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Project Designer (1006)

Category:  Engineering
Facility:  Wayne Shop
City:  Philadelphia
Date:  Sep 22, 2022
Req ID:  3591

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) in the MOW/Communications and Signals. 

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



Opening Date: 09/22/2022

Closing Date: 10/06/2022

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.



Assists with design functions as part of the team to implement Positive Train Control (PTC).


  • Provides signal engineering analysis, detailed design reviews, checker support for conventional wayside/ cab signaling/ Solid State interlocking (SSI) and interface to Positive Train Control (PTC) overlay systems. Provides conceptual, preliminary and final designs of signal systems and circuits for installation by field forces and or third parties. 
  • Writes specifications and Request for Proposals and review designs for all signal appliances, devices and systems including preparing proof of concept for all new signal devices and systems. Generates and coordinates design plans and specifications for in-house and 3rd party forces. 
  • Reviews, monitors and performs oversight and witnessing of factory testing of conventional/ SSI & PTC subsystem equipment and work in progress. Takes necessary action to correct unusual equipment operations and recommend standard preventative maintenance procedures.
  • Conducts preliminary engineering site walks with various parties, and reviews and approves third party signal and communications construction drawings and specifications.
  • Supports system integration of interoperable train control subsystems from different suppliers for compatibility and functional performance. 
  • Designs various types of signal and communications systems including but limited to vital processors, digitally encoded track circuits, AC and DC track circuits, 100 Hz and 60Hz signal power systems, signal interlocking, CTC interfaces. 
  • Manages the performance of 3rd party technical services including CSEC's, GEC's and other technical services.
  • Initiates, upgrades and implements design standards to be employed in communications.
  • Reviews and approves 3rd party designs and construction documents for conformity with established standards.
  • Generates written memoranda, technical reports, audits, etc. in professional, effective manner. 
  • Participates in periodic review of drawings and specifications.
  • 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 railway signals 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 to the component level various types of signal and communications systems and devices required.
  • Understanding of FRA regulations, AAR Standards, AREMA standards and recommended practices required.
  • Demonstrated computer skills in configuration and monitoring of railway signal networks, including vital processor networks, serial servers, encoded track circuits, and overlay required.
  • Experience in developing and managing projects required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including Microsoft Office Suite and Excel required.
  • A review of the work record will be conducted as part of the interview/selection process.

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