Sr. Occupational Safety & Health Electrical Safety Engineer

Washington D.C
Sep 13, 2022
Sep 24, 2022
Full Time
General Hybrid Work Statement:

This opportunity is a hybrid opportunity allowing for flexibility between virtual and in-person work subject to the Authority's telework policy.

Marketing Statement

We are seeking a highly motivated, experienced Electrical Safety Engineer to lead our Electrical Safety Program and Hazardous Energy Control Program as a member of WMATA's Office of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) team. We are looking for an individual with a passion for safety and a strong technical background in interpreting and implementing the latest editions of Codes and Standards. The position will include standing up and leading the Electrical Safety Working Group and serving as the electrical safety and hazardous energy control subject matter expert across the Authority. Specific topics will include energized electrical work, high voltage, low voltage, third-rail safety, and hazardous energy control involving electrical, hydraulic, mechanical, pneumatic, pressure, chemical and thermal. Duties will include proactively identifying electrical safety issues and continuous improvement of the Electrical Safety and Hazardous Energy Control Programs. The team member will actively collaborate with various working groups as guidance to ensure processes and procedures are in alignment and implemented in compliance with the appropriate Codes and Standards. The position will coach and educate leaders and workers on safe work practices, involve safety walks and worksite visits to review non-compliant conditions, and support accident investigations and significant near misses for root cause determination and corrective actions. Additional responsibilities providing support to the OSH Team and topics may include confined space entry, pressure safety, hot work, combustible materials and gases, and explosive atmospheres. Occasional interaction with external stakeholders and oversight is expected.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical, Industrial, or Mechanical Engineering; Occupational Safety or related discipline

  • A minimum of seven (7), years of experience performing three or more professional level electrical safety duties, including making worksite assessments to determine risks, assessing potential hazards and controls, evaluating risks and hazard control measures, and/or investigating incidents.

  • Valid Driver's License
  • Roadway Worker Protection (RWP), Level 2, within 3 months of hire and maintained for the duration while in this job

  • Preferred: CESE (Certified Electrical Safety Engineer) or other equivalent safety certification
  • Master's Degree in Electrical, Industrial, or Mechanical Engineering; Occupational Safety or related discipline

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.

Job Summary

The Senior Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Electrical Safety Engineer serves as the electrical safety subject matter expert (SME) to develop, manage, and continuously improve the Electrical Safety Program and the Hazardous Energy Control Program implementation, including energized electrical work, arc flash safety, high voltage, low voltage, third rail electrical safety and related training content. The incumbent serves as the electrical safety SME who anticipates, recognizes, evaluates, and assures control of workplace electrical hazards. The incumbent interpretates regulatory compliance standards related to electrical safety to ensure implementation is compliant with federal, state, and local regulations across Metro. The incumbent partners with organizations to improve safety programs through effective communication and collaborative efforts to achieve world-class safety.

  • Manages Authority electrical safety and hazardous energy control programs, policies, training content, and ensures compliant safe operating procedures to help drive a systematic approach to hazard identification, mitigation, and management of safety solutions in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Partners with engineering, construction, design, operations, maintenance, emergency response, railway worker teams and other key stakeholders to ensure electrical safety activities represent world-class implementation. Serves as the SME to review and approve new equipment and facility designs and modifications to existing facilities and equipment. Provides regulatory interpretations for activity-specific procedures, compliance concerns, incidents and near misses. Provides electrical safety best practices to the workforce for implementation.
  • Communicates subject matter content using clear, concise and consistent verbal and written communication, demonstrating excellent program management and implementation skills. Manages, mentors and helps resolve safety and regulatory issues and communicates related topics through the OSH Working Groups to management, safety committees, safety coordinators, peers and field organizations.
  • Measures the performance of assigned safety programs and the progress of implementation through collaborative oversight using objective, data-driven information to ensure all applicable international, federal, state and local regulations are being met.

  • Supporting additional occupational safety and health programs and other assigned tasks.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

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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