Project Designer (1006) - Communications and Signals

Category:  Engineering
Facility:  SEPTA Headquarters
City:  Philadelphia
Date:  May 23, 2023
Req ID:  3807

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 Project Designer (1006) - Communications and Signals in the MOW/Communications and Signals department.


SEPTA currently requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination at their pre-employment medical appointment.


Opening Date: 05/23/2023

Closing Date: 06/06/2023

Job Grade: SAM 38

Salary Range: Min: $65,988.00 - Mid: $82,472.00 - Max: $98,956.00 

*Note: Starting salary not to exceed midpoint.


This position is responsible for undertaking network engineering assignments that are of "moderate complexity" in size and scope.  This position is further responsible to provide technical support and direction for engineering activities including the definition and coordination for design review and implementation, establishing inspection plans, program/project development and consulting, statistical methods, audits, and continuous improvement approaches to ensure activities are consistent with SEPTA mission values and goals


  • Provide, communications and network engineering analysis, design reviews and approve communications designs for installation by field forces and or third parties. Provide conceptual, preliminary, and final designs
  • Design and implement new network solutions and/or improve the efficiency of current networks. Install, configure and supporting network equipment including routers, proxy servers, switches, WAN accelerators, DNS and DHCP. Procure network equipment and manage subcontractors involved with network installation
  • Review, monitor and oversee communications and network construction work in progress and take necessary action to correct unusual communications and network equipment operations and recommend standard preventative maintenance procedures.
  • Conduct preliminary engineering site walks with various parties, and review and approve third party communications and network construction drawings and specifications. 
  • Familiarity with, and ability to troubleshoot to the component level various types of communications and network systems and devices.
  • Generate and coordinate design plans and specifications for in-house and 3rd party forces
  • Generate written memoranda, technical reports, audits, etc. in professional, effective manner. Review and approval of drawings and specifications
  • Write specifications and Request for Proposals and review designs for all communications and network devices and systems including preparing proof of concept for all new wireless network devices, Wi-Fi, Cellular and other systems.
  • Provides, promotes, and enforces safe working conditions in accordance with accepted safety practices and procedures
  • Performs other duties as assigned   


  • High School graduate and eleven (11) years relevant experience in communications or networking required. 
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience (two years of related experience equating to one (1) year of formal post high school education) may be considered in lieu of the above requirements. 
  • Familiarity with, and ability to design and troubleshoot communication/networking systems and devices required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including Microsoft Office Suite required.
  • A review of the work record will be conducted as part of the interview/selection process.



I. Allowable Attendance Deviations (total for a two-year period preceding the job posting closing date):

Personal Illnesses – 5
SAH or EAH - 6
Lateness/Misses – 3

II. Safety Record (total for a two-year period preceding the job posting closing date):
Chargeable Accidents - 2
Preventable Accidents - 2
Signal Violations (If applicable) – 0
Warnings for Injured On-Duty Patterns - 0

III. Job Performance (assessed in each year for the two years preceding the job posting closing date):
Must be Satisfactory*

Discipline Record - Nothing above a written warning
Performance Appraisal - Overall Meets Expectations

* Hourly personnel are not subject to formal performance evaluations.


  • Understanding of FRA regulations, AAR Standards, AREMA standards and recommended practices preferred.
  • Experience in developing and managing projects 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