Senior Vehicle Engineer

Washington D.C
Jun 13, 2019
Jun 24, 2019
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
Minimum Qualifications :

  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical, Electrical or a related Engineering field
    • In lieu of a Bachelor's degree, a High School Diploma and four (4) years of experience performing vehicle engineering tasks as outlined above (i.e. troubleshooting, vehicle/subsystem testing, component/sub-system design, development & review of technical documentation) may be considered.

  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience performing rail/MOW vehicle engineering tasks as outlined above (i.e. troubleshooting, vehicle/subsystem testing, component/sub-system design, development & review of technical documentation).

  • None

  • Experience in developing mechanical equipment specifications.


Possession of a valid District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia motor vehicle operator's permit issued from the jurisdiction of residence.

Registration as a Professional Engineer by NEC examination is highly desirable.

Medical Group:

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

Job Summary/Duties:

The Senior Vehicle Engineer is responsible for performing professional engineering, project management, engineering analysis and testing activities. The incumbent serves as a subject matter expert on technical aspects of rail vehicle equipment and its performance in passenger service. Responds to difficult and complex engineering problems/issues.

  • Serves as the lead engineer on projects related to equipment on railcars and maintenance of way (MOW) vehicles.
  • Reviews design documents in order to evaluate the constructability and maintainability of vehicle systems. Reviews contractor submitted shop and manufacturing drawings, design calculations and computations related to vehicles, various railcar systems/track equipment and subsystems.
  • Reviews technical submittals of vehicle/track equipment design and fabrication. Provides engineering support to ensure conformity with specifications and design criteria.
  • Serves as the lead of interdisciplinary engineering groups charged to address special rail/maintenance of way vehicles, fabrication and operational related problems towards developing remedies. Generates appropriate correspondence and documentation to maintain configuration control for implemented solutions.
  • Develops engineering specifications for rail cars, rail car sub-systems/components and Maintenance of Way equipment. Develops the technical basis for change orders to ongoing rail vehicle/track equipment projects and programs. Drafts change order documentation to support post-bid design, pre- and post-production field changes.
  • Prepares and/or reviews feasibility studies and special reports on vehicle/track equipment systems and subsystems. Prepares cost estimates as required.
  • Participates, as required, in Vehicle and System Commissioning, Substantial Completion Inspections, Safety and other field/site investigations.
  • Serves as WMATA's expert on one or more vehicle systems and/or train/MOW vehicle performance. Provides expert testimony when called upon to address equipment design and performance issues during accident investigations and litigation.
  • Provides the vehicle program office with technical oversight and review/approval of the following: Railcar Qualification Testing Plans; Railcar Acceptance Plans; Railcar Systems Integration Matrices/Plans; and technical investigations and problem solving at new car delivery sites.
  • Performs investigations and studies, and prepares reports to document recommendations in response to incidents, operations, maintenance or procurement needs.
  • Supports the Configuration Control Management process by developing and/or maintaining engineering design technical documentation, maintenance manuals and drawings within the EPDM system.

  • Perform "on-call" duty as assigned.

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:
  • 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

Closing :

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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