Electrical Engineer - Traction Power

Washington D.C
Sep 22, 2021
Sep 29, 2021
Full Time
Are you looking for an exciting position within Engineering?

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has a Electrical Engineer position with Traction Power experience that you may be interested in.

The ideal candidate will be expected to possess experience in electrical engineering designs, scope and specification development, equipment troubleshooting, and testing. This includes various traction power system equipment like medium and low voltage AC switchgears, DC Switchgears/Switchboards, electro-mechanical and micro-processor based multi-protection relays, Rectifiers, Rectifier Transformers, negative switchboards, UPS system, Batteries, AC/DC cables, and others.

The role will also require up to 50% field work throughout various locations in the DC, MD and VA area to WMATA's facilities to witness field testing of electrical equipment. This position will also require traveling to manufacturer's facilities throughout the US to support factory testing. Witnessing of testing may occur in evenings and night work with little 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 ATS and MTS.

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field. Minimum of six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in electrical engineering to preferably include switchgear, power control components and traction power equipment experience.

Or, an equivalent combination of post high school education and a minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in electrical engineering, to preferably include switchgear, power control components and traction power equipment experience.


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 preferred.

Medical Group :

Ability to satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this job. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions of this job either with or without reasonable accommodations.


This is responsible professional electrical engineering work of a complex nature. Incumbent reviews and coordinates electrical designs and installations required by the Authority's rapid rail transit system. Incumbent has considerable latitude for independent judgment and action within established guidelines. Incumbent's performance will be evaluated based on the effective performance of assigned duties.

Major Duties:
  • Reviews complex electrical drawing and design specifications related to electrical systems equipment developed by the General Engineering Consultant, ensuring technical adequacy and compliance with established standards of the Authority. Directs the General Engineering Consultant in preparation or modification of electrical plans.
  • Confers with the General Engineering Consultant's electrical staff in the development of criteria, plans and specifications for guidance of stage and section designers.
  • Reviews drawings, specifications and computations developed by Section Designers for electrical systems equipment such as switchgear, electrical panels, motor control centers, motors, pumps, fans, escalators, cables, energy efficient lighting, cathodic protection and heating devices.
  • Reviews specifications ans shop drawings or procurement contracts, for bus garage renovation, modification or construction.
  • Maintains liason with power companies to facilitate smooth and timely completion of construction projects
  • Prepares accurate engineering reports on complex electrical facilities and systems,
  • Performs special projects to include electrical engineering design, control circuit modification, equipment application, cost estimates, etc.,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:
  • 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