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Manager Engineering - Vehicle Engineering - New Vehicles

Category:  Manager/Supervisor/Administrator
Facility:  SEPTA Headquarters
City:  Philadelphia
Date:  May 20, 2021
Req ID:  1667

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is the sixth largest transportation system in the United States, with a vast network of fixed route services including bus, subway/elevated, trackless trolley, light rail, and commuter rail serving a 2,200 square mile service region.      


We are currently seeking a Manager Engineering - Vehicle Engineering - New Vehicles in the Vehicle Engineering/Rail Engineering Department. 




Opening Date: 05/20/2021

Closing Date: 06/10/2021

Posting extended through: 6/18/2021

Job Grade: SAM 42

Salary Range: Min: $92,716.00 - Mid: $115,908.00 - Max: $139,100.00 

*Note: Starting salary not to exceed midpoint.



The Manager of Engineering (Vehicle/Rail) has full technical responsibility for the organization, implementation, execution and coordination of the engineering support and program management of operational programs within the (Vehicle/Rail) area of Vehicle Engineering and Maintenance. This position’s primary responsibility is managing all technical aspects of operational functions for mid to long-range planning and project levels. Activities include the management, development and application for Vehicle/Rail operations planning and operations and maintenance cost modeling. The Manager of Engineering will manage, develop and maintain all technical aspects of the Vehicle/Rail operational and cost functions for mid- to long-range planning studies for the Operating District, provide related service statistics and cost estimates. The Manager of Engineering must have extensive knowledge of engineering and business practices applicable to managing Vehicle/Rail programs.


This position is responsible for undertaking diverse engineering management assignments that are considered to be of “high” complexity in size and scope.  As Manager of Engineering, the successful candidate will be involved in design, manufacture, and engineering support of Vehicle/Rail and Vehicle/Rail sub-systems, this position is responsible for defining and coordinating in-house and third party tasks of “high” complexity.


The Manager of Engineering must come in contact with many people at higher organizational levels, both within SEPTA and outside the Authority.  His/Her contacts include Assistant General Managers and Department Managers within SEPTA, as well as consulting firms, stakeholders and Federal, State, City, and local government officials. 


  1. Participates in the development of policies in the immediate manager’s organization and interprets such policies throughout the department.
  2. Develops objectives, policies and procedures for the approval of immediate manager.
  3. Interprets and administers programs and procedures in accordance with approved policies.
  4. Performs special assignments for immediate manager as requested. 
  5. Reports performance to immediate manager.
  6. Coordinates expense budget spending for department or activity to maintain performance within budget.
  7. Develops a sound organization, staffed with trained personnel able to perform the functions of the department. 
  8. Develops a suitable successor and be responsible for training replacements at all levels within the department.
  9. Complies with all Authority and departmental safety and security policies and procedures, as well as all applicable job safety responsibilities. Reports any safety concerns, compromises, or hazards in the hazards affecting self and other employees is responsible for the individual’s own safety and is encouraged to promote the safety of others.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.



  1. Supervises vehicles section activities and personnel through assignment of tasks, setting priorities, establishing target dates and regularly interacting with staff to track progress and provide guidance.
  2. Plans, organizes, and implements designs, specifications and standards for Authority vehicles including conduct of studies, surveys and cost estimates for vehicle modifications and overhauls.
  3. Provides technical support and direction for new vehicle and vehicle system development in assurance that the contractor provides reliable vehicles meeting all specifications.
  4. Develops and implements comprehensive programs for improving vehicle reliability and availability.
  5. Interacts frequently with (shop) customers to keep them informed of project status; assesses customer satisfaction; receives new work requests; and provides guidance.
  6. Develops and manages section budget. Establishes and tracks individual employee goals, Administers performance evaluations. Issues status reports.
  7. Performs project management of contracts involving design, text, supply, inspection and installation of systems on vehicles.
  8. Coordinates quality control objectives during manufacturing and activities to resolve production problems, maximize product reliability, and minimize cost.
  9. Confers with suppliers, staff, and management personnel regarding purchases, procedures, product specifications, manufacturing capabilities, and project status.
  10. Drafts and designs layout of equipment, materials, and workspace to illustrate maximum efficiency, using drafting tools and computer.
  11. Reviews production schedules, engineering specifications, orders, and related information to obtain knowledge of manufacturing methods, procedures, and activities.
  12. Communicates with management and user personnel to develop production and design standards.
  13. Estimates production costs and effect of product design changes for management review, action and control.
  14. Formulates sampling procedures and designs and develops forms and instructions for recording, evaluating, and reporting quality and reliability data.
  15. Studies operations sequence, material flow, functional statements, organization charts, and project information to determine worker functions and responsibilities.
  16. Evaluates precision and accuracy of production and testing equipment and engineering drawings to formulate correction action plans.
  17. Analyzes statistical data and product specifications to determine standards and establish quality and reliability objectives of the finished product.
  18. Recommends methods for improving utilization of personnel, material, and utilities.   
  19. Travel to the manufacturing locations. FTA funded rolling stock dictates on-site inspection and as a manager, he/she must be able to verify progress and fill-in for their staff when necessary.



  1. Develops fleet management and rolling stock replacement strategies in conjunction with capital planning operations and other departments within SEPTA.
  2. Oversees development vehicle requirements and writing of specifications for new vehicles in cooperation with other SEPTA departments and consultants.
  3. Overall responsibility for supervising SEPTA resources associated with the procurement of new Vehicle/Rail fleet, and working with other SEPTA departments to ensure projects meet budget requirements.
  4. Establishes staffing levels – both internal and contracted – necessary to support vehicle acquisition programs.
  5. Supervises and manages manufacturing–related progress and design reviews.
  6. Directs and coordinates the activities of SEPTA departments to support the acquisition of new vehicles including vehicle delivery and testing, fleet integration, – and retirement of existing equipment, preparation of maintenance facilities, training of maintenance and operating personnel, procurement of initial capital spares and spare parts required for routine maintenance, development of maintenance procedures and support documentation, warranty administration, etc.  
  7. Works closely with appropriate state, and federal-level agencies (e.g., PennDOT, APTA, FRA, FTA) to ensure new vehicles fully comply with applicable regulatory requirements. 
  8. Maintains key project documentation including periodic project reports, and master schedule. 
  9. Budget and expenditure profiles, engineering changes, field modification instruction logs, correspondence logs, test records, etc.
  10. Prepares program status reports as required to present to management showing production/delivery, budget and schedule highlights and potential risks.
  11. Complies with all Authority and departmental safety and security policies and procedures, as well as all applicable job safety responsibilities. Reports any safety concerns, compromises, or hazards in the hazards affecting self and other employees is responsible for the individual’s own safety and is encouraged to promote the safety of others.
  12. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering plus a minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible vehicle/rail related experience required, including extensive knowledge of engineering and business practices applicable to managing vehicle programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills required. 
  • Extensive knowledge in vehicle systems required. 
  • Extensive experience in computer applications within field of study required.
  • Travel will be necessary at least 25%.
  • Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.



SEPTA is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.             

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia