Automatic Train Control Engineer - 2 openings

Washington D.C
Oct 12, 2021
Oct 22, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
If you are an engineer who wants to support the Washington Capital region, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) is looking to fill several engineering positions.

WMATA's engineering and architecture team is seeking several dynamic Train Control Engineers specializing in different areas. The selected individuals will work with a group of engineers, technicians and consultants designing, implementing, testing and commissioning, and maintaining Automatic Train Control (ATC) components and systems. In addition, the engineers will create, review and approve various technical submittals. The incumbents shall have a background in electrical, computer, system or signaling engineering. The engineer is required to have excellent communication skills to ensure that internal and external stakeholders' needs are clearly understood and addressed. The ability to move projects quickly, while maintaining a high level of accuracy and thoroughness will be a key to success.

Analyzing and understanding problems to find workable solutions will also be a critical key to success in the position. Experience with software and hardware packages including different types of vital and non-vital processors and control logic is strongly desired. ATC experience and collaboration with a diverse group of engineers and professionals is highly desirable.

The selected candidates will be responsible for different aspects of engineering such as: Design or review and approval of software and hardware; Project management from concept to completion; Field support (including networking, testing and commissioning); specifications, compliance and procure administration

Minimum Qualifications :

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering or related field with emphasis in electronics and system design and evaluation. Minimum four years of progressively responsible experience on a project or program in areas of equipment and/or systems design or evaluation.

Or, an equivalent combination of post high school education and a minimum of eight years of progressively responsible experience on a project or program level in areas of equipment and/or systems design or evaluation.


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 desirable.

Medical Group:

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

Job Summary/Duties:

This is professional engineering work in conducting studies and evaluations and preparing design modifications for the Automatic Train Control (ATC) system. The incumbent is responsible for technical design and related engineering duties relative to the procurement of the ATC system and subsystems. The work involves electronics systems design and evaluation involving state-of -the-art technology. Assignments are carried out independently and results are reviewed primarily for technical soundness and conformity with established criteria and objectives.

Conducts investigations and technical studies relating to automatic train control and subsystem requirements.

Performs technical evaluation of proposals, estimates, specifications and designs f or compliance and/or operational requirements.

Reviews specific designs relative to the ATC system; coordinates reviews with design consultants and prepares appropriate documentation.

Designs modifications to the A TC system as required.

Prepares estimates relating to capital acquisition and operating costs.

Maintains a working ,knowledge of state-of-the-art technology; represents the Authority in meetings with manufacturers and designers.

Establishes and maintains an information feedback system to ensure close liaison between design and actual operation.

Manages the documentation control system in ATC.

Translates policies and operational requirements into specific hardware specifications dra wings.

Coordinates system engineering requirements in terms of human factors, manufacturing and maintenance.

The above duties and responsibilities are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. It is not intended to limit in any way the right of 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.

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