Director Mechanical Engineering

Washington D.C
Sep 24, 2021
Sep 29, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time
Are you a self-starter that likes to make a lasting impact on the lives of others? Do you like solving problems and developing solutions that might not be obvious to the average observer? Do you work well in a dynamic environment that will constantly challenge you and keep your mind churning? If this sounds like excitement for you, please continue to read to find out more about an exciting role with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA or Metro).

WMATA is one of America's Premier Transit Authorities and serves our Nation's capital impacting the lives of millions of commuters and visitors each day. WMATA has an exciting opportunity for an experienced transit leader looking to play a role in helping shape the future of Metro: Director of Mechanical Engineering.

The Engineering and Architecture team supports the many different technical requirements needed to keep the system running and to implement needed upgrades to the system. The selected candidate will lead the Mechanical Engineering team, in a wide range of engineering challenges and problems that need to be solved. The work touches or impacts just about every function across the organization. The incumbent will develop Statements of Work outlining requirements for studies, projects, and other related work ensuring that work proceeds as required to accomplish the subject task in a timely manner.

The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and organizational skills to ensure that internal and external customers' needs are clearly understood and addressed. The ability to work well with a diverse group of individuals and move initiatives efficiently, with the highest level of standards, when needed will be one of the keys to success. In addition, having the ability to develop short and long-term solutions to various project support needs will be necessary


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of engineering management, analysis, and contract oversight experience for a systems engineering program to include, interfacing with Federal oversight authorities, elected officials, and other high-level officials and directing both subordinate employees and consultants.

  • Professional Engineer's (PE) license from Virginia, Maryland or the District of Columbia or ability to obtain PE license. If PE is registered in a jurisdiction not listed above, then must be able to obtain PE from Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia within one (1) year.

  • Experience within an electrified passenger railroad or transit environment

Medical Group:

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

Mission Essential Designation:

In accordance with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) this job has been identified as critical to mission essential functions. Incumbents in this role may be required to report to or continue to work in the event of authorized office closings or service suspensions due to severe weather, natural disaster, fire, operational emergencies or related events.


The Director Mechanical Engineering plans, directs, oversees, and coordinates an effective, well-integrated, and comprehensive engineering, systems, and network program pertaining to mechanical and related systems and equipment. This role is the prime mechanical engineering and design resource and serves as an in-house consultant. This role develops, revises, and implements engineering policies, procedures, and standards and ensures their compliance with various legal, safety, and other requirements. The incumbent directs, oversees, and monitors engineering activities of consultants to ensure fulfillment of contract specifications, timetables, budget, and other conditions. The incumbent directs, develops, and implements maintenance and testing practices required by WMATA and outside regulatory agencies and ensures compliance of Operations forces to all prescribed testing and maintenance practices.

  • Directs the Engineering staff in multi-disciplinary engineering tasks required for the effective and efficient operation and maintenance of electrical, traction power, mechanical and related systems and equipment.
  • Develops, revises, and implements engineering policies, procedures, and standards and ensures policies, procedures, and standards comply with legal, safety, and other requirements. Serves as an in-house engineering consultant.
  • Develops, reviews, and approves technical engineering designs, specifications, and change orders to utilities, electrical systems, traction power, mechanical and related systems and equipment.
  • Directs employees and contractors in inspections, and project evaluation activities to include monitoring work schedules, budget, expenditures, and resource allocation to evaluate project conformance to overall goals and to ensure achievement of technical engineering requirements.
  • Plans and directs the development and utilization of engineering and design resources for the support of planning preliminary and final design, construction, and equipment procurement for major segments of the Authority's expansion and modernization program.
  • Provides special technical assistance and guidance to engineers, designers and discipline managers. Maintains "in-house" capability for design and analysis for modifications, emergency repairs, and assessment of existing facilities. Coordinates "in-house" designs and analyses with clients.
  • Oversees the preparation and subsequent monitoring of the budget and other administrative functions for the Office of Chief, Infrastructure Services. Prepares and directs the preparation of clear, technically sound, accurate, and informative statistical, financial, progress, and other reports. Prepares executive correspondence.
  • Interfaces with all engineering and maintenance disciplines to ensure WMATA is being operated and maintained in an efficient, integrated and safe manner. Works closely with other Deputy Chief CENI Director positions to establish strong working relationships and clear communications. Works closely with Systems Maintenance and Plant Maintenance to ensure full cooperation and understanding of initiatives.

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.