Assistant Project Manager, Fire Integration

Washington D.C
Nov 22, 2021
Dec 04, 2021
Full Time
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is seeking a Fire Protection and Alarming Assistant Project Manager for the Office of Engineering and Architecture (ENGA). The successful candidate for this role will be part of the Communications and Network Systems team, which designs various systems such as Fire Alarm, Tunnel Smoke Detection, Access Control, Intrusion Detection, CCTV, Gas Detection, Intercom, and Public Address for WMATA.

This is a highly responsible professional engineering work of a complex nature. The candidate will play a pivotal role in providing safety leadership to Fire Alarm Stakeholders, ensuring traceability to design practices through value engineering, implementation and operation of fire alarm systems. There will also be emphasis on system integration leadership. The ideal candidate shall be a self-starter, possess strong communication skills, and be result- focused.

In this versatile role, you will bring your passion, leadership experience, and expertise in Fire Protection and Alarm system architectures and implementations to deliver new and modifications to the fire alarm system designs to address fire alarm code updates of WMATA facilities. This to insure system compliance with fire alarm requirements and standards, drives innovations, and sustainability in order to increase system reliability performance. You will manage an energetic team of Fire Alarm Engineers, including consultants and will be working in a collaborative environment that values diverse perspective and continuous learning within the team and across WMATA departments.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) operate rail, bus, and paratransit services in 1,500-square mile area that includes the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Architecture, Planning or a related field. A minimum of eight (8) years demonstrated progressively responsible experience in engineering, design, planning, architecture or construction project management preferably in the transit or rail industry; effectively negotiating with outside contractors/consultants; and supervising a professional engineering and other technical staff.

Or, an equivalent combination of post high school education and a minimum of twelve (12) years of demonstrated progressively responsible experience in engineering, design, planning, architecture or construction project management preferably in the transit or rail industry; effectively negotiating with outside contractors/consultants; and supervising a professional engineering and other technical staff.


Registration as a professional engineer, architect, planner or other relevant professional certification preferred, unless the particular discipline does not require certification.

Medical Group :

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

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.

Job Summary/Duties:

This is highly responsible, managerial, and supervisory work for one or more assigned project(s). The incumbent will assist in the planning, scheduling and controlling of preliminary and final designs, construction, equipment procurement, and operational planning for major construction projects within and/or impacting the Authority. The incumbent supervises and coordinates the inspection and technical work performance of professional and technical staff. The incumbent works under limited supervision following Authority policies, departmental guidelines and procedures and referring exceptions to the Project Manager, Assistant Director or Director.

Coordinates the review of scope of work for final designs prepared by General Consultants; prepares independent cost estimates for the final design effort, and negotiates contacts with General Consultants to perform the final design.

Directs and controls the consultants during the design and planning phases of a construction project by reviewing and analyzing designs, drawings, life-cycle costs and specifications. Controls and coordinates technical reviews of shop and working drawings for projects. Confers periodically with contractors, consultants and Authority officials concerning construction plans, specifications, costs, unusual conditions and work coordination.

Analyzes design and construction change orders, claims and supplemental agreements; assists in negotiating changes with the section design consultants and contractors.

Recommends appropriate changes in contractor schedules to ensure completion of the project within time constraints and reviews and recommends variations from plans and specifications. Prepares activity reports to describe the changes to the project.

Develops or obtains engineering and administrative data necessary for the planning, scheduling and control of the project. Controls design costs and schedules for assigned sections.

Secures approvals from Authority operating department on final design as well as construction contract documents; schedules presentations for the consultants to brief Authority operating department at the preliminary, intermediate and final submittals of the final design; and obtains operating department's approval of the construction contract documents prior to advertisement of contract.

Makes timely field inspections to ensure effective performance of construction activities and conformance with plans and specifications. Investigates and analyzes field, cost, reliability and safety problems. Develops and implements engineering solutions to the problems identified.

Reviews and updates construction records and reports periodically to ensure effective control of project information. Reviews, analyzes and prepares the documentation required for staff summaries.

Supervises subordinate staff to include recommending applicant selection, disciplinary actions, resolution of grievances, assigning duties, directing work, approving leave requests and timesheets, and ensuring appropriate subordinate training is provided. Maintains sound employee/union relations while upholding the rights and interests of management.

Establishes work plans for subordinates against whom they will be measured and conducts performance evaluations of subordinates based upon these work plans.

Attends or conducts meetings including construction coordination meetings to ensure effective project control.

Prepares project-related correspondence to consultants, contractors, other Authority departments and outside agencies.

Prepares timely and accurate budget information for procurement actions.

Responsible and accountable for developing and submitting a realistic and reasonable project budget and for issuing appropriate progress reports as required to record the project's advancements or delays. The report shall include a register of completed tasks, all payments issued and any problems causing delays, redirection of focus or that impacts project delivery timeline or strategy. A progress report will be provided to OMBS as well as the program's front office (ELT member) as required.

Responsible for cost allocation to appropriate projects and for the timely and accurate review and approval of applicable invoices.

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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