Percentage Job Description

Essential (E)/Marginal (M) Should add up to 100%

70% (E)

Design and direct rail-related components of the CHSR Project:

• Develop and oversee the design of track alignments, including special track work such as turnouts, crossovers and diamond crossings.

• Prepare and review geometric details of track alignments including horizontal and vertical curve data.

• Prepare detailed engineering plans using the various software products.

• Play an integral part in the development and review of plans, specifications, and cost estimates for Rail Design projects.

• Perform railroad track inspections and other site inspections during construction and maintenance projects to determine if they are within tolerance levels established by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), AREMA, and other applicable regulations.

• Monitor and review the deliverables of the regional teams and contractors to ensure work is being performed in accordance with specifications, drawings and terms of contract. 

20% (E)

Provide technical assistance to establish and develop scope of work, performance and technical requirements and design criteria for high-speed rail systems described within California High-Speed Rail contracts.

10% (E)

Provide guidance and leadership to high-speed rail systems and track engineering team members. Mentoring and advising staff regarding various FRA, AREMA, Class I Railroad and Passenger/Commuter Railroad requirements and preferences.


Knowledge of: Design, construction, testing and commissioning, operation, maintenance, renewal, and asset management of high-speed rail Track, including track alignments (horizontal, vertical, and super-elevation), track formation, track structure and drainage), and familiarity with ATC, Traction electrification, hazard detection and warning systems, and emergency alarms.

Ability to:

·        Utilize sound engineering practices and knowledge to review developed requirements, specifications, designs, and reports and to be able to interpret those technical requirements for compliance with statute, national and international design standards, and best industry practice.

·        Demonstrate attention to detail in preparing and reviewing technical work/proposals, be able to provide insight and guidance based on previous work experience.

·        Develop and review designs and technical specifications.

·        Develop cost estimates and projections.

·        Work and communicate effectively with others (project team members, contractors, and client representatives, at different levels, as required) using courtesy, respect, and sensitivity.

·        Provide input to multiple working level project meetings and provide feedback and comments on overall project progress at briefing and review meetings with Authority staff.

·        Meet deadlines, follow, and adhere to workplace policies.


·        Professional Engineer (PE) license or Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

·        Bachelors or Master's degree in civil, electrical/electronic, mechanical, computer, systems engineering or related engineering discipline.

·        Demonstrated experience on various types of rail projects, to include design and plan development of rail projects.

·        Experience in heavy rail and/or high-speed rail systems.

·        Understand integration of other disciplines such as traction power, overhead contact systems, signals, and communications.

·        Knowledge of engineering computations and structural analysis.

·        Knowledge/experience of the US railroad industry and/or international railroad systems.

·        Knowledge of railroad operations.

·        Thorough knowledge of and practical experience applying AREMA Chapter 17, European Technical Specifications (TSI) and European EN standards as they relate to high-speed track.

·        The ability to maintain good communication skills and working relationships with management, other divisions, districts, federal and state agencies, local agencies and private sector contractors, subcontractors and suppliers and their associations.

·        Ability to work collaboratively across rail & transit disciplines (Systems Engineering, Signals, Electrification Systems, Data Communications, and Project Controls), Project Managers, Systems Engineers, Signals Engineers, Analysts, and Coordinators.

·        Proficiency and knowledge of office-related computer software applications.

·        Membership of relevant professional body.

·        Availability to occasionally travel to other local offices and job site locations


·        None, however, may oversee the work product of others.

·        Provide guidance and leadership to high-speed rail systems and track engineering team members.

·        Inspire your team members, delivery partners, and client to achieve positive and effective Health & Safety processes and procedures for the Program through virtual or in-person format.