Senior Electrical Engineer

Washington D.C.
Feb 15, 2019
Mar 05, 2019
Full Time
Job Description

This is for the position of Senior Electrical Engineer with the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority. The ideal candidate will be expected to possess extensive experience in electrical engineering designs using AUTOCAD, scope and specification development, equipment troubleshooting and testing. This includes medium and low voltage switchgears / switchboards, MCCs and starters, microprocessor, electro-mechanical relays, Transformers (dry & oil), UPS, Batteries, ATS, Generators, lighting and lighting control systems, voltage regulators, cables, and others. The role will also require up to 35% field work throughout various locations in the DC, MD and VA area to WMATA’s facilities to witness testing of electrical equipment. The position will require traveling to manufacturer’s facilities throughout the US. This position will require evening and night work with little to no notice. Among other tasks, the candidate will be responsible for the review of WMATA design criteria, directive and standard drawings, consultant’s/contractor’s electrical designs and installation. This includes coordinating field surveys and assessing existing power systems to support new design and installation efforts.  In addition, the ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of NFPA 70, 70B, 130 and ANSI/NETA MTS-2015

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and at least seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in electrical engineering, especially in design and related functions, to include responsible program management and related supervisory experience is preferred; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience may be acceptable.


Registration or the ability to acquire registration as a Professional Engineer in one of the signatory jurisdictions of the WMATA compact, i.e., the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia is required.

Medical Group:

Ability to satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this job.  Must be able to perform the essential functions of this job either with or without reasonable accommodation(s).

Job Summary/Duties:

This is responsible professional electrical engineering work of a complex nature.  Serves as the electrical systems design manager and is responsible for overseeing the review and coordination of all electrical designs, plans and specifications required for the Authority's rapid rail and bus transit system.  Has extensive latitude for independent judgment and action within guidelines.  Serves as the Head of the Electrical Engineering Section and has supervisory responsibility over assigned engineers.  Performance will be evaluated based upon effective completion of duties.

Supervises Authority electrical engineers, technicians and consultants.

In coordination with the General Engineering Consultant electrical staff, develops electrical engineering design criteria, plans and specifications as guidance for stage and section designers.

Reviews engineering criteria, directive and standard drawings, and specifications related to electrical systems.

Reviews drawings, specifications and computations developed by Section Designers for electrical systems equipment such as switchgear, electrical panels, power control components, motors, pumps, fans, escalators, cables, cathodic protection and heating devices.

Initiates and effectively manages design projects for traction power equipment installations in support of the WMATA rail system.

Review recommendations for tests and control procedures for prime electrical equipment.

Acts as primary point of contact within the Authority for matters pertaining to electrical systems.

Prepares and presents accurate engineering reports on electrical facilities and electrical systems on time.

Represent the organization on matters pertaining to electrical systems and equipment for Metrorail and Metrobus services.

Prepares electrical design drawings and specifications for miscellaneous WMATA facilities relating to rail, administrative and bus operations.

Coordinates the development of electrical service agreements with the utility companies for the provision of electrical service for new rail operations and for updating existing systems.

Initiates and manages new Electric Service Connection contracts with the utility companies.

Performs duties related to WMATA lighting designs.

Performs related duties as assigned.

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:

  • Personal Interview
  • Skills Assessments
  • Verification of education and experience
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Credit history report for positions with fiduciary responsibilities
  • Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening
  • Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists.  Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.

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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