Project Manager, Vehicles Rail Car Maintenance

Washington D.C
Jul 28, 2022
Aug 08, 2022
Full Time
Metro's Office of the Chief Mechanical Officer for Rail (CMOR) is recruiting an experienced Project Manager for overall management of Scheduled Maintenance Program (SMP) projects to maintain railcars in a state of good repair through planned overhaul activities. Lead a team ensuring high performance and reliability of railcars in the nation's capital.

The Project Manager will specifically define and manage the tasks necessary to overhaul rail vehicles and their sub-systems, including all planning, staffing, monitoring and controlling, reporting, and financials. The incumbent will coordinate with other department assets to ensure that all necessary processes and materials are in place for successful execution of the work.

The position will manage a team of project coordinator(s) and associate project coordinator(s). The ability to effectively plan/schedule, identify and track key performance metrics, and deliver continuous improvement is important, and well-developed organizational and communication skills are a must.

The ideal candidate will have a background in engineering and be a certified Project Management Professional (preferred). Project management experience and familiarity with railcar maintenance is desired.


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in an Engineering, Business or Program Management discipline.
    • In lieu of a Bachelor's degree, a High School Diploma or GED and four (4) years of work experience in a related engineering discipline may be considered (in addition to the minimum experience requirement below)

  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible and diversified project management experience for transit vehicles or other industries to include specification review; oversight, management, and coordination of internal staff and contractors; ensuring deliverables meets contract specifications and budget; resolving issues involving contract fulfillment; and interfacing with federal oversight authorities and elected officials.

  • N/A

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is preferred

Medical Group:

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Mission Essential Designation
  • In accordance with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) this job has been identified as critical to mission essential functions. Incumbents in this role may be required to report to or continue to work in the event of authorized office closings or service suspensions due to severe weather, natural disaster, fire, operational emergencies or related events.


The Project Manager - Vehicles leads, manages, and coordinates the various aspects of the manufacture, procurement, and testing of all new, rehabilitated rail cars/transit bus and/or their major sub-systems. Manages and coordinates processes associated with the program to include establishing priorities for WMATA and external consultants retained to assist in integrating engineering aspects, ensuring manufacture and assembly of the rail cars/transit bus meet contract specifications, testing rail cars/transit bus and ensuring that rail cars/transit bus are operational prior to final acceptance.

  • Leads and coordinates WMATA internal staff in efforts associated with manufacturing, procuring, and testing all projects.
  • In consultation with the Contracts Procurement, leads and manages the consultants' activities on all aspects of the project. Resolves issues associated with contract fulfillment. Manages the process of resolving issues that arise between WMATA staff and the contractors and ensures contractors' deliverables meet contract specifications, timetables, and budget.
  • Interfaces with the Project Management Oversight Committee within the Department of Transportation to ensure that the project meets FTA and DOT requirements and remains legally compliant. Represents WMATA to the Project Management Oversight, public officials, and responds to project questions and ensuring legal compliance.
  • Serves as liaison to and briefs the Board of Directors and the Committees on all aspects of the program. Maintains relevant communications with various parties associated with the program and develops schedules for periodic review meetings and briefings.
  • Ensures management of project closeout program to include coordinating and completing engineering, procurement, and budgeting tasks.
  • Prepares project-related correspondence to consultants, contractors, and others.
  • Supervises subordinate staff to include recommending applicant selection, disciplinary actions, resolution of grievances, assigning duties, directing work, conducting performance evaluations, approving leave requests and time sheets, and ensuring appropriate subordinate training is provided.
  • Works with engineering staff in reviewing technical design issues and engineering change orders that arise. Manages any contractual changes with PRMT to ensure the program meets its target completion date.
  • Responsible and accountable for developing and submitting a realistic and reasonable project budget and for issuing appropriate progress reports as required to record the project's advancements or delays. The report shall include a register of completed tasks, all payments issued and any problems causing delays, redirection of focus or that impacts project delivery timeline or strategy. A progress report will be provided to OMBS as well as the program's front office (ELT member) as required.
  • Responsible for cost allocation to appropriate projects and for the timely and accurate review and approval of applicable invoices.

  • Supports the interfacing with consultants, railcar/transit bus and subsystem manufacturers, ensuring that all issues are effectively resolved between the parties.
  • Assist with the review and evaluation of changes to engineering specification and makes recommendations

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is 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, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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