The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), operator of the METROLINK Commuter Rail System, is seeking a Railroad Civil Engineer who will work closely with other staff and consultants to perform project engineering duties to support railroad project design and construction. The Railroad Civil Engineer II fulfilling this role will be primarily focused on Project Management of Railroad Structures Rehabilitation projects (Bridges, Culverts, Tunnels). This position will also work with other SCRRA staff on a variety of projects including plan reviews, preparation of various applications for environmental reviews, grant pursuits, and agreements with local agencies, railroads and third parties involving public works construction, station design, grade crossings, separations and utilities to ensure compliance with railroad engineering standards and regulatory requirements.
TO APPLY: This is a continuous recruitment. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The duties listed below are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not to be interpreted as an exhaustive list of responsibilities.
Support the delivery of railroad related projects involving track and signals, bridges, culverts, tunnels, buildings, drainage and retaining structures, grading, and other right-of-way facilities.
Write project descriptions, charters, project study reports, and regular monthly reports.
Calculate construction work quantities (quantity take-off) from plans and specifications, field survey data, or direct field measurements.
Prepare estimates of the probable cost of construction and maintenance activities using data from estimating tables, previous bids, production reports, or analysis of crew and equipment.
Write scope of work and prepare estimates for professional services task orders.
Monitor expenditures during design and construction, and prepare reports of cost to date for on-going work, projected cost at completion, and anticipated outlays over life of project.
Check pay applications for work performed on various contracts using measured work quantities or similar methods as specified by contract.
Prepare project budgets and track funds received for projects from grants, deposits, or other sources, and prepare reports of expenses versus budget, and assist accounting department with timely billing on projects.
Review submittals from contractors for conformance with the requirements of the contract, and SCRRA standards, respond to requests for information, and maintain logs, submittals, requests for information, correspondence, and other contract related documents.
Assist in development of plans for construction activities using inspection and other measurement and condition data, and prepare schedules for design and construction using critical path scheduling techniques (CPM).
Calculate project material requirements, prepare bid packages from standard plans and specifications, prepare purchasing requisitions, track material procurements, and record material installation locations.
Maintain a culture of safety by participating in activities of safety committees, reviewing work plans for compliance with safe operating practices, and making observations of work activities.
Prepare plans and specifications for job order contracts and small contract packages using SCRRA standard plans and specifications and other industry standards.
Prepare or review designs of temporary structures for construction; prepare or review work plans for construction work involving railroad track and related facilities and structures including surveying and layout.
Prepare correspondence to contractors, consultants, agencies, and other railroads to address engineering and construction topics.
Coordinate the completion of projects in a live operating railroad environment, with various contractors, vendors, consultants, and internal departments.
Understand the rights, duties, and obligations of contracts.
Prepare & manage Bridge and Culvert Rehabilitation budgets, scopes, and schedules
Administer Job Order Contracts and coordinate construction activities with other support staff and SCRRA Operating Department
Provide updates to scope, scope, schedule, budget and other reporting aspects of projects on a monthly and quarterly basis
Manage Rehabilitation Projects in Design & Construction
Ability to coordinate and manage numerous projects at different stages of project completion
Perform field work to check Contractors progress, validate rehabilitation programs, check conditions, etc.
It is anticipated that this position requires field work 20% of the time, some of which will occur on nights and weekends.
This is the career level of the Railroad Civil Engineer series. At this level, the incumbent has some latitude for independent judgment and may vary work methods and procedures, but usually within prescribed parameters.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Supervision Exercised and Received
Receive general oversight from supervisor and director roles.
No formal supervisory responsibilities.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related field in engineering or physical science, preferably with a focus in Structural Engineering.
A minimum of (5) years of related work experience and knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating and tracking project and resources, including monitoring and inspecting work, and contractor performance.
A combination of training, education and or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities may be considered when determining minimum qualifications. Advanced relevant coursework may also substitute for a portion of required experience.
A valid Class C Driver's License with a satisfactory driving record of no more than three moving violations and no DUI's within the last three years
Engineer-In-Training (EIT) Certification.
Professional Engineer's license
Prior experience working on railroad structures projects (bridges, culverts, or tunnels)
Prior experience working for a Class I Railroad or Freight Railroad
Railroad Bridge Inspection experience, familiarity with FRA 237
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The Authority's operations and business practices, as well as the railroad regulatory environment
Railroad engineering design and construction standards and regulations
Use of Microsoft Office
Project Control Software
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to individuals and groups at all levels within and outside of the organization
Multitask and manage multiple projects
Develop accurate material, time, and cost estimates
Learn Primavera P6
Transition between standing, walking and sitting at varying lengths of time
Climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl
Use hands to finger, handle, feel and grasp tools to perform the duties of the position
Ability to lift, hold and move objects up to 25 lbs.
Hear and perceive the nature of sounds
Listen and express or exchange ideas by means of spoken words
Adjust visual focus
Position requires work in a normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, or temperature. Based on job duties, work may also be conducted in outdoor environments, at construction sites, railroad track and right-of-way environments, and warehouse environments, with possible exposure to individuals who are hostile or irate, moving mechanical parts, and loud noises (85+ decibels, such as trains, heavy trucks, construction, etc.).
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Selection Process:
Following a review of resumes and/or applications, the most highly qualified candidates will be invited to continue in the selection process. Eligible applicants will be notified of the exact time and place of assessments and interview. Candidates will be interviewed to determine their relative knowledge, skills and ability in job related areas. Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a reference check, including degree verification and criminal records check provided through SCRRA.
Internal Candidates: Employees with active discipline as defined in the HR Policy No. 5.3 Positive Discipline Program and/or with performance that does not meet the standard for "meets expectations" as defined in the Performance Planning and Appraisal Process may be precluded from consideration and placement in the position.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the SCRRA will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
The SCRRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EEO/ADA