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Senior Engineer III (Positive Train Control)

San Mateo County Transit District
San Carlos, California 94070
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Senior Engineer III (Positive Train Control)

$1,913 - $2,870 per week ($99,511 to $149,267 est. annual)


This posting has an application deadline of Friday, February 14, 2020


The San Mateo County Transit District is the administrative body for public transit and transportation programs in San Mateo County, California: SamTrans bus service, including Redi-Wheels paratransit service, Caltrain commuter rail service and the managing agency for the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. The District transports approximately 32 million customers a year and is one of the nation’s top transit agencies. We look forward to continuing our leading role in meeting the transportation challenges of the future.


The San Mateo County Transit District’s Rail Division seeks a Senior Engineer III (Positive Train Control) to be responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining the Positive Train Control (PTC) system and will be experienced in Railroad Systems with a working knowledge of Train Control, Wayside Signals, On-Board Systems and FRA regulations pertinent to railroad operations as well as systems interoperability for the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain).

The Engineer III will implement and maintain the Interoperable Electronic Train Management System (IETMS) (PTC) systems, including back office server (BOS), Network Management System (NMS), Interoperable Train Control Message Server

(ITCMS); Wayside Status Relay Service (WSRS), and its interface to the Rail Operations Control System (ROCS) Computer Aided Dispatching System, Predictive Arrival and Departure System (PADs), Radio Dispatching System (RDS) and future systems including Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), perform as a key member for Caltrain Configuration Management Change Control Committee and ensure all PTC system related hardware, software, PTC data will follow Caltrain Configuration Management process and procedure, ensure Caltrain train control systems are functioning for optimal performance and in accordance with FRA mandated requirements for all tenant railroads interoperability, provide general technical oversight of PTC System and perform system usage and performance analyses, act as liaison on matters related to Interoperable Train Control (ITC) requirements with internal and external stakeholders and agencies such as: California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Union Pacific Railroad, ITC Standard Committees, American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and other interested parties as required, manage train control engineering projects, develop and maintain train control engineering standards, requirement specification and technical procedures, ensure Caltrain PTC monthly report to the FRA complies with the regulation reporting requirements and inform FRA regarding I-ETMS Changes.

The incumbent will also manage the PTC systems’ warranty and long-term maintenance support service agreements, monitor operating and technical contractors on PTC to ensure system meets the mandated requirements, identify and resolve PTC issues and review project schedules, assist in strategic planning, prepare status reports, coordinate project resources, and communicate with all project participants on relevant issues, ensure Caltrain PTC system is compatible with Association of American Railroad (AAR) standards and follow the International Test Commission (ITC) guidelines including “N-2” backwards compatible software versions, review PTC operating manuals and procedures developed by various system providers or vendors, manage all PTC technology refresh and software upgrades/updates and associated testing without impacting with railroad daily service and Operations, coordinate with UPRR and other tenant railroads and address on-going interoperability issues if is needed, develop test procedures and test plans; conduct and verify system tests, conduct on-site technical reviews including independent verification and validation of system features and functionality, provide technical input to the Railroad on any changes that impacting PTC; manage lab and field regression testing as needed and provide PTC technical input to develop project scopes.



The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical / Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or related field with four years of professional railroad train control experience or related field. Experience with an emphasis on PTC and other train control systems’ development and maintenance is desirable. Experience with supervisory train control, wayside signal, highway crossing warning system, predictive and arrival system, and traffic signal control is desirable. Experience with rail industry systems, electrical interfaces, software and network protocols, and system integration with commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware and software is desirable. Must have effective oral and written communication skills. Possession or working toward a Professional Engineering license desirable.


To apply for this position, please visit our website at http://www.smctd.com/jobs.html,and follow the related application instructions.


The San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Posted: 2020-01-24 Expires: 2020-02-23

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San Mateo County Transit District
San Carlos, California 94070

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