full Time Engineering

Job Description

The Senior Railroad Civil Engineer (Limited Term) will work closely with other staff and consultants to perform project engineering duties to support railroad project design and construction. This person will also work with other staff on a variety of projects including plan reviews, preparation of various applications for environmental reviews and agreements with local agencies, railroads and third parties involving public works construction, station design, grade crossings, separations and utilities to ensure compliance with railroad engineering standards and regulatory requirements. This position may be involved in managing projects and tasks as part of the Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion Program (SCORE), a multi-year program to increase the capacity of the regional rail system by adding double track, station platforms, grade crossing improvements, signal respacing, and maintenance facilities.

TO APPLY: This is a continuous recruitment with the first review of applications beginningAugust 25, 2022. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.
This is a Limited Term position not to exceed five (5) years. This position is funded in whole or in part through federal, state, or other governmental grants which are limited by time or funding. Limited Term positions may be eliminated when the funding ends, time expires, or due to lack of business need for the position. Limited Term employees receive all benefits provided to full-time employees, including but not limited to retirement, medical, dental, vision, and life.

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.

  • Receives supervision from departmental management/supervisory level roles
  • No formal supervisory responsibilities; may lead the work of 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.
  • Manage the delivery of railroad related projects involving track and signals, bridges, culverts, tunnels, buildings, drainage and retaining structures, grading, and other right-of-way facilities.
  • Write project descriptions, charters, project study reports, and regular monthly reports.
  • 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; manage contract task orders and oversee consultant scope of work.
  • Monitor 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, and SCRRA standards, respond to requests for information, and maintain logs, submittals, requests for information, correspondence, and other contract related documents;
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Perform other duties as required.

  • 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
Preferred Qualifications
  • Professional Engineer's license
  • Prior experience working on railroad structures projects (bridges, culverts, or tunnels)
  • Prior experience working for a Class I Railroad or Freight Railroad
  • Prior experience working on alternative delivery of projects i.e., CM-GC
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of :
  • The Authority's operations and business practices, as well as the railroad regulatory environment
  • Railroad engineering design and construction standards and regulations
Skilled in :
  • Use of Microsoft Office
  • Project Control Software
Ability to :
  • 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.

Following a review of resumes and/or applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. Eligible applicants will be notified of the exact time and place of assessments and interview. Candidates will be interviewed to determine their relative knowledge, skills and ability in job related areas. Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a reference check, including degree verification and criminal records check provided through SCRRA.

Internal Candidates: Employees with active discipline as defined in the HR Policy No. 5.3 Positive Discipline Program and/or with performance that does not meet the standard for "meets expectations" as defined in the Performance Planning and Appraisal Process may be precluded from consideration and placement in the position.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the SCRRA will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

The SCRRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EEO/ADA

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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