Director Train Control Engineering

Washington D.C
Dec 09, 2021
Dec 22, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time
Do you like to solve challenging problems that have far reaching impacts on many of our Nation's Capital area residents, commuters, and visitors? Are you a self-starter that can recognize problems and develop solutions for them? 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, consider if you might be a good fit for 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 Train Control (ATC) Engineering.

The Engineering and Architecture (ENGA) team supports the technical requirements needed to keep the system running and to implement needed upgrades for it. The selected candidate will lead the Train Control Engineering team in a wide range of engineering challenges and problems that need to be solved to keep the system running smoothly. The work touches and/or impacts all of the functions required to move trains throughout the system. 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. This will all be done while keeping a close eye on safety across all aspects of work.

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Computer Science or a related field
  • In lieu of a Bachelor's Degree, a High School Diploma or GED and four (4) years of experience in engineering management, and contract oversight for an Automatic Train Control engineering program, in addition to the experience stated below, will be considered.

  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible engineering management, analysis, and/or technical oversight experience for an Automatic Train Control Engineering program, including:
  • At least five (5) years in a supervisory management capacity
  • Experience within a passenger railroad or transit environment
  • Experience interfacing with Federal oversight authorities, elected officials, and other high-level officials
  • Experience directing both subordinate staff and consultants

  • Roadway Worker Protection Certification, Level 2, within six (6) months of hire
  • Valid Driver's License

  • PE License
  • Master's Degree in Engineering

Medical Group:

Ability to satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position. 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.

Job Summary/Duties:

The Director Train Control Engineering plans, directs, oversees, and coordinates an effective, well-integrated, and comprehensive engineering, systems, and network program pertaining to automatic train control (ATC) and related systems and equipment. Leads the development, revision, and implementation of engineering policies, procedures, and standards and ensures compliance with various legal, safety, and other requirements. Directs, oversees, and monitors engineering activities of consultants to ensure fulfillment of contract specifications, timetables, budgets, and other conditions and interfaces with various executive and senior-level staff of various regulatory agencies and partnering and/or intersecting organizations. The incumbent directs and oversees the development and implementation of maintenance and testing practices required by WMATA and outside regulatory agencies and ensures compliance of the Systems Maintenance function to all prescribed testing and maintenance practices.

  • Directs the engineering staff, contractors, and/or inspectors in civil, mechanical, electrical, electronic, environmental, and/or industrial engineering tasks as related to automatic train control to include work schedules, budgets, expenditures and resource allocation required for the effective and efficient operation, maintenance and construction of ATC and related systems and equipment. Evaluates project conformance to overall goals and ensures achievement of technical engineering requirements, while also balancing non-technical project requirements and goals.
  • Directs the effective planning, development and utilization of engineering and design resources to support preliminary and final design, construction and equipment procurement for major segments of WMATA's expansion and modernization program. Maintains "in-house" capability for design and analysis of modifications, emergency repairs, assessments of existing facilities, and coordinates "in-house" designs and analyses with internal customers. Maintains the existing system in a state of good repair and upgrade and improves the system as required by stakeholders to support safety and reliability of revenue operations and customer service.
  • Directs and supervises subordinate staff to include recommending applicant selection, disciplinary actions and resolutions of grievances, assigning duties, directing work, approving leave requests and time sheets, and ensuring appropriate staff training is provided.
  • Oversees the preparation and subsequent monitoring of the budget and other administrative functions pertaining to Automatic Train Control and related signaling and electrical systems and equipment. Prepares and directs the preparation of clear, technically sound, accurate, and informative statistical, financial, progress, and other reports. Prepares executive correspondence. Ensures proper planning, allocation and accountability of funding for programs and projects assigned to the ATCE team.
  • Manages configuration of ATC system and equipment and resolves issues (on-call) that arise in a revenue operating and non-revenue maintenance or construction environment. Maintains and is deeply knowledgeable of all ATC specific documents, record drawings, maintenance procedures, inspection and test records, performance data, and other related documents to ensure proper documentation as needed to support ATC functions. Ensures that department personnel have the knowledge, training and resources needed to address the needs of the Automatic Train Control system.
  • Interfaces effectively with Metro's engineering, maintenance and operations teams and works closely with the Systems Maintenance, Rail Vehicle Engineering, Information Technology, Track Maintenance, and Safety functions to ensure full cooperation and understanding of initiatives.

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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