Division Engineer MOWE

Sep 12, 2023
Sep 25, 2023
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering

  • Two (2), years of Railroad track, geometric design engineering, or civil highway design experience.

  • Valid Driver's License from jurisdiction of residence

  • Engineer-in-Training or Professional Engineer Certification

The Division Engineer MOWE provides guidance and understanding of the integrity of the WMATA rail system and makes recommendations for maintenance/repair work to track and associated guideway infrastructure. Position will also contribute to capital planning by developing condition assessments of track components. The incumbents contribute to the prioritization, understanding and urgency for maintenance/repairs to be conducted by the Track and Structures (TRST) organization. Utilizes engineering principles and judgement to review and analyze data, recognize trends, understand track defects and coordinate field site visits and inspections with TRST division management staff that are responsible for performing the repairs and logistical experience.

  • Interprets and prioritizes data provided by the Track Geometry Vehicle and all third-party automated inspection equipment to be remediated by Track Maintenance in a timely manner. Develops preventative and corrective maintenance plans and actions to reduce defects and incidents that affect the safety and reliability of the WMATA rail infrastructure.
  • Advises TRST maintenance staff on engineering processes and the reasoning behind specific components and maintenance practices. Helps maintenance personnel on constructability reviews, adjusting work procedures, selection of equipment, and sequencing of work.
  • Meets regularly with TRST administration and conducts field visits to observe work being performed and communicates with front line employees
  • Performs semi-annual, comprehensive track inspections for assigned divisions. Accompanies maintenance personnel on additional inspections as needed (particularly to areas with known recurring maintenance issues) to (a), assist with planning of maintenance projects; (b), become familiar with track infrastructure, terrain, operations, and problem areas; and (c), provide engineering assistance for maintenance work planning. Ensures track is inspected according to WMATA's TRST 1000 track manual and facilitates TRST's knowledge of the proper use of standard track inspection tools.
  • Participates and coordinates with other maintenance and engineering departments to provide support and assistance where needed. Assists with the prioritization of track maintenance work and the alleviation of safety and maintenance concerns.
  • Presents data and rationale concerning requests for Revenue Service Adjustments (RSA) during the year, so that an annualized maintenance workplan can be executed. Analyzes track asset condition assessments and assists TRST maintenance with planning and maintaining the health of the track infrastructure to reduce incidents that adversely affect the delivery of revenue service. Produces track capital renewal plan for assigned maintenance divisions.
  • Evaluates incidents that create safety hazards or maintenance issues. Addresses conditions requiring urgent onsite attention and determines the causes of failures in order to prevent future occurrences and maintain a safe and reliable railroad system.
  • Assists with track engineering studies and testing plans. Creates an effective and efficient processes to test new components or allow 3rd party contracts to be fulfilled and completed in a timely manner.

  • Retains and develops technical skillset and industry knowledge through participation in industry events and seminars that inform WMATA specifications, work instructions, materials and best practices. Enables WMATA to be a leader in transit maintenance and reliability by remaining thoroughly engaged with new industry technologies, practices and materials.

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.