Transit Systems 2020-05-19 2020-06-23

Signal Manager

Company: North County Transit District View more listings
Location: Oceanside, California
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 118156


Under the general direction of the Director of Wayside, the Signal Manager plays an integral role in the delivery of rail signal and communication related maintenance, projects, and programs necessary to deliver safe, convenient, reliable, and user-friendly public transportation services. This includes oversight, coordination, and administration of contractors, consultants, and staff on projects within the District in the planning, maintenance, and construction of railroad signal, communication facilities and systems.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This position is distinguished by its role in representing NCTD in the coordination of all phases of railroad signal projects. This individual must possess advanced knowledge of railroad signal systems and grade crossing warning systems. The Signal Manager position requires technical knowledge, analytical skills, and ability to work with multiple different projects in various stages of completion. This position is designated as Safety-Sensitive under NCTD authority (non-DOT) and will participate in a random testing pool under those guidelines.

Supervision Received and Exercised

This position reports to the Director of Wayside and may guide the work of other District staff, contractors, and/or consultants. Further, this position is expected to participate in the sharing of expert knowledge and as a vital member of various project teams that may be instituted.

Working Conditions

Normal working conditions for this position are in both an office and field setting. Business travel may be required periodically between District sites, governmental agencies, consultants' facilities, and other locations as required. Work hours will vary in length and schedule. Night and weekend work will be required.

Examples of Duties: Essential Functions

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Plans, monitors, and evaluates the day-to-day maintenance and repair activities of the communications and signals maintenance contractor.
  • Reviews the preparation of work plans, maintenance, cost estimates and change orders as related to the installation, inspection, testing, maintaining, diagnosing and repairing the railroad communications and signal systems.
  • Reviews, monitors, and generates reports, documents, and records for compliance with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) signal system requirements.
  • Assists contractors in the evaluation and investigation of signal system failures.
  • Assists with signal oversight on NCTD projects.
  • Monitors the work of contractor in troubleshooting of highway grade crossings, wayside signals, and hazard detector systems.
  • Conducts field inspections of completed work jointly with contractor for conformance to NCTD and regulatory requirements, specifications, and project requirements as specified in various.
  • Conducts field inspections to oversee signal activities on SANDAG or NCTD capital projects.
  • Prepares supporting documentation required for requesting contract task orders and agreements.
  • Prepares written documentation on the results of communications and signals systems equipment repairs, tests, and inspections.
  • Participates in and audits efficiency testing in accordance with NCTD rules and other regulatory requirements.
  • Maintains accurate records and prepare correspondence and periodic reports.
  • Responds to priority/emergency situations and provide on-call assistance and service when needed.
  • Ensures that projects are completed within budget and on schedule.
  • Troubleshoots issues with key personnel within the District, as well as with consultants and other agency personnel on the Local, State and Federal level.
  • Acts as a prime point of contact representing NCTD on the development and execution of railroad signal and communication projects by NCTD and third parties.
  • Ensures that District and third-party rail signal and communication projects conform to federal, state, and District design standards, inter-agency agreements and MOUs, and other governmental regulations.
  • Manages NCTD's signal software management control plan (FRA subpart H).
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Experience/Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering or a related field is strongly preferred.
  • Minimum seven (7) years prior directly relevant railroad signal and communications maintenance experience on a Class I railroad or major commuter rail system including experience in overseeing the installation, adjustment, and testing of signal-related work.
A combination of experience/skills and education to fulfill the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position may be considered.


  • Signal Training Certificate
  • Possession of and the ability to maintain a California driver's license, Class C, and a satisfactory driving record for the last five years.
  • Must be able to become and maintain GCOR Qualified on NCTD-owned railroad properties.
  • Must be able to become RWP Qualified on NCTD owned railroad properties.
  • Maintain compliance with the District's policy regarding Conflict of Interest and Ethics policies.

General Requirements

  • Strong working knowledge with pertinent code and regulatory requirements of agencies such as the FRA and the CPUC.
  • Advanced knowledge of principles of railroad signal and communications engineering is required, with demonstrated experience with railroad systems and railroad operations.
  • Working knowledge of signal standards such as AREMA, BNSF, or Union Pacific.
  • Working knowledge of computer-aided design systems, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation, and scheduling software as it relates to project management.
  • Ability to create and maintain good working relationships through excellent communication and teambuilding skills, including the ability to engage successfully with both internal and external contacts and the public.
  • Advanced knowledge of multiple facets of the railroad, including stations, earthwork, drainage, grades, clearances, signaling, surveying, operations, alignment, and special track work structure.
  • High degree of creativity, foresight, and mature judgment in planning, organizing, coordinating, and solving construction problems.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to prepare and deliver clear and concise reports.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills; ability to gather, organize, analyze, and present data to appropriate sources.
  • Demonstrated use of discretion and judgment in execution of duties.
  • Ability to manage and maintain simultaneous, transitional, and emerging priorities.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer software programs including the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to respond in person to system emergencies and system problems on any shift and under any weather or time-of-day circumstances.

Supplemental Information: Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Ability to use the phone and computer for extended periods, manual dexterity to complete clerical functions, work with office equipment, and daily lifting of equipment up to 25 pounds is required. Ability to hear, see and to communicate verbally to exchange information. Ability to physically travel between District locations and other destinations, work in evenings when required, work in hazardous conditions, and negotiate a variety of different and irregular terrain as is typical along a railway right of way. May be subject to fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals. Ability to walk, climb, balance, bend, carry, push, reach, sit, and stand.

Machines / Tools / Equipment

  • Ability to operate a personal computer and Microsoft Office Suite programs.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment, including a fax and scanner machine, copy machine, and telephone.
  • Ability to carry and operate a mobile on-call device.

Application Information: All applicants must complete and submit an online application at A job offer is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check. Salary based upon experience, not to exceed midpoint of stated range. NCTD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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