Transit Systems 2021-01-05 2021-02-09

Senior Rail Engineer

Company: North County Transit District View more listings
Location: Oceanside, California
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 128749

Under the general direction of the Director of Engineering & Maintenance, the Senior Rail Engineer plays an integral role in the engineering aspects of rail-related services and the development and maintenance of the rail infrastructure necessary to deliver safe, convenient, reliable and user-friendly public transportation services. The types of projects that the Senior Rail Engineer typically leads and participates in include basic infrastructure and support facilities for light and heavy rail systems, including track additions and replacements, rail bridge renovations and replacements, drainage structures and systems, coastal bluff stabilization, environmental permitting, and habitat restoration.

Distinguishing Characteristics
This position is distinguished by its role in representing NCTD in the coordination of all phases of railroad projects, requiring a high level of interaction between multiple departments, outside agencies including SANDAG, and consultants. S/he serves as the configuration manager for the District's rail infrastructure. Qualifying applicants possess advanced knowledge of multiple facets of railroad engineering, including stations, earthwork, drainage, grades, clearances, signaling, surveying, operations, alignment, and special track work structure. The applicant must demonstrate a high degree of creativity, foresight, and mature judgment in planning, organizing, coordinating, and solving engineering and construction problems. 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 works under the general direction of the Director of Engineering & Maintenance. This position is responsible for project oversight, including supervision of contractors, consultants, and subordinate staff. 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.


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

  • Reviews and/or monitors the progress of railroad development and restoration projects. Directs and reviews the work of design consultants.

  • Ensures that projects are completed within budget and on schedule.

  • Develops and updates design standards, manages the configuration of railroad assets, verifies consultant work, performs constructability reviews, and responds to daily railroad engineering matters.

  • Directs development of rail projects in conjunction with SANDAG.

  • Troubleshoots issues with key personnel within the Rail Division, as well as with consultants and other agency personnel on the local, state, and federal level.

  • Coordinates, facilitates, and provides direct engineering assistance for activities related to capital rail design and rail related construction projects within NCTD.

  • Acts as a primary point of contact representing NCTD on the development and execution of railroad projects by NCTD and third parties.

  • Coordinates NCTD staff and executive review of all SANDAG and other agency projects planned for or under construction along the San Diego Subdivision of the Los Angeles–San Diego–San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Corridor.

  • Ensures that District and third-party rail projects conform to federal, state, and District design standards, inter-agency agreements and MOUs, and other governmental regulations.

  • Provides engineering support to NCTD's Maintenance of Way Department.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Qualified candidates will have a bachelor's degree in civil engineering or related field.

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of civil engineering experience, including five (5) years in project management and rail design and construction.

  • Experience in civil, structural, geotechnical, environmental, CEQA/NEPA and transportation engineering, with specific experience in railroad and/or light rail design and construction, is required.
  • A combination of experience/skills and education to fulfill the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position may be considered.

  • Registration as a professional Civil Engineer in the State of California preferred.

  • 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 obtain and maintain annual access to Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton.

  • 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.

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

Transit Job Listing - Senior Rail Engineer