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Senior Director Power Engineering

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Washington D.C
Closing date
Sep 27, 2023

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Marketing Statement

Be part of transit and power history! The Office of Infrastructure at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) is seeking candidates for the new role of Senior Director, Power Engineering. The Office of Infrastructure inspects, maintains, and rehabilitates all High and Low voltage power for both Rail Traction Power and Auxiliary Power for stations, critical systems, and operations locations. This senior level role is responsible for the effective engineering of all power assets, to include new design, engineering modifications, and technical review of contractor proposed designs. The successful candidate will demonstrate previous experience in leading large teams, developing strong relationships with senior leaders and their teams, solving organizational and engineering challenges, promoting collaboration, establishing a culture of safety, and delivering solutions that meet our customers' needs.


  • A Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering
    • In lieu of a Bachelor's degree, a High School Diploma or GED and four (4) years of senior management experience in Traction Power or related field.

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience performing management of electrical engineering functions, to include at least three (3) years in a supervisory capacity

  • Professional Engineering License - Electrical
  • Roadway Worker Protection (RWP) Certification, Level 2, within six (6) months of hire and maintained for the duration of time in job

  • Rail industry traction power experience
  • Utility power control center experience

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 Senior Director Power Engineering is responsible for the effective engineering of High and Low voltage Power for both Rail Traction Power and Auxiliary Power for station and critical systems. This includes new design, engineering modifications, and technical review of contractor proposed designs. The incumbent is responsible, through teams of managers and electrical engineers, for the design and monitoring of SCADA systems as well as the overall state of the Authorities electrical systems.

The incumbent will work directly with the Senior Vice President of power and other senior Leadership, exercising discretion and independent judgment, to accomplish the objectives of the Authority.

  • Directs the review and approval of all plans, specifications and calculations to ensure constructability and compliance with regulatory agency requirements and accepted engineering practice.
  • Directs engineering staff in in the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of traction power and auxiliary power.
  • Establishes design parameters and develops conceptual electrical systems, for both ancillary and traction power.
  • Directs staff in the review and approval of shop drawings, product cut sheets, construction schedules, and other construction submittals.
  • Supports all State of Good Repair efforts necessary to maintain safe and reliable service. Maintains preventative maintenance instructions and developing engineering modification instructions.
  • Manages outside consultant design projects assigned to assist with design projects. Reviews and/or manages staff review of plans and specifications prepared by consultants for all construction projects.
  • Provides technical guidance to field staff for the operation and repair of equipment through both development of maintenance instructions and repair designs.
  • Ensures correct procedures are followed for the maintenance of the authority's equipment.
  • Ensures uninterrupted power supply to rail systems and facilities and that staff are properly trained and equipped.
  • Supports short- and long-term capital improvement programs to adequately repair and replace power assets.
  • Develops and presents oral and written reports to senior management.
  • Manages the department budget including all contractual obligations with outside vendors.

The functions 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
• 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
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.


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates the second largest rail transit system and the fifth largest bus network in the United States. Safe, clean and reliable, "America's Transit System" transports more than a third of the federal government to work and millions of tourists to the landmarks in the Nation's Capital.

Metro has earned a worldwide reputation for security and architectural beauty. WMATA is clearly the employer of choice for over 10,000 area residents. The Authority was created in 1967 by an interstate compact to plan, develop, build, finance and operate a balanced regional transportation system in the National Capital area. Construction of the Metrorail system began in 1969. Four area bus systems were acquired in 1973. The first phase of Metrorail began operation in 1976. The final leg of the original 103-mile rail network was completed in early 2001. Metrorail now operates 83 stations. One line extension and three new stations are now under construction.

Metrorail and Metrobus serve a population of 3.4 million within a 1,500-square-mile area. The transit zone consists of the District of Columbia, the suburban Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George's and the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church. Overall, about 40 percent of the region's residents commute to work on Metro.

Metro and the federal government are partners in transportation. Half of the 83 Metrorail stations serve federal facilities and 36 percent of the local federal workforce uses Metro. We are committed to being an integral part of the Washington metropolitan area by ensuring the best in safe, reliable, cost-effective and responsive transit services, by promoting regional mobility and by contributing toward the social, economic and environmental well-being of our community. Employees are Metro.; We are committed to providing a working environment that fosters a high standard of performance, recognition for contributions and innovations, mutual respect and a healthy quality of life.

We are committed to developing ourselves through technology, training and education. We recognize our diversity as a source of strength that enables us to attain individual and Authority goals. In addition to competitive salaries, Metro employees enjoy a number of attractive benefits. These benefits include paid time off in the form of vacations, holidays and sick leave; medical, dental, life insurances as well as long term disability. Retirement is planned for through a defined contribution plan and a deferred compensation plan. Alternative work schedules, teleworking and free transportation on Metrorail and Metrobus make for an great benefits package for WMATA employees.Jump to our website to apply online for current openings and save the link for future vacancies as they occur.



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