Associate Track Engineer

Washington D.C
Oct 20, 2020
Nov 07, 2020
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
This position is a progressive opportunity within WMATA's Track Engineering Team, with a balance between field and office work. This position will support capitol planning pursuits and guide maintenance direction in renewal of track assets and solving of track issues. Opportunities to grow within the team is encouraged as you help preserve the integrity of track infrastructure on the Metrorail system. Come onboard.

Minimum Qualifications :

Graduation from an ABET accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering. A passing grade on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination is preferred and coursework in engineering should include mechanics of materials, statics and dynamics and the theory and application of stress and strain models.

In addition, the selected employee must successfully complete the following WMATA sponsored training courses: WMATA's Roadway Worker Protection (RWP) Training, WMATA's Track Repair Training and WMATA's Track Inspection Training.


Possession of, or ability to acquire, a District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia motor vehicle operator's license issued from jurisdiction of residence.

Medical Group:

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

Job Summary/Duties :

This is an entry level position. This is a professional track engineering and track maintenance engineering position. The position requires periodic to extensive work in the field working alongside WMATA's track maintenance and production crews. The position is primarily focused on ensuring the efficient and effective operation of the existing railroad and supporting more senior track engineers in the achievement of this critical goal.

Supports the upkeep and execution of WMATA's Rail Stress Management Program in accordance with WMATA's Heat Countermeasure Program.

Supports the refinement and execution of WMATA's Rail and Wheel Interface Program.

Supports the maintenance and execution of WMATA's Rail Grinding Program and Rail Lubrication Program.

Utilizes WMATA's linear asset management software tools to identify maintenance needs and execute long range planning in order to ensure WMATA maintains all track components to a state of good repair.

Applies updates and maintains WMATA's standard track drawings and specifications with supervision.

Investigates operating track problems, both in the field and in an office environment, and prepares reports to describe findings and supports the analysis efforts to develop a cost effective engineering solution.

Prepares briefings in order to explain technical challenges to management staff with guidance from more senior track engineers.

Partners and conducts market research with transit industry suppliers in order to stay abreast of evolving technologies and draw conclusions as to the applicability of these technologies to the WMATA operating track environment.

Becomes familiar with WMATA's track geometry standards, and industry research involving track and wheel dynamics through formal training and self-study.

Supports track maintenance planning efforts by reviewing track inspector defect records and automated track inspection records.

Supports the execution of WMATA's Derailment Investigation process with supervision and guidance from more senior track engineers.

The above duties are general and not intended to determine specific duties of the position. They are not intended to limit in any way the right of supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under his or her 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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