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Senior Project Engineer - Electrical

Category:  Engineering
Facility:  SEPTA Headquarters
City:  Philadelphia
Date:  Jul 7, 2021
Req ID:  1301

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 Senior Project Engineer - Electrical in the Vehicle Engineering/Rail Engineering.     

 

Details:

 

Opening Date: 07/06/2021

Closing Date: 08/05/2021

Job Grade: SAM 40

Salary Range: Min: $72,098.00 - Mid: $90,116.00 - Max: $108,134.00 

*Note: Starting salary not to exceed midpoint.

   

OVERALL DESCRIPTION

This position is responsible for undertaking engineering/quality assurance assignments that are considered to be of "significant complexity" in size and scope. This position is further responsible to provide technical support and direction for engineering/quality assurance 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.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILTIES

 

I. General  (Applicable to all)

  1. Consults with managerial level as necessary in project/program definition.
  2. Exercises proper judgment in application of advanced engineering and quality assurance principles.
  3. Assists in preparation of budgets for proposed projects/programs and work to be contracted to a third party.
  4. Demonstrates effective technical writing skills.
  5. Provides highly specialized technical expertise in support of project/program activities.
  6. Assists manager on request in furtherance of his/her duties.
  7. 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 affecting operations, the public, self and/or other employees. Responsible for personal safety and is encouraged to promote the safety of others.

ADDL / DISCIPLINE RESPONSIBILTIES

 

II. Program Management & Construction Engineering Disciplines

  1. Prepares Requests for Proposals, and manages consultant contracts, and coordinates design concepts and review with Operations departments. May represent the Authority with special interest groups and/or local communities, and presents designs at public meetings.
  2. Assists Project Manager during the construction and/or procurement stage of a project. This includes project management, construction management, and coordination with governmental agencies and SEPTA's Operating departments.
  3. Assists Project Manager in project management tasks and directs Project Engineers/Architects.
  4. Responsible for managing projects, determination of resources, and maintaining budget and schedule.

ADDL / DISCIPLINE RESPONSIBILTIES

 

III. Vehicle Engineering Disciplines

  1. Provides highly specialized technical expertise in support of vehicle engineering activities in assigned field (i.e. CE,ME, EE, and Structural).
  2. Generates engineering specifications for procurement of major vehicular systems and components thereof in suitable detail for procurement.
  3. Interfaces with all levels of SEPTA personnel and outside vendor/contractors to identify procedures, equipment, and processes that need revision and develops action plans for quality assurance improvements in less areas.
  4. Performs as auditor for in plant audits of overhaul shops and suppliers of material and vehicles to assure compliance to SEPTA requirements. Participates in compiling and summarizing audit findings and recommendations for presentation to responsible manager.
  5. Generates cost analysis in justification of vehicular retrofit systems.
  6. Prepares Request for Proposals, and manages consultant contracts, and coordinates design concepts and reviews with Operations departments. May represent the Authority with special interest groups and/or local communities, and presents designs at public meetings.
  7. Provides technical direction to vehicle maintenance personnel upon request.
  8. Assists Project Manager during the construction and/or procurement stage of a project. This includes project management, construction management, and coordination with governmental agencies and SEPTA’s Operating departments.

ADDL / DISCIPLINE RESPONSIBILTIES

 

IV. Microelectronics & Software, System, Sub-System and Vehicle Engineering Disciplines

  1. Provide technical support for the design and development of vehicle and vehicle systems, sub-systems and components in order to maintain reliable program development cycle, ensuring that all specifications are met, following quality and reliability concerns.
  2. Manages electrical and electronics systems for all vehicles in the Authority.
  3. Establish and maintain software systems configuration control plans.  Review adequacy and completeness of suppliers’ software development systems and documentation.
  4. Provide technical expertise and supervision related to procuring, maintaining, programming and modifying the control systems utilized in vehicle subsystems such as communications systems, diagnostic systems, troubleshooting sub-systems and vehicle electrical systems. Coordinating technical activities with suppliers and sub-suppliers is also required.
  5. Provide technical expertise related to vehicle and vehicle sub-system testing (pre-production, type testing, acceptance testing, etc.) on-site at both vendor and SEPTA locations.
  6. Provide technical knowledge and direction regarding vehicle fault data and fault reporting methods. Ensure that all technical fault reporting is meaningful to the vehicle operators and maintenance personnel. 
  7. Provide support in the collection/broadcasting of vehicle maintenance information. Design and development of in vehicle communications’ systems that correspond with wireless networks located at various maintenance facilities. Knowledge of WI-FI and WI-MAX technologies is a plus. Review/approve supplier’s systems documentation and specifications for wireless download of vehicle system upgrades and enhancements.
  8. Use and follow program timing, including the Critical Path Method timeline format for program and project management activities.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in electrical engineering and six (6) years of proven relevant engineering experience, or an equivalent combination of engineering and project management or related experience, with either a Master’s degree or PE registration required.

Or 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant engineering field with eight (8) years of proven relevant experience, as detailed above, without PE registration or Master’s degree.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Proficiency in the latest Microsoft Office suite required. 
  • Proficiency in CAD required.
  • Knowledge of all state, local and applicable equipment codes for the assigned area required (e.g., PA Labor Industry, ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel, Elevators & Escalators, NFPA, IMC, and ICC).
  • Valid driver’s license required.

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